La Vie Childfree

Talk Childfree & Beyond with Laura Carroll

Since attending the book event last week on this book, I finished No Kidding: Women Writers on Bypassing Parenthood by writer/actress/director/producer Henriette Mantel.  It’s an engaging collection of essays by her and 36 women writer friends who don’t have children.  The honest and forthright stories by baby boomer women… (more…)

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Comments (0) Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2013

Add this new book to the growing number of books out there about the childfree choice: No Kidding: Women Writers on Bypassing Parenthood. It is a collection of essays edited by Henriette Mantel, a New York comedy writer.

I am reading the book right now, enjoying it, and went to a book event this week in San Francisco where four of the contributors read, and then opened it up for discussion. Some high points: (more…)

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Comments (11) Posted on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Anne Lamott

This piece by Anne Lamott that appeared on Salon is now three years old, but still so worth sharing. She explains why Mother’s Day “celebrates a huge lie about the value of women: (more…)

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Comments (3) Posted on Friday, May 10th, 2013


There remains the popular stereotype that the childfree must not like kids, and because we choose not to raise children we don’t want them to play a role in our lives.  This is just not true for so many people who don’t have kids by choice. As associate professor and sociology department chair at the University of Maine Amy Blackstone writes in her piece,Childless & Loving It: Not Being a Parent Has Advantages For Families & Kids” … (more…)

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Comments (12) Posted on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Dr. Bronwyn Harman, psychology and social science professor at Perth’s Edith Cowan University conducted a survey of women with no children in Australia, specifically looking at why they chose not to have children. Here are highlights of what she found: (more…)

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Comments (2) Posted on Tuesday, March 26th, 2013