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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466428112
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466428119
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #477,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Shannon L. Yarbrough VINE VOICE on 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:

Pregnancy
Childbirth
Crying (mother and baby both)
Potty-training
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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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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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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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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This short book is very nice. It's written in a light, humorous style. I appreciated the author sharing her life experiences. If you're looking for a self-help book, this isn't it. I think some of the more negative reviewers might have been expecting something of that nature. I went in with no expectations and was pleasantly surprised. If you want something that will reinforce your good feelings about the choice you've made not to have kids, and how it's often difficult as a woman to be transparent about it with others without feeling like a freak, it's a nice read. It can be read in just a few hours, depending on how fast you read. I snagged it while it was free, but the current price for it now isn't bad. :)
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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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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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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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