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How to Know You're Not Alone in the Otherhood

Melanie Notkin | Posted 08.21.2015 | Women
Melanie Notkin

For women in the Otherhood, the term I introduced in my book of the same name for those who aren't part of the expected social norm of marriage and motherhood, whether by choice, or like me, by circumstance, our friendships are key.

Why Is Childfree Living Still Taboo?

Bri Seeley | Posted 08.13.2015 | Women
Bri Seeley

It's better to know what you want and stand firm in your truth than to bend your desires and be unhappy in your life. Keep your chin up. Keep fighting for your dreams. And know that, no matter what, you're not alone.

Happy International Childfree Day! Announcing 2015 Childfree Woman and Man of the Year

Laura Carroll | Posted 08.01.2015 | Impact
Laura Carroll

Laura lives with her husband and cat in a 120 square foot home in North Carolina. These are commonly called Tiny Homes, and it's more of a movement or a philosophy than a house size. It's about living lighter on the planet, living more simply so you can focus on what matters, and creating more personal freedom to be authentically you.

11 Women On How They Knew They Didn’t Want Kids

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 07.28.2015 | Women

For some women, deciding not to have children is relatively simple, something they've known in their bones for as long as they can remember. For othe...

Why Are People So Threatened By Alternative Relationships?

Beth Cone Kramer | Posted 07.24.2015 | Women
Beth Cone Kramer

As an observer, participant and writer who focuses on the evolving relationships model, I'm more interested in what Tessier's readers have to say, though I am behind Tessier every step of the way. Why are people so threatened by alternative models when it comes to relationships?

47 Reasons Why It's Really, Really Good To Be An Aunt

Melanie Notkin | Posted 08.07.2015 | Women
Melanie Notkin

Sunday, July 26, is the seventh annual Auntie's Day, the day I founded in 2009 to celebrate and honor aunts by relation, aunts by choice to friends' children, godmothers, and all women who play an active role in the life of a child not-their-own.

When Being Childfree Isn't A Choice

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 07.16.2015 | Women

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Why I Chose Not to Have Children and How I'm Making Peace With My Decision

Kelli Cooper | Posted 07.13.2015 | Women
Kelli Cooper

I believe our purpose is to experience life from our unique perspective, and be happy -- not simply reproduce. That is just one of the countless experiences available to us.

More Women Should Choose a Home Over a Baby

Amanda Oliver | Posted 07.01.2015 | Women
Amanda Oliver

Sitting down and actually planning out whether you can afford to have a child should be a priority for every family. As much as we all work to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, it also helps to be born into a family that is financially, and emotionally, prepared to handle parenting.

270 Reasons Women Choose Not To Have Children

Posted 07.01.2015 | Women

Far too often, women who choose to be childfree are asked to defend their “immature,” “selfish” lifestyles. They’re told that motherhood is ...

Why the Moms Who Love Aunties Are Amazing, too

Melanie Notkin | Posted 06.15.2015 | Women
Melanie Notkin

And as far as the love we give to your kids goes, well, that comes naturally to us. Babies are born from the womb, but maternity comes from the soul. There are many way to be maternal. Thank you for giving us a deeply meaningful way to exercise our maternal muscle.

I Was A Proud Non-Breeder. Then I Changed My Mind.

The Cut | Posted 05.27.2015 | Women
The Cut

It occurred to me, as it probably should have occurred to me earlier, that being scared of loss is not a good reason to have a baby.

7 Things Women Without Children Want Moms To Know

Hélène Tragos Stelian | Posted 05.23.2015 | Fifty
Hélène Tragos Stelian

I had lunch recently with a new friend. In the midst of our 'getting to know you' questions, I asked if she had kids. She responded 'no.' The moment was uncomfortable. I felt awkward for asking. We moved on to another topic. This discomfort stayed with me.

I'm a Mom, But I Prefer My Child-Free Friends

Danielle Campoamor | Posted 05.15.2015 | Parents
Danielle Campoamor

I get to experience child-free fun vicariously through them and they get a taste of motherhood while simultaneously remembering to take their birth control.

No Kids By Choice: Tracking the Evolution of Social Change

Laura Carroll | Posted 05.12.2015 | Women
Laura Carroll

In the last 15 years, we have seen a number of media waves on this topic. In the big picture, we've seen an ascent of talk about this in the public sphere since the 70s. That's over four decades. Where are we after 40+ years of talking about the childfree choice? Let's start with a quick broad stroke look back in time.

10 Things Childfree Women Want Their Friends To Know

Bethany Ramos | Posted 05.11.2015 | Women
Bethany Ramos

I'll admit it. Now that I have kids and am knee-deep in parenting, I forget that not everybody cares about my kids as much as I do. Not everybody wants kids, and that is a perfectly valid decision. For those of us who have forgotten how the other side lives, childfree Redditors have some important insight to share.

A Record Percentage Of Women Don't Have Kids. Here's Why That Makes Sense.

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 04.09.2015 | Women

Women without children are not anomalies, the latest census data shows. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey, in 2014,...

I Never Wanted Kids -- Until I Did

xoJANE | Posted 05.18.2015 | Women
xoJANE

Ten years after I made my initial no-babies-ever-under-any-circumstances declaration, I'm perusing baby name books and painting my guest bedroom a shade of pastel periwinkle.

I Don't Want Children -- Ever

Jessica Burnell | Posted 05.03.2015 | Women
Jessica Burnell

It's not that I don't want children right now. It's not that I don't want children until after I'm married, or after I've paid off my student loan debt, or after I've bought a house. There is no caveat to this statement. I do not want children ever.

What Is Active Acceptance?

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 04.25.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I actively work my acceptance of my life without kids, but do not be confused by the word acceptance. Definitely do not miss the words actively work.

Where Do I Belong?

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 04.19.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

It is now, as a 35-year-old woman without children, where I'm struggling, thankfully, for the first time in my life, with the sense of not belonging. I have learned there are two major things no one tells you when you begin the journey of IVF.

From A Childfree Woman To All The Parents Out There

Sabrina Hoffmann | Posted 04.08.2015 | Women
Sabrina Hoffmann

Only you know what it really means to be parents. But perhaps this will show you that while people like me might be childless, we are not heartless.

Making Room for the Light

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 04.04.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

It's sad IVF didn't work for us. It's sad we lost our three babies. It's sad we lost those three dreams. Giving myself permission to continue to feel that sadness, as needed, will help to stave off that anger that seems to set me back so much every time.

It's Always Been for You: An Ever Upward Circle Back

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 03.25.2015 | Books
Justine Brooks Froelker

This book is for everyone who is struggling. This book is for everyone who needs a good story to show them some ways out and that it is possible. That we all have the power to change our lives; the power to define our own happy ending.

Our Fellow Warriors, True Friends, Limited Supporters and Incapables

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 03.15.2015 | Women
Justine Brooks Froelker

Being completely understood by others needs to have nothing to do with who we are or our stories. We must honor ourselves, no matter what our loved ones' capabilities of understanding us are.