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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”

Childfree Crones

Marcia Drut-Davis

Childfree Crones on: Why International Childfree Day?

by Laura Carroll & Marcia Drut-Davis

It’s official – With Marcia Drut-Davis, author of Confessions of a Childfree Woman, in her 70s and me in my 50s, we’re childfree elders. Childfree crones. We’ve been working toward societal acceptance of having no children by choice for quite some time now. With Marcia, it goes back to 1974. Continue reading “Childfree Crones on: Why International Childfree Day?”

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Where Are We, After 40+ Years of Talking About the Childfree Choice?

As 2015 came to a close, it marked another year of talking about the childfree choice  Let’s take stock. In the big picture, we’ve seen an ascent of talk about this choice in the public sphere since the 70s. That’s over four decades. Where are we after 40+ years of talking about the childfree choice? Let’s start with a quick broad stroke look back in time: Continue reading “Where Are We, After 40+ Years of Talking About the Childfree Choice?”

childfree in china

A Chinese Reader’s Take on Families of Two & The Baby Matrix

I recently received an e-letter from someone in China (who wishes to remain anonymous) who read my books, Families of Two and The Baby Matrix. With permission to share it, here are candid thoughts and insightful commentary on being childfree in China and its reproductive culture: Continue reading “A Chinese Reader’s Take on Families of Two & The Baby Matrix”

Laura Carroll, Childfree Choice

Q & A with the Author of the Book, Planned UnParenthood

I recently had the pleasure of asking Planned UnParenthood author Dann Alexander a few questions about himself and his book. There are a lot of books out there now about the childfree choice, but not many address the topic from a childfree man’s perspective. In Families of Two, we get real talk from childfree guys who were interviewed, but with Planned UnParenthood, Dann is the author; he might just be the only guy who has written a book on this topic! So here’s Dann –  Continue reading “Q & A with the Author of the Book, Planned UnParenthood”

Laura Carroll, nonfiction

True Stories on: Like That – Gone!

There’s nothing like a great true story. Sooner or later we all have one that may sound unbelievable, but it’s true. Tracing old steps in the Northwest recently sure brought one to mind from my life. It starts with a little cabin on the Sandy River at the base of Mount Hood, Oregon. Continue reading “True Stories on: Like That – Gone!”

Laura Carroll, Childfree

Karen Malone Wright, TheNotMom

My Interview at TheNotMom

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by the awesome women at TheNotMom. President and Executive Editor Karen Malone Wright (pictured) started her website in 2011 that “embraces all women without children, including their diverse life stories about ‘how’ and ‘why.’ ” Here’s some of my story: Continue reading “My Interview at TheNotMom”

Rebecca Skloot

Rebecca Skloot

Writing Nonfiction: Tips on Conducting Research Interviews

Have an idea for a nonfiction book? Will it require interviewing a lot of certain types of people?  Interviewing people may not sound that difficult, but there is a real art to conducting them effectively. Rebecca Skloot (pictured), author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks … Continue reading “Writing Nonfiction: Tips on Conducting Research Interviews”

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Having No Children in Later Years: Highlights of Recent Research

As I discuss in The Baby Matrix, since the year 2000 more research has been conducted on those with no children than ever before. Studies have been conducted in many countries in a variety of areas. One area in which there has been a good deal of research involves one’s the elder years. Here are some interesting research highlights: Continue reading “Having No Children in Later Years: Highlights of Recent Research”

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On the Advantages the Childfree Have For Parents and Kids

There remains the popular stereotype that the childfree must not like kids, and because we choose not to raise children we don’t want them to play a role in our lives.  This is just not true for so many people who don’t have kids by choice. As associate professor and sociology department chair at the University of Maine Amy Blackstone writes in her piece… Continue reading “On the Advantages the Childfree Have For Parents and Kids”