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The Baby Matrix: Why Freeing Our Minds From Outmoded Thinking About Parenthood & Reproduction Will Create a Better World Paperback – May 17, 2012
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"Her book reshapes the myths and offers a new way of looking at parenthood and reproduction."
"This book should be required reading for everyone thinking about having kids."
"This book will challenge some beliefs about the life script."
About the Author
In addition to writing nonfiction books, over the last 15 years Laura has used her expertise in behavioral sciences, psychology, and communications to advise business, legal, and nonprofit professionals on their communications strategies and goals.
Laura is a seasoned leader of personal and professional development seminars, and has appeared on a variety of television shows, including Good Morning America and The Early Show. She has been a guest on many radio talk shows to discuss social science topics.
Her most recent book, Man Swarm: How Overpopulation is Killing the Wild World, was in collaboration with renowned conservationist, Dave Foreman. She is also the author of Families of Two: Interviews With Happily Married Couples Without Children by Choice and Finding Fulfillment From the Inside Out.
In addition to her author central page, you can find Laura at lauracarroll.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
Not since Ellen Peck's and Judith Senderowitz' Book, Pronatalism: The Myth of Mom and Apple Pie, has there been such an in-depth and eye-opening book on a very important topic.
If this was required reading in high schools, it could stop teen pregnancies. If this was required reading for anyone, it could stop people who abuse or are not emotionally and financially ready to have children.
Brava to Ms. Carroll!
I am now 30, still without children, and I have met an amazing man. He already has children that are almost grown (14 is his youngest) and he thought about the idea of having a child with me. And he decided no, raising another kid, having another 20 years of putting someone else first, was not interesting. He feels it would ruin our relationship as well and then he would be in the same position he is in now.
When he told me this I was crushed. I cried for a day, and though he didn't love me. After holding me and having a conversation, I suddenly realized that he didn't want to have kids with me because he did love me and he wanted us to be happy and have an amazing life. That he had experience raising children and it is NOT EASY.
So I went to my friend Google, asking the question "Why do we have an urge to Procreate" and I found this book. OMG, my eyes are opened. I realize that I don't have to have kids, I won't regret it if I don't have kids, and I can have a fulfilling life without having children. There is no urge to procreate, it is all a myth. And how society is pressuring people to have children.
This book completely freed me. I know as long as I'm with him and we have a fulfilling relationship, I am happy not to have children. If it doesn't work, I still may not want kids. I may meet someone who wants children, but I will be more educated on the real commitment and strain on a relationship it takes to raising a child. That I don't need to have my own, and being selfless is really thinking about the world as a whole and not just me. Having a child doesn't make someone love me, it doesn't prove love, and it is not something that completes me as a women. I always thought I just wanted the experience, but now I realize I don't need it. I can work with children, volunteer, be an amazing aunt to children my brothers may or may not have, and still have an amazing life. I feel so extremely free from societies pressures of pronatalism. I am so thankful my eyes are open. I can't say I won't have my own child, I don't know what the future holds. But if I decide not too, I won't regret it. And if I decide that I do one day want to raise a child, whether that is adoption or having only one of my own, I will go into it with open eyes into exactly what I'm getting into.
AMAZING BOOK. CHANGED MY LIFE!
An eye-opner is an understatement.