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You have to have kids!

I just enjoyed a quick reflection by Melissa Myer called “Childfree: is it really a choice?” that struck a familiar chord. Myer harkens back to her younger years, transporting us to the sort of awkward conversations puberty so often catalyzes. Show More Summary

Childfree Don’t Hate Children

Props to Jesse Nichols (@HappyNinjaUX) for reminding parents that childfree adults — indeed childfree couples — don’t hate children. Not necessarily. Not in his case, at least, nor in my case. Kids have been (and will continue to be) an important part of my life. Show More Summary

Up Close & Personal with Gloria Steinem: My Life on the Road

Get ready to take a great ride with writer, political activist and social organizer Gloria Steinem in her new memoir, My Life on the Road. In it she gives an up close and personal account of her “lifetime of travel, activism and leadership,”...Show More Summary

Nonfiction Book Review: Not Your Mother’s Book…On Being a Woman

Coming around the final bend of 2014 nonfiction book reviews with a woman’s theme ~ Not Your Mother’s Book….On Being a Woman is the first in a new series by Dahlynn and Ken McKowen, co-authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul franchise,...Show More Summary

Happy New Year!

May You Have an Amazing 2015!  … Read more The post Happy New Year! appeared first on Laura Carroll.

When are you going to have kids?

At 29, female and happily married, there is one question I despise more than all others. Its the dreaded, “When are you going to have kids?” People always throw it in there casually, too. Usually between such innocuous questions as,Show More Summary

Where Are We, After 40+ Years of Talking About the Childfree Choice?

As we close another year of talking about the childfree choice, it’s a good time to take stock. In the big picture, we’ve seen an ascent of talk about this choice in the public sphere since the 70s. That’s over four decades.… Read more The post Where Are We, After 40+ Years of Talking About the Childfree Choice? appeared first on Laura Carroll.

Ho Ho Ho – A Holiday Offer From Me to You!

I hope you have had a great 2015! To celebrate the winter solstice (today) and holiday season, from now through the end of the year, I have a holiday offer for you:  Holiday Offer: 20% Discount on Editorial Services This year I haveShow More Summary

Call to University Professors Interested in Population Issues

Dave Foreman and I are offering university professors who are interested in population issues a complimentary copy of our book, Man Swarm: How Overpopulation is Killing the Wild World. Man Swarm & Population Issues Man Swarm addresses...Show More Summary

A Chinese Reader’s Take on the book, Factory Girls

I recently had the pleasure of corresponding with a lovely Chinese woman named Zhang Jingjing about the book, Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China by Leslie Chang. It tells untold stories about the lives of the migrant factory population in China.… Read more The post A Chinese Reader’s Take on the book, Factory Girls appeared first on Laura Carroll.

2015 Book Reviews: 5 Nonfiction Favorites

  The New York Times’ list of notable books of 2015 brought to mind some of my favorite books we’ve reviewed here this year. Here are just five of my nonfiction favorites of 2015: 5 Nonfiction Favorites   The Unspeakable and Other Subjects...Show More Summary

A Chinese Reader’s Take on Families of Two & The Baby Matrix

I recently received an e-letter from someone in China (who wishes to remain anonymous) who read my books, Families of Two and The Baby Matrix. With permission to share it, here are candid thoughts and insightful commentary on being childfree...Show More Summary

Childfree Workplace Stigma Questioned (The Billfold)

How tinted do your grievance glasses have to be to see a bias TOWARDS parents in today’s economy? I’m sorry, employers value parents? […] Trying to work and raise children at the same time in this country is exhausting and expensive…...Show More Summary

Childfree Stigma and Burden in the Workplace (Fortune)

Since the 1970s, being childfree — not wanting children — has slowly become more recognized as a legitimate choice… [but] we still have a ways to go when it comes to society accepting those with no children without judgment or stigma. Show More Summary

Digging Deep into Creatvitity: The book, The Shoreline of Wonder

by Melanie Davis I have recently taken a walk along the dynamic, flowing banks of creativity by reading Austin Hill Shaw’s The Shoreline of Wonder. It was not a jog or a run, but a meditative stroll through the pages of Shaw’s captivating...Show More Summary

I Respect Your Decision, But… Not Having Kids?

Childfree articles in the press usually get a lot of below-the-line debate. Lilit Marcus, writing for The Guardian about some of the factors behind her decision to remain childfree, definitely stirred the pot last week. Some didn’t bother disguising their vitriol, but I’ve discovered that there’s a new passive-aggressive approach on the block. Show More Summary

Finding the Right Ghostwriter

Many people want to write a book, but either do not have the time or writing skills to go about it themselves. This may describe you. How do you do it? Hire a ghostwriter. It may sound easy because there are many to choose from these days.… Read more The post Finding the Right Ghostwriter appeared first on Laura Carroll.

Childfree Regrets? (Stuff.co.nz)

Kate Banister and her husband Ian spent two or three years weighing up whether to have kids. “We both had our ups and downs, but now were equally on the same page about it which is very fortunate,” the 37-year-old business owner said. Getting their two dogs Ruby and Saffy helped the Banisters make up their minds. Show More Summary

Why Parents Regret Having Children (Thought Catalog)

Need proof that many parents regret having children? Fifteen ‘rents dish As you get older your mind will make up more and more reasons why it makes sense to have a kid. Don’t be fooled, it’s just evolution tricking you into reproducing — no...Show More Summary

Finding Connection, Commonality & Community at the First Not Mom Summit

This month I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the first Not Mom Summit. Over 100 women without children by choice, chance and circumstance gathered for keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and socializing. Of the many wonderful...Show More Summary

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