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”

Families of Two: Vicki and Nathan a Decade Later

I recently had the pleasure of reconnecting with a wonderful couple, Vicki Righettini and Nathan Meyers, who were interviewed in Families of Two.  They have been married 26 years now, and currently live in Boston. Continue reading “Families of Two: Vicki and Nathan a Decade Later”

DINKs, GINKs, Now Ding Chongs

In addition to today’s trends of the Chinese seeing parenthood as a choice, the recent article on the childfree in China also spoke to how “Dogs are the new bundles of joy for some childless families, giving rise to a new phenomenon known as  ding chong, or ‘double income with pet.’ ”  Are pets bundles of joy for more families without children than not? My take… Continue reading “DINKs, GINKs, Now Ding Chongs”

Do the Childfree Have Chore Wars?

Time magazine recently did an interesting article on the latest on married couples’  “chore wars.”   The gist: for couples with and without children, there is more of a domestic chore balance than ever before.  Why?  Research from the Pew Research Center point to the reason that … Continue reading “Do the Childfree Have Chore Wars?”

Do The Childfree Have a Distinct Wanderlust?

Any childfree person should know about sociologist Jean Veevers. She was a pioneer in the study of the childfree, or “voluntary childlessness” as it was called back then. Even in the 70s, she was writing about how the voluntary childless was a “neglected area of study.” Check out some of what she did find in her research.  Continue reading “Do The Childfree Have a Distinct Wanderlust?”

Happy Non-Parents Day! And Reporting Back: July 2011 On-the-Ground Question

Today is Non-Parents Day, as deemed by the National Alliance for Optional Parenthood years ago.  Spread the Word!  Check out my previous post and join many childfree on this day by writing 60 Minutes!

Reporting back on the July On-the-Ground Question–it was: Are you childfree when you don’t want kids of your own, but have step kids? Here’s what you said, and a tee up to the August question:

Reporting Back Part II: June 2011 On-the-Ground Question

Continuing the report back on the June On-the-Ground question, here is Part 2 of some excerpted highlights of what people said about the childfree person they admire most in their personal lives: Continue reading “Reporting Back Part II: June 2011 On-the-Ground Question”

Rise in Childfree Gen Xers: Challenging a Rationale

Check out some new data on the childfree: a study conducted by the Center for Work-Life Policy of 3000 Gen X men and women indicates that 43% of college educated Gen X women (ages 33-46) are child-free, “despite about three-quarters of them being in “long-term relationships and living with their partners.”

How do the researchers explain it? Get a load of this: Continue reading “Rise in Childfree Gen Xers: Challenging a Rationale”