Do Working Parents Deserve First Choice on Shifts?

Working parents have a lot to juggle. So does everyone else. The question at hand is: Do working parents deserve to have first choice and priority in choosing work shifts and receiving work flexibility? According to a Canadian Court, employers are obliged to accommodate employee's child-care requests and needs. The Globe and Mail reports: ...more
I say your renegade approach is the right approach! ~Laura Carroll http://lauracarroll.com more

5 Things NOT to Say to the Childfree

I was recently interviewed for an article in womansday on what not to say to the childfree. Writer Charlotte Lavala asked me about "cringe-worthy" things women can say to their childfree woman friends. I gave her a boatload of ideas, and a couple landed in the article. Here is more of what I told her:1. Asking, "Is/Are your ______ ok with you not wanting kids?" Fill in "husband" or "parents" or "grandparents"....more
 @wendidm The "sorry" was just in reference to having to deal with insensitivities and getting ... more

5 Things NOT to Say to the Childfree

I was recently interviewed for an article in womansday on what not to say to the childfree. Writer Charlotte Lavala asked me about "cringe-worthy" things women can say to their childfree woman friends. I gave her a boatload of ideas, and a couple landed in the article. Here is more of what I told her:1. Asking, "Is/Are your ______ ok with you not wanting kids?" Fill in "husband" or "parents" or "grandparents"....more
 @themhalf Your comment reminds me about what on woman told me she says when asked, Why don't ... more

5 Things NOT to Say to the Childfree

I was recently interviewed for an article in womansday on what not to say to the childfree. Writer Charlotte Lavala asked me about "cringe-worthy" things women can say to their childfree woman friends. I gave her a boatload of ideas, and a couple landed in the article. Here is more of what I told her:1. Asking, "Is/Are your ______ ok with you not wanting kids?" Fill in "husband" or "parents" or "grandparents"....more
Corrine, Yes, that one too! Like we might not go to heaven if we don't change our minds on this, ... more

5 Things NOT to Say to the Childfree

I was recently interviewed for an article in womansday on what not to say to the childfree. Writer Charlotte Lavala asked me about "cringe-worthy" things women can say to their childfree woman friends. I gave her a boatload of ideas, and a couple landed in the article. Here is more of what I told her:1. Asking, "Is/Are your ______ ok with you not wanting kids?" Fill in "husband" or "parents" or "grandparents"....more
I do agree with ItsAllRelative -- there are a lot of  "what not to articles" out there.  Like I ... more

Would You Really Trust A Man To Take Birth Control Pills?

 On the news I heard a snippet of a story saying that scientists are one step closer to creating a birth control pill for men after finding a new human sex hormone that could be used to suppress male fertility. At first, I thought sure, that would be an excellent idea. Let men take responsibility from preventing their progeny from popping up all over the world. Why not have another alternative, besides a condom, for men to use, because we all know men use condoms ALL the time (rightttttttttttttttttttttttt). ...more
I think I 'd prefer to see evidence that he had the RISUG procedure...I hear it should be ... more

How Fertility Jealousy Can Challenge a Friendship

As many childfree and parents know, there is an art to friendships where one person has children and the other does not-by choice. These friendships all too often have their challenges. But what about friendships in which one person is having no problem having kids, and the other person does not have kids, definitely not by choice?...more
@victorias_view I wish all childfree - parent friendships could say the same...I am like you-my ... more

How Fertility Jealousy Can Challenge a Friendship

As many childfree and parents know, there is an art to friendships where one person has children and the other does not-by choice. These friendships all too often have their challenges. But what about friendships in which one person is having no problem having kids, and the other person does not have kids, definitely not by choice?...more
@SunbonnetSmart.com Hi Robin, I have a dear friend who tried for a long time to get pregnant, ... more

Resolutions? Try a Word or Mantra Instead

This post is inspired by my recent comment on the BlogHer Life Well Lived post. A friend of mine recently told me that instead of coming up with new year resolutions that, for her, are inevitably forgotten (which then results in a feeling of failure at the end of the year), she picks a word (or phrase) to live by during the year. Her word for last year was 'Still". Which meant that she was able to focus on...wait for it...being still. ...more
My word for this year is "gratitiude." To try and always live from this vantage point. There is ... more

What the Childfree and Single-Child Parents Share

A mother of an only child recently wrote me about the top five "bingos" she has received as a "Done at One," or DAO.  They are more related to what's behind a lot of bingos the childfree get than you might think. Here they are:Top 5 Bingos to the DAO1. You only had ONE child? Why didn't you want more?...more
@Crunchygoddess Do you think it is common when they have one or two? Does not seem so...~L more