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.

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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