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
On October 9-10, 2015, over 100 women from as far away as Shanghai gathered in Cleveland, Ohio for the first Not Mom Summit. Spearheaded by Karen Malone Wright who runs the site, The Not Mom, it was first time women without children by choice, chance or circumstance came together for presentations, discussions, and connection. Show More Summary
by Natalie Klempel Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers offers the reader a chance to experience the different aspects of body donation. There are so many different avenues that a cadaver can end up following body donation that many people do not know about. Show More Summary
Valentine’s Day is aroudn 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
As 2015 came to a close, it marked another year of talking about the childfree choice Let’s 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....Show More Summary
Not Your Mother’s Book….On Being a Woman is the first in a series by Dahlynn and Ken McKowen, co-authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul franchise, and ghost creators of many more Chicken titles. With this expertise, they make the perfect team to for an anthology collection with a twist. Show More Summary
It annoys me that many companies offer flex time for mommies but when a childless person asks for it they resist. The assumption being that if you don't have kids you are out partying or in your basement hosting swinger parties. LetShow More Summary
Nancy Owen Nelson’s entire life has been haunted by the death of her grandmother, Nannie B Russell Chandler, who passed away only an hour after giving birth to her mother. Nancy imagines her mother, also named Nannie, grappling withShow More Summary
Have you heard of Humanism? Upon reading the Nov/Dec 2015 edition of The Humanist published by the American Humanist Association, I learned a lot about the tenets of Humanism. In this edition, I was particularly moved by the articleShow More Summary
by Natalie Klempel Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers offers the reader a chance to experience the different aspects of body donation. There are so many different avenues that a cadaver can end up following body donation that many people do not know about.… Read more The post An Anatomist’s Take on the Book, Stiff appeared first on Laura Carroll.
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
As Confucius wrote in The Book of Rites, “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” Music can fuel our imagination, fill us with emotion, and inspire us to move to its beat. Music can heal and connect us.… Read more The post On the Nonfiction Book, The Power of Music appeared first on Laura Carroll.
When it comes to embarking on the journey of parenthood, lots of millennials are saying, “Meh. No, thanks.” According to data from the Urban Institute, birth rates among 20-something women declined 15% between 2007 and 2012. Additional...Show More Summary
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
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
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
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
May You Have an Amazing 2015! … Read more The post Happy New Year! appeared first on Laura Carroll.
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
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.