Complete Without Kids: An Insider's Guide to Childfree Living by Choice Or by Chance

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Greenleaf Book Group, 2011 - Social Science - 159 pages
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In Complete Without Kids, Licensed Clinical Psychologist Ellen L. Walker examines the often-ignored question of what it means to be childfree, by choice or by circumstance, in a family-focused society. Recognizing that there is no one childfree adult, the author guides the reader through the positive and negative aspects of childfree living, taking into consideration the different issues faced by men or women, couples or singles, whether gay or straight. As a woman who is childfree by choice, Walker draws upon her personal experience while also offering the reader numerous interviews with other childfree adults, revealing behind-the-scenes factors that influenced their personal journeys. She approaches the tough-decision making process of whether or not to have children from a biological, historical, and societal perspective, offering valuable information on: - The unique set of problems that childfree adults face simply due to living in a culture that celebrates babies and traditional families - Methods to cope with the pressure to have children from media, family, and friends in a healthy way - How to create balance and approach the leisure time allowed by a childfree lifestyle - Financial, health, and personal benefits associated with childfree living Offering support, guidance, and thought-provoking questions, Complete Without Kids is a productive guide for any reader considering the childfree path.
 

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User Review  - jen.e.moore - LibraryThing

I really wasn't terribly impressed by this book. It never hits a consistent tone, bouncing back and forth between an ambivalence about the choice not to have children and an almost anti-procreation ... Read full review

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User Review  - suzemo - LibraryThing

I was super disappointed in this book. I picked it up on Amazon for free, and I was really excited, as a childfree person who doesn't see much "pro-childfree" literature anywwhere. I admit that I was ... Read full review

Contents

One The Path to Childfree
5
Three Childfree Personalities
55
Four Childfree Days
73
Five Love and Friendship
97
Six Health Finances and Future
119
Seven Future Directions
141
Notes
157
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About the author (2011)

Ellen L. Walker is a clinical psychologist specializing in life changes and decision making, among other areas. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Seattle Pacific University, and has a psychology practice in Washington State. Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, she lived in Japan, Maine, and North Carolina, before settling down in Washington State in 1991.

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