The Year 2000 & Now: Reasons Why People Decide to be Childfree

I was pleased to recently see an interview study conducted by sociologist Amy Blackstone and Mahala Dyer Stewart. Amy and I have worked together on International Childfree Day and have been involved with the NotMom Summit. She and Dyer Stewart interviewed 12 women and 10 men on the reasons they chose not to have children. What they learned is similar to what I found from interviewing childfree couples for my book, Families of Two. Continue reading “The Year 2000 & Now: Reasons Why People Decide to be Childfree”


What Is One Single Decision to Reaching Long-term Financial Goals? The Childfree Life

Nadia Taha wrote an excellent essay recently in the “Your Money” section of the The New York Times.  She is in her late 20s, and she and her husband are like many couples – they want to buy a house, have savings, and comfortable retirement years. They’ve decided they don’t want children. Why? They see it as the “single decision” that can best help them… Continue reading “What Is One Single Decision to Reaching Long-term Financial Goals? The Childfree Life”

Laura Carroll, Childfree Choice

What to Expect When You’ll Never Be Expecting

The October issue of Women’s Health Magazine has an article by Carrie Anton that takes a clever angle on what to expect from others in reaction to the childfree choice.  It’s titled, “What to Expect When You’re Not Expecting.” I’d say to aptly reflect being childfree it should be… Continue reading “What to Expect When You’ll Never Be Expecting”


Cringe-worthy Things to Say to the Childfree

In my interview 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: Continue reading “Cringe-worthy Things to Say to the Childfree”

Laura Carroll, Childfree Choice

Back to the Debate on Who’s Happiest – Parents or Non-Parents

Here we go again. An article on, “Parents are happier than non-parents, studies suggest” talks about two new studies that involve data from thousands of adults around the globe.  Here is what researcher Chris Herbst of Arizona State University says is undeniable about the findings… Continue reading “Back to the Debate on Who’s Happiest – Parents or Non-Parents”

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Childfree and Parent-to-be Friendships

There’s a good deal of talk about how the childfree often lose friends when kids come on the scene, or at least about how the friendships change.  Here’s a woman who asks the friendship question from the perspective of the parent-to-be: “How can I keep my childfree friends in my life when I decide to have a child?”  My answer: Continue reading “Childfree and Parent-to-be Friendships”


Another 99% and 1%: This time related to Contraception

Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Action Fund recently talked about “The Other 99%” in her post about forces going after restricting access to birth control. Fact: “99% of women in the U.S. who have been sexually active have used birth control. It’s used by women of every demographic, every geographic location, every income level — and every religious group.” She asks, “So does it sound crazy that a small group of religious leaders and tea-party Republicans are fighting to eliminate women’s access to birth control? Crazy but true… Continue reading “Another 99% and 1%: This time related to Contraception”


Do the Childfree Have Chore Wars?

Time magazine recently did an interesting article on the latest on married couples’  “chore wars.”   The gist: for couples with and without children, there is more of a domestic chore balance than ever before.  Why?  Research from the Pew Research Center point to the reason that … Continue reading “Do the Childfree Have Chore Wars?”


Are the Childless Really More Likely to Divorce?

You may have seen more articles popping up lately on how “childless” couples are more likely to divorce.  How it’s treated as a “statistical reality”  needs to be challenged and clarified. Let’s start with some of the more “popular” data… Continue reading “Are the Childless Really More Likely to Divorce?”


Happy Non-Parents Day! And Reporting Back: July 2011 On-the-Ground Question

Today is Non-Parents Day, as deemed by the National Alliance for Optional Parenthood years ago.  Spread the Word!  Check out my previous post and join many childfree on this day by writing 60 Minutes!

Reporting back on the July On-the-Ground Question–it was: Are you childfree when you don’t want kids of your own, but have step kids? Here’s what you said, and a tee up to the August question: