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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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Childfree is Family Friendly

Cross-posted from families as they really are with permission. “We got a puppy, and that’s my idea of starting a family. People say, ‘Oh, that’s practice for parenting,’ but if it’s practice for anything it’s to be a mom to another puppy.” –Christina Hendricks Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks is the most recent among a host of celebrities to be […]

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Completely Childfree

Cross-posted from Feminist Reflections with permission. “I don’t know why women need to have children to be seen as complete human beings.” —Marisa Tomei In sixteen short words, Marisa Tomei sums up pretty much everything I think about having kids. It’s not for me but I understand it’s a choice that has meaning for lots of […]

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Is there a Childfree Movement?

Not too long ago I came across a wiki entry on the “childfree movement.” The entry claims the “childfree movement is a grassroots social movement advocating childlessness by choice.” It’s easy to critique this statement; I don’t know many childfree who “advocate childlessness,” by choice or not.  Perhaps the wiki entry’s author is thinking of the zero […]

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“There’s more thinking to decide”: Research on the Childfree Decision

A few months ago, the research finding that many couples who don’t want kids reach the decision “after just one conversation” caught the attention of reporters. Many expressed shock and dismay, calling the decision a “snap choice” and referring to couples’ limited discussion about the matter “strange.” Most reports poo-pooed the childfree who participated in […]

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