Laura Carroll, Childfree Choice

Are the Childfree Qualified to Give Parents Advice?

Earlier this year parentdish did a piece on a childfree/parent contested topic: if you don’t have kids can you give parents advice?

Well, out of the blocks I have to say that I operate from the principle on advice in general–don’t give it unless it’s asked for!

But when it comes to parent advice, what did the parentdish survey report?  Out of about 29,000 voters… Continue reading “Are the Childfree Qualified to Give Parents Advice?”

Parents Less Happy Than Non-Parents-Or Are They?

Studies tell us that those with kids are less happy than those without. They tell us that mothers are less happy than fathers, that single parents are less happy still, that babies and toddlers are the hardest, and that each successive child produces diminishing returns. Still others say… Continue reading “Parents Less Happy Than Non-Parents-Or Are They?”

Parenthood versus Childfree Part IV

Now for the fourth area from Alison Cameron’s article, “Do children really make us happy? Alison Cameron compares parenthood with a childfree life” from The Sun Herald.

This one: Appearance.

From the article: For many parents, the first years of parenthood are more grungy mummy than yummy mummy. Fashion and beauty take a back seat..

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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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Laura Carroll, Childfree Choice

Parenthood versus the Childfree Life Part I

A contributor to this blog forwarded an article to me recently that appeared in Sydney, Australia’s, The Sun Herald. It did not appear online.  It’s titled, “Do children really make us happy? Alison Cameron compares parenthood with a childfree life.” Author Alison Cameron spoke to Australian parents, the childfree, and looked at international research to find out who are the “winner and losers,” parents or childfree, in five different areas.  The next five posts will take each area one at a time.  First, the quoted content from Cameron’s article.  The first area: Money. Continue reading “Parenthood versus the Childfree Life Part I”

Talking the Truth About Being a Mom

Mailonline has an interesting article by Lucy Cavendish, “I love my kids, but I admit it-I’m happier on my own!”  She talks about how she loves her kids but has to admit her moments of “genuine bliss” do not revolve around being a mother. As you might expect,  Continue reading “Talking the Truth About Being a Mom”

Childfree thoughts on “Parentless Parents”

Nonfiction author Allison Gilbert’s writes about a topic we don’t hear much about–how the deaths of mothers and fathers can impact their children who are parents. She is currently researching a book on this topic. Gilbert speaks to how not having your parents around if you are parents can impact a marriage, and can create a recurring fear of dying young.  She also discusses things parents can do to keep their parents alive for their kids.

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