(Closed) "The Childfree Life" Time Magazine Article- thoughts?

posted 6 years ago in No Kids
  • poll: Is the childfree lifestyle still cover worthy news? How do you feel about childfree living?
    This is NOT cover worthy news, and I don't respect the childfree by choice lifestyle. : (6 votes)
    2 %
    This IS cover worthy news, and I don't respect the childfree by choice lifestyle. : (1 votes)
    0 %
    This is NOT cover worthy news, and I live or plan to live a childfree by choice lifestyle. : (20 votes)
    8 %
    This IS cover worthy news, and I live or plan to live a childfree by choice lifestyle. : (66 votes)
    26 %
    NOT cover worthy- I respect the childfree by choice life, but it's not for me. I have or want kids. : (39 votes)
    15 %
    YES cover worthy- I respect the childfree by choice life, but it's not for me. I have or want kids. : (64 votes)
    25 %
    Obligatory other category : (3 votes)
    1 %
    NOT cover worthy- I respect the childfree by choice lifestyle and am undecided on having kids. : (10 votes)
    4 %
    YES cover worthy- I respect the childfree by choice lifestyle and am undecided on having kids. : (46 votes)
    18 %
  • Post # 93
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - parent\'s backyard

    I do think this is cover worthy  — I feel like the childfree concept is only recently becoming more widely discussed & acceptable.  for example, it seems like the terms “dinks” or “childfree by choice” was not part of anybody’s vocabulary a few years ago, and now you hear it all the time.

    I’m childfree myself, and I’m absolutely loving it!

    Post # 94
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    1427 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - parent\'s backyard

    @SoupyCat:  I had one of those poopy dolls. I played a game called “laboratory” where I “experimented” on her by making weird liquids and pouring them through that channel. then I would make lab notes about it.

    Post # 95
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    3051 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    @Rachel631:  let’s not open the can of worms that is the Catholic religion lol! I was raised Catholic. I am just glad I’m not anymore! It actually makes me quite glad that things tend to even out intelligence wise. Maybe I would have a super stupid kid…therefore it’s a good thing I’m not having kids. =P Of course I’m taking it to the extreme as I’m sure it’s progressive. Nonetheless, it helps my argument that maybe I’m not “the type that NEEDS to have kids” as some of my loved ones periodically emphasize.

     

    Post # 96
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

    @soontobemrsm11:  I suppose I just see the complications either way. I also read a cognitive psychology article a while ago which says that people tend to make a decision and then think of ways to justify it, rather than the other way around.

    I’ll be quite honest. I eventually want children and see it as nobody else’s business. How do I justify that? By saying that I’m not rich, but not destitute either, that I’m reasonably bright, and therefore more likely to have reasonably bright offspring (even if they are more likely to regress to the mean, LOL), and that I am likely to be a less **** parent than my Mum, amongst other things (my Mum is quite seriously mentally ill, so that is not exactly the hardest thing in the world).

    However I play it, it’s decision first and justification later. All I’m saying is that this is not automatically a moral decision, either way.

    Post # 97
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    @Rachel631:  I think more often than not it’s decision first, justification later. You’re always entitled to make your own decision about kids IMO it’s NO ONE else’s business if you want them and we shouldn’t have to defend our decisions. Sadly, we do have to defend them to so many people. Everything from never wanting to get married, not wanting kids, not wanting to go to college, not wanting to own a house…anything that is not “normal”. Lovely society

    Post # 98
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    515 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2016

    Sorry, what does CBC mean? I am trying to follow along but do not know what that means.

    Post # 99
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    969 posts
    Busy bee

    alyssaash1:  CBC or, more the more popular, CFBC means “Childfree By Choice”.  People who are CBC/CFBC choose not to have any children of their own, whether through pregnancy, surrogacy, adoption, or any other means. Being childfree by choice, however, is not the same as being childless. Childless people desire children of their own, but do not have any for whatever reason (either natural or circumstantial).  Hope this helps.  ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 100
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    515 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2016

    MissesAwesome:  It totally does, thanks so much! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 102
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    3092 posts
    Sugar bee

    Being child free is awesome.

    Having kids is awesome.

    Depends on your lifestyle, what you want, etc.

    I have two kids and I won’t trade them for all the extra money I could have saved. But, that is JUST me.  Being a parent is also super hard. Advantages and disadvantages to each side.  This is not something everyone will agree on. The issue itself is way too personal.

    Post # 103
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    969 posts
    Busy bee

    UPDATE!

    My OP (mentioned above) was “closed” by admin bc I apparently posted it in the wrong section. If you were a part of the OP and/or would like to join in and show support, then please follow the new URL from the “IDEAS” section:

    http://weddingbee.uservoice.com/forums/241844-submit-your-idea/suggestions/11136888-new-board-section-needed

    Also, be sure to VOTE (3 is best if you really agree with the initiative) if you want to see this put through. Voting is the best way to be heard here, but feel free to leave a comment if you want to as well.

    Thanks, everyone! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Post # 104
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    258 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2016 - Sand Key Park- Clearwater Beach Elopement

    I believe it is newsworthy. So many people STILL expect people to want to have babies. But for many people, that’s not the case for whatever reason, all of which are valid. It’s nice to see, I believe, for people who are childfree. They may feel pressure to have kids, when that’s just not part of their plan. Seeing something like this could help them see that they CAN have a fulfilling life even without having kids. And I think this is important for people who believe you HAVE to have kids to have a fulfilling life to see this and recognize that it’s simply not true.

    My best friend is childfree by choice. I 100% respect their decision. I personally want to have children and so does my fiance, and my childfree best friend respects that. They are even excited to be appointed “vodka aunt”, as a running joke between us and can’t wait to “spoil the crap” out of our kids lol. They just don’t want kids themselves. Mutual respect for each other’s feelings and life decisions.

    Post # 105
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    1037 posts
    Bumble bee

    I do still think it’s very current (not sure about it being in Time magazine).  I am CBC and am very happy to say so but here in the UK a girl recently suffered hellish abuse online for making her choice known – this article is worth reading:-

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3336906/Vilified-daring-say-never-want-baby-Woman-tells-terrifying-onslaught-Twitter-trolls-branded-selfish-sharing-views-online.html

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