My primary interest is in people who are single. Marital status (or coupled status) is a separate issue from parental status. You can be single with kids or married with no kids. I know that’s obvious but the two are conflated all the time. In this post, I want to focus on the “no kids” part.
I have written so much on so many topics in my other blogs – mostly “Living Single” at Psychology Today, where I’ve been blogging since 2008, and “Single at Heart” at Psych Central – that I’ve decided to use this personal blog here on my website as a place where I gather my various writings on particular themes. (Occasionally, I blog here on other topics, too, but I see the collections as the centerpieces of this blog.)
Here’s what I (and one or two guest bloggers) have written about adults with no children:
Childless, Childfree, Something Else? How to Refer to Adults with No Kids
Who are the adults without children and what’s the right word for them?
Aiming for single with no kids?
Answering the Question: Why Don’t You Have Kids?
Choosing not to have kids: 16 writers bare their souls
Why don’t you have kids?
The psychology of feeling badly about not having kids
Saying no: The most affirming and authentic thing you can do
Adults with No Kids: Stereotyping and Stigmatizing
The cost of choosing not to have kids: Moral outrage
Prejudices against adults with no children: Latest research
When your personal, private choices enrage others
Singlism’s cousin: Stereotyping, stigmatizing and ignoring adults with no children
Section on Singlism’s Cousin in Singlism book
The lazy view of singles and people with no kids
Patricia Arquette, Jon Stewart, and the No Good, Very Bad Week for Women Who Are Single or Have No Kids
Best story I’ve ever read about singlism in the workplace
Family in the Lives of Adults with No Kids
Family in the lives of adults without children: 3 creative ways of thinking
Who guides the next generation? It’s not (just) who you think
Caring about children and their future – is it a parent thing?
Are aunts and uncles the forgotten kin?
Part 1: Does it matter if you are single with no kids?
Single, no kids, Part 2: Family-relevant strengths
Family talk and the dissing of friends and community: Part 3 of single with no kids
Vulnerabilities of singles with no children: Part 4
Will You Become an Elder Orphan?
Are you going to be an elder orphan? Part 1: The odds
Elder orphans, Part 2: What people are already doing to live well in later life
Missing from Our Conversations and Our Activism: Adults with No Kids
Did second-wave feminism neglect the single woman?
Shriver’s ‘Woman’s Nation’ is actually a wife and mother’s nation: The evidence
More Kids, Please! Attempts to Get There by Shaming and Stigmatizing
How two white men are coaxing American women to have kids
Do it my way: Women telling women how to live
Talking Back to Those Who Try to Shame and Stigmatize Adults with No Kids
Defensive about not having children? Philosopher says we have it all wrong
Not wanting kids should be no big deal
Do fewer babies create happier humans and better societies?
Compelling life stories don’t need conventional events
Are mothers better than everyone else?
Why are so many smart women so clueless about single life?
‘Having it all’? 4 reasons why I’m having none of it