We need to stop asserting that there is one universally grand and best way to experience love.
It isn't a reason to change my mind, but losing the experience of becoming a grandpa is a sorrow my dad is entitled to feel.
Not everyone wants to be a parent, and there are many benefits to making that decision.
No one wants their life choices patronised by someone who's ditched those very same choices, writes guest columnist, Robyn Wilder
Let’s end this subtle societal misogyny, kick our envy in the teeth and show support to our sisters who make the choice to be childfree
I am a woman without children. So why would being described as 'childfree' bother me? Until now, it hasn't, really. I preferred it to childless, because I felt that being described as 'a childless woman' made me sound like I was lacking; less than. It sounded sad, as though a life without children is a wasted opportunity, when we all know that isn't the case.
I am not someone who tried tirelessly to have a family; who spent thousands of pounds and years of my life on failed IVF treatments; who received a devastating diagnosis of unexplained infertility; who tried and failed to adopt; who miscarried; or whose child tragically died. Nor am I someone who's imagined herself as a mother throughout her adult life.
Years later, feeling strong and positive once more, I made a conscious decision not to let the whole experience of being turned away from the Mum Club continue to get me down. I had a lightbulb moment - an idea so obvious that I instantly wondered why I'd not come up with it sooner: I'd open my own club.
For a woman without a child of her own, Mother's Day can be a challenging time. It can bring to the fore any pain, grief or sense of loss associated with not being a mother. Yet, we are all mothers, we all give birth to new life and create awesome things, whether it be in a physical, intellectual, emotional or spiritual form.
As if breast vs bottle, career vs homelife or thin vs fat wasn't enough, it seems we can pit women against one another through motherhood vs childless/free too. Is this a media led friction or a genuine issue between women?!