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What It Really Feels Like To Be A Childfree Woman

Bri Seeley | Posted 08.19.2014 | Women
Bri Seeley

At the age of 24 I began to ask my doctors if I could be sterilized. Year after year at my annual exam I would state my case -- each year unchanged from the previous year. At each visit my physician told me that I was too young, what if I changed my mind? But the reality was that I didn't change my mind.

Is Not Wanting Kids Selfish?

Bret Spears | Posted 07.18.2014 | Parents
Bret Spears

People have had children to secure marriages and to save them, to bolster an identity and belong, to vouchsafe their virility, out of blind Darwinian compulsion and entirely by accident

The 19 Best Things About Being Childfree

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 06.25.2014 | Women

There are few decisions more freely commented on by friends and family than a woman's decision not to have children. From probing questions like, ...

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.

Get Out of My Uterus, Stranger

Chelsea Bond | Posted 06.14.2014 | Women
Chelsea Bond

Turning 30 didn't put my biological clock in a race with anyone else's. If I don't bring up my uterus and what I am or I am not doing with it, you shouldn't either.

I Have No Desire To Become A Mother

Geraldine Estevez | Posted 06.08.2014 | Women
Geraldine Estevez

I love children. They can fill a room with happiness, even on the darkest of days. But I've never felt the soul-clenching desire to become a mother.

Why I Refuse to Have Kids

Derrell Jamison | Posted 05.19.2014 | Black Voices
Derrell Jamison

I'm sorry, but I'm not sorry that we don't want kids yet. We'll have them one of these days, but for now, we're just enjoying our time learning to live with each other before we throw a little one into the mix.

A Few Thoughts On Cats, Dogs, Being 40 And Not Having Kids

Arin Greenwood | Posted 03.19.2014 | Women
Arin Greenwood

What if our lives get boring without kids? What if we have no one to hang out with once everyone we love has little ones, then bigger ones, to look after? What if one day I'm in the hospital recovering from cancer surgery and I don't have anyone to make sure the nurses are taking good care of me?

Happy Holidays for Grumpies

Carol E Wyer | Posted 03.05.2014 | Fifty
Carol E Wyer

hildren have a sixth sense when it comes to grumpy old people like me and my husband. They are like cats who know you are allergic to them, yet insist on purring around your feet or launching themselves into your lap while you sneeze uncontrollably.

I Can't Afford Myself, Much Less Kids

Greg White | Posted 12.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Greg White

My kid would have to go to a junior college, because my savings plan consists of me getting excited for the annual Fred Segal 50-percent-off sale. I wonder if I could use miles to upgrade them to an Ivy League school....

8 Silly Things People Say To Me When They Learn I Don't Want Kids

TueNight | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
TueNight

My husband would make the world's greatest father. But that alone isn't reason enough for me to become the mother I've never wanted to be, take on crushing financial burden or add more to my already too-full plate.

23 Things You Should Never Say To A Childfree Woman

Posted 09.10.2013 | Women

Whether or not a woman wants to have children is a very personal decision. Unfortunately, it's also one of those things that everyone seems to feel em...

Stress-Free Adult Time: No Children Allowed

Kristen Houghton | Posted 10.12.2013 | Parents
Kristen Houghton

As a parent, I understand the need to bring children with us to a place where they will be welcomed. As an adult, I appreciate having a place where my husband, our friends, and I can get away from all children, including our own.

Why (Most) Successful Women Are Childless

Kristen Houghton | Posted 04.15.2013 | Women
Kristen Houghton

Girls are taught that motherhood is a desired natural state; a state which is a normal progression in our lives as females. Even today, the emphasis is on motherhood first, career second, and that is wrong. Motherhood doesn't define womanhood.

For a Good Time at the Movies, Hire a Babysitter

Kimberly Couzens | Posted 12.10.2012 | Women
Kimberly Couzens

Even though I like children, there are a lot of places I would rather not see them. These places include bars, walking at a glacial pace on a crowded Upper East Side sidewalk, in double strollers when I am trying to get on or off the 6 train, and at graphic, R-rated movies about phone sex.

Don't Pity Us Because We Don't Want Kids. Be Happy for Us.

Norma Lizeth Morales | Posted 12.09.2012 | Women
Norma Lizeth Morales

I could not be happier for loved ones who choose to become parents. For some it is their true calling. But for others, myself and my husband included, it isn't. If you are our friends and loved ones, be happy for us. Because we are.

Would You Pay Extra For A Child-Free Flight?

Priyanka Kher | Posted 10.27.2012 | Travel
Priyanka Kher

What's wrong with people wanting to have a noise-free comfortable flight, especially if they're willing to cough out extra dough for that comfort? Airlines are only trying to look after their customers, right?

Child-Free And Happy

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 10.10.2012 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

I was both intrigued and annoyed by a New York Times piece this morning about the supposed pressure gay men are feeling to have children. The premise starts off well, but the piece seems to assume that having children is the be all and end all for everyone, gay and straight.

What Happens If You Want A Baby And Your Partner Doesn't?

The Huffington Post | Katharine Lotze | Posted 04.08.2013 | Weddings

There's a whole host of things that couples should discuss before making a life-long commitment: finances, housing, employment, health insurance, etc...

How I'm Celebrating Non-Parents Day

Melody Moezzi | Posted 10.01.2012 | Women
Melody Moezzi

Considering roughly half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned, it makes you wonder: Why don't people give nearly as much consideration to childbearing as they do to pet adoption?

Free to Be ... Me: Why Do Other People's Choices Make Us So Cranky?

Ester Bloom | Posted 09.23.2012 | Home
Ester Bloom

Friends, this is very simple. If you don't want to go to other people's joyous ceremonies, don't go. If you don't want children, don't have them. If you don't want to get married, great! Save your money for retirement. I'm not judging you, so please do me the courtesy of not judging me.

Forget Whether You Can Have It All -- Do You Really Even Want It All?

Lisa Hymas | Posted 09.02.2012 | Women
Lisa Hymas

For me, having what I most want in life means, among other things, having a satisfying career and not having kids.

Abby Huntsman

Child-Free By Choice: Is It OK For Women To Not Want Kids? (LIVE DISCUSSION)

HuffingtonPost.com | Abby Huntsman | Posted 06.26.2012 | Women

Everyone's talking about this month's cover of the Atlantic, "Why Women Still Can't Have it All." In the essay, author Anne-Marie Slaughter argues tha...

I'm 55 -- And Happy To Be Child-Free

Slate | Posted 06.20.2012 | Women

Name: Margaret Ganong Age: 55 Location: Seattle, Wash. I'm assuming that the currently child-free who feel most passionately about this issue...

Childfree Women: Tell Us What You Love Most About Not Having Kids

Emma Gray | Posted 07.23.2012 | Women
Emma Gray

I personally would like to have children at some point down the line (at least I'm pretty sure) but right now I'm content to live a life that just wouldn't be able to exist if I was financially and emotionally responsible for another human being.