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Families of Two Paperback – September 21, 2000
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From TCFL (The Childfree Life) site ... "Laura...has managed to take the strangeness out of viewing real couples all who are living happy married lives without children...even though this book was published in 2000 it still feels current... Read entire review at thechildfreelife.com/?p=114
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.
Families of Two led Laura to become one of the leading voices on the childfree choice. She is a seasoned public speaker 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 and in a variety of print media to discuss childfree and 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 The Baby Matrix: Why Freeing Our Minds From Outmoded Thinking About Parenthood & Reproduction Will Create a Better World, and Finding Fulfillment From the Inside Out.
In addition to her author central site, you can find Laura at lauracarroll.com.
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Is it a natural progression of marriage? Would a marriage be incomplete without children? For one, I do not subscribed to these notions somehow.
Why wouldn't I want kids? Am I abnormal? I really love kids but not to the extent of wanting one of my own. The burning desire is diminishing.
I tried searching the local libraries (I live in SE asia) for similar books but to no avail. It seems like our culture here do not encourage childless marriage by choice subconsciously. Procreation seems like a must for any marriage.
As a woman fresh into her 30s, I do feel maternal instinct is kicking in. I do not know if this is a false alarm or if it is because most of my peers are having babies now.
However after reading one of the interviews in this book, I reckon I am more inclined to "in love with the idea of having children than what it means to have them".
Like marriage, children is a commitment.
A good read and helps one to think deeper and stay anchor into the conviction of having a childless marriage by choice.
I just wonder if the author ever met a couple who were sorry for not having children, and why she did not include their story.
The couples presented in Families of Two remind us that we are ultimately responsible for our own happiness, which may or may not conform to the expectations of others. The stories presented clearly illustrate that there are "a myriad of ways to live a rich, full life and that more and more people see that the choice not to reproduce is a legitimate and worthy choice."
Whether or not you are considering not having children, this book provides a revealing look at the beauty and power of honoring your own personal truth, and on living a more authentic life. After reading Families of Two, I was reminded that my life is a unique and incredible adventure filled with choice and opportunity. Very inspirational!