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No Children, No Guilt [Kindle Edition]

Sylvia D. Lucas
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Book Description

"Sylvia is a wonderful humor writer. Yes, this book does help readers with coming to terms with the reality that they never want children, but you will turn the pages grinning, definitely be prone to giggling or even laughing out loud, as I did."

Laura Carroll, author of "Families of Two"

"Every woman -- and man -- will be able to relate to everything Sylvia D. Lucas profoundly, and often humorously, says about parenthood. No Children, No Guilt is a no-holds-barred must-read for everyone who is thinking about having children, isn't thinking about having children, wants children, doesn't want children, has children, or doesn't have children."

Jerry Steinberg, Founding Non-Father Emeritus of NO KIDDING!

"Oh, don't worry," they say when you tell them you don't want children. "You'll change your mind." (Pat on knee.)

What does it mean to be ‘sure’ you don’t want children? Aren’t you supposed to want them? What if the person you're in love with wants them? And why do you feel so guilty for not wanting them?

From the shocking abuse of her childhood doll to the demise of two marriages, Sylvia shares her vibrant humor and offers insight into what it really means to be child-free - without the guilt.

All it takes is

- Accepting your disinclination toward motherhood
- Recognizing you will be looked at funny
- Understanding that you will, in some ways, be a perpetual child (but who's complaining?)
- Being prepared for people to think they know you better than you know yourself
- Knowing it could mean losing the person you love
- Finding a partner who doesn't want children and never will

(...and a little bit more)

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About the Author

Sylvia D. Lucas is a journalist and happily child-free humor writer. She lives with her husband in a house with a yard, but no swing set.

Product Details

  • File Size: 250 KB
  • Print Length: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Vere Press (September 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MTX75O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,781 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Children, No Guilt....No Problem! November 14, 2011
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How could anyone not want children? If you've ever rolled your eyes and chose not to answer that question when you were confronted with it because you didn't really want to have to face the never ending debate that most certainly will follow, no worries. Sylvia D. Lucas as answered it for you in her latest commentary now available on Kindle: No Children, No Guilt. Sylvia begins Chapter 1 with a simple list of some reasons why some women don't want children:

Crying (mother and baby both)
PTA meetings

Women who don't want children see that list and a strange noise comes from them that sounds a little like "Nn-guh-yuck."

Sure, you might think Ms. Lucas is being tongue-in-cheek and in a way she is, but only in the beginning. You can't help but smile and maybe chuckle from reading her almost stand-up like humor. But as you reach Chapter 2, "Accept Your Disinclination Toward Motherhood," Ms. Lucas begins to explore more serious issues into why a woman might not want to have children. Chapter 2 begins with this humorous - and oh so true - scene:

"I can't remember exactly when my initial doubts about motherhood began. My first clue, however, should have come when I was about eight years old and playing in a cave-fort I'd made under the dining room table. Blankets hung over the sides, and doll-daughter and I sat in the dark to wait through an imaginary snowstorm. At some point during that made-up catastrophe, made-up daughter and I had an argument. I threw her on the floor. Then I picked her up and whapped her on the side of the head. I can still see her long red hair whipping around her face.

"I'd carry her -- and sometimes swing her -- by that hair.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So true! September 6, 2012
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This was a pretty good book and reinforced the idea that it's ok for those of us that don't have kids, and never want kids, not to feel selfish about it. It's so hard for my husband and I to explain to others and especially our parents (who don't have any grandkids yet) why we feel our lives would be so much better without kids! It's just expected of you to have kids and you are considered the strange ones if you don't. However, when all of our friends are complaining about money problems because of their kids and not being able to go on dates because they can't find a babysitter, it just validates our decision to remain child-free. This book touches on all of those points and you can really relate to it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book January 1, 2013
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I have had so many of these thoughts and this book helped me to realize that I am not alone in the world. I am 27 years old and as of right now, I do not want children and I never have had the urge. My husband and I have discussed it as well and he is unsure too. This book helped me to realize that it is my body and my life and I have the right to choose what I want. I shouldn't feel pressured.

Very well written and at times very funny!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A light-hearted take on taking the non-parent route January 31, 2013
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Lucas' story sounded like it could have been mine, as do her reasons for becoming a "non-mom." While many of the childfree are staunch "rah-rah" defenders of their decision, Lucas takes a less aggressive approach. She *does* admit to having the occasional, small doubt. Particularly moving is her reaction to her husband's vasectomy (been there, done that too, Sylvia -- you're not the only one who felt a little sad about it). She unflinchingly (and humorously) describes how her childfree decision led to the breakdown of her marriage -- and she is spot on when she writes about the difficult in finding a life mate. Funny without being acerbic, thoughtful, and highly thoughtful, "No Children, No Guilt" takes a refreshingly honest approach to being childfree. I only wish that this book would have been twice as long. To the author, I say, "Thank you for sharing your life experiences."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracked me up! January 6, 2013
By Amelia
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exactly what i needed to hear. Hysterical ways of putting things that you can never see to explain quite right to others! Very good read for ladies in the "child free" path
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book! July 25, 2013
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Finally, someone out there TOTALLY gets how the, child-free by choice feel! This book was honest, eye opening and hilariously written! I've actually come away with responses to those awkward questions, thank you!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A light, genuine read May 6, 2013
By Jessie
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The author brings up some great insights for not feeling guilty about being child-free. The author is genuine and straightforward. An easy, fun read that can be completed in a day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So great! March 4, 2013
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This short work is wonderful! Very informative. I have been going to through some hard times with my boyfriend's mother, regarding this issue.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Worth Paying For
I was disappointed that I spent money on this book, even though it was cheap. It's really short and includes mostly just the opinion of the author. Read more
Published 13 months ago by 3njennn
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written
I am happily childfree so I am always interested to find books on the topic. I couldn't even finish this one because it is so poorly written. Read more
Published 18 months ago by pearlharbr
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I am at a bit of a crossroads and I expected more of a balanced look at why some women decide not to have children. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ruth
2.0 out of 5 stars Glad I didn't pay for it
I downloaded this book to my Kindle because it was a free-Kindle-book-of-the-day-deal. All I can say is that I'm glad I didn't pay for it. Read more
Published 18 months ago by blondelibrarian
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this on the iPhone. Great insights into the childfree lifestyle with personal examples. Quick read and enjoyable.
Published 18 months ago by Ed
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice, light read about being a Childfree woman
This short book is very nice. It's written in a light, humorous style. I appreciated the author sharing her life experiences. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Cosmia
5.0 out of 5 stars hits the nail on the head!
This books helps let you realize that there is nothing wrong with not wanting children. It should be a required read for all people who have children and second guess those who... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Dana A.
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