I like to bring this post back around each year during holiday party time: Continue reading “The Art of Conversation: Childfree and Parents at Holiday Parties”
I sure remember loving Halloween when I was a kid. I loved figuring out my costume and carving a scary pumpkin.I had no clue of the roots of this holiday, and I bet that’s the case for most kids today. Of course I loved being able to run around the neighborhood with friends, stopping at every house to add to a growing bag of candy. It was rare for a house to be dark – as in no one was home – so we would not ring the front door bell, and yell “trick or treat!” there.
On my blog, La Vie Childfree, for awhile I did a monthly “Childfree On-the-Ground” question. At the beginning of the month, I asked a question, collected people’s responses over the course of the month, and then reported back on what people said at the end of the month. Here is one “OTG” question Continue reading “What the Childfree Like Most and Least About the Christmas Holiday”
I recently had the pleasure of talking with Magenta Baribeau, the 2014 Childfree Woman of the Year about the documentary she is working on, Maman? Non merci! Here’s the Q&A: Continue reading “Q&A with Documentary Filmmaker, Magenta Baribeau”
Author Kaye Walters has done something no other writer in the childfree genre has – she has conducted a survey of over 4000 childfree to learn about the childfree choice and those who make it.
I recently had the chance to interview her about the survey, her book, Kidfree & Lovin It! and more… Continue reading “Meet Kaye Walters, Childfree Author of Kidfree & Lovin’ It!”
I was delighted to see Henriette Mantel in last Sunday’s Chicago Tribune Lifestyles section in Heidi Steven’s piece, “Childless Writers Address Choice to Forego Parenthood.” Henriette is one of the generous authors who donated copies of her book, No Kidding: Women Writers on Bypassing Parenthood to the 2013 winners of Childfree Man & Woman of the Year award. Stevens closes with a great quote: Continue reading “The Childfree Genre: Bring on More Interviews & Essay Collections”
I’ve been tracking the childfree choice since the late 1990’s, and at the end of 2012 I posted a short poll to take an informal pulse on people’s views of its acceptance in today’s society. Thanks again to all of those who weighed in! Here is what I asked, and a few thoughts on the results. Continue reading “Chewing on Poll Results: Acceptance of the Childfree Choice”
First, thanks to all who responded to the short childfree survey in my last post! Of the over 600 responses (and still counting!), here is how responses have shaken out thus far: Continue reading “Reporting Back: Your Take on Childfree Acceptance 2012”
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”
One of the many misconceptions about those who have no children by choice is they don’t like kids. Many people don’t realize that a lot of childfree not only like kids, but have made kids the theme of their vocation. The childfree are teachers, special educators, child care professionals, pediatricians, and social workers who work with kids, just to name a few.
What is their experience of having their professional lives revolve around children and having no children of their own? Here’s a great piece by teacher Theresa Lembke …