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Childless Women

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.

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

Arlene Schindler | Posted 06.04.2014 | 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.

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.

Why We Should Be Celebrating Other's Day

Melanie Notkin | Posted 07.10.2014 | Women
Melanie Notkin

When those of us who are childless by circumstance -- and the majority of childless women want or wanted children within the context of a relationship -- don't speak honestly about our experience, we continue to remain the silent majority.

6 Childless Women Who Deserve to Be Celebrated This Mother's Day

Rebecca Fernandez | Posted 07.09.2014 | Women
Rebecca Fernandez

Let's take a moment to celebrate some women who have certainly impacted my life, and probably yours as well. So, in addition to celebrating our mothers, here are some amazing women who deserve thanks. After all, they created entire movements and changed the world as we know it.

Hitting the Target

Abby Heugel | Posted 06.02.2014 | Women
Abby Heugel

I know I will never walk into Target as a mom. And while I have not one iota of regret or envy, that doesn't mean I can't appreciate the beauty of what I don't want -- or extend my admiration for those who chose paths that I'll never walk down.

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.

Four Shades of Childless: Part I

Marcy Cole, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Marcy Cole, Ph.D.

The evolution of women's rights has propelled tens of millions of bright and talented women into the workforce over the past several decades -- a very good thing. But there have also been unintended consequences, among them a dramatic surge in the number of women who do not have children, whether by choice or happenstance.

The 'Childfree' Life: The Latest Version of Having It All

Jeanne Safer, Ph.D. | Posted 10.14.2013 | Women
Jeanne Safer, Ph.D.

Real self-acceptance, the true liberation, involves acknowledging limitations, not grandiosely denying them. It is true, and should be recognized, that women can be fulfilled with or without children.

Please Stop Asking Me When I'm Going to Have Children

Jill Knapp | Posted 08.07.2013 | Women
Jill Knapp

Here's my answer. I'm married and my husband and I have no intentions of having children anytime soon. Or possibly at all.

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.

Royal Baby Watch Can be a Royal Pain for Those Struggling with Childlessness

Tracey Cleantis | Posted 09.24.2013 | Women
Tracey Cleantis

It's not that I am not happy for Will and Kate -- I suppose that I am, as I would be for any couple giving birth to a healthy baby. However, I simply couldn't watch all the media coverage, as it brought up all the pain, time and energy I spent in pursuit of my own baby bump, birth and baby.

Affirming All Women In Church On Mother's Day

Rev. Michelle L. Torigian | Posted 07.12.2013 | Religion
Rev. Michelle L. Torigian

We remember the women with many children, young children, a child who has recently died, those who have experienced miscarriage, infertility or painful births, those who have broken relationships with children and women who have not experienced motherhood at all.

Mother's Day, on the Island of Misfit Toys

Marie Woolf | Posted 07.09.2013 | Women
Marie Woolf

Every family has one, and I'm it. The Different One. It's assumed I don't get it. Can't possibly understand. Must be one of those leaning-in barracudas every mother warns her son about, an overcompensating estrogen-dominant.

Mother's Day for Childless Women

Marcy Cole, Ph.D. | Posted 07.09.2013 | Women
Marcy Cole, Ph.D.

I have had moments in my own life when Mother's Day was not a fun day for me. It was painful actually. But I have evolved into choosing to view, receive and experience it in the ways I share here.

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.

The Rudest Question You Can Ask A Post 50 Woman

Claudia Cevenini and Sue Wildish | Posted 06.15.2013 | Fifty
Claudia Cevenini and Sue Wildish

There are two questions I get asked with an annoying regularity. They come as a pair.

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...

Why I Get Judged More Than Any Working Or Stay At Home Mom

Katie Gard | Posted 05.21.2013 | Women
Katie Gard

Let's talk for a minute about parenthood. Or, more accurately, non-parenthood. I'm talking here about a woman's right to choose. Not her right to choose to stay pregnant, but her right to choose to never get pregnant at all.

What You Should Never to Say to a Non-Mother of Childbearing Age

Wendy Litner | Posted 04.07.2013 | Women
Wendy Litner

I know you are tired, moms. I know you are overworked, I know you want to tell us for how long you were in labor and I feel for you, I do. But please stop scaring me, because if I do decide to join you, apparently these will be my last days of solitary, flavored yogurt-eating, judgment-free fun.

The Cost Of Aging Alone

Next Avenue | Posted 12.29.2012 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Jane Gross The number of Americans living single is soaring, and our bag-lady fears may not be so far-fetched Old...

I'm Single And Childless ... And I Know What You're Thinking

Melanie Notkin | Posted 02.13.2013 | Women
Melanie Notkin

I know what you're thinking. I can read it on your face... the distracted smile, the unconvincing nod, the slightly furrowed brow... You're trying to figure out what's wrong with me.

The Loss I'm Not Allowed to Grieve

Melanie Notkin | Posted 11.26.2012 | Women
Melanie Notkin

A generation ago, women who did not marry and/or have children by age 40 grieved and moved on. But today, with the advancement of assisted reproductive technology, women are no longer given permission to move on.

Are You A Parenting Role Model, Or A Cautionary Tale?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 11.14.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Young women without children are watching to see how we do it. They feel both sympathy and resentment. We are their role models and worst nightmares. They are stressed by seeing our stress.