- Tapa blanda: 160 páginas
- Editor: Greenleaf Book Group LLC; Edición: 2 (7 de diciembre de 2010)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1608320731
- ISBN-13: 978-1608320738
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Complete without Kids: An Insider's Guide to Childfree Living by Choice or by Chance (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 7 dic 2010
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"Child-free readers will find validation and support in this thought-provoking text." - Publishers Weekly December 2010
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Licensed Clinical Psychologist Ellen L Walker examines the often-ignored question of what it means to be childfree, by choice or by circumstance, in a family-focused society. Recognising that there is no one childfree adult, the author guides the reader through the positive and negative aspects of childfree living, taking into consideration the different issues faced by men or women, couples or singles, whether gay or straight. As a woman who is childfree by choice, Walker draws upon her personal experience while also offering the reader numerous interviews with other childfree adults, revealing behind-the-scenes factors that influenced their personal journeys. She approaches the tough-decision making process of whether or not to have children from a biological, historical, and societal perspective, offering valuable information on: The unique set of problems that childfree adults face simply due to living in a culture that celebrates babies and traditional families; Methods to cope with the pressure to have children from media, family, and friends in a healthy way; How to create balance and approach the leisure time allowed by a childfree lifestyle and; Financial, health, and personal benefits associated with childfree living. Offering support, guidance, and thought-provoking questions, this is a productive guide for any reader considering the childfree path.Ver Descripción del producto
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Like many others who have read this book, I have been happily married for several years and am childfree. I expected a though-provoking exploration of the childfree life-style, social perceptions of childfree couples/women, etc, and perhaps something more grounded in clinical psychology and data. I was not necessarily disappointed, but the book seemed to fall short in several areas.
Early in the book, Walker writes: "One of my primary goals was to examine childfree living from a neutral position."
Walker starts out well enough, tying her own personal experiences in with those of several interviewees, and cites studies and statistics that support her opinions. However, about half-way through the book Walker's tone changes and she simply begins touting how much better life is without children. Instead of continuing her thread of unbiased exploration into factors that lead to the decision to remain childfree, societal pressures and expectations, or even healthful coping mechanisms for women who are dissatisfied with their childfree status, she begins to depend heavily on the opinions of those she has researched. Indeed, much of the book succumbs to speculation about what she or those she interviewed *think* it might be like to have a child. Initially, I didn't mind the new direction; however, since Walker began to compare the happiness/health/financial stability of childfree couples/singles, the book could have been much stronger had she done more research & interviews with parents. Instead, there are several paragraphs throughout that are based entirely on speculation. Writing of a Christmas Ski trip with her partner, Walker states: "I imagine that if we had children, the trip would've been focused on them, where they wanted to go, and what they wanted to do. It certainly would have lacked romance, and I would have felt exhausted from trying to make sure that everyone was happy." She then goes on for a full page about the ways she imagines the trip would've been spoiled by having children present. I just don't see this as valid data or even helpful in a book marketed toward those who have already made the decision not to have children. Further, I did not find any part of the book helpful for those who want to have children but can't.
Walker ends the book with a bit of a call to action. While I too believe that the decision to remain childfree is a personal one and should be as socially acceptable as having children seems to be, I just don't see childfree couples as some minority group in need of social or political recognition. Then too, Walker attempts to address the unfairness of our tax code several times (re: the unfairness of social programs and tax breaks for families with children) yet later one of the interviewees suggests that elderly childfree citizens will eventually become a burden of the state (since they will not have children who will care for them as they age). She briefly cites population growth and scarcity of resources as a reason to refrain from reproducing, but the topic is merely mentioned, not explored. In these sections of her book, Walker is cramming information and opinion but fails to properly address the issues. Topics are introduced and then forgotten.
As I stated, the book reads well and is at times a very interesting look into the minds of several people who have decided not to have children for various reasons. I wouldn't go so far as to recommend or not recommend the book, but I would say to take it with a grain of salt. It is more of an opinion piece than anything. This book seems geared toward giving people something to quote the next time they feel the need to defend their decision to be childfree; it is a justification of a decision, not an exploration or celebration of it. It may be helpful for younger people who are considering not having children. It would not be much help to those who find themselves childfree due to biological/health reason and are unhappy with their childfree status.
The book is a good piece of research along with the imparcial narrative of the author, who exposes the topic from both her own and the interviewd's perspective.
Must read for young people thinking about the idea of bearing children or not.