Laura Carroll, childfree choice

On the Childfree Changing Their Minds

About a year ago, I asked the childfree to write in their answer to this On-the-Ground question: What childfree stereotype have you been subjected to most in your life?”  I did the “top 10” things people wrote in about, and the #1 thing people said is the same as what I have been getting a lot of email from frustrated childfree recently… Continue reading “On the Childfree Changing Their Minds”

Laura Carroll, childfree choice

Unintentional Insults on the Childless and Childfree

On the heels of being interviewed for an upcoming article on the topic of what not to say to childfree friends (and why), I saw this article by blogger Nicole Ciomelc about one of the worst bingoes the childfree and childless in particular can get.  It puts a spotlight on how the childfree and the childless have the experience of unintentional insults in common… Continue reading “Unintentional Insults on the Childless and Childfree”

3 Favorite Strategies for Answering the Infamous Question: Why Don’t You Want Kids?

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?”

Laura Carroll, Childfree Choice

Gloucester-18 Documentary: Producer Interview Part II

Continuing my interview with producer, Kristen Grieco Elworthy on the teen pregnancy story that made international headlines and is now a documentary:

Why did those who got pregnant want to get pregnant as a teen?

What was my own observation, as a woman about 10 years older than these girls who personally put college/career above having kids? I saw some level of girls who did not have an identity or maybe did not feel that they were “good” at anything, and motherhood was an answer for them. As women, we are told that we all have the capability to be a good mother. Imagine the draw of that… Continue reading “Gloucester-18 Documentary: Producer Interview Part II”

Laura Carroll, Childfree Choice

Remember The Story About the Teens with the Pregnancy Pact? Now a Documentary

Remember the story in the media about the “pregnancy pact” of the girls in Gloucester, Mass.? Well their story is told in a new documentary, The Gloucester-18. I had the pleasure of talking with its producer, Kristen Grieco Elworthy.  Here is Part I of my interview with her: Continue reading “Remember The Story About the Teens with the Pregnancy Pact? Now a Documentary”

Rise in Childfree Gen Xers: Challenging a Rationale

Check out some new data on the childfree: a study conducted by the Center for Work-Life Policy of 3000 Gen X men and women indicates that 43% of college educated Gen X women (ages 33-46) are child-free, “despite about three-quarters of them being in “long-term relationships and living with their partners.”

How do the researchers explain it? Get a load of this: Continue reading “Rise in Childfree Gen Xers: Challenging a Rationale”

The Power of Candor & Realism: Happier Parents and More Childfree?

Rufus Griscom and Alisa Volkman, parents and creators of the parenting site, babble.com, have an interesting talk on TED about the taboos of parenting. The talk about four parenting taboos: Continue reading “The Power of Candor & Realism: Happier Parents and More Childfree?”

Bravo to Speaking Out That It’s OK Not to Have Kids

I am an avid reader of the editorials in my local San Francisco Chronicle, and was delighted to that this Letter to the Editor appeared today. Bill Kamin of the bay area writes:

Not having children is ok

Your story about the young Fairfield woman accused of stabbing her daughters was truly horrific (“Mom allegedly stabbed girls with sword,” Oct.15th).

However, there is a lesson to be learned here.  Continue reading “Bravo to Speaking Out That It’s OK Not to Have Kids”