I’m often asked, “How should I respond to my Facebook friends when they ask me when I plan to have a baby?” It’s both a simple and complicated question to answer, because technically the responses, “That’s not of your business,” and, “I don’t know,” work just fine no matter who you are. More
Topic: childless by choice
Not sure if you should have children? Don’t know if you really want them? Then don’t have them. More
If you’re opening your home to single and childless relatives and friends this Thanksgiving, there a few tips you should probably keep close to that defrosting turkey. More
Blew my socks off, I tell you. More
The updates were written by people who had rude awakenings that, now that they’re parents, they can’t do things like celebrate their birthday, attend a food tasting, or listen to Top 40. But what about the clueless, childless people like me? We don’t even know what we’re going to be missing out on yet. All we know is that we think we know, but, much like the viewers of the MTV show Diary, we have no idea. Thankfully, some helpful parents online are happy to let their friends know (like how the media and mom bloggers are letting me know!). More
Who in their right mind would fantasize about a life carting around six kids when they themselves are independently wealthy, free as the wind, and engaged to a smoking-hot actor? Sheâ€™s living the dream, folks. More
Thing was, I never liked babies. They were loud, delicate and sticky. They needed things, indecipherable things and they smelled like poo. No thanks. They were not interested in the same things as I (cocktails) and seemed very irrelevant to me. More
Jessica Valenti, Feministing founder, poses many a modern parenting question in her book Why Have Kids? From the lack of maternity leave to calling bullshit on the “most important job” in the world, Valenti gives us a candid account of contemporary American parenthood. A hybrid of both her personal navigation through formula feeding guilt and the cultural lies that continue to pervade motherhood, Why Have Kids? has much to offer new mothers, prospective parents, and childless by choice individuals.
Valenti shares with us how much she loathes perpetual mommy labeling, what’s lacking in the parenting blogosphere, and why we’ve lost the “it takes a village” approach in our childrearing.
Do you need to give birth to be a successful female writer? The very short answer is, “No.” Just plain, “No.” I suppose I could stop there but I have a couple hundred words to fill in. So let’s talk about this a bit. More
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Professional funny lady and Bridesmaids star Maya Rudolph may play a childless woman with a baby phobia on Up All Night, but the comedic actress is a real life mother to three kids. When considering how to play her character Ava, Maya admitted that she has worked along side women who are just as “baffled by children,” which she considers an odd phenomenon in working women.
Plenty of parents have lamented a growing anti-family sentiment that makes mothers feel guilty for ever leaving the house and fathers feel embarrassed about taking an active role in their child’s life. Banning young kids from restaurants, the proposed child-free sections on airplanes and constant pressure from employers to put the job firstÂ all contribute to putting parents on the defense. Even when my daughter is perfectly behaved in public, I feel anxious and stressed. What if she throws a fit? What if she offends someone? This terror at the thought of being one of those parents, the ones with who are glared at disdain when their kids act out, has kept me home on nights when I want to eat out. It’s made me second-guess my travel plans. And if I’m being honest, it’s made me a little angry.
But ya know what it hasn’t done? It hasn’t made me believe that every childless person with an opinion is a horrible, ignorant piece of crap. It hasn’t forced me to judge every person without kids the same way that all parents are often grouped together. It hasn’t forced me to be a bitter, smug writer who condemns every piece of unsolicited parenting advice they’ve ever received. Unfortunately, the constant parenting pressure seems to have gotten to a mommy-blogger over at Babble. More
When Natasha Young brought her six-week-old baby to Cosmo â€“ a popular British restaurant chain â€“ earlier this month, she was charged an extra $5 (what the media is calling a “baby tax“). She asked the staff to remove the charge from her bill but they refused to do so because they felt her stroller was taking up too much real estate in the 800-seat, 22,000-square-foot space (also known as the UK’s largest restaurant). More
Celebrity reproduction is a huge industry. With websites devoted to Hollywood pregnancy and starlet offspring, celebs are constantly pressured to explain their choices about having children. We here at Mommyish feel pretty sympathetic towards these celebrities, because hey, awkward questions suck! Unfortunately, actresses like Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz seem to be regularly harassed about the contents of their uterus and just when they’re going to procreate. Even though it shouldn’t be asked, I have to admit that these stars handled the question well. Here’s what they had to say. More