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“I don’t want children.” My dear colleague clutches her chest, her gorgeous wavy jet black hair stands on end. “What nonsense! You are too young to decide what you want yet!” cries my beautiful coworker and gets on with her work, periodically mumbling to herself “nonsense, utter nonsense!” 490 more words

Ten Reasons to Stay Child-Free

I decided to look back over the reasons I originally had for not wanting children when I started this project and ask myself: are these still relevant? 1,895 more words

How depression shaped my feelings about being childfree

Another book I devoured on holiday (see What Alice Forgot) was ‘Reasons to Stay Alive’,  by Matt Haig.  When I met my friend at the airport, she plonked it down in front of me. 1,734 more words

Motherhood, Age and Marriage in 'What Alice Forgot' by Liane Moriarty

I don’t usually read books that have love hearts on the front cover but you can’t argue with your book club. At least I could make the most of the dying embers of my Amazon Prime free trial and got it in time to pack it ready for my 5 day-escape in a Thai resort. 1,228 more words

Babies R Not Us

I thought about having a baby when I turned 30, but only for a hot minute. I figured if I was going to have a kid, 30 would be the ideal time. 1,030 more words


The Accidental Child-Free Man

Declan Fitzsimons is my hero. His piece in The Guardian this Saturday was a fresh voice in the world of being child-free. It made it a male thing as well as a female thing; it countered the prevailing notion that men aren’t interested in children; that not having children when you inherently want them is not just a woman’s issue. 827 more words

If I Knew Then.

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God, let me think clearly and brightly; let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences.  -Sylvia Plath

I’ve recently found myself pining for my misspent youth—dreaming about those carefree days that were wide open, when everything was still possible.

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