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Do You Have Kids?: Life When the Answer Is No

Do You Have Kids?: Life When the Answer Is No

by Kate Kaufmann


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A savvy and validating guide to what might be in store for growing numbers of childfree and childless adults worldwide, Do You Have Kids? Life When the Answer is No takes on topics from the shifting meaning of family to what we leave behind when we die. Weaving together wisdom from women ages twenty-four to ninety-one with both her own story and a growing body of research, Kate brings to light alternate routes to lives of meaning, connection, and joy.

Today about one in five American women will never have children, whether by choice or by destiny. Yet few women talk much about what not having kids means to their lives and identities. Not that they don’t want to; there just aren’t obvious catalysts for such open conversations. In fact, social taboos preclude exploration of the topic—and since our family-centric culture doesn’t know quite what to do with non-parents, there’s potential for childless and childfree women to be sidelined, ignored, or drowned out. Yet there’s widespread, pent-up demand for understanding and validating this perfectly normal way of being. In this straight-shooting, exhaustively researched book, women without kids talk candidly about the ways in which their lives differ from societal norms and expectations—the good, the bad, and the unexpected.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631525810
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

As the internationally award-winning author of Do You Have Kids? Life When the Answer is No, Kate Kaufmann advocates for better understanding of the childless/childfree demographic in person, on air, and in print. A popular speaker, media guest, and conversation starter, she has an MFA in creative writing and professional background in human resources and consulting. Outlets where her work has been featured include NBC, CBC Radio, Psychology Today, the National Organization for Women, and the Washington Post. Full listing available on her website, www.katekaufmann.com.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Who We Are 5

Chapter 2 Making A Living 17

Chapter 3 Borrowed From The Beginning 37

Chapter 4 Abiding Friendship 55

Chapter 5 Family Matters 71

Chapter 6 Where We Live 97

Chapter 7 Use It Or Lose It 121

Chapter 8 Spirit Moves 139

Chapter 9 Elder Orphans 171

Chapter 10 What We Leave Behind 199

Afterword-Do You Nave Kids? 221

Notes 245

Acknowledgments 269

About the Author 273

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