Reporting Back: September 2010 On-The-Ground Question

The September question: Was there ever a time in your adult life when you thought you wanted kids? If so, what changed your mind? Here’s what you said and the tee up to next month’s question:

50% Divorce Stat Under Scrutiny

There’s different research out there regarding marriage with and without kids and divorce. Some studies have said that childfree marriages are happier, thus more likely to go the distance.  Others have indicated that marriages that include parenthood are more likely to last longer.  Overall though, kids or not, we seem to buy the notion that half of all marriages end in divorce.

A recent Time.com article, “Are Marriage Statistics Divorced from Reality?”by Belinda Luscombe discusses this stat as a myth .. Continue reading “50% Divorce Stat Under Scrutiny”

Parenthood versus the Childfree Life Part II

On to the second area from Alison Cameron’s article, “Do children really make us happy? Alison Cameron compares parenthood with a childfree life” in The Sun Herald.  Like the Money topic from the last post, first you’ll see the quoted content from Cameron’s article (it originally appeared only in hard copy).

The second area : Relationships and Sex.

Continue reading “Parenthood versus the Childfree Life Part II”

Laura Carroll, the pill

Mother’s Day Part II–50th Bday of the Pill

Ironically, the Pill turned 50 on Mother’s Day.  According to an article in last weekend’s edition of USA Today, the FDA approved the pill in the first year of the “swingin sixties.” However, it clears up misconceptions that the pill did not spark the sexual revolution; also contrary to common belief, it did not cause a sudden drop in the U.S. fertility rate at the time.  At the time, there was also debate over whether it was going to promote promiscuity and lead to a decline in morals.

Andrea Tone, author of Devices and Desires: A History of Contraceptions in America, debunks this mythContinue reading “Mother’s Day Part II–50th Bday of the Pill”

PANKs

Goddaughter Kekoa

Childfree Aunties: We’re PANKs!

Anna Carey wrote a great piece in the Irish Independent about “PANKs” – Professional Aunts No Kids.  No more is the image of  childless aunties as “fussy ol ladies” — we’re a happening bunch that play an important role in children’s lives. Technically, I am not an aunt by blood but am an “auntie” to a few of my close friends’ kids. Some call me auntie, to others, I am their godmother. I’ll take either one. While I don’t want kids of my own, Continue reading “Childfree Aunties: We’re PANKs!”

Laura Carroll, Childfree Choice

The Art of Childfree and Parent Friendships

I have just returned from a trip with dear girlfriends. What a treasure to have close girlfriends! Mine are a combination of childfree women and moms.  On the heels of the trip, I’m inspired to say a few words about friendships that do not have children in common: Continue reading “The Art of Childfree and Parent Friendships”

big magic

Childfree and “Pro”- Creation

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the popular Eat Pray Love, has a new book out, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage. Like the couple I wrote about in my last post on Dr. Phil, in Committed Gilbert speaks to her genuine lack of desire to have a child: Continue reading “Childfree and “Pro”- Creation”

Marriage Defined vs. the Reality

While the Supreme Court decided the Prop 8 trial in San Francisco won’t be shown on youtube, as you’d expect it’s sure getting lots of ink. Like childfree blogger Daisy Duke says about what she has heard about gay marriage on the radio recently, some of the ink makes my hair stand on end too… Continue reading “Marriage Defined vs. the Reality”

Meeting Like – Minded Friends

In talking to people without children by choice for all over, many of them lament how hard it is to find other like minded people to socialize with.  When researching Families of Two, I learned of a great social club called No Kidding!  Continue reading “Meeting Like – Minded Friends”