About Amy

Amy is a sociology professor who studies childfree families. When not conducting research or teaching, Amy enjoys holding the inside line of the track while skating as Wined Up (#13% abv) for Central Maine Derby, collecting frequent flyer miles, tasting and sometimes cooking kick-ass food of all types, and appreciating wine (preferably crisp, bell peppery whites and stinky, barnyard reds). She maintains "we're {not} having a baby!" with her husband, Lance.

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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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Rhonny Dam, An Atypical {Childfree} Chick

Amy had the good fortune of meeting author and activist Rhonny Dam at the inaugural NotMom Summit in 2015. Rhonny recently published An Atypical Chick, which chronicles her journey as a young woman who didn’t fit the mold to a childfree, ecological activist who promotes population reduction, fighting climate change, and cleaning up a polluted […]

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Deciding to Remain Childfree, a guest post by Stefani

Stefani’s studies have taken her through modern, medieval, and ancient languages and literature, gender studies, reproductive sociology, and education. She is currently most preoccupied with climate change and human overpopulation and hopes that humanity will muddle through, in some way or other. Deciding to remain childfree: my thought process by Stefani A few months ago, […]

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Participants Needed for Study on Childfree

Research! Sociology! Helping graduate students! These are just a few of my favorite things. And when all of that collides with better understanding the childfree choice, well, that’s just incredible! Sociology doctoral student Brooke Long needs our help. She wants to better understand how those of us who don’t have kids feel about that identity […]

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