aging parents

Author Francine Russo on Siblings Caring for Aging Parents

Staying on the theme of one’s later years –

During the last year of journalist and author Francine Russo‘s diabetic mother’s life, her aging husband and youngest daughter took care of her. Francine’s sister never asked her to do anything, and she didn’t volunteer. She got the dig from her sister — “You’re not around.”  Continue reading “Author Francine Russo on Siblings Caring for Aging Parents”

Laura Carroll, The Baby Matrix

Tell Your Story and Get a Free Copy of The Baby Matrix!

I have recently had the pleasure of being contacted by the founder of a new blog, Childfree Indian, who gets the many negative impacts pronatalism has on our world.

To kick off the blog discussions, there is a cool offer-tell your story of being pressured to have kids and you get a free copy of my book! The stories have started to come in; meanwhile, a few words about nipping this kind of pressure in the bud. Continue reading “Tell Your Story and Get a Free Copy of The Baby Matrix!”

On the Advantages the Childfree Have For Parents and Kids

There remains the popular stereotype that the childfree must not like kids, and because we choose not to raise children we don’t want them to play a role in our lives.  This is just not true for so many people who don’t have kids by choice. As associate professor and sociology department chair at the University of Maine Amy Blackstone writes in her piece… Continue reading “On the Advantages the Childfree Have For Parents and Kids”

More on the Rise of Gen Xers Saying No to Kids

Back in September I posted on a newly released research publication on GenXers by The Center for Work Life Policy,  part of which reported that over 40% of women ages 41-45 did not have children, and by age 40, 36% of Gen X men also don’t have children. Researchers explained this trend as potentially a “creeping non-choice” which I challenged. A comment came in that… Continue reading “More on the Rise of Gen Xers Saying No to Kids”

Children’s Book Author and Mother Jane Tara’s Lessons for Parents and Young Flyers

One of my favorite article sleuths sent me this to me – “Come Cry With Me.”  There’s been a lot of ink out there about the perils of being on planes with parents, babies and children, bantering between many parents and those want family sections on planes or childfree flights, and even… Continue reading “Children’s Book Author and Mother Jane Tara’s Lessons for Parents and Young Flyers”

Are the Childfree More Likely to be Left Out of Wills?

A recent Dear Abby I ran across, “Childless Grandchild Left Out of Will,” got me thinking about the childfree, wills and inheritance. Here are 3 reasons why the childfree might not make it into wills: Continue reading “Are the Childfree More Likely to be Left Out of Wills?”

Does Being an Aunt Beat Being a Mother?

My niece sent me a link to the New York Times.com article by single-no-kids Kate Bolick, “Let’s Hear It For Aunthood.” Bolick makes some interesting points, starting with-because nearly 1 in 5 American women in her early 40s does not have children and that more women are marrying and having children later, if at all, “they have more time to… Continue reading “Does Being an Aunt Beat Being a Mother?”

Trending: Saying No To Marriage

The National Marriage Project, which conducts research on marriage and family in the United States, has a new report out on divorce, cohabitation and marriage. When it comes to living together, the research found that in the last 40 years… Continue reading “Trending: Saying No To Marriage”

Kids on flights: 5 tips to avoid and 5 tips for parents

Reading Corrine McDermott’s “5 Tips to Avoid Flying With Kids” had me shaking my head.

It got me thinking about tips that focus on the parents—ways they can show consideration and respect for their fellow passengers. First, Ms. McDermott’s 5 tips, and then 5 of mine: Continue reading “Kids on flights: 5 tips to avoid and 5 tips for parents”