As Vicki Larson, author of The New “I Do”, was reading Avivah Wittenberg-Cox’s Late Love: Mating in Maturity, she noticed that when the author talks about her “gray divorce” – her divorce after 22 years of marriage, “one thing kept coming up” as a good time to start anew. Her children had left home or were about to, and “she talks as if that’s the scenario for all 50-somethings.” Continue reading “Vicki Larson & I Talk Childfree “Gray Divorce””
Have you seen the recently released book, Kid Me Not: An Anthology by Childfree Women of the 60s Now in their 60s. Is that a clever book idea or what. And the life accounts in it give readers a good look into a generation of women making the childfree choice at a time when it was not as accepted as it is today. Reading the women’s stories made me think of my interview with the gals at “Fab Over 50” awhile back.
As I discuss in The Baby Matrix, since the year 2000 more research has been conducted on those with no children than ever before. Studies have been conducted in many countries in a variety of areas. One area in which there has been a good deal of research involves one’s the elder years. Here are some interesting research highlights: Continue reading “Having No Children in Later Years: Highlights of Recent Research”
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”
Last year Grist did a piece on why the childfree had finally gone mainstream. I had to disagree. While this choice is talked about more than ever before, it’s not hit mainstream acceptance by a long shot. One big reason? Religion. This “Happily Childfree” post by a Catholic medical student is a sure reminder of how certain religions will always stand in the way… Continue reading “Case In Point: Why Accepting the Childfree Choice is Still on the Uphill Climb”
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”
Bryan Caplan, author of Selfish Reasons to Have Kids, may think that because parenting can be easier than you think so you shouldn’t hesitate to keep having more kids, but…
I recently reconnected with Erin and Jeff, one of the couples interviewed in Families of Two. They also appeared on The Early Show with me. At the time Families of Two came out, they had been married for 12 years–so now 22. They are both teachers. I asked them a few questions regarding their childfree status a decade later. Here are their thoughts… Continue reading “Families of Two’s Couple Erin and Jeff a Decade Later”
On May 25th Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, archbishop of Genoa, President of the Italian Episcopal Conference, addressed fellow Italian bishops at the 61st plenary assembly and called Italy’s declining birthrate “slow demographic suicide.” “Over 50% of families today are without children,” and according to the article on LifeSite news.com, Continue reading “Italy’s Low Birthrates=Demographic Suicide?”
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.