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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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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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“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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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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NotMom Summit Opener: Who are the NotMoms?

Last weekend, the first ever NotMom Summit brought together women from around the world who don’t have kids, whether by choice, chance, or circumstance. It was an incredible experience! I was delighted to be invited to help set the stage for the Summit by providing a review of who NotMoms are, and who we are not. I disentangled […]

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