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5 Things 'Childfree' People Want You To Know

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 08.19.2016 | Healthy Living

As more Americans choose not to have children and celebrities speak honestly about their own decisions, researchers have begun to examine this choice:...

When Your Friends Become Moms (And You're Still Child-less And Single)

Allison Arnone | Posted 07.14.2016 | Women
Allison Arnone

There comes a time in every girl’s life when her close friends start to have babies. For me, it began around five years ago… and hasn’t stopped ...

Being a Childless Mother on Mother's Day: What To Do?

Dianne Gray | Posted 05.08.2016 | Parents
Dianne Gray

My body carried five babies I never had the privilege to bring to term. I also gave birth to two. One who died at age 14, and one who's chosen to live her life without my side of the family or me. So while I am biologically a mother, I'm functionally a "childless mother" on Mother's Day.

5 Things This Child-Free Woman Wants You To Know

Allison Arnone | Posted 04.20.2016 | Women
Allison Arnone

I'm all about women supporting and empowering other women, and when it comes to this topic, I often feel a divide.

Food, Fashion, and Family Planning: The Final Carbon Frontier?

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 04.05.2016 | Green
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Cutting greenhouse gas emissions from our personal carbon footprint will put all of us in some new, and potentially uncomfortable, situations as we move to more sustainable lifestyles. While it's culturally acceptable to go green in the lightbulb and light transit categories, other conversations remain marginalized.

Yes, I CAN Judge Your Kids

Nancy Roman | Posted 01.22.2017 | Fifty
Nancy Roman

I have no kids. Looking back on it, I see that my childlessness resulted from a combination of circumstances and nature -- but also some unfortunate decisions on my part. Or rather, the lack of decision. Sometimes inaction turns into a decision in itself.

NAK: A Community for Women Who Don't Have Children

Monique Y. Wells | Posted 10.28.2016 | Impact
Monique Y. Wells

Did you know that there is an International Childfree Day? First celebrated on August 1, 2013, its purpose is to recognize "amazing childfree people and their lives," and to "foster the acceptance of the childfree choice in today's society."

Finding Connection, Commonality and Community at the Inaugural Not Mom Summit

Laura Carroll | Posted 10.27.2016 | Women
Laura Carroll

No matter how they arrived at having no children, women at this conference talked openly and honestly about the "Not Mom" aspect of their lives. They listened to many stories and life accounts that connected them as women who will never become mothers.

Even In Our Longing

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 10.24.2016 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I've always wondered how our family portrait would ever be complete. How do I honor my three without my three here on earth? And then some photos from a few photographers starting showing up on my social media, a result of how much coverage Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month is getting this year.

I Will Never Birth a Child, But I'm Still a Parent

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 09.21.2016 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

In our world's most accepted definition of a parent, I will never meet the criteria. I will never birth a child and I am not adopting one. So you will call me childless. And, I will then emphatically and stubbornly correct you and let you know that I am a childfull parent, birthing a rare kind of parenthood.

The Wonderful Daughter I Never Had

Valerie Albarda | Posted 09.17.2016 | Women
Valerie Albarda

At 52 years old, I'm a daughter, wife, stepmother, sister, aunt and friend. I am all of these things and I am grateful. However, the one thing I am not is a mother. Years ago, I made the decision not to have children. What I failed to do, however, was listen to the voice of my future self.

How to Know You're Not Alone in the Otherhood

Melanie Notkin | Posted 08.21.2016 | 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.

Back to School: Not Just a Celebration for Parents

Christine Wojdyla | Posted 08.20.2016 | Women
Christine Wojdyla

Obviously my enthusiasm for the end of summer comes with different reasons, but I'm eager for your kids to return to school, nonetheless. Even now that I'm no longer a server/bartender/retail associate with my afternoons free, I've found a few stellar reasons to rejoice when the kids are back in the classroom.

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 other...

Miss Childless-by-Choice

Vanessa de Largie | Posted 07.24.2016 | Women
Vanessa de Largie

What is criminal about a childless woman wanting to have a meal without the distraction of children? There are countless venues that cater for children and carry the child-friendly tag.

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

Melanie Notkin | Posted 07.24.2016 | 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.

Why the Moms Who Love Aunties Are Amazing, too

Melanie Notkin | Posted 06.12.2016 | 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.

7 Things Women Without Children Want Moms To Know

Hélène Tragos Stelian | Posted 05.23.2016 | 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.

Making the Invisible Longing Visible

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 05.11.2016 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

Are we perpetuating and reinforcing society's ideas around infertility? Are we asking to be visible when at the same time we are invisible to one another?

10 Things Childfree Women Want Their Friends To Know

Bethany Ramos | Posted 05.11.2016 | 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.

Thoughts on Mother's Day

Nayomi Munaweera | Posted 05.08.2016 | Women
Nayomi Munaweera

It astounds me that in a parallel life I could have been a mother to an 18-year-old. I am thankful that I was not forced to be her mother. These days, I am learning compassion, for the naïve young girl I was, for the baby girl who was never born and perhaps even for that tortured man.

I Don't Care If You Don't Want Children...Really

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 05.07.2016 | Parents
Lorraine Devon Wilke

We are a culture that loves to fight, a fact on regular display as we wrangle bird-flipping road-ragers, joust with online trolls, or try reasoning wi...

Mother's Day And Navigating The Sorrow/Joy Line With Grace

Lisa Goich-Andreadis | Posted 05.06.2016 | Women
Lisa Goich-Andreadis

To ask friends "What does it feel like to have a baby inside of you?" "Does birth hurt?" "What is it like to breastfeed?" makes me realize that I'm no longer the master of anything. I am the student. They have surpassed me.

Coming To Terms With The Fact I'll Never Have Children

Nancy Roman | Posted 05.05.2016 | Fifty
Nancy Roman

I married when I was forty. It was amazing at that age how many people asked me if we were going to have children. 'No,' I'd say, 'We're not having children.' What is amazing to me now is that I thought I was lying. Keeping a secret. Of course we would have children. Forty is still young.

Shifting My Perspective On Success

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 05.03.2016 | Books
Justine Brooks Froelker

She is out there for all the world to love and judge. She has been born for all the world to embrace or reject. She is shining bright, whether or no...