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Two Is Enough: A Couple's Guide to Living Childless by Choice Paperback – September 22, 2009
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About the Author
Fueled by curiosity and introspection, Scott traveled to ten American states and two Canadian provinces to survey the childless by choice and do video and audio interviews in order to determine why, for millions of North American couples, the question "When should we have kids?" has morphed into "Should we have kids?" She has since been interviewed and consulted on this topic by university scholars, writers, and producers for national magazines, regional newspapers and news organizations, including NBC News, the San Francisco Chronicle, CBC Radio, and The Roanoke Times.
Her Childless by Choice Project website (www.childlessbychoiceproject.com) serves as a reference and marketing tool for journalists, project participants, researchers, and the general public. A proposed Childless by Choice film project is in the development and early production stage, and is fiscally sponsored by The Southern Documentary Fund (www.southerndocumentaryfund.org). Scott lives in Roanoke, Virginia.
Top Customer Reviews
The chapters which follow present the main findings of Scott's research. There is information on "Who Are the Childless by Choice?," the decision-making process that occurs along the path to becoming childless, and the a list of the resulting "Eighteen Reasons (and More) Why We Don't Have Kids." The latter chapter may surprise some who believe that childfree individuals are "selfish" or "must hate kids"--comments that participants in Scott's interviews had been subjected to in the face of their decisions to remain childless. As it turns out, however, the highest-rated motive statement in Scott's research was "I love our life, our relationship, as it is, and having a child won't enhance it.Read more ›
For quite some time I wasn't sure I wanted to have children and then when I decided I did want children wasn't sure that it would be possible. So we made the decision to stop trying and to be child free, simply to be super aunt and uncle to our siblings children.
We ran into so many of the prejudices and odd looks from people who always said the same thing "but you'd be such great parents!" And that is when I began reading the literature around a child free by choice life.
This book is the work of Laura Scott and her Child Free by Choice Project. The interviews included in the book are powerful, insightful and clearly demonstrate the process most people go through making this choice. I really think after reading this book that many more people would likely make the decision to be child free if they knew they weren't alone in how they feel.
The book does an exceptional job of outlining the reasons and rationale many childless by choice couples used to come to their decision. It was comforting to read and find that the thoughts I had were very similar to many other people. This work removes so many of the stigmas around not having children for those who choose not to.
For me, the choice to have children was the best one ultimately and when my daughter came along, I couldn't be happier. But this book did a wonderful job of helping me better relate with the feelings I had when I was choosing not to take heroic efforts to have children or to adopt and it has really given me great insights into the feelings and beliefs of those I know who have remained childless by choice. I know I'll be able to relate better and be a more engaged friend from reading this book.
This is an excellent written book, and covers the topic incredibly.
Personally, I've struggled with my choice of not having children. I was always told that one day I'd change my mind about having kids, when I was older and fell it love. I was also told it was a phase- that happened to last over 7 years- and I would joyously one day find myself with child. I did fall in love and still was 92% sure I didn't want kids. I have picked out names and the like and considered what it might be like, but generally those thoughts last no longer than a week or two a year and then I go back to being very uncomfortable with the idea. This book brought to light a lot of things I've thought and felt over the years. It even bought up the subject of changing one's mind about having children if a couple decides to. It also gave a lot of healthy suggestions about talking with your partner about the subject of children, and bringing it back up every few years to make sure you're always on the same page.
Reading this book on a break in one of my college classes brought up the discussion which lead to a story that horrified me, and I later had a personal experiance on. Women who agree to be childless with their partner, and later change their mind and 'accidently' get pregnant. What a horribly underhanded thing to do! And yet it's considered entirely acceptable in our society. This does even briefly bring up the subject of what to do if your partner changes their mind, and you don't.Read more ›
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This is a hard topic for me being single and not wanting children. Reading this book helped me realize that I am not alone and hope to find a women that feels the same way In the... Read morePublished 1 month ago
I've bought several books on choosing to be child free. This one feels like a big hug when you read of the accounts of people choosing not to have children and being happy because... Read morePublished 6 months ago by twentysevencards
Really loved this book. Easy to read and thought provoking. Really supported the idea of Childless by Choice.Published 7 months ago by Todd Frederickson
Awesome book. Great price. Condition exactly as described. Fast shipping!Published 10 months ago by Jamie Lyn Benak
They don't want to spoil the perfect romance-soaked "eternal honeymoon" they're enjoying with their fabulous centerfold soulmates. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Banshee
Excellent, well written book.
My spouse and I are childless by circumstance and reading about the experiences of other childless/child free couples was very helpful and... Read more
This is a great book. It is positive and uplifting. This is my favourite book on this topic. We went from trying to have kids, to accepting that it wasn't going to happen for... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Please understand that I preface the review of Two Is Enough: A Couple’s Guide To Living Childless by Choice by Laura S. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Stella Carrier