What's in a name?

posted 12 months ago in No Kids
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

Hmm why do all the bees seem to maintain relationships with people who say wild rude statements?

Honestly, “childfree” and “childless” are the same thing. 

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

mrsautumn36 :  I honestly cannot believe that someone would say that to anyone. Get. Better. Friends.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

I could see how some people might get offended by “childfree.”  It’s a silly thing to get offended over, but it sort of carries the implication that your life is better/easier than someone’s who has kids.  I don’t think it’s worth speaking up about to people, but I get why people might feel condescended by it.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I’m a parent and I couldn’t care less. I by no means find “childfree” offensive. The guy you were talking to sounds like a tool. 🙄

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

mrsautumn36 :  as someone who loves her son but spent the hour of 2 awake trying to figure out why he wouldn’t stop crying… you are child free. I am exhausted today. Lol. People get uptight about the silliest things. A child can absolutely be a burden no matter how much a person wants them. It doesn’t mean it’s not additional work in their life somehow. 

I’d roll my eyes as hard at that woman as I do at the ‘front hole’ concept. Changing standard terms is so silly to me. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

childless sounds like someone who tried for children and was not able to have them.

childfree sounds like someone who chose not to have children.

but tomato, tomato (i guess typed out they are still spelled the same) , everyone is entitled to their opinions. we can ignore it and move on.  and it sounds like you voiced your opinion back and he had no response.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper

I assume “childfree” means you don’t have children on purpose because you don’t want them. “Childless” to me means you DO want them but it hasn’t happened yet. I might be overthinking it though. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

For those who think there is no difference between childfree and childless, go tell an infertile person that they’re childfree and report back.  

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 1983

The denotation is the same. One word (“childfree”) has positive connotations and the other (“childless”) negative. I think it’s healthy that you see your situation positively, and I think the guy who commented was talking about something that’s none of his business.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

I do think they are slightly different terms, with slight different meanings. 

“free” to me means that you didnt/dont want them. More like, free from lol. Childless sounds like you’re pining away in front of a window, wishing you had children. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

mrsautumn36 :  I see. Well I think he’s an ass and that’s a totally outrageous thing to say to a virtual stranger! I’m sorry you had that interaction.

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