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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...

How Can Couples Be So Sure They'll Never Want Kids?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.11.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

My issue with young people deciding not have children has far less to do with any societal obligations they may or may not have. It's way more personal: Yes, you may count me among those dumb-clucks who worry that young people just don't know what they're missing and when and if they do realize it, it'll be too late.

I Donated My Eggs For The Money -- And I Don't Regret It

Jasmine Stein | Posted 04.29.2013 | Women
Jasmine Stein

For women it sometimes feels like once we get to a certain age, we are destined to hand over control of our bodies to another being, along with whatever hopes and dreams we had for ourselves.

New Study Uncovers 23 Million Powerful American Women -- and They're Not Moms

Melanie Notkin | Posted 01.30.2013 | Women
Melanie Notkin

The moment I became an aunt for the first time was the most meaningful and fulfilling time of my life. But as much as I felt this milestone had changed everything for me, no one else beyond my closest friends and family seemed to notice. No one spoke to me as an aunt.

Reproductive Freedom Means More Than Protecting Roe v Wade

Laura Carroll | Posted 12.25.2012 | Politics
Laura Carroll

Why does society still stigmatize having no children by choice? Because the majority remain fundamentally stuck on the long-held pronatalist belief that we are all wired to want to become parents.

If Not Wanting Kids Is 'Entirely Normal,' Why Is It Hard to Totally Accept?

Laura Carroll | Posted 11.24.2012 | Parents
Laura Carroll

More people are recognizing what we've been taught to believe about parenthood is just that -- what we've been taught to believe.

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?

I Don't Want Kids, But I'm Not Broken

Anjali Sareen | Posted 10.10.2012 | Women
Anjali Sareen

I've always imagined a life filled with travelling at the drop of a hat. This doesn't mean I'm less of a woman or that I'm broken; it simply means I'm sure of what I want and destined for a life without diapers.

The Truth About the 'Biological Urge'

Laura Carroll | Posted 10.10.2012 | Women
Laura Carroll

When it comes to the "biological urge," it's time to shift our thinking to reflect what is real.

A Message for Moms: Up the Auntie

Melanie Notkin | Posted 09.18.2012 | Women
Melanie Notkin

I had always planned, expected, hoped and dreamed that I'd marry and have children, but I'm now in my early 40's and both milestones have eluded me.

Why Divorce Without Kids Isn't Always Easier

Vicki Larson | Posted 09.09.2012 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

It seems like having a discussion about kids -- do we want them? when do we want them? how many do we want? -- would be a no-brainer for a couple before saying their "I dos."

Accidentally Childfree

Farzana Gardee | Posted 09.08.2012 | Women
Farzana Gardee

I never imagined that I would one day be discussing a childfree life, let alone my childfree life

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.

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.

Are You ___ Enough?

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 07.15.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

Would a man's choice to embrace his traditional breadwinning role with gusto be marked as an end to progress, or to opt out of parenthood as a harbinger of the downfall of society as we know it?