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To My Galentines, With Love

As a 40-something year old woman, I’ve been around for enough years to have enjoyed my share of friendships. Some were short-lived but intense, like the sort made at summer camp when you find your soulmate during orientation and then discover upon returning home that the connection was only meant to last the summer. Others […]

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Biological Clocks: The Magical Mind-Changers of the Childfree?

“I never wanted to have kids since as early as I can remember. I remember when I was twelve I read something about the likelihood of breast cancer being higher for women who don’t have kids. And I was just really annoyed and sad about it so I talked to my mom about it, like […]

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The Most Wonderful {childfree} Time of the Year

Oh, the holidays. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, at least if Andy Williams is to be believed. It’s also the time when those of us without kids may be more likely to have our lifestyle and life choices questioned as we’re spending time with folks we don’t see on a regular basis. […]

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The NotMom Summit, v2.0

I had the pleasure of attending the second-ever NotMom Summit earlier this month and was blown away, yet again, by the camaraderie between women who are not mothers by circumstance and those of us who have made that choice very intentionally (much to the chagrin of Popes everywhere). I was also delighted to share the […]

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Why Women In Their 30s Are Having More Babies Today Than 20-Somethings

Though it has been edited, the original version of this piece was published by Huffington Post.   For the first time since the numbers have been tracked, women in their 30s are having more babies than younger women, according to data recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Birth rates for women between […]

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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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