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Confessions of a Childfree Woman: A Life Spent Swimming Against the Mainstream Paperback – March 17, 2013
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Marcia Drut-Davis, B.S., M.S. in TESOL, is an outspoken advocate for parenting choices and past chapter president of the National Organization for Non-Parents. Prior to getting her master’s degree at the age of 50, she taught common branch subjects in New York, California and Michigan. Her peers recognized her abilities, nominating her for the Walt Disney Company’s American Teacher Awards in 1998. In 2000, she retired to Florida where she taught future teachers in the College of Education at Florida Atlantic University. Presently, she volunteers teaching English and literacy in a local library and is a bimonthly writer for the Pineapple Post in Jensen Beach. She lives with her husband Jim and a rescued 5-pound Chihuahua.
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I found myself snickering as I read some of Marcia's snarky comments. I felt deep emotion as I read how she's mentored countless students from around the world. And I even felt sad for her (and her husband, Jim) as I read about two grandsons who they have never met.
This book is amazing. It's empowering and enlightening and it helps blaze this new trail where more and more people are choosing everyday not to have children (it's amazing what Marcia went through!) -- which is totally okay. Marcia asserts that you can fill your life with so many other good things - vacationing, reading, pets, good books, movies - and live a life with no regrets.
I highly recommend this book.
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Yes the choice is more acceptable now, but there are still people who make judgements. It's still a shock to some people if you work with kids and don't have or want your own, and sometimes they're critical about it. Childfree people still hear "you'll change your mind" "you'll have regrets when you're older" and so on. If nothing else, Marcia's memoir is important because gives a counter to those statements as someone who has been there who didn't change her mind and does not have regrets.
I started reading this book last night planning to read a few pages and ended up reading it all in one sitting. The tone is very conversational so it's almost like you're sitting there hearing her tell her story. She's honest and up front about her choice and her experiences. I think it's a book that is beneficial both for the childfree and for those who maybe don't understand what the childfree go through.
Reading this book in 2013, you would think that the reactions the author receives for simply deciding not to have children are so passé... If that's what you think, then you've obviously never told a group of people you have no plans for kids.Marcia Drut-Davies was told by several publishers that her book wasn't necessary... That it didn't need to be out there. Well, since reading this book ( my first of about 15 books on the childfree life), I can honestly say I no longer felt alone, no longer felt fraudulent as a woman. This book opened up a world of possibilities to me... It awakened me to the realisation that my life can be whatever I choose it to be, and nothing less! I've since joined online communities for women without kids and have found so many funny, intelligent women to share conversations with in this pronatalist world! I don't punish myself for not wanting kids.. I just realise it's not for me.
I can't recommend this book enough. Thank you Marcia for sharing your memoir and helping so many readers to feel safe and content in their life-choices. X
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