happiness

Weighing In on Kids-No Kids Happiness Research

Hot off the research press are the results of two studies came out to add to the collection of research on who’s happiest — parents or those with no children. One was sponsored by Open University in Great Britain, and was based on an online survey of about 4500 respondents. The media has had a field day with it, particularly the findings that Continue reading “Weighing In on Kids-No Kids Happiness Research”

Families of Two

Are Families of Two a Family? Where Americans Stand

Sociology researcher Brian Powell has done some very interesting research about how today’s Americans define family.  Results in the book Counted Out  examine how men and women of different ages, races, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds view what constitutes a “family” and what doesn’t.

It looks at married and unmarried couples, heterosexual and same-sex couples, and couples with kids and without.  On the kid/no kid front, of course my opinion is inherent in the title of my book, Families of Two!  And the childfree agree. But what does the general population think? Continue reading “Are Families of Two a Family? Where Americans Stand”

On the Childfree Making the Cover of TIME

So last Thursday was a big day. The latest issue of Time magazine debuted (the Aug. 12 edition) the cover title, “The Childfree Life,” and “None is Enough,” as the issue’s feature article. On the same day, International Childfree Day, the winners of the 2013 Childfree Woman and Man of the Year were also announced.

As someone who has researched and written two books on childfree related topics, written about it online for quite some time now, and talked with thousands of childfree all over the world, it was hard not to have a peeve or two with the article…OK three…

The third led to this nod to some great childfree voices who helped pave the way for this kind of Time cover. Continue reading “On the Childfree Making the Cover of TIME”

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”

What Is One Single Decision to Reaching Long-term Financial Goals? The Childfree Life

Nadia Taha wrote an excellent essay recently in the “Your Money” section of the The New York Times.  She is in her late 20s, and she and her husband are like many couples – they want to buy a house, have savings, and comfortable retirement years. They’ve decided they don’t want children. Why? They see it as the “single decision” that can best help them… Continue reading “What Is One Single Decision to Reaching Long-term Financial Goals? The Childfree Life”

David Brooks and Outmoded Thinking About Singles and the Childfree

First, let me say I am a fan of David Brooks’ political commentary. But I can’t always say this about his thinking on sociological issues. Take his recent op-ed, “The Age of Possibility” in The New York Times.  You’ll see that he needs to expand his thinking about people who don’t have kids …and singles as well. Continue reading “David Brooks and Outmoded Thinking About Singles and the Childfree”

Canadians: Taking a Closer Look at New Childless Census Data

Canada released some additional 2011 Census numbers this week.  They include statistics on a variety of demographics, including rises in same-sex marriages and common-law relationships.  When it comes to numbers relating to the “childless” a little dissection is needed, as well as reaction to some media commentary. Check it out. Continue reading “Canadians: Taking a Closer Look at New Childless Census Data”

What the Childfree and the Done At Ones Have in Common

A regular commenter here at La Vie Childfree recently wrote me about the top five bingos she has received as a “Done at One.” They are more related to what’s behind a lot of bingos the childfree get than you might think. Check it out. Continue reading “What the Childfree and the Done At Ones Have in Common”

Giving Thanks For the Childfree Life

We talk about the challenges of being childfree a lot here, but at this time of year, let’s talk about what is great about having chosen not to have children–when it comes to the childfree life, what is on your list to be thankful for? I’ll start. Continue reading “Giving Thanks For the Childfree Life”