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On a Recent Morning Consult and New York Times Survey on Having/Not Having Children

The recent article, “Americans Are Having Fewer Babies. They Told Us Why,” discusses a new survey conducted by Morning Consult for The New York Times. It reports on survey results regarding why “young adults are having fewer children than their ideal number” as well as why they aren’t sure and why they don’t want them at all. Let’s take a brief look at the ‘aren’t sure’ and ‘don’t want them’ group of respondents. Continue reading “On a Recent Morning Consult and New York Times Survey on Having/Not Having Children”

baby fever

Taking a Deeper Look at “Baby Fever”

Seeing the piece, “Baby Fever in Your 20s? Here’s What Experts Say That Means” sparked my interest in looking into research on what’s referred to as “baby fever.” Let’s take a look. Continue reading “Taking a Deeper Look at “Baby Fever””

Reasons Why People Decide Not to Have Kids

Unpacking Reasons Why People Decide Not to Have Kids

The recent piece, “Do You Have Kids,” by Jeannette Cooperman on projects.stlmag.com in part lays out what “14 women of various races, careers, backgrounds, and belief systems, all married or as-good-as, with the resources to raise a child should they choose to” contemplate as reasons women decide not to have kids.  Let me briefly unpack them: Continue reading “Unpacking Reasons Why People Decide Not to Have Kids”

A Journalist’s 5 Month Debate on the Parenthood Decision

Sharon Pian Chan of seattletimes.com recently wrote a piece on how she and her husband arrived at their decision not to have children.  Like so many childfree couples, they took the parenthood decision seriously. In her piece, she asks a number of questions that deserve elaboration… Continue reading “A Journalist’s 5 Month Debate on the Parenthood Decision”

The Baby Matrix: “Relevant to not Just the Childfree but to Parents as Well”

I want to share this review of The Baby Matrix by Katherine, at The Childfree Life, “a gathering place for people who share the common bond of choosing to be non-parents, and for those in the process of making that decision.”

“Laura Carroll in her book The Baby Matrix addresses the impact that pronatalism has had and continues to have in our lives.  This topic is complex and Ms. Carroll has done a superb job in her research of this subject… Continue reading “The Baby Matrix: “Relevant to not Just the Childfree but to Parents as Well””

Pronatalism’s Costs to Children and Society

What kind of story do we see in the news just about every day? Incidents of child abuse. When it comes to child abuse, the statistics in the United States are unnerving. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, in the United States a child is abused or neglected every 36 seconds. This Department also reports that in 2010, “parents, acting alone or with another person, were responsible for 79.2 percent of child abuse or neglect fatalities.” And according to the American Anthropological Association, three to five children a day are killed by their parents.

At first it might seem ironic that in our child-centered society so much harm comes to children. Continue reading “Pronatalism’s Costs to Children and Society”

Laura Carroll, The Baby Matrix

Pronatalism’s Influence on the Motherhood Decision

In The Baby Matrix, I talk about about how pronatalism is all around us.  Here’s an example that has to do with a woman who is struggling with her uncertainly about becoming a mother. In an article by Nina Jacinto, “Loving So Much It Hurts: Why I’m Not Sure I Can Be a Mom” here is an excerpt of her feelings:

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