The #ChildFree Times – February 2016 Edition

Welcome to The ChildFree Times for March 2016 Edition, here you will find links to posts that have been published in February 2016, I’ve tried to save as many articles that I have seen on my feed (twitter, Facebook, etc) but like all things can’t always keep everything so below is what I have been able to save for the month and I’ve posted it here for you to be able to view.

Take care everyone!

Shelley Bridgeman: Six reasons not to have kids – A comment on my column last week challenged my claim that I had once been “childfree”. The reader wrote: “Get it right. You were Childless, not Childfree. Being childfree is a conscious, permanent choice not to have children for a multitude of reasons.” Another reader responded: “YOU get it right. I was also childFREE until I made the conscious, permanent choice to have a child. What’s it to you what terminology people use to describe their own situation?”

“I’m Childfree And I’m Happy!” – As I was cruising the Internet today, I stumbled upon an interesting Russian article where the writer claimed that there’s nothing wrong about choosing to stay childfree. Her opinion triggered a huge wave of negative comments. Are people who choose to stay childfree really wrong though?

CHILDFREE & LOVE TO TRAVEL? LOCATION INDEPENDENCE IS FOR YOU – In 2012, when Matt and I moved into our 120 square foot tiny house, there was much more to our plan than just living tiny. For me, there was an equal component of location independence.

MY IN-LAWS ARE MAD ABOUT MY CHILD-FREE WEDDIN – Kids or no kids? Unfortunately, opting to have a child-free wedding will typically ruffle a few feathers and sometimes, things can get downright ugly. Recently, a bride-to-be, whose wedding is next month, shared a post on Reddit because her future in-laws have threatened not to attend her wedding if kids aren’t invited.

What Happens When An Israeli Woman Admits to Regretting Motherhood? – The opening paragraph of a recent article on the sociologist Orna Donath includes the phrase “professional iconoclast” in reference to Donath and her work on Israeli men and women who don’t want to be parents (as opposed to “childfree,” which has no direct translation to Hebrew).

16 reasons being child-free is awesome – Having children, these days, is becoming less of an expectation and more of a choice – which is welcome news to everyone who decides having kids isn’t for them.

An increasing number of hotels are saying “Sorry, but kids aren’t allowed” – While some hotels scramble to add amenities that might attract additional guests (oh hey, Vitamin C-infused showers), others are removing things in an attempt to become more appealing. You know, like getting rid of all of the children. An increasing number of hotels in Germany, Spain and elsewhere in Europe have gone child-free, banning those under the ages of 14, 16 or even 21. Germans in particular are intolerant of teens, tweens and those too young to be categorized as either one.

Young women face obstacles in search of elective sterilization – According to a study published in 2015 by Urban Institute, between 2007 and 2012, the U.S. birth rate dropped by 15 percent. The study suggested that in 2012, in part due to the Great Recession, women in their 20s gave birth at the slowest rate than any previous generation of U.S. women.

The Perks of Childfreedom – Recently some of my Childfree friends in an online community alerted me of this article, 50 reasons being a parent ROCKS. Here’s my response, as well as MY 50 reasons being childfree rocks.

HOW TO STAY CLOSE WITH CHILDFREE FRIENDS – A week and a half shy of my due date and I’ve settled into a full-blown nesting obsession. If you need me I’ll be making 12 individual trips to Ikea for a nightlight, packing and re-packing my hospital bag, muttering over shades of porcelain in the Bunnings paint aisle, or cleaning the wheels of the pram with a doll brush. My childfree friends on the other hand have their hands full with exhibitions, shows, Golden Plains, special holidays with partners or friends, career moves, tinder dates, yoga retreats and the knowledge that at any moment they could just jump into a kombi van and head west, never to return.

The childfree deserve workplace flexibility too – I’m not sure when it was that I realised I don’t want to be a mum. I think it came to me as less of a lightbulb moment and more of a gradual steeling against my family’s insistence, throughout my twenties, that I should “never say never”. At 29 and a happily single aunt to eight adorable kids, I can’t imagine ever changing my mind.

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