We took a few of The Transformed Wife’s tweets and tried to find the logic behind her biblical, God-fearing, and often misogynistic words. Would you like to know if we were successful? Listen to this episode to find out!
We decided to have an unedited (mostly), unfiltered, uncensored, and completely unplanned conversation for this special episode of Childfree Girls.
So, you know how we encourage everyone to leave us comments on our YouTube videos? It’s because we love reading them and knowing the reactions, opinions, and thoughts of the people who are watching us. Every once in a while we get a comment that we find particularly interesting or funny, and we decided to do an episode to talk about a few of the little gems that we have received so far!
Dr. Angela L. Harris joined us on this episode to chat about No Bibs, Burps, Bottles, a brand she created specifically for childfree, Black women. She shared with us the reason behind the creation of her brand; a couple of her life experiences as a Black, childfree woman; and showed us her fluffy slippers!
How deep is the desire to have a child vs how deep is the desire to not have a child? Spoiler alert: we do not have the answer to this question.
This is our first Ask Me Anything! Special with questions from our audience and questions we asked each other!
Jared is the creator of the “Best Childfree Life Possible” Facebook group and one of the co-founders of the upcoming Childfree Conference that will be held in mid-2021.
Are parents selfish for choosing to have and/or raise children? This is the topic of our first Live episode ever!
In this episode, author Joanna Rose joined us to talk about her latest novel. A Small Crowd of Strangers is the coming-of-age story of a 33-year-old woman who decides not to have children. Joanna also allowed us to explore the richness of her personal story, including the role religion has played in her life, her own decision to embrace the childfree lifestyle, and some of her family’s awkward dynamics.
It only takes a glance inside a Mommy/Parenting online group or forum, and a glance inside most childfree online groups or forums, to realize that criticism from one community to the other is ever-present. We invited Irene Caselli, a First 1,000 Days Correspondent from The Correspondent and the mother of a 1-year-old, to come to our show to discuss why we think this happens so frequently and why parents and non-parents should not be pitted against one another. BONUS: This episode has a special sneak peek inside CFG’s conversations after we wrap up recording with a guest, and the topic is related to voluntary sterilization.
If there is one thing that the three of us wish for is to see more childfree people putting themselves out there by sharing their content and creations. This is the main topic of our conversation with Hannah, the creator of Wife Without Kids.
Michael Zadoorian joined us on this episode to talk about “The Narcissism of Small Differences,” his latest novel. We also discussed his life as a childfree man in his 60s, and his insights are quite interesting.
Childfree Girls’ second Halloween Special features three very opinionated childfree people who are called to be on a panel. (Disclaimer: We went into recording with no idea what we were going to say. We had an idea of our characters, and that was it. Enjoy!)
Have you ever felt that everything and everyone around you expects all people with a womb to have a baby? Is it your impression that families, by definition, can only be two parents and at least one kid? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you have been exposed to Pronatalism.
There are so many reasons to not have kids! We actually think there are more of those than reasons to have them… In this episode, Childfree Girls discuss some of their own reasons why they decided not to have kids. Do you agree with any of these? Why don’t you want to have kids?
On this episode, we had a casual conversation about stuff: we talked about Daddy trolls, we discussed a bit about our childhoods, we delved into the subject of parents who push their kids to do things that they didn’t get to do before having them, and the support from family members regarding our choice to be childfree, among other things. We also answered the question: is there anything that could appeal to us about parenthood? We wonder if you would agree with our answers…
Aysha* (*not her real name) is a pediatric endocrinologist who is currently facing a very important decision: go through an expensive fertility treatment of IVF to conceive a baby even though the idea of becoming a mother doesn’t really excite her, or embracing the childfree lifestyle.
The Childfree Girls invited her because we were curious about her journey, and Aysha was very open and vulnerable about her thoughts and feelings. This was a truly enriching conversation about a topic that is seldom discussed.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever been bingoed! In this episode, Childfree Girls discuss the three Bingos that personally annoy us the most, a discussion that was led by asking ourselves: what do we think people really mean when they bingo us? In the end, we decided to turn the tables and created our own Childfree Bingo with the questions and comments that someone who is thinking about having a child would get told…
It’s been one year since the three Founding Non-Mothers of Childfree Girls got together and started posting childfree content online, and we honestly couldn’t be happier to celebrate our first anniversary!
The second part of our 2-part special is a conversation between LeNora, Kristen, and Isabel, in which we reflect on our first year together. We also introduce the fourth member of CFG, even though most of you might have already noticed her!
It’s been one year since the three Founding Non-Mothers of Childfree Girls got together and started posting childfree content online, and we honestly couldn’t be happier to celebrate our first anniversary! On this very special occasion, we decided to do a 2-part special. The first part is a compilation of some of our favorite clips from all the episodes we have aired so far (there is some pretty cool stuff here!).
Seven childfree women of a wide age range came together in this episode of Childfree Girls to talk about what it is to be childfree through the decades. From a teenager to a sexagenarian, these ladies open up about their lives as childfree women and what they expect for the future, discuss bingos, and share thoughts about growing old, what commitment means to them, and many other topics!
Dr. Kimya Dennis, Ph.D. is the founder and owner of 365 Diversity, LLC. In addition to being a criminologist and sociologist, Kimya Nuru Dennis is a childfree-by-choice sociologist invested in sexual rights and freedoms and reproductive rights and freedoms. This conversation is rich and touches on several subjects that cross over what being childfree means. We only scratched the surface and encourage you to dig deeper into these issues.
Join Isabel, Kristen and LeNora in this Behind the Scenes: Home Edition episode, which features a lighter mood and a casual conversation. The girls open up their homes and share the things they love about them! You’ll get to find out why LeNora drained her car battery, the mystery of Isabel’s abandoned studio, and Kristen’s mulch ado about nothing! The girls get candid and real in this fun episode. A special treat before we get back to our more serious programming 🙂 You can also listen to our show in podcast format! Search for Childfree Girls on iTunes, Podbean, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play and several other platforms, so you can listen to us on the go!
In this episode, LeNora, Kristen, and Isabel kick off the conversation by talking about how sometimes people from our community tone down their childfree happiness around parents because it could be perceived as “gloating.”
This topic is followed by a segment in which, after we reminisce about our days in high school, we address the youngest members of the childfree community directly. The Childfree Girls also hope to reach those young men and women who have never even questioned the parenthood issue just to bring awareness to the fact that it is a choice.
Maxine Trump, the director of the documentary “To Kid or Not To Kid”, joined the Childfree Girls on this episode to talk about the making of her film and about all the great things that have happened since the premiere. To Kid Or Not To Kid is a new film that aims to dispel the myth that living childfree is weird, selfish or somehow wrong. In a world where you’re threatened for speaking openly about living childfree, two women, from different decades, search for ways to support each other in making the decision to live without kids. If you haven’t watched it yet, we highly recommend it!
Tom James, author of Your Children Are Boring, or: How Modern Parents Ruin Everything, talks about his book, how all parents think their kid is special, losing your identity when you have a baby, and what we found out later is referred to as “sharenting” (the overuse of social media by parents to share content based on their children, such as baby pictures or details of their children’s activities), among other things.
It’s one of the recurring debates in the childfree community: if you don’t want kids because of the responsibility and the burden, shouldn’t you NOT want pets either? Kristen and Isabel have pets, LeNora is pet-free by choice. Join us as we talk about what it entails to own a furry companion, the good and the bad. We also voice our opinions on the terms “furbaby,” “dog mom,” and everything in between.
The Childfree Girls discuss their personal views on tokophobia, the fear of pregnancy. We also talk about the best things about being childfree now that we’re mature adults (sometimes!), in comparison to when we were younger. Our conversation also takes us to touch base on what we’ve been up to while in COVID-19 isolation, as well as other varied subjects. You can also listen to our show in podcast format! Search for Childfree Girls on Podbean, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play and several other platforms, so you can listen to us on the go!
This is also the first episode we’re airing in our Podcast, in which you will be able to hear all of our episodes anywhere and on-the-go! We got requests from many of our listeners who sometimes cannot watch us on YouTube but would like to hear our discussions. Thanks to all of you who helped us make this decision! You can find it published here: https://childfreegirls.podbean.com/ On this variety show, instead of having an interview or discussing a specific subject, we decided to talk about various things, focusing our discussion from a childfree perspective. Join us as we talk about passing down things and about our legacy as non-mothers. We finish the episode with some personal recommendations on entertaining things to watch (especially now that we are spending a lot more time at home, with what’s happening in the World), and hope you can leave us your recommendations as well!
We sat down with Jamin Mays, a Christian man from Georgia who had contacted us because he wanted to discuss abortion issues from his point of view. Needless to say, none of us changed our minds regarding our position as pro-choice on this matter, but it was interesting to try and understand where his arguments stemmed from.
One of the most common questions childfree people get asked is, “If you don’t have children, who will take care of you when you’re old?” Even worse, we sometimes get outright told that we will be old, alone, and bitter.
In this episode LeNora, Kristen, and Isabel discuss their personal POV on growing old and what those Golden Years would hopefully look like.
And, just in case some people don’t get it from our conversation: having children is NOT a retirement plan.
All three Childfree Girls watched “To Kid or Not to Kid” The Movie, a very personal documentary film by Maxine Trump. We all found that this piece spoke to us and our chosen childfree lifestyle in different ways, so we decided to get together and talk about it.
Raif and Connie Goodlett are a childfree couple based in London, England. In 2019 they stated a childfree relationship, travel and lifestyle blog called The Goodlett Guide, where they write about their personal experiences and their childfree lifestyle.
2020 starts with Episode 11 of Childfree Girls, featuring Jackie Shannon Hollis, author of “This Particular Happiness: A Childless Love Story”. Jackie’s memoir, among other things, tells her story on how she wanted to become a mother when she was younger but fell in love and married a childfree man. Join us as she tells us more about the experience of choosing her partner over motherhood, and how that has led her to live a fulfilled life.
Therese Shechter is a filmmaker, writer, and multi-media storyteller. She is also a smart, empowered, and funny woman who is currently in the process of producing a documentary called “My So-Called Selfish Life” about the Childfree Lifestyle.
Dann Alexander, author of Planned Unparenthood: Creating a Life without Procreating, is the first, but hopefully not the last, childfree man we are featuring in an episode of our web series.
Natalie Fikes is a relationship coach, a motivational speaker, and an author. She was recently in the eye of a social media storm when she posted a comment online and it unleashed thousands of reactions on Facebook. Natalie was very straightforward about why she decided to have children, and you might be surprised at her openness. She confirmed what many mothers are afraid to acknowledge in public.
In this Halloween Special, you’ll meet three mothers even mothers hate. Come meet the characters that we enjoyed portraying (all improvised) as a fun, entertaining video celebrating one of the coolest holidays of the year. Or maybe this is who we are in real life…? (dun dun duuuuuun!) (If you want to have a good laugh, check out the bloopers in the end!)
How much do you know about antinatalism? What perception do you have of antinatalists? What conditions would have to be met in order for antinatalists to decide antinatalism is no longer necessary? Our guest in this episode is Amanda Sukenick, antinatalist/EFIList and an actor and writer known for The EFIList (2016).
How many of you have been called selfish because you don’t want to have children? Raise your hands, we’re doing a headcount… We’ve all been there. People say we’re selfish because we don’t want to have children. Even some childfree people call themselves selfish because of the choice they have made. We talk about that and discuss why it is sometimes hard to admit that you don’t want to become a parent.
Dating as a childfree woman doesn’t always come easy! Join the Childfree Girls as we discuss three different points of view regarding love and romance as CF women: casual dating, relationships, and marriage.
Jody Day’s quote from her presentation at FertilityFest 2018 inspired this episode. She said, “Pronatalist privilege shares its systemic structure with all other forms of -isms, including sexism and racism. It’s a way of seeing the world from a privileged vantage point, elevated above others, and nearly always conferred without effort.” What do you think?
In this special episode, join the Childfree Girls as we chat with childfree expert and The Baby Matrix author Laura Carroll about her work and her experience. We also ask her what she thinks about the use of the term “childfree” (should it be banished for good?).
Episode 2, in which we discuss ‘parenting by circumstance’ and whether there’s such a thing as a childfree parent.
In episode 1, we discuss the recent headline, “Delaying the menopause could end choice between career or children, says scientist.”