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What an Adventure It Was!

On May 23rd I posted about an upcoming three-week adventure to Croatia and Slovenia, topped off with stops in Prague and Vienna. What a great trip it was – I even added a short trip to Mostar, Bosnia, and had lunch in Italy (Slovenia is so close to Italy)! I finished both books I wrote […] The post What an Adventure It Was! appeared first on Laura Carroll.

Beyond Childfree as a Choice

Sarah Kasbeer recently published an enlightened article on She talked about how being childfree was not so much a “choice” for her, but something more. Let me explain. Beyond Childfree as a Choice First, Kasbeer expresses...Show More Summary

Girls & Sex by Peggy Orenstein

I have followed the work of journalist and author Peggy Orenstein over the years, and learned a lot from her, particularly her books, Cinderella Ate My Daughter and Schoolgirls. Her latest,  Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape is no exception. Show More Summary

Time for an Adventure!

Today I am embarking on a three-week adventure to Croatia and Slovenia! I’ll also top it off with stops in Prague and Vienna. What books am I taking with me? Other Than Mother: Choosing Childlessness with Life in Mind, by Kamalamani....Show More Summary

Terry Gross’ Interview on Not Having Kids

Recently one of my favorite interviewers – and a childfree one at that – was interviewed on the podcast, The Longest Shortest Time. Check out this interview with Terry Gross,  the host and co-executive producer of the radio show, Fresh...Show More Summary

Mothers Speak Out about Regret

The Guardian recently published this article titled Love and Regret about mothers who wished they had never had children. The comments that follow this article reflect gratitude that we can finally talk honestly about the hardships of...Show More Summary

Where the Books, Love Heals Baby Elephants & Man Swarm Meet

Melanie Davis recently reviewed and now I have read Love Heals Baby Elephants: Rebirthing Ivory Orphans myself. In addition to wonderful photos and stories of not only baby elephants but rhinos and lions, I was particularly moved when reading the last few chapters of this book. Show More Summary

Love Heals Baby Elephants: Rebirthing Ivory Orphans

I recently learned of what I could tell is a very moving book about baby elephants that have been orphaned as a result of  poachers slaughtering their parents for their ivory. And indeed it is. Melanie Davis of my book review team writes...Show More Summary

Peggy Orenstein: From Cinderella Ate My Daughter to Girls & Sex

Upon receiving a review copy of Peggy Orenstein’s latest book, Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape, from her publicist at HarperCollins, I recalled another book of hers I really enjoyed, Cinderella Ate My Daughter. Show More Summary

On the Book, Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife

~ Review by Julia Holladay ~ As a Midlife Makeover and Life Transitions Coach, I was eager to read Barbara Bradley Hagerty’s Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife. With 10,000 Baby Boomers retiring in our country daily, there are a lot of people wondering how to make this next chapter relevant and worthwhile. Show More Summary

Have New Year’s Resolution to Get Organized? You Need the Book, Making Room for You

At the beginning of a new year, many of us start and are trying to stick to our new year resolutions. A common one is – Get organized! Purge what I don’t need! If this sounds like something you have promised yourself this year, hereShow More Summary

Childfree Thoughts on Mother’s Day

As Mother’s Day rolls around each year, I find myself of mixed minds. Don’t get me wrong; I love my mother and would celebrate her and how she raised my brother and me any day of the week. But as a childfree person, I have problems with Mother’s Day as a national holiday. Why? Here are two […] The post Childfree Thoughts on Mother’s Day appeared first on Laura Carroll.

The 2nd Not Mom Summit: Resecheduled

The next Not Mom Summit has been rescheduled to Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7, 2017.  These Summits bring together “women without children regardless of cause,” and give voice to the many roads that lead women not to become...Show More Summary

The Childless and Childfree in History: An Interview with Historian Rachel Chrastil

I recently found historian Rachel Chrastil’s site, Childless, Childfree: News, Research & the Arts. On this site, she “reports on childlessness in the news, research about childlessness, and portrayals of childlessness in the arts–past,...Show More Summary

On the Differences Between Happiness and Meaning in Life

In the last several years, we’ve seen some some ink out there on who is happier – parents or those with no kids. I’ve lamented about the problems with some of the research in this area. This is why I was pleased to read the piece, “The...Show More Summary

The Childfree and Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is around the corner again! I like to post this each year at this time because this day brings to mind one of the many bennies of being childfree: because the childfree don’t have kids, they have more time to devote to their relationships. Show More Summary

Professor Kimya Dennis on her College Course, The Childfree

Last year I had the pleasure of interviewing Kimya Dennis, Assistant Professor at Salem College, who was teaching the sociology course, The Childfree, for the first time, and was using my book, The Baby Matrix, as part of the curriculum. Show More Summary

Israeli Scholar & Author Orna Donath Making Waves With her New Book

Sociologist and author Orna Donath is making waves in Europe with her new book, Regretting Motherhood. I have interviewed her here before about her research on motherhood and regret in Israel. She has now published a book on this topic. Show More Summary

Maternal Outliers in India: A Q&A with Amrita Nandy

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing New Delhi-based researcher, activist and journalist Amrita Nandy about her paper, “Outliers of Motherhood,” and her upcoming book on this subject. Here is the Q&A: Q&A with Amrita Nandy What...Show More Summary

An Australian Politician Advocates for the Childless/Childfree

This is my speech on childlessness; it's gone 'viral', as they say. I delivered it in the period leading up to passage of the government's 'No Jab No Pay' legislation. In it, I point out just how much taxpayers' money parents of children receive, money they ought not expect. Show More Summary

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