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

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

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by Ellen Walker
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Licensed clinical psychologist Walker, "childfree" at 48, writes not only of her own experiences but interviews a wide range of other childfree adults (one fifth of women born after l975 are predicted to remain childfree, she reports). Walker identifies three types: those who are without children by choice, and those who are childfree by circumstance or by happenstance, placing herself in that third category, and conceding her choice may have been different had she married a man who wanted kids (hers has offspring by a previous marriage). In spite of her philosophical outlook ("life is about choices, and we can't take all paths") Walker explores the ambivalence that she and many other childfree couples feel, but she also discovers that many enjoy their freedom and leisure time, may be healthier and more financially fit, and have happier marriages than couples with kids. Though hoping to approach her topic from a "neutral" perspective, Walker bristles at "our national obsession with motherhood," and while neither antifamily nor antichild, she envisions a growing childfree movement that is shored up by changes in societal attitudes, the environmental crisis, and increasing awareness of the true cost of parenting. Childfree readers will find validation and support in this thought-provoking text. (Jan.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608320738
Publisher:
Greenleaf Book Group, LLC
Publication date:
01/01/2011
Pages:
159
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Herbert J. Cooke, Jr., was born at Goose Air Base, Newfoundland, Canada, and raised in Yorktown, Virginia. He retired from the Air Force as a Security Forces Specialist in 2010. He has experience in security, law enforcement, canine operations, intercontinental ballistic missile protection, and contingency planning. He has traveled all over the United States and has spent time in England, Germany, Kuwait, Egypt, Korea, Panama, Spain, Honduras, and Bolivia. He currently resides in Northern Virginia.

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Complete Without Kids: An Insider's Guide to Childfree Living by Choice or by Chance 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Joyachiever More than 1 year ago
Complete Without Kids: An Insider's Guide to Childfree Living by Choice or by Chance by Ellen L. Walker caught my attention because of my interest to seek out books that support a voluntary choice to be child-free. I am thankful for all of my family members and friends. Additionally, some of the celebrities and people that I admire in real life are parents. However, it is important to me that I collect information on others who bravely share their stories on being childfree. This is especially due to both my acceptance and awareness that there are others who are going to judge my husband and I for voluntarily choosing to be child-free. Additionally, I come from a large family where many of the adults enjoy being parents and a big portion of their identity is proudly tied into that life experience. To be one of the few adults to politely declare my decision to be kid-free can be tricky in such a situation. I actually knew since the age of 8 that I was going to choose the child-free path, but I was obviously only taken seriously in my decision about 9 years ago (after I got married). Walker courageously interviews and shares the stories of other adults who have chosen to be child-free. She explains the dynamics behind the decision making of voluntarily choosing to be childfree and how the concepts of love and money tie into such an important choice. There are also resources included for those who are certain that they want to partake in the child-free route. “Complete Without Kids: An Insider’s Guide to Childfree Living by Choice Or By Chance” by Ellen Walker is also a suitable accompaniment to Kidfree & Lovin It by Kaye D. Walters.
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