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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group; 2 edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608320731
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608320738
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #732,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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The book was good and easy to read.
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The Local Cook
I don't believe all people that bring children into the world are selfless.
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79 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Sara A. Strand on August 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
had my kids in my early 20's and I've been very honest about not knowing what I was doing. Had I known how much work it was really going to be, how emotionally draining it was going to be, how hard it would be on my marriage, and how much of what makes me... well, me would be sucked away I would most definitely thought twice about having kids. That's not to say I don't love my children.

On page 32 I found a line that struck an immediate chord with me: "Dr. Jeffers emphasizes the difference between loving your children and actually enjoying parenting them." and later in that paragraph, "The thing I regret most is that everyone told me how amazingly fulfilling and fun mothering is, without mentioning the negatives, and especially the fact that once you sign on for the job you cannot quit." Those two lines alone sum up my feelings. I love my children dearly but I would by lying if I said that I haven't had many days where I question what the hell I was thinking when I decided I wanted children. The book also raises a really good question about whether discussing being child free by choice is a valid conversation piece to have with young girls in the same breathe as safe sex and/or abstinence. I know with my children I will talk to them openly about these things including how you don't have to have kids. I don't ever want to be that person that pressures my kids for grandchildren because I know first hand how difficult it is to be a parent. Not everybody is cut out for it, yet you don't really hear that in Sex Ed, do you? I know when birth control was discussed it was always, "take it until you're ready to be a parent" but nothing really beyond that.

What's really great about this book is that it doesn't sway your opinion.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Jill Daniel on February 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
Women obviously have many choices in today's world that weren't readily accepted roles for our mothers. Though I am a mother, somewhat late at age 42, giving birth to my only child, I have many good women friends who choose not have kids and live a full rich life. I could've easily been one of them and honestly, though I wouldn't trade being a mother, I do envy women without children at times for the freedom they have. Motherhood is clearly not the right choice for all women, but society puts a definite social pressure on all women to become mothers. Even certain moms I know are guilty of looking down their noses at women who choose not to have children. Dr. Walker does a wonderful job of presenting the tough decision process of whether or not to have children from a biological, historical, and societal perspective--and methods to cope with the pressure to have children from media, family, and friends in a healthy way.
I am giving this book to a few of my female friends in their forties who feel conflicted about their choice not to have a child. With Walker's book, they can more easily see why they can be proud of what they are choosing.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By The Local Cook VINE VOICE on January 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book takes a balanced approach at helping people consider childfree living, whether by choice or chance or happenstance. As someone who is sort of all three, I really appreciated the psychological detail in which the information was presented, yet the kindness that was throughout. I felt like I was at a very enjoyable therapy session.

I received a complimentary review copy of this book; all opinions are my own.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Erin on April 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have have been searching for the perspective presented by Dr. Walker in Complete Without Kids for years. I was so relieved to find descriptions others struggling with the same ambivalence about having a child who were also stuck in the terrible morass of potential regret about choosing to forego having a child. This book is a lifeline. After reading it I felt as if I'd seen the sun for the first time after a long period of gray skies...so much so that I sent Dr. Walker the following email:

"I just finished reading your book and feel compelled to write to you. I cannot thank you enough. I am a 39 year old woman who has been struggling for years to find narratives which mirror the complexities of my own experience about being childfree. I have felt immobilized by my ambivalence about having children. While reading your book I felt as if I could breathe for the first time in months. I very much appreciate your balanced perspective.

You say on page 51, "It's not unusual to have ambivalence around such huge decisions in life and to even have regrets from time to time about the choices we have made--the problem is when we become stuck in the 'what ifs' rather than embracing reality and looking for the positives in our individual circumstances."

As I write this, I feel wonderfully un-stuck."
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on April 6, 2011
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This was a wonderful book. I read it in one day. As a 29 year old female, I have often struggled with talking about the fact that I want to live my life Childfree. My peers often judge me for this choice, and I'm forever hearing the phase... "oh, you'll change your mind" Why do I have to? Why is it absolutely nescessary for me to have children? I love kids... I think that they are wonderful. But just not for me. It may seem selfish and self centered... but who cares? It's my CHOICE!!!! I think that I would regret having missed oppurtunies that being childfree has given me more then the act of being a mother. There are plenty of other ways that I can be a mother and nurture that don't involve the life long commitment of being a parent.

Thank you so much for this book. It came right at a time when I really need to see and think about my decision and re-affirm that this is the path that I want to choose.
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