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25 Reasons Why Aunts Deserve a Day

Melanie Notkin | Posted 07.25.2014 | 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 07.23.2014 | 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.

Zooey Deschanel: Not Every Woman Is 'Dying To Give Birth'

The Huffington Post | Amanda Duberman | Posted 07.11.2014 | Women

Lest the doe-eyes and vintage flair fool anyone, Zooey Deschanel has reminded us of one thing she is decidedly non-retro about. In the August issu...

On Not Being a Parent

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 07.07.2014 | Women
Julie R. Enszer

As the United States moves into the frenzied celebrations of female parenthood, I want to register an alternate voice and declare my autonomy from children. I am not a parent, and I am happy to not be a parent.

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.

I'm Heartbroken Over A Man I've Never Met

Melanie Notkin | Posted 05.04.2014 | Women
Melanie Notkin

To be single and 42 in New York is at once exhilarating and depressing, empowering and debilitating. It's everything you've ever wanted it to be and nothing you'd ever imagined, all at the same time.

Parents or Childfree? It Is About Choice, Not Decadence or a Pity Party

Sonita Lontoh | Posted 04.30.2014 | Women
Sonita Lontoh

Oftentimes, one hears that people who choose to have children think of themselves as unselfish. Are they really? What are the real reasons for them to choose to have children?

There's Nothing Wrong With Not Having Kids! (Do You Want Mine?)

Mike Julianelle | Posted 02.07.2014 | Parents
Mike Julianelle

Choosing to remain childless doesn't make you a bad person. Judging people for making different choices than you does.

With Kids or Without: Going Round & Round on Who's Happier

Laura Carroll | Posted 03.19.2014 | Good News
Laura Carroll

It's time to stop going round and round with the "who's happier" question when it comes to those with and without kids. It's not one group versus the other. It boils down to how we define happiness in the first place for ourselves.

12 Questions Childfree Women Don't Want To Hear

Posted 01.23.2014 | Women

Women who have decided not to have children tend to receive a lot of frustrating questions about that very personal choice. Though someone's repro...

How One Weekend Changed My Feelings About Motherhood

Natacha Hildebrand | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Natacha Hildebrand

I fell in love with a boy. And the boy asked me to marry him. And, you guessed it: That boy? He wants kids. To make matters worse, he's the type of guy that you just know will be an amazing father. Well, this really left only one thing for us to do: a test run.

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.

5 Decisions You Don't Have To Justify To Anyone

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 10.18.2013 | Women

A lot of the choices women make, ranging from what we do to our bodies to how we conduct our most personal affairs, are subject to commentary from fam...

Lisa Belkin

One More Time: ARE Parents Happier?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 10.08.2013 | Parents

To those who believe that there is an inverse relationship between parenting and happiness, there is the parallel finding that these “parents find caring for their children to be much more exhausting than the work they do for pay.” So we are enriched by our kids, but all that enrichment can be tiring? Makes sense to me.

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...

Child-free: Redefining "Reproductive Success"

Robert Walker | Posted 08.08.2013 | Green
Robert Walker

My wife and I chose to be "child-free" long before the term was invented. We decided that having a child was not for us. It was not a terribly difficult decision. We like children, but we did not like them enough to take on the commitment of raising them.

The Kidfree Are All Right -- Yes, Someone Needed To Say It

The Huffington Post | Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 08.04.2013 | Women

At first glance, Time's new cover story, "The Childfree Life," looks a lot like another example of what Salon's Anna North recently referred to as "wo...

The Truth About the Childless Life

Melanie Notkin | Posted 10.01.2013 | Women
Melanie Notkin

We expected we'd have the social, economic and political equality our mothers didn't have, but the family they did. Here we are, among the most well-educated, most successful women in America, wondering how our choice to wait for the right relationship has left us single and childless.

Happy International Childfree Day! Announcing 2013 Childfree Woman and Man of the Year

Laura Carroll | Posted 10.01.2013 | World
Laura Carroll

In the last decade, we've seen more out there than ever before about how parenthood is an option, rather than a given in life. But "parenthood optional" advocates go as far back as the '70s.

5 Things Parents Need to Stop Saying to Non-Parents

John Kinnear | Posted 09.12.2013 | Parents
John Kinnear

"You think you're [insert anything here]? Try having kids!"

Newsflash: Single Women Can Be Happy, Too

Posted 06.12.2013 | Women

Public service announcement: A woman can be perfectly happy without a partner or children. Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks came out and said as m...

Over 40, Single and Childless on Mother's Day

Melanie Notkin | Posted 07.08.2013 | Women
Melanie Notkin

I know what some of you may say: Have a baby on your own; adopt; foster. And a few of you may say: Sorry, lady, you should have thought of that earlier. You're just too old. But I want to be a mother.

I Can Take Care of Myself Just Fine & I STILL Don't Want Children

Laura Carroll | Posted 06.23.2013 | Women
Laura Carroll

When I first saw the title of Jen Kirkman's new book, I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids, I sighed. On the upside,...

I Almost Convinced Myself That Motherhood Was For Me -- Almost

Jen Kirkman | Posted 06.17.2013 | Women
Jen Kirkman

If I had a baby, surely my hormones would kick in, I'd become really Zen like the Red Sox and my life would be devoted to our kid. But somewhere deep down, I knew that being a mother wasn't right for me.

What Men Are More Depressed About Than Women

Posted 04.08.2013 | Women

By: Megan Gannon, News Editor Published: 04/06/2013 11:15 AM EDT on LiveScience Even though there's often more social pressure on women to have k...