Inequitable Work-Life Policies in the Workplace

There is a lot of talk these days about “work-family balance.” Promoting more parental leave, flex-time and telecommuting policies for working mothers and fathers does help support working parents’ ability to care for their new babies and children. However, there is a big problem with Continue reading “Inequitable Work-Life Policies in the Workplace”

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”

Childfree and Parent-to-be Friendships

There’s a good deal of talk about how the childfree often lose friends when kids come on the scene, or at least about how the friendships change.  Here’s a woman who asks the friendship question from the perspective of the parent-to-be: “How can I keep my childfree friends in my life when I decide to have a child?”  My answer: Continue reading “Childfree and Parent-to-be Friendships”

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”

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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”

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”

Beyond the Baby Bump: Birth is Big Business

A  recent article in TIME magazine, “The 1% Birth. Why baby Beyonces are little profit center for hospitals” struck me as an example of the power of pronatalism. Why?  Birth is big business…and particularly “luxe” birth. Continue reading “Beyond the Baby Bump: Birth is Big Business”