Childlessness

'What Big, Sad, Scary Prospects You Have, Ungrandma!" Non-Grandparents: What to Do About Our Futures?

Paula Coston | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Coston

I'm 59, and have never had children - not my choice. Many of my same-age friends and family are preparing to enjoy the arrival of the next generation beyond, an experience that I'll no doubt take pleasure in by proxy, but still, that I'll miss out on for myself.

What We Don't Tell Our Mothers, Usually, on Mother's Day (But Perhaps We Should)

Paula Coston | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Coston

With Mothers Day coming up, for various reasons I'm especially aware this year of the concealments of daughters like me, probably all over the world.

Coming Out as a Woman Who Doesn't Want Children

Sian Hunter | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sian Hunter

Pregnancy is supposed to be the most wonderful time of a woman's life. I, however, liken the condition to that of being invaded by a parasite. Reading that sentence back to myself makes me feel like a terrible person. And very worried that there is something wrong with me. This is me sharing my dirty secret via my laptop: I don't ever want to be a mother.

Childless at Christmas

Anne-Marie Scully | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anne-Marie Scully

I am finally expecting a baby in February after almost four years of battling infertility and IVF treatments. Despite being so close to my goal of being a mother I have not forgotten for one second the pain that I have endured to get here. I especially cannot forget how much more intense that pain was at Christmastime.

Feminism Means Freedom, Choice and Equality, but We Also Need Self-Respect and Sisterly Love

Katherine Baldwin | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Katherine Baldwin

I've called myself many things in public - a binge eater, an addict, a perfectionist, a workaholic, to name but a few - but I've never called myself a feminist. It's only now that I'm starting to wonder why.

Single, Childless and Christmas - Trying Out a New Solution to a Tricky Equation

Katherine Baldwin | Posted 19.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Katherine Baldwin

Why did I choose to miss carols by candlelight, Christmas parties with friends, cosy nights in the pub and a few precious days chilling with my family? Why did I decide to travel so far away from the people I love when everyone else was going home?

Surviving the Childless Weekend Blues

Jody Day | Posted 04.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Jody Day

Many of us are so busy with work commitments and after-work activities Monday-to-Friday that we can't wait for the peace and quiet of the weekend in order to recover. And then, when we wake up on Saturday morning to an empty bed, an empty house and an empty weekend, it doesn't feel relaxing, it feels hideously oppressive.