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Complete Without Kids: An Insider's Guide to Childfree Living by Choice or by Chance Paperback – January 1, 2011
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
"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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I found the book insightful as the author shared real stories and interviews about other people's experiences as well as hers.Published 1 month ago by Eunkyung
I really liked this book because it is easy to read, and made me realize that not having kids is a legitimate desicion.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Ihave read 3 books this month and this is The best if you are dealing with the decision if you want to be childfree . Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this in pursuit of making sure I don't want children. If you're questioning whether or not you want kids, read this. If you decidedly don't want kids, read this. Read morePublished 6 months ago by twentysevencards
It's a good book. Gives your an insight what to expect how is your life going to look if you won't have kids.Published 22 months ago by Krisztina Anna Kovacs
One can decide not to have children, without disliking people who decide to have children. Very repetitive and I really was disappointed in the book. Read morePublished 23 months ago by BH
This could have been shorter or needed more interviews. I felt like I was reading the same lines over and over. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jessica Strattard