"...the number who will not give birth is at an all-time high. The most recent fertility survey, conducted in 1998, found that among women who had reached the age of forty, 19 percent had not yet had a child. And when childless women of all ages were asked how many children they expected to have in the future, 21.3 percent said they did not anticipate having any at all."
--New York Review of Books/ The Case Against Kids (11/30/2000)
Childfree Happiness Is...
(And A Few Thoughts)
- No crying babies, late-night diaper runs.
- Living life just the way you want to.
- More time.
- More pleasure.
- More money.
- Freedom to travel.
- Freedom to make plans at a moment's notice.
- Freedom to take risks.
- Barney and The Bear in the Big Blue House who?
- No toys to trip over.
- Weekends in bed with tea and the New York Times.
- Classical music and not Yanni.
- Long bubble baths and candles.
- Privacy and autonomy.
- Committed relationships with no children in the way.
- No unsightly child safety locks, car seats, or Big Wheels on the lawn.
- Not having to see G-Rated movies (unless you want to).
- Not having to hear the same children's videos over and over again.
- Not having to spend enormous amounts of money on the latest fad toy.
- Never having to cut anyone's meal before you taste your own.
- Never having to speak in that "Mommy" voice or "Daddy" voice.
- Never having to learn babytalk.
- Never having to hear your child ask other people embarassing questions.
- Never having to say, "Now say you're sorry..."
- No protracted custody battles.
- Living a sophisticated, mindful life.
- Never having to tell "The Birds and Bees Story".
- More time to volunteer for good causes.
- More time for pets and hobbies.
- Naps without interruption.
- More time to read and learn.
- More time to write and create.