Making Motherhood a Choice in Brazil

There’s some good stuff happening in Brazil. A facebook follower recently posted a link about the first book out on the childless by choice topic. It is not available in English yet so I hear, but when it is I will let you know!

Another person who visits my families of two facebook page posted a recent story about an organization involved in changing “the embedded view in poor teenagers that suggests motherhood is a destination instead of a personal choice.” Vera Cordeiro, Founder and General Superintendant of Associação Saude Criança, gives detail: Continue reading “Making Motherhood a Choice in Brazil”

Why How to “Have It All” Advice Comes Up Short

How women can achieve work-life balance and “have it all” remains a hot topic, and some high powered women have lots to say about it. Take Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Sheryl Sandberg.  Named Forbes magazine 5th most powerful woman in the world and Fortune‘s 12th most powerful women in business, she believes a key to having it all “starts with Continue reading “Why How to “Have It All” Advice Comes Up Short”

One of the Greatest War Correspondents of the 20th Century: Martha Gellhorn

In theme with Memorial Day, USA Today highlighted a new HBO movie, Hemingway & Gellhorn, starring Clive Owen as Hemingway, and Nicole Kidman as Martha Gellhorn, Hemingway’s his third wife. Gellhorn had an amazing life.  As Nicole Kidman says, “Her main thrust as a woman was not as a mother or a wife. It was as…  Continue reading “One of the Greatest War Correspondents of the 20th Century: Martha Gellhorn”

Childfree Introverts, Extroverts, or Ambiverts?

I continue to be curious about whether the childfree are more likely to be introverted. I posted on this topic awhile back with some interesting research on introverts, and more recently read Susan Cain’s excellent book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking looking for possible answers… Continue reading “Childfree Introverts, Extroverts, or Ambiverts?”

Charles Knowlton: A Father of Children as a Choice

In Elizabeth Kolbert’s recent article in The New Yorker talks about a guy who sure is worth knowing about: doctor Charles Knowlton. Why? Because he is a father of the idea that having children is a choice, that parenthood is optional. Check out what Kolbert says… Continue reading “Charles Knowlton: A Father of Children as a Choice”

Falling Birthrates, More Elderly – An Opportunity?

One of the many ways being childfree has been criticized relates to how it contributes to falling birthrates. Some experts think that low birthrates are not good for the future of countries, or the world, for that matter.  Why?  Because there will be too many old people. As  Bryan Walsh on Times’s Ecocentric blog writes, Continue reading “Falling Birthrates, More Elderly – An Opportunity?”

The Many Women in History Who Got It–that Motherhood is Optional

Have you seen the collage of never-mom women from history (and some still alive) on pinterest? Olivia Reading has done a great job. It’s Women’s History Month, and I find it inspiring!  Check it out, and maybe it will inspire your answer to this month’s On-the-Ground Question.   Simone de Beauvoir (pictured) is one of mine… Continue reading “The Many Women in History Who Got It–that Motherhood is Optional”

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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”

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New Pew Research Center Survey on 20 & 30 Somethings

Pew Research Center has a new survey report out that details the impact of the recent recession on the attitudes of a generation of mostly 20- and 30-somethings. Check it out.. Continue reading “New Pew Research Center Survey on 20 & 30 Somethings”