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Baby: Yes, No, Maybe?

Wilamina Falkenhagen | Posted 11.20.2014 | Women
Wilamina Falkenhagen

Thirty, engaged, house, dog, plans for a baby -- isn't that the dream? Wasn't I living the life most young women are searching for? Maybe not.

Childless by Choice - Gas Station Condoms and Rumors of Infertility

Kevin B. Morrow | Posted 10.26.2014 | 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 10.24.2014 | 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.

Caution, No Kids Wanted

Rachel Bass | Posted 10.17.2014 | 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.

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.

What It Really Feels Like To Be A Childfree Woman

Bri Seeley | Posted 10.16.2014 | 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 09.17.2014 | 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?