At this time of year, people without children by choice can come up against inaccurate assumptions others make about them. One common assumption about this growing segment of the population is that we are more likely not to celebrate Christmas because we don’t have kids. We don’t have to do the Santa thing and all that surrounds it....more
Democrat Jari Askins and Republican Mary Fallin are running to become Oklahoma’s first female governor. Askins has been a judge, a legislator, head of a state agency and a corporate attorney, and now is the state’s lieutenant governor....more
Condoleezza Rice got up close and personal recently in Ladies Home Journal. One question she was asked got to her feelings about not having kids and not being married:
"Would you consider that you've lived a fulfilled life if you never get married or have kids? Yeah, I will....more
The topic of childfree couples has made it to a day time talk shows of late. While this is a good thing, to expose and educate the public on this choice and those who make it the segments could be so much more.
For example, Tyra Banks just had a couple on her show....more
WebMd video has a great short video about couples who choose not to have children: http://www.webmd.com/video/child-free-couples
It cites that by the year 2010 we could see a 44% increase in couples who choose not to have children.
It lays out some of the most common reasons couples choose this -- time, economics and sheer lack of desire.
One man talks a...more
This is a great story about the journey from childless to childfree by Sarah Clark.*
My life is a miracle, or so I’ve been told. And I agree, though not for the same reasons. I have a wonderful job, a loving husband, no debt, good savings, close family and friends, tolerably good mental health and a cat to dote on. In the world we live in, all that is pretty miraculous....more
If you want kids and are just not ready yet or do not want to be a parent, a common experience is getting the message from our parents or our partner's parents is they think we are ready, and they exhibit direct or indirect pressure to "start trying."
Why the pressure? While th...more
I love stories about people getting that there are contributions made in every family and community by the childfree, and the special role we have to play parents' and childrens' lives. Siobhan Hannan, Australian counselor and psychotherapist is one such person. Her recent piece on abc.au couldn't say it better....more
There is scuttle out there about the better word to use if you do not have children by choice--child"less" or child"free." There is also the “biologically childfree.” These are folks that are parents, yet consider themselves childfree. Cambridge Dictionary online defines childfree as “people who choose not to have children.” “Have children” in this definition does tend to imply having them biologically....more