Childfree Reflections

With Marcia Drut-Davis
July 5th, 2013 by Marcia Davis

Living Childfree by Choice Reading List: July 5, 2013

Living Childfree by Choice Reading List: July 5, 2013

I hope all of my American childfree friends are enjoying their 4th of July Weekend.  Since I live in South Florida where the sale of fireworks are legal it’s been more like a 4th of July week.  In fact, I believe the festivities began last weekend for some Floridians. As you know we have an event of our own to celebrate.  International Childfree Day, formally known as Non-Parents Day , is coming up quickly.  There are only 10 days left to send in your nominations for International Childfree Man and Women of the Year.  Please remember that self-nominations are welcome.  You may not be familiar with the childfree panelists so I thought I’d introduce you to some of them with the living childfree by choice reading list.  You can familiarize yourself with them by reading the blog posts listed below.

Enjoy your weekend. Please get  your nominations ready so you can fully participate in International Childfree Day.

Living Childfree by Choice Blog Posts

Having the “ No Baby Talk ” – Are you in a new relationship or just about to make a lasting commitment to your significant other?  No matter where you are in the current timeline of your relationship, eventually you should talk about having or not having kids.  Patricia Pedraza-Nafziger talks about this subject in greater length and gives great advice in her blog post.  This is definitely childfree relationship guidance that you should read and share with your friends.  You can read more about Patricia and how she has been living childfree by choice for 27 years on this page.  Eric Nafziger collaborates with her on these childfree articles.  Have you had this talk yet?

Discrimination Based on Reproductive Choice – In this revealing childfree blog post Laura Caroll shares the story of how one childfree woman was discriminated by a group of supposed “highly educated” men and women.  What happened to her is very offensive and shows that we still need to stand up for ourselves in a world that would happily brush us under the rug.  Kuddos to Laura for sharing this story with the world.  You can read more about Laura and how she has shed abundant light on pronatalism here.   Have you ever been discriminated for being childfree?

Be Fruitful and Multiply! – As a childfree person you’ve probably had the bible quoted to you more than a child attending Sunday School in the Bible Belt.  Well, thanks to Lance BlackStone of you can finally have something to say when someone reminds you that the bible says to be fruitful and multiply.  His pithy blog post on this subject is exactly what the childfree community has been waiting for.  You can read more about Lance and gain insight on the life of a childfree man on this website.  How often have you been told to be fruitful and multiply?

Dogs Bond Like Babies – Some childfree dog owners feel a strong connection to their dogs and a new study suggests that their canine companions bond with them.  Amy Blackstone introduces this study in her blog post and talks about the comparisons people make between having a dog and raising a child.  You can read more about Amy and her musings on childfreedom here.  So, do you consider yourself a puppy parent or a privileged dog owner?

I hope you enjoyed this edition of the Living Childfree by Choice Reading List.  What did you find the most interesting?  Do you think you know the panelists a little better?  Do you think Eric and Lance should collaborate and let the world know more about childfree men?  Let the world know in a comment below.

P.S. Be sure to email me your nominations in soon.  This is your chance to be a part of a worldwide childfree nominations.  Self-nominations are welcome.



2 Responses to “Living Childfree by Choice Reading List: July 5, 2013”
  1. I’m a single young adult, so I rarley get the question, Do you have kids? Most of the time, when I do, a simple, No, is enough to end that topic of conversation. I have been lucky to not receive so much stigma (yet). My mom still does not understand my decision, though!

    • marciadavis says

      Your Mom is under the same pronatal influence to announce a grandchild. If she’s the only one who can’t show photos and share sweet stories, she feels as if she failed. HOoor her feelings. Keep yours as sacred and follow your own heart.
      When I was interviewed with my ex-husband on “60 Minutes” my mother in law said to him, “What did we do wrong to raise you this way?”

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