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Recognizing Childfree Families on International Family Day

This piece originally appeared on Huffington Post. This year, the United Nations recognizes its International Day of Families on May 15. The purpose of this special day is to focus on “the role of families and family-oriented policies in promoting education and overall well-being of their members” and to support families as the “primary educators […]

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There is No Maternal Instinct

This piece originally appeared on Huffington Post. While we give the mothers in our lives their well-deserved thanks and recognition, this Mother’s Day, let’s remember something very important about motherhood: It’s not a given. Not every woman wants to be a mom. Despite our culture’s deeply held belief that women are uniquely wired to want […]

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Do the Childfree Love Differently? by Shelly Volsche

A Guest Post by Shelly Volsche Do the childfree love differently? Do we approach romance and our relationships with more cynicism? Are we against love and marriage? These are questions guest writer Shelly Volsche has received from research participants and society at large. To find out, she embarked on a survey. Shelly describes her findings below. […]

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“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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