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I have chosen not to have human children — but that doesn’t mean I don’t have kids. My babies are small and hairy and poop in a box (which could probably be said for some people’s biological offspring too!) I know that many parents get bent out of shape when you suggest that you don’t…Click here for reuse options!
Back in the day, you were expected by society to reproduce — and if you didn’t, you were pitied for being “barren.” I personally get down on my knees every night to thank modern science, Margaret Sanger, and Planned Parenthood for giving me a choice about whether or not I welcome a small parasite into…Click here for reuse options!
When I use the term “child-free” to describe my blessed lack of rugrat-itude, some folks immediately get it. They understand that I’ve made a conscious-positive-very-very-happy decision to not procreate — but others give me that “Quoi?” look I love so much, and act like I just spoke in Esperanto. Actually, more like I gave them…Click here for reuse options!
When I explain that I’m child-free, I often get a sidelong glance that says, “I’m not 100% sure what this means. Do you hate kids? Do you hate parents? Are you a threat to the nuclear family?” Bitch please! While some no-kidders truly can’t stand other people’s offspring, not all of us are like that. But…Click here for reuse options!
It is widely assumed that, if you don’t want to have children, you must hate kids and the people who gave birth to them. Not true — some of my best friends are parents! Seriously, while a very small percentage of no-kidders could live quite happily on a planet where all reproduction was banned, I…Click here for reuse options!
If you want to ruin a voluntarily childless person’s mood, ask him or her, “So when are you going to have a baby?” Talk about a powder keg! My child-free friends are not the type to sink into the floorboards, artfully dodge, or tell a white lie when this happens — and most of the…Click here for reuse options!
As I take pictures of the world around me, I’ve found that make great subjects — always natural, never posed, just enjoying the hell out of life. But in this day and age, the child-free have to be careful about paying too much attention to a complete stranger’s kids, lest you be considered a pedophile!…Click here for reuse options!
I got together the other night with a group of friends who had all chosen the child-free lifestyle. We started talking about the benefits of NOT having kids, and (after a few glasses of wine) I decided to turn our conversation into this “no-kidding alphabet.” You can sing along if you like (it’s written in…Click here for reuse options!
After my last blog, I had a parent-pal ask me what “breeder bingo” was all about. It’s a fun little game we no-kidders play with those who think that (with enough bullying) they can convert us to their way of thinking and convince us to have kids. For those of you who have never had…Click here for reuse options!