iOS app Android app

Laura Carroll

On 'Who's Happier' Studies: Two Questions to Ask Yourself

Laura Carroll | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact
Laura Carroll

Why does non-parenthood continue to be pitted against parenthood? It's like continuing to ask: "Are children the key to happiness in life?" and continuing to try and prove the answer is yes. Yet the real answer is already known.

Happy International Childfree Day! Announcing 2014 Childfree Woman and Man of the Year

Laura Carroll | Posted 10.01.2014 | Impact
Laura Carroll

On August 1, 1973, the National Alliance for Optional Parenthood did a wonderful thing -- it celebrated Non-Parents Day by awarding a Male and Female National Non-Parent of the Year. Last year, 40 years later, this day was resurrected as International Childfree Day.

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.

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.

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,...

Expanding Our Thinking About the Meaning of Adulthood and Family

Laura Carroll | Posted 01.21.2013 | Media
Laura Carroll

David Brooks believes that we are better off when we think beyond ourselves and engage in action that serves others. We'll also be better off if we can move past outmoded thinking about family, and accept all of its forms that serve to bond us with those closest to us.

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.

Making Work-Life Policies Equitable for All

Laura Carroll | Posted 11.12.2012 | Business
Laura Carroll

For flex-time, leave and even telecommuting policies to be fair for all, parenthood has to stop being the central focus behind their development. Here are three ways these kinds of policies could be made more equitable.

Why We Need to Treat Parenthood as a Privilege

Laura Carroll | Posted 10.28.2012 | Parents
Laura Carroll

Pronatalist beliefs also condone the right for anyone to have children whenever they want to have them, which leads many people to have children before they are emotionally, psychologically or financially ready.

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.

Why Women Shouldn't Want To Have It All

Keli Goff | Posted 06.25.2012 | Women
Keli Goff

Yet again, a powerful, influential woman had a platform to talk about the issue of choice when it comes to women, parenthood and power and chose not to discuss one of the most undervalued choices of all: the choice not to become a parent.