Studies Singles-Do More Men or Women Not Want Kids? recently funded a study of what TIME magazine says might “be the biggest study of single people ever.”  They may have paid for it, but Helen Fisher at Rutgers University, Stephanie Coontz at Binghamton University and an independent company actually did the study of 5,200 singles ages 21-65 who were not in a serious relationship.

Along with better understanding of the “partnerless”, the study has interesting finding about singles’ feelings about whether they want to become parents…

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Families of Two’s Couple Erin and Jeff a Decade Later

I recently reconnected with Erin and Jeff, one of the couples interviewed in Families of Two. They also appeared on The Early Show with me. At the time Families of Two came out, they had been married for 12 years–so now 22. They are both teachers. I asked them a few questions regarding their childfree status a decade later. Here are their thoughts… Continue reading “Families of Two’s Couple Erin and Jeff a Decade Later”

50% Divorce Stat Under Scrutiny

There’s different research out there regarding marriage with and without kids and divorce. Some studies have said that childfree marriages are happier, thus more likely to go the distance.  Others have indicated that marriages that include parenthood are more likely to last longer.  Overall though, kids or not, we seem to buy the notion that half of all marriages end in divorce.

A recent article, “Are Marriage Statistics Divorced from Reality?”by Belinda Luscombe discusses this stat as a myth .. Continue reading “50% Divorce Stat Under Scrutiny”

Parenthood versus the Childfree Life Part II

On to the second area from Alison Cameron’s article, “Do children really make us happy? Alison Cameron compares parenthood with a childfree life” in The Sun Herald.  Like the Money topic from the last post, first you’ll see the quoted content from Cameron’s article (it originally appeared only in hard copy).

The second area : Relationships and Sex.

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Childfree and “Pro”- Creation

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the popular Eat Pray Love, has a new book out, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage. Like the couple I wrote about in my last post on Dr. Phil, in Committed Gilbert speaks to her genuine lack of desire to have a child: Continue reading “Childfree and “Pro”- Creation”

Who Make Good Parents?

The same sex-marriage court case continues to bring out great points that the public needs to be more educated about.  On Jan 15, the focus was on the gay/lesbian parent issue. Many of us already know that gay and lesbians make just as good parents as heterosexuals. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Michael Lamb, chairman of the Dept of Social and Developmental Psychology at Cambridge University England testified that more than 100 studies have found that… Continue reading “Who Make Good Parents?”

Marriage Defined vs. the Reality

While the Supreme Court decided the Prop 8 trial in San Francisco won’t be shown on youtube, as you’d expect it’s sure getting lots of ink. Like childfree blogger Daisy Duke says about what she has heard about gay marriage on the radio recently, some of the ink makes my hair stand on end too… Continue reading “Marriage Defined vs. the Reality”

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Childfree Couples or Parent Couples: Whose Happier?

I saw a great show on public television called “This Emotional Life.”  It is part of a three part series.  Last night’s part was called “Family, Friends and Lovers” and looks at the importance of relationships and why they are central to emotional well-being. Continue reading “Childfree Couples or Parent Couples: Whose Happier?”