To Be or Not to Be… A Parent!
Added: (Sun Mar 24 2002)
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USA -Denver, Colorado - More and more couples just don't see breast pumps in their future.
Serious books on the "childfree movement" have been slowly emerging from U.K. and U.S. publishing houses, discussing a choice that's not yet mainstream -- but perhaps getting there. "Cheerfully Childless" is the first humor book for those who "hesitate to procreate."
Emotions run high on this topic, and that's precisely the sort of issue where humor thrives. Erma Bombeck looked at family life, Dilbert creator Scott Adams delves into work life, and Ellen Metter and Loretta Gomez tackle the question with a life-altering answer: Is it my fate to procreate?
"There are some scholarly books out on the subject of choosing to be childless," says Metter, "but nothing light-hearted. We're living in a society that actively promotes what I call the 4 R's: Reading, 'Riting, 'Rithmetic, and Reproduction! So childless-by-choice people can feel a bit out in the cold. Those who are pretty sure that talking to sock puppets isn't in their future will definitely identify with Cheerfully Childless."
Cheerfully Childless was written to "bring cheer" to those who are leaning against parenthood but don't get much support from a society that asks "Don't you want to have just one?" And they're not talking potato chips. "Surprisingly enough," says Metter, "I've also gotten amazing responses from readers who are parents. And no, I don't mean they want to punch me in the nose. They told me they could identify with many of the situations described in Cheerfully Childless -- and found them funny!"
The New York Times Magazine reports that 13 million baby boomers are childless. The time is ripe for looking at the topic of being childless-by-choice -- with a giggle.
Available through http://www.amazon.co.uk
More information at http://www.CheerfullyChildless.com
Contact the Creators of Cheerfully Childless for an Interview
They'll Be Happy To Answer Such Questions As…
What motivated you to write a humor book on this book?
Is it true that the 'extra' employee benefits parents receive don't bug you at all?
Do you think you'll regret the decision to be childfree?
Well, you're not married -- so the fact that you're childless isn't very radical, is it?
Do you think those who don't have children are more selfish than those who do?
Why do you think people decide not to have children?
Do you think everyone should be cheerfully childless?
Ellen Metter lives in Denver, Colorado, USA and Loretta Gomez lives in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Facts of Note Related to Choosing to be Childless
Several organizations now exist for the 'childfree' (the favored term by those who have chosen to be childless.) The group 'No Kidding,' an international social organization for those who are childless by choice, has more than 70 chapters worldwide.
The U.S. National Center Health Statistics writes, in it's June 2001 report titled Trends In Pregnancy Rates for the United States, 1976-97: An Update, that "the estimated pregnancy rate for U.S. women fell in 1997 to 103.7 pregnancies per 1,000 woman aged 15-44, the lowest level in more than 20 years." Though there are certainly many women who wish to have children who cannot, the study also attributes the decline to "changing attitudes, better contraception, and economic opportunity." [From the "National Vital Statistics Report, " Vol. 49, No. 4, June 6, 2001, http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/births.htm].
Comedian Jeff Foxworthy asks "Did you know that babies are nauseated by thesmell of a clean shirt? "