How to Make a Child-Free Woman Feel Awkward

In the past year and ESPECIALLY in the past few months, I’ve been surrounded by babies, particularly newborns. My best friend and brother both had their firstborns within days of each other, so naturally a lot of photoshoots followed....more
Bodynsoil exactly!  it's the best.more

In Work/Life Balance, Where Is the Balance Between Parents and Non-Parents?

This past February, my furnace went kaput. One day, it was a nice 68 degrees—downright tropical during the winter's Polar Vortex. The next day, I could have sworn I saw my breath. After a few moments of panic and mentally preparing myself to freeze to death in my sleep—alone, childless, forever single—I was able to do the adult thing and schedule a repair. Someone would be headed to my home the following afternoon. I paused briefly upon realizing that I'd need to be home in the middle of the workday … but this was an emergency. ...more
jphuwiler good question!more

What If I Never Have Kids?

Society keeps telling us that time is running out and that if we are ever going to pursue motherhood, we should get on it sooner rather than later. I understand the science that supports this belief but I still can’t help but feel like it’s a scare tactic....more
Thanks for sharing your real life story. Its fine not to have kids, Regret never having had them ...more

Please Put Me Out of My Misery

 Is this really what “Death with Dignity” is all about?  Relieving oneself from chronic pain and suffering. When a beloved pet is terminally ill and suffering it is a norm to take it to the vet, hold it in your arms and cuddle to the last dying breath. Why does this have to be different from our loved one, a human being?...more

I Don't Want No Freakin' Kids

Hi. This is a contentious topic. I know it is. So I'll just lay it on the table:...more

Invisible Money

So, I owe the idea for this post to a comment from a good friend. Having both viewed The Oatmeal’s validating comic Why Haven’t You Had Kids Yet?, we exchanged a few responses to the comic, and that was that. Or so I thought. That is, until her last response, which went something like: “if there was a way to show the gobs of $$$$ leaving that woman's bank account it would be even better.”Hmmmmmm….is there a way to show the gobs of $$$$ leaving that woman’s bank account?...more

No Really, I Never Want to Have Kids

I am twenty-four years old and I can tell you, without a shadow of a doubt, that I don’t want to have children. Ever. When I get on my own health insurance I want to get my tubes tied, and until then I will take every possible precaution to avoid getting pregnant. We live in the 21st century, so why is a woman who opts to stay childfree for life still given the stink-eye?...more
"I choose not to allocate my body and my financial, emotional, and physical resources to that ...more

How to Make a Child-Free Woman Feel Awkward

In the past year and ESPECIALLY in the past few months, I’ve been surrounded by babies, particularly newborns. My best friend and brother both had their firstborns within days of each other, so naturally a lot of photoshoots followed....more
Bodynsoil exactly!  it's the best.more

Kidpanzees

Dear Ann Abler,I'm 34 and my fiance and I don't know if we're sold on the idea of having kids. What do you think? Is it everything they say it is?...more
E. R. Catalano yeah...I fear the bonobo stage, which I believe are the teenage years. ;)more

In Work/Life Balance, Where Is the Balance Between Parents and Non-Parents?

This past February, my furnace went kaput. One day, it was a nice 68 degrees—downright tropical during the winter's Polar Vortex. The next day, I could have sworn I saw my breath. After a few moments of panic and mentally preparing myself to freeze to death in my sleep—alone, childless, forever single—I was able to do the adult thing and schedule a repair. Someone would be headed to my home the following afternoon. I paused briefly upon realizing that I'd need to be home in the middle of the workday … but this was an emergency. ...more
jphuwiler good question!more

What If I Never Have Kids?

Society keeps telling us that time is running out and that if we are ever going to pursue motherhood, we should get on it sooner rather than later. I understand the science that supports this belief but I still can’t help but feel like it’s a scare tactic....more
Thanks for sharing your real life story. Its fine not to have kids, Regret never having had them ...more

15 Reasons I Am DONE Having Kids (And 10 Reasons I'm Not Sure)

 I dipped my spoon into the molten lava cake and ice cream I shouldn't be eating (and wouldn't be, if I fit into my favorite skinny jeans), and slowly raised my eyes up to his, only to see them trailing off somewhere in the half-empty chain restaurant. I know he's already mentally changed the subject, so I distract myself looking at the kind-of-cute waiter's tattoos and let it go (for now). ...more