I like to bring this post back around each year during holiday party time: Continue reading “The Art of Conversation: Childfree and Parents at Holiday Parties”
We see a lot of pieces out there with titles including “X number of things” to do/not to do or say/not to say regarding childless and childfree people, but a piece by Helene Tragos Stelian is one of the smartest I have seen in a while. Continue reading “Smart Talk about Conversing with Childless and Childfree Women”
One of the things the childfree know is how friendships so often change when their friends have children. Friendships can be challenged, can wane, even end. But they don’t have to; they can still go the distance. Continue reading “Giving Thanks for Childfree Friendships”
We have Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and so many other “Days” from Secretary Day to even National Vanilla Ice Cream Day–I kid you not! But back in the 70s there was a “Day” that it’s time to bring back – Non-Parents Day – which at one time was celebrated on August 1st. Continue reading “Let’s Bring Back August 1st as Non-Parents Day”
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”
Thanks to all who have written in so far on this month’s On-the-Ground question about their experience with childfree dating. Some great stories and unique ideas coming in~keep ’em coming–Will report back at the end of the month! One idea relates to singles in general–get involved in groups or organizations that are up to things you are interested in to meet like minds. Here is an example of this I came across that’s combined with speed dating:
Childfree Piper Hoffman has a thought-provoking post. While she sees the many “pros” of not having kids, she writes a forthcoming piece about some of the “cons” she feels…
Childfree-parent friendships can have their challenges, but this time of year can bring special kinds of challenges. Obviously, the childfree don’t do the Santa thing with their kids, but the parents do. There can be expectations of gifts and attending parties with kids. Or the reverse—the fact that we don’t have kids means parents assume we don’t want to be in on the Santa thing or party loop.
There are ways to help keep childfree-parent friendships strong at any time of year; let’s take a crack at applying some of them to holiday time… Continue reading “Childfree-Parent Friendships During the Holidays”
The November question: Who has been least accepting of you not wanting kids?