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As children around the world thank their mothers for all their love and care on Mother’s Day, Anu Gulmohar takes a look at people who are choosing to stay childfree…
the sunday indian 46 17 may 2009
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woman. I, later, fell in love with a man who did not care if he had children and was inclined to remain childless because it gave him the freedom to travel and pursue a career in international sales and later take the financial risks required to be an entrepreneur.” Having done his bit of parenting rather early in his life as he helped raise his mentally-challenged younger brother, and with little hope of ever going to college because of not being economically sound, Fred (from Phoenix, Arizona) told me friends who have children.” The concept of being childfree might leave many Indians aghast and understandably, people childfree by choice here are not as vocal about their decision as in western countries. Childfree people around the world though have been seeking similar-minded people through social clubs and websites. No Kidding is a social group with chapters in countries like US, Spain, China and New Zealand. LT Ciaccio from No Kidding told TSI about its members, “Here in New York, there are people art, galleries and books, and try new kinds of foods like Ethiopian food, so it’s a lot of fun. They’re very accepting of all different kinds of religions and ideas. But outside of that, the childfree people are very different. Some are very conservative, some really like kids and are teachers; some try to have a more adult-centred life, there is a lot of variety within the people.” Every person has his own set of reasons for being childfree. Some like having time for themselves, others are glad of being able to concentrate on their careers. Says LT
e want a baby just like that from you!” she said as she poked me in my ribs and pointed at a newborn’s picture. Not a fortnight had passed since my wedding and people were...