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A Global Look at Not Having Children

At the beginning of January, some interesting ‘not having children’ numbers came out regarding women in their 40s.  This Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) table gives a succinct summary:  Continue reading “A Global Look at Not Having Children”

Talking Pronatalism on the Podcast, This is Home

Check out the latest This is Home podcast just up today that talks about the choice to not have children.

I had a great interview with Producer/Co-Host Erica Gerard, and was happy to be part of this podcast!

The mission of the This is Home podcast is to “tell stories that expand the understanding of what family means to be more inclusive and reflective of the kind of families we see and experience every day – in all of their beautiful and messy forms.”  This podcast episode speaks to home when it means “families of two“!

The podcast can also be found on itunes.  Thank you, This is Home, for discussing this!

 

 

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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”

Having No Children in Later Years: Highlights of Recent Research

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”

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”

Retired Niche Living – What Would the Childfree Version Look Like?

In the same edition of TIME as the article on living alone as “the new norm,” there’s another one that got me thinking about childfree applications. This one is on “niche aging.” Fast forward to your retirement (ok, that might seem far away but from On-the-Ground question responses, many think way ahead about this!) with this idea… Continue reading “Retired Niche Living – What Would the Childfree Version Look Like?”

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Think Parent/Childfree Friendships Can Have Their Challenges? Check Out Fertility Jealousy

As many childfree and parents know,  there is an art to friendships where one person has children and the other does not-by choice.  These friendships all too often have their challenges.  But what about friendships in which one person is having no problem having kids, and the other … Continue reading “Think Parent/Childfree Friendships Can Have Their Challenges? Check Out Fertility Jealousy”

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?”