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No Way Baby!: Exploring, Understanding, and Defending the Decision NOT to Have Children Paperback – July 23, 2012
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Using facts the author calmly debunks the myths surrounding the childfree life (e.g. They hate children, they're selfish, will be unhappy in old age, or are denying their duty). Refreshingly she highlights the many benefits that we all (particularly children) receive from having childfree people within our midst.
What I didn't expect of the book is that I would recommend it to prospective parents. But while discussing the choice to be childfree and how society treats childfree people the book manages to give a far better idea of the emotional and practical realities of parenthood than will be heard in the media or from parents (notoriously they wait until after the birth to divulge the less pleasant aspects of parenting). While it's not the aim of the book, a handy side effect is that reading it will better prepare people for parenthood.
A great read and particularly fun to pull out in public if there are children running wild!
Bottom line: If you need a new, honest perspective on what's great about being childfree and the not-so-fuzzy-and-sweet realities of kids (as in what % actually care for their parents in old age or how much it costs to raise a child in the middle class) this is an informative, entertaining read.
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