A recent study of people with no children in Western Australia by University psychology lecturer Bronwyn Harman shows some high numbers when it comes to the choice factor. However, Dr. Harman also found that “childlessness in Australia is viewed negatively, and is largely misunderstood.” Here’s some detail. Continue reading “Aussies: Many Say No Kids By Choice, But Stigma Remains”
Last year Grist did a piece on why the childfree had finally gone mainstream. I had to disagree. While this choice is talked about more than ever before, it’s not hit mainstream acceptance by a long shot. One big reason? Religion. This “Happily Childfree” post by a Catholic medical student is a sure reminder of how certain religions will always stand in the way… Continue reading “Case In Point: Why Accepting the Childfree Choice is Still on the Uphill Climb”
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”
Reporting back on the August On-the-Ground Question–it was:
What childfree stereotype have you been subjected to most in your life?
Here’s what people said, and a tee up to the September 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”
As I mention in the vlog on the August On-the-Ground question wrap up, I received lots of mail from childfree and parents re the question about how parents can be selfish. Thanks again to all that wrote in — parents and childfree. And double thanks to parents’ candor. It really does help expand the conversation on selfishness, with kids and without. Here’s a few more themes that came up from parents: Continue reading “More on the Selfish Issue: How are Parents Selfish?”
The August question was: Enough about the myth that the childfree are selfish because they don’t have kids. How can parents be selfish? What are signs of a selfish parent? Here is what you said and the tee up to next months question.
The site, Life in a Shoe, recently did a list of reasons to have kids, in response to lists of reasons they have seen out there on why not to have them. It is run by a Christian family that has 12 kids. They make it clear that they think the reasons not to have children are “based in immaturity, materialism, myths, and misconceptions.” Continue reading “A Christian’s 100+ Reasons TO Have Kids”
Thanks to all who wrote in their thoughts regarding the March On-the-Ground (OTG) question, “How are the childfree most misunderstood?”
Most comments revolved around… Continue reading “Reporting Back: March 2010 On-the-Ground Question”
The last post was about mad, mad myths about parenthood—Now let’s turn to the mad, mad myths about those who don’t have kids by choice. From interviewing over a hundred couples for Families of Two, here are my top, top four: Continue reading “Mad, Mad Myths About Those Who Opt Out of Parenthood”