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Childfree: What’s The Most Annoying Bingo You’ve Had?

Childfree “bingoes.” They range from mildly irritating to downright insulting. We aim to avoid them but it’s almost impossible. They seem to come at us when we are unprepared – so no short sweet answers are at the ready. Until afterwards when it is too late and you are thinking “Grrr I wish I had [...]

I’m Supporting the “Taboo” Subject of Positive Childfree People – Spread The Word

Hello Childfree readers.  I got this email today from another childfree blogger – Magenta -  who is doing an exciting childfree documentary. I am sharing it here to spread the word and support. (And by the way Magenta didn’t ask me to, I offered). Even if you’re not a childfree blogger feel free to [...]

Why Are Parents Qualified to Comment on the Childfree Life?

Discuss. If you’re childfree, how many times have you been informed “you wouldn’t understand because you don’t have kids?” Even though, because you are childfree – you probably understand far more than the parents give you credit for.  Enough, at least to know that it’s not the life you want. Enough to know you often have [...]

Childfree: Just Why is Bad Behaviour Justified By Pregnancy and Parenthood?

I’m not claiming credit for writing this post – it’s a comment from one of our readers on an older post. I liked it so much that I thought it’s worth being a post in its own right. (That, by the way goes for the majority of comments on this blog – big thanks for [...]

Childfree – How Do You Cope With the Pressure to Procreate?

These days very few people come out directly to pressure me into having kids. Wouldn’t make any difference if they did – it would be a waste of time. I’ve done quite a bit to remove myself from many images of kiddies and parenting, limiting any avenues for suggestions. I don’t watch t.v. and I [...]

Two is Enough is Designed for Singles Too

Don’t let the title Two Is Enough: A Couple’s Guide to Living Childless by Choice fool you. I have designed the content of this book for singles too. I recently received an email from a single woman who works in the social services field. Show More Summary

Do U.S. labor markets favor single and childless women?

A recent article in the New York Times made this observation: The last three men nominated to the Supreme Court have all been married and, among them, have seven children. The last three women — Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor and Harriet...Show More Summary

It’s a Girl Thing!

Periods suck! Particularly if you are like me and my friend Karen who have a tendency to have monster flows—the kind that can’t be absorbed by any measly super-sized tampon or pad. Sorry guys. You can skip this post if you like.Show More Summary

You Won’t Know You Want a Kid Until You Have One

“You won’t know you want a kid until you have one.” We’ve all heard a version of this. It’s the kind of warped logic that comes up when you say “I’ve never wanted children.” The BBC New Magazine challenged this assertion...Show More Summary

From Mumbai: It’s a Blessing Not To Have Children

I love hearing from people around the world who are living childfree by choice. Recently Leena contacted me from India with her story: I am Leena aged 34 from India and I would like to share my story about being Childfree by Choice. In India the only reason you get married is to breed. Show More Summary

Are We a Family?

Alyssa Favreau called me last week for an interview for her university paper, The McGill Daily. She wanted to explore how our definitions of family have expanded over time. In her article titled The Ties That Bind she cited a study by Indiana University sociologist Brian Powell in which Americans were asked what they considered to be a family. Show More Summary

Another Childfree Person Falls Through the Cracks

Earlier this month I wrote a post titled “Are We a Family?” Most childfree couples say “Yes, we are!” However, our social institutions sometimes don’t see it that way and some of the government agencies that are set up to help...Show More Summary

I Can Better Serve the World by Not Having Children

The title of this post comes from the questionnaire I used to survey self-described childless by choice persons for the book Two Is Enough and the soon-to-be-released documentary The Childless by Choice Project. Close to half of theShow More Summary

A Supportive Sister

When you ‘out’ yourself as childless by choice you get all kinds of reactions. I documented many of them in my book, Two Is Enough--they run the gamut from disapproval to envy. Bonnie has experienced most of them as a 53 year-old married woman who never wanted kids. Show More Summary

Will You Be Working This Thanksgiving?

This is the question CNN News anchor Don Lemon asked his childfree guest on Sunday night's news program. He had invited this childfree man and Katherine Reynolds Lewis, The Fiscal Times. com reporter who wrote "Parental Guidance: Why...Show More Summary

Childless in Babyville: Navigating In a Pronatalist World

Childless in Babyville is the title of a chapter in my book Two Is Enough: A Couples Guide to Living Childless by Choice. It’s a chapter that acknowledges that if you are single or in a committed partnership you will at some point feel the stigma of remaining childfree. Show More Summary

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Pets and Pawrents

Okay I don’t have a pet but most of my friends do and sometimes I’ll bring a gift for their dog or cat because—let’s face it—to many people their pets are their furbabies. So what do you give them? Another rawhide bone, another catnip mouse? Or one of the really cool things I found on the web recently. Show More Summary

2011: Year the Childfree Go Mainstream

Thank you Lisa Hymas for writing such a great article for www.Grist.org 2010: The year childfree went mainstream (thanks, Oprah!) It's true! When Oprah outs herself as happily childfree in a Barbara Walters interview, the childfree are definitely put on the map. This is the best gift I have received this Christmas!

The Changing Roles of Women

Back in August of 2009, I posted a piece here on this blog about women who became the breadwinners for their family during this recent recession. Not so long ago, in the 50’s in many middle-class and affluent communities, it was considered shameful for a man to have a wife who was a working women. Show More Summary

Parenthood and Mental Health

As I was cleaning up my office I came across an article from 2006 I had printed out when I was doing the research for Two Is Enough: A Couple’s Guide to Living Childless by Choice. It’s titled “Parenthood Ups Mental Illness Risk” and was written by Jasmine Karalakulasingam, M.D. Show More Summary

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