Christmas

Assumptions about the Childfree and Christmas

At this time of year, people without children by choice can come up against inaccurate assumptions others make about them. Many people can assume that this growing segment of the population tends not to celebrate Christmas because they don’t have kids. Continue reading “Assumptions about the Childfree and Christmas”

Update on the Work of Israeli Scholar and Author, Orna Donath

I recently heard from Orna Donath, an Israeli scholar and author I interviewed awhile back on the childfree in Israel. She has two new published articles about motherhood and regret in Israel based on her Ph.D. work. Check them out and my interview with her here:

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Growing Research on the Childfree in India

As an author on the childfree choice, I am always keeping the pulse on international trends. Awhile back I posted on the growing numbers of childfree in India. It seems research in this area is growing in this country as well. Most recently, a research scholar at Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai who is looking for research participants contacted me. Continue reading “Growing Research on the Childfree in India”

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”

Recent Research on Childlessness in Australia

Dr. Bronwyn Harman, psychology and social science professor at Perth’s Edith Cowan University conducted a survey of women with no children in Australia, specifically looking at why they chose not to have children. Here are highlights of what she found: Continue reading “Recent Research on Childlessness in Australia”

A Hot Off the Press Dissertation on Childfree Women

Childfree Psy.D. student, Adi Avivi MS, recently conducted an interesting dissertation project. It examined childfree women’s communication on online platforms. I asked Adi if she would summarize her research for us to read here, and she was kind enough to say yes! Here is her summary: Continue reading “A Hot Off the Press Dissertation on Childfree Women”

March is Women’s History Month: Who’s One of Your Childless-Childfree Favorites?

Here’s to March as Women’s History Month – As a way to honor it, I invite you to write in one (or more) of your favorite women from history who did not have children.  She can be someone who was childless by circumstance or not, or a woman who was childfree-someone who consciously chose not to have children in eras where that was a bold choice.

Even if you don’t know how she came to have no children (I find not knowing exactly how many came to have no children is fairly common, at least from reading the history books), if she is one of your favorites, write in about her….let’s focus on great women from history whose lives did not include motherhood.

But first… Continue reading “March is Women’s History Month: Who’s One of Your Childless-Childfree Favorites?”

Why Ashley Judd is Childfree

I am reading Ashley Judd’s memoir, All That is Bitter & Sweet. I have been a big fan of her acting work, and now learning more about her international humanitarian work –  Amazing and inspiring.  And she is childfree – Early on in the book she describes why she chose not to have children… Continue reading “Why Ashley Judd is Childfree”

A Journalist’s 5 Month Debate on the Parenthood Decision

Sharon Pian Chan of seattletimes.com recently wrote a piece on how she and her husband arrived at their decision not to have children.  Like so many childfree couples, they took the parenthood decision seriously. In her piece, she asks a number of questions that deserve elaboration… Continue reading “A Journalist’s 5 Month Debate on the Parenthood Decision”

Laura Carroll, Childfree Choice

Studies Dissecting Differences in Happiness and Meaning

Let’s broadening the happiness question from my last post to meaning and purpose in life.  I began to delve into this earlier in my career, when I had a job counseling people who had been laid off from their jobs. What I learned from this experience became the foundation for my first book.  Of late in this area we see interesting dissection of the differences between happiness and meaning. Take this new study… Continue reading “Studies Dissecting Differences in Happiness and Meaning”