One of the challenges the childfree talk about is how not to get defensive when asked by people they don’t know (or don’t know well) why they don’t want kids. Here are my three favorite strategies: Continue reading “3 Favorite Strategies for Answering the Infamous Question: Why Don’t You Want Kids?”
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”
A regular commenter here at La Vie Childfree recently wrote me about the top five bingos she has received as a “Done at One.” They are more related to what’s behind a lot of bingos the childfree get than you might think. Check it out. Continue reading “What the Childfree and the Done At Ones Have in Common”
First Lady Michelle Obama recently spoke to the new rules put out by the National Science Foundation that are designed to make it easier for scientists – “especially women – to balance work and family.”
The September On-the-Ground Question was: What legacies have you seen the childfree leave? What legacy would you like to leave? Here’s what people said, and a tee up to the October question:
Have a post script on the topic of legacies? Write it in!
Earlier this year I posted on some initial findings from recent research conducted by Center for Work Life Policy on the Gen X generation. The research publication is just out. One area it looked at was the kid factor. Check out some of the findings on this score and how Sylvia Ann Hewlett, the founding president of the Center for Work Life Policy interprets them… Continue reading “Gen Xers Having Fewer Kids: Is It Only a Creeping Non-Choice?”
You may have seen more articles popping up lately on how “childless” couples are more likely to divorce. How it’s treated as a “statistical reality” needs to be challenged and clarified. Let’s start with some of the more “popular” data… Continue reading “Are the Childless Really More Likely to Divorce?”
Today is Non-Parents Day, as deemed by the National Alliance for Optional Parenthood years ago. Spread the Word! Check out my previous post and join many childfree on this day by writing 60 Minutes!
Reporting back on the July On-the-Ground Question–it was: Are you childfree when you don’t want kids of your own, but have step kids? Here’s what you said, and a tee up to the August question:
Bella Online’s Lori Bradley recently wrote about the most annoying questions she gets about being childfree. Two questions have to with how the childfree spend their time and boredom: “What do you do with your time?” and “Don’t you get bored without someone (kids, grand kids, great grand kids) to worry about?” The assumptions behind these questions are a bit maddening. Here’ s why. Continue reading “Crazy Childfree Myths”