“You’re selfish!” Childfree Myth, Busted

“The choice to not have children is selfish.” -Pope Francis “Way to rationalize your own narcissistic, ‘it’s all about me’ attitude.” -Anonymous comment, which was later deleted, in response to Amy’s OpEd, Setting the Record Straight on Six Myths about Childless Adults In some ways, as one anonymous commenter suggested in response to an OpEd I […]

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Honoring the Childfree Auntie

This piece originally appeared on the Ms. Magazine Blog. by Amy Blackstone & Maxine Trump Susan, a 53 year old camp director, babysat from the time she was 12 years old. She always assumed she’d have kids one day—but during college, she worked in a department store where watching impatient parents with their children inspired her […]

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To Kid or Not to Kid: An Interview with Documentary Director Maxine Trump

What is it like to “come out” as childfree? In a world where we’re still criticized for speaking openly about the choice to live childfree, filmmaker Maxine Trump explores this question in her forthcoming documentary TO KID OR NOT TO KID. Amy had the great pleasure of meeting Maxine at the inaugural NotMom Summit in 2015 […]

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Raising Edvard Munch: Our Foray Into Pet Parenthood

Much ado has been made in the press comparing those who opt in to parenthood to those who opt out. In particular, differences in rates of happiness between parents and non-parents are a subject of some fascination. The strain that raising children together can put on a relationship is well documented. Many new parents grow apart after having […]

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Work-Life Balance, Part III: Is it all bad news for the childfree?

NOTE: This is the third of a 3-part installment on work-life balance. Part 1 can be found here; Part 2 can be found here. In this, the third installment of our Work-Life balance series, I consider how some childfree say they benefit from the predominant narrative that in the balance of work and life, “life” […]

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Work-Life Balance, Part II: But it’s different when you’re a parent!

NOTE: This is the second of a 3-part installment on work-life balance. Part 1 can be found here; Part 3 can be found here. Part 1 of our work-life balance series ended with the research-based conclusion that everyone suffers when work conflicts with life. Yet the idea that childfree people need and deserve balance as much […]

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Work-Life Balance, Part I: When “Life” Doesn’t Mean “Children”

NOTE: This is the first of a 3-part installment on work-life balance. Part 2 can be found here; Part 3 can be found here. Work-life balance is a concept that can vary for different people but, at its core, it is about an individual achieving what she or he perceives to be the ideal combination […]

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22 Years of Wedded {Childfree} Bliss

Twenty-two years ago today, on a balmy 0 degree day in Minnesota, Lance and I opted in to enjoying the legal right to file joint tax returns forever and ever – or until one of us dies or until we can no longer stand each other – which ever comes first. Having conquered love and […]

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we’re {not} having a baby!’s Year in Review

2016 was a big year for childfree people, politics, and events. Here is w{n}hab!’s Top 10. 10. We promise not to make this entire post about the state of politics in the United States but… 2016 did make us realize that Idiocracy, the 2006 movie often recalled when people lament our low birth rate and […]

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Happy DINKs, Lisa’s Childfree Story

As a “happy DINK” couple ourselves, we’re delighted to share this childfree story from Lisa who, together with her husband, represents another happy DINK couple! Lisa is a teacher and lives on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada with her husband, Marc. She loves all things health and wellness including yoga, running, and reading for pleasure (a luxury […]

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