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A Childfree Happily Ever After: Why more women are choosing not to have children

A Childfree Happily Ever After: Why more women are choosing not to have children

by Tanya Williams


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In A Childfree Happily Ever After, entrepreneur, fur-parent and childfree advocate Tanya Williams dives deep into the reasons why women choose to have or not to have children, including the social, cultural and biological factors that influence our decisions.

Just some of the topics this book covers include:

  • How young girls are raised to become mothers
  • The social and cultural pressures facing women when it comes to motherhood
  • The myth of the ticking biological clock
  • What the blokes think (yes, it takes two to tango!)
  • How to find your own path to fulfilment

A Childfree Happily Ever After brings the childfree conversation to life, lifts the veil on how childfree women are treated in society, and shares true stories of women from all walks of life.

If you are childfree or unsure if you want to have children, this book will help you to respond to the judgement, find your voice and make a decision that's right for you.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780648137269
Publisher: MacMillan Company Limited
Publication date: 03/04/2018
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9

Introduction 13

  • The cost of enforced motherhood 16
  • It's time for a new paradigm 19
  • So, who am I to share this story? 20

Part ONE - how did we get here?

  • How we are raised to become mothers 29
  • The lies of happily ever after... 29
  • Toys, as defined by your gender 32
  • Educating future wives and mothers 37
  • It's time to change the way we raise young girls 41
  • Adhering to social norms 45
  • Children and culture 46
  • Motherhood in the media 51
  • Bribery to breed 54
  • How times are changing 61
  • Welcome to the pressure cooker 67
  • The subtle pressure of expectations... 68
  • The judgement of the childfree 73
  • So long to the sisterhood! 79
  • Take the pressure down 82
  • The myth of motherhood and identity 85
  • The relationship between motherhood and identity 87
  • Losing your identity as a mum 90
  • To be me, or not to be me 95
  • Tick tock goes the biological clock (or does it?) 99
  • The birth of the biological clock 100
  • The truth behind the theory 103
  • There's no such thing as the biological clock 106
  • Just because you can have kids, doesn't mean you should 114
  • Let's not forget the blokes! 117
  • What men want 118
  • Men who choose to be childfree 120
  • It takes two to tango - communicating your wants 124
  • Everyone deserves the right to choose 126

Part TWO - Making the right choice for you

  • Why do you want what you want? 131
  • Why women choose to have kids 131
  • Why women choose not to have kids 134
  • What's your 'why'? 140
  • It's time to do what you want 144
  • The many roads to fulfilment 147
  • Puppies over parenthood 147
  • Being a rockstar aunty 152
  • Career & business 156
  • Travel, experiences, freedom 160
  • How childfree women give back 163
  • Find what fulfils you 166
  • Live in a regret-free zone 169
  • The importance of being true to yourself 170
  • Stories of regret and acceptance 173
  • How to make a decision you don't regret 181
  • Take time with your decision 184
  • It's a chick's choice - never apologise for it! 187
  • Sending big love and lots of sparkle 193

About the author 195

Spread the word - speaking opportunities 199

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