Charles Knowlton: A Father of Children as a Choice

In Elizabeth Kolbert’s recent article in The New Yorker talks about a guy who sure is worth knowing about: doctor Charles Knowlton. Why? Because he is a father of the idea that having children is a choice, that parenthood is optional. Check out what Kolbert says… Continue reading “Charles Knowlton: A Father of Children as a Choice”

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”

Retired Niche Living – What Would the Childfree Version Look Like?

In the same edition of TIME as the article on living alone as “the new norm,” there’s another one that got me thinking about childfree applications. This one is on “niche aging.” Fast forward to your retirement (ok, that might seem far away but from On-the-Ground question responses, many think way ahead about this!) with this idea… Continue reading “Retired Niche Living – What Would the Childfree Version Look Like?”

What The Childfree & Living Solo Have in Common

I recently saw a stat that surprised me in the TIME article,  “Living Alone is the New Norm.”  Latest 2011 U.S. Census data tell us that 28% of Americans live alone.  That number means they are now “tied with childless couples as the most prominent residential type.”  The meaning of “Childless” here includes … Continue reading “What The Childfree & Living Solo Have in Common”

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New Pew Research Center Survey on 20 & 30 Somethings

Pew Research Center has a new survey report out that details the impact of the recent recession on the attitudes of a generation of mostly 20- and 30-somethings. Check it out.. Continue reading “New Pew Research Center Survey on 20 & 30 Somethings”

Beyond the Baby Bump: Birth is Big Business

A  recent article in TIME magazine, “The 1% Birth. Why baby Beyonces are little profit center for hospitals” struck me as an example of the power of pronatalism. Why?  Birth is big business…and particularly “luxe” birth. Continue reading “Beyond the Baby Bump: Birth is Big Business”