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The 2nd Not Mom Summit: Rescheduled

The next Not Mom Summit has been rescheduled to Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7, 2017.  These Summits bring together “women without children regardless of cause,” and give voice to the many roads that lead women not to become mothers. I invite you to be part of it! Here is a quick recap of the last Summit in October 2015:

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Melanie Notkin

Finding Connection, Commonality & Community at the First Not Mom Summit

This month I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the first Not Mom Summit. Over 100 women without children by choice, chance and circumstance gathered for keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and socializing. Of the many wonderful things that happened during this conference, I was struck by three things in particular: Continue reading “Finding Connection, Commonality & Community at the First Not Mom Summit”

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The 1st Conference of its Kind: The Not Mom Summit 2015

A first-ever conference is happening this Friday and Saturday: The Not Mom Summit. Spearheaded by Karen Malone Wright who runs the site The Not Mom, it is the first time women without children by choice, chance or circumstance will gather for presentations, discussions, and connection. I am excited to be part of it!

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International Childfree Day, Three Years Running

Last weekend on August 1st marked the third year of celebrating International Childfree Day and awarding the Childfree Man and Woman of the Year. How did it start? While running my blog, La Vie Childfree (which now lives here) , learning of an organization called the National Alliance for Optional Parenthood inspired the idea.

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The Back Story on August 1 as International Childfree Day

As many of you may know, my book, Families of Two, Interviews with Happily Married Couples Without Children by Choice, came out in 2000 and received international attention. This coupled with my blog, La Vie Childfree (which now lives here in my childfree writings library) and media presence since then, I’ve become a leading voice on the childfree choice. While running La Vie Childfree, I learned of an organization that existed in the 70s-early 80s-the National Alliance for Optional Parenthood. This gave me the idea to create August 1 as International Childfree Day. The back story:

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The Winners! The 2013 Childfree Woman & Man of the Year

Today, on International Childfree Day, the sponsors would like to announce the 2013 Childfree Man & Woman of the Year!  Thanks to all who sent in great nominations for this award.  Here are the winners: Continue reading “The Winners! The 2013 Childfree Woman & Man of the Year”

Let’s Bring Back August 1st as Non-Parents Day

We have Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and so many other “Days” from Secretary Day to even National Vanilla Ice Cream Day–I kid you not! But back in the 70s there was a “Day” that it’s time to bring back – Non-Parents Day – which at one time was celebrated on August 1st. Continue reading “Let’s Bring Back August 1st as Non-Parents Day”

Flashback: Non-Parents Day in 1973

Thanks to a savvy source who located a New York Times archived article, I’ve found out how the National Organization for Non-Parents, or NON (which later become the National Alliance for Optional Parenthood, or NAOP) celebrated Non-Parents Day in 1973–and they did in style.  Continue reading “Flashback: Non-Parents Day in 1973”