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Childless by Choice - Gas Station Condoms and Rumors of Infertility

Kevin B. Morrow | Posted 12.26.2014 | Fifty
Kevin B. Morrow

Children can't be let out in the yard to play until you get up at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday because you were out late the night before. Dogs can. Cats don't even need to be let out, you can ignore them.

Why Turning 31 Is More Meaningful Than I Thought

Kaneisha Grayson | Posted 12.23.2014 | Women
Kaneisha Grayson

In my 30s, it's no longer a question of when my masterminded plans will pan out -- but whether I actually want the things I penned into my five-year plans, and if so, what I'm willing to give up to get them.

Taking Off the Armor of My 'Choice'

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.22.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I fought really hard to be a mother. I paid lots of money to be a mother. I endured painful tests and procedures to be a mother. I put my body and my surrogate's through synthetic hormonal hell to be a mother. I put my faith and trust in many doctors and other humans to be a mother.

Our Scarred Imperfections

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.21.2014 | Women
Justine Brooks Froelker

We will suffer losses, traumas and tragedies in this life. When we lose one dream we must pick up the pieces and redefine. To wallow in the lost only defines us. To stay stuck on the never to be's only keeps us stagnant in life. To make our scarred imperfections our entire story misplaces them completely.

The Most Ironic Story of Ever Upward

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.21.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

FULL CIRCLE It was a full circle weekend for me returning to the Emerging Women conference, this year in New York City. Last year I attended EW as a ...

An Imposter and Fraud or a Forever Grieving and Healing Mother?

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.20.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

They turned up the lights after one song. We usually sing four amazing rock band-like songs, which is one of the many reasons I love our church. The...

Caution, No Kids Wanted

Rachel Bass | Posted 12.17.2014 | Women
Rachel Bass

I mean, I know this date is fun, and I'm cute and bubbly, but let's not pretend that we have a future together. I don't need the heartbreak in two years from now when we wake up and you're leaving me because you want to play catch with your future son.

I'm Single. And I'm Sitting at Home On a Sunday. And You're in the Park With Your Kid.

Elizabeth Barnett | Posted 12.09.2014 | Women
Elizabeth Barnett

I'm writing this post to ask that if you have a family, you take a moment to recognize that they are a blessing. The moments you are having with your husband and your kids should be treasured, even the moments where things aren't working out the way you had hoped.

Why Is Being Childless By Choice Still An Issue?

Dani Alpert | Posted 12.01.2014 | Women
Dani Alpert

Can we all move on from this topic and come together on the issues that truly matter and impact all of our lives; the Middle East conflict, world hunger and George Clooney's wedding? Thank you

An Open Letter to My Friends Who Don't Have Kids

Janie Porter | Posted 09.30.2015 | Parents
Janie Porter

Here's the ugly truth: We suck at doing it all. The moment the doctor handed me my crying newborn, it all stopped. I was not just Janie. I was Janie, the Mother of Sullivan. I became a mom, and for a time, I didn't care about anything else but my kid.

4 Shades of Childless Women, Part II

Marcy Cole, Ph.D. | Posted 11.05.2014 | Women
Marcy Cole, Ph.D.

Choose to be mindful, conscious and attentive about one of your life's most important decisions. Tune in to both sides of your inner dialogue. Bust through the beliefs based on distortion, fear and limitation. Clarity will emerge... just stick with it.

Aisha Tyler: It's OK To Choose Career Over Kids

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 09.03.2014 | Women

Aisha Tyler has spoken out about her struggles with infertility before, and she wants other women to know that it's alright to abandon a fruitless eff...

A Childless Woman's Thank You to Jennifer Aniston

Nicole Luongo | Posted 10.29.2014 | Women
Nicole Luongo

Whose business is it, anyway? Just because I'm a woman doesn't mean I want to experience child birth. Just because I am the youngest of eleven doesn't mean I want a bunch of kids. I love inspiring and teaching children. I don't want any of my own. And, I'm not alone.

25 Reasons Why Aunts Deserve a Day

Melanie Notkin | Posted 09.24.2014 | Women
Melanie Notkin

Babies are born from the womb. Maternity is born from the soul. There are many ways to "mother" a child. Aunthood is as close as it gets.

I Love Kids, But I Don't Want To Be A Mom

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 09.21.2014 | Women
Beth Leipholtz

I absolutely adore children. Or rather, I adore them as long as I can escape from them at the end of the day. And I think that is perfectly OK.

Wishing for You, Wishing for Me

Heather Travis | Posted 08.30.2014 | Women
Heather Travis

I wished to see my husband become the amazing father I know he would be. I wished to watch him with you, to see him reflected in you. I wished to see you grow, to see you become you. I wished for all the good, the bad and the ugly that comes with becoming a parent.

Why I'm Thinking Twice About Babies... After 50

Arlene Schindler | Posted 08.04.2014 | Fifty
Arlene Schindler

I forgot to have children -- what does that mean now? Sure, I've joked that I didn't want to be a motel for a fetus, or, my life began when my eggs dried up. But now, after 50, I'm thinking about babies.

Empathy: The Missing Link Between Parents and Childfrees

Keesha Beckford | Posted 07.23.2014 | Parents
Keesha Beckford

Let's get something straight: My complaining about my corner of motherhood is not an invitation to be patronized or blamed from my parenting choices. It does not signify a lack of love for my children, or that I am delusional about either the big picture or the minutiae of parenting.

Jen Kirkman Explains the Glamour of the Divorcée

Karen Geier | Posted 07.22.2014 | Comedy
Karen Geier

I recently spoke to Jen about her life, children and crying in front of Joan Rivers.

Not Being a Mother Doesn't Make Me Any Less of a Woman

Melanie Young | Posted 07.14.2014 | Women
Melanie Young

Just because I am not a mother does not mean that I am selfish or my life is incomplete. I have a very happy, fulfilling life that I embrace with appreciation and enthusiasm.

Between Childless and Child-free

Rev. Michelle L. Torigian | Posted 07.10.2014 | Religion
Rev. Michelle L. Torigian

Being a woman is more than a mother. It's being the person God calls us to be bringing love into the world. I have moments of mothering, and I thank Mother God that I can fill that space from time to time.

5 Reasons To Shut Up This Mother's Day

Katherine Stanley Obando | Posted 07.09.2014 | Women
Katherine Stanley Obando

I have an impossible wish this Mother's Day. I wish the holiday could somehow honor a group of women to which I once belonged, and for whom the day is particularly difficult.

When You're Not a Mother On Mother's Day

Tracy Strauss | Posted 07.05.2014 | Women
Tracy Strauss

Some women don't want to have children. Others do but can't for physical, financial or other reasons. Motherhood is no panacea or walk in the park, as I've learned from my friends who are moms. But to me, motherhood is a gift not all of us get, and it shouldn't be taken for granted.

6 Things I Know About Being Single Now That I'm In My 40s

Melanie Notkin | Posted 04.14.2014 | Women
Melanie Notkin

This is what I know for sure: Love is still ahead of me and I won't settle for anything less. And if I'm lucky, neither will he.

Total Recall of Parenthood: Happy Memories?

Vic Strecher and Winston the Dung Beetle | Posted 03.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Vic Strecher and Winston the Dung Beetle

Winston: Vic, we have a special guest for our post today! Dr. David John Baker is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan. V...