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?”

Are the ‘Childless’ Really More Likely to Divorce?

You may have seen more articles popping up lately on how “childless” couples are more likely to divorce.  How it’s treated as a “statistical reality”  needs to be challenged and clarified. Let’s start with some of the more “popular” data… Continue reading “Are the ‘Childless’ Really More Likely to Divorce?”

Flashback: Non-Parents Day in 1973

Thanks to a savvy source who located a New York Times archived article, I’ve found out how the National Organization for Non-Parents, or NON (which later become the National Alliance for Optional Parenthood, or NAOP) celebrated Non-Parents Day in 1973–and they did in style.  Continue reading “Flashback: Non-Parents Day in 1973”

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”

The Real Deal on DINKs and Money

By now, most people have heard of the term “DINKs,” or “double income no kids.” The term started to be more commonly used about a decade ago. When it comes to the “income” part, couples with no kids don’t have all the expenses that come with raising kids, so they should have more disposable cash, right? Take a closer look…

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A Tough Way to Realize You Are Childfree

The childfree know that there are lots of ways we come to this decision. Many of us know early in life, and many come to the decision over time for a variety of reasons. But a recent comment by a guy on boingboing reminded of a reason we don’t hear about as much. The decision, or realization even, can come by way of miscarriage. Some couples have to admit a sense of relief.  As the boingboing  commenter says, “as horrible as this sounds, we weren’t as sad as we should’ve been.” It may be taboo to admit, but … Continue reading “A Tough Way to Realize You Are Childfree”

Laura Carroll, Childfree Choice

Parenthood versus Childfree Part III

Now for the third area from Alison Cameron’s article, “Do children really make us happy? Alison Cameron compares parenthood with a childfree life” from The Sun Herald.  Like the two posts before this one, first you’ll see the quoted content from Cameron’s article.  Check out the third area: Health.  Continue reading “Parenthood versus Childfree Part III”