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Childfree and Trying to Make a Difference

Child Free Zone Road SignI knew a long time ago I was never going to be a parent. Even as a child I did not care for children. I avoided playing with the kids on the block unless they had a baseball game going on. Most of the time you could find me hanging out with the adults.

Being born in the late 1950s my formative years were the 60s and 70s. This is the time when people started to become aware of over population, pollution and the limited resources of our planet. It made me aware that having more children would only add to the worlds problems. By the age of 10 I had decided to be child-free.

Throughout the years as my family and friends grew up, got married and had kids I grew farther apart from them. It is not like I hate children. I am fine with people having a “Small” number of kids, one or two. It is when people like my cousin having four kids and another having five, that’s when I have an issue.

As many child-free people can attest to, we are singled out as being strange, weird or odd. Mostly we are called selfish. I see it as exactly the opposite. The average carbon footprint for one person is about 9 metric tons a year. If you have five kids that’s 45 tons a year. Not to mention the strain on the Eco system to produce food, clothing, housing, education, clean water and all of the other things a human needs to live. Who is being selfish? People having large families.

What has become a problem in the United States over the past 40 years is the proliferation of children in all areas of life. Some businesses are entirely inappropriate for children. Casinos, taverns, bars, liquor stores, tattoo parlors, smoke shops, marijuana shops and festivals, sex shops, etc. yet parents are bringing their children into these businesses. In my opinion these businesses should be allowed if not required to have a “Child Free Zone” notice on the front door.

The end result of this is we Childfree don’t go out to public places as often, if at all. We the people with the most disposable income are not spending our money. Families who live on a tight budget are going out and buying the cheapest products and services available and running off the Childfree customers.

If a business wants to have children that should be their choice. If a business does not want to have children that also should be their choice. The key phrase here is “Freedom of Choice”. Businesses should have the freedom to choose. Customers should have the freedom to choose to do business with a restaurant, bar, theater or any other place that will provide a Child-Free environment.

What we need here in the United States are places where adults can go that are mainstream. I have nothing against sex shops, casinos or NC-17 movies but I don’t want to hang out in them just to be in a kid free environment. It would be nice to see a movie or enjoy a meal or have some stimulating conversation in a coffee house without someones crying baby or young children running around unattended ruining the experience. We need Child Free Zones, Places designated for adults and even older children 16 years old an up.

The main problem, as I see it anyway is, the child-free community. If you can even call us a community. What I see and have experienced on the Internet and social media is hundreds or even thousands of groups of child-free people reaching out to tell their story but none of them willing to work together on any level.

Everyone seems to be striving to gain or win something by defeating or establishing superiority over other child-free groups in order to be the best group while in effect canceling each other out. Going in to a group on Facebook and making almost any kind of statement usually gets you flamed by several people who find the smallest of points to argue about. This in my option accomplishes nothing. What we have to do is bond together.

There is no problem with everyone keeping there own groups but we need to develop a plan. I believe that having child-free zones and even child-free times for public businesses is a real possibility. It can be done if we work together. It will require three levels of activism.

  1. Business Level: I believe many businesses are willing to be a Child Free Zone or having child-free times or even child-free events if they could be assured they would have the customers to make it worth their while. This is where small local child-free groups can really help. By going out and talking to local businesses like restaurants, coffee houses and sports bars and asking them to have child-free times and events.
  2. Government Level: This is where we all need to work together and demand children be banned from certain inappropriate businesses like casinos, taverns, bars, liquor stores, tattoo parlors, smoke shops, marijuana shops and festivals, sex shops, etc. Contact your local City, State and County representatives, Contact your United States Senators and U.S. House representatives.
  3. Parent Level: Many parents would like to be able to go out and enjoy a child-free evening too. Parents are not the enemy and we are going to need their help with our goals. We need to win their hearts and minds over to our cause. Talking down to them or calling them names like “breeders” does not help.

Throughout the years I have started four websites and as many groups on social media trying to get something done. I have had no success. I have decided to try again, I am committing myself to this new project with all of me heart and soul and I am not going to stop until I see some real progress in creating some child-free opportunities for people to be able to go out and enjoy themselves without having to raise other peoples children.

I am asking you to join with me. Come and be part of the solution. Post what you are doing on my website. It does not matter what level you are at, You can be an ordinary person, a social media group administrator or member, someone who writes books about child-free or any other child-free advocate.

Please keep in mind If you do not agree with this rational, modern, and well-informed outlook, please go elsewhere. This is not a discussion about whether people should or should not be child free. Our members all agree that this is the best lifestyle for us and other opinions are not welcome. The website will be moderated and every effort will be taken to keep out the trolls. The website is for child-free advocates only.

ChildFreeZone.org is my newest and last website for the child-free. Our mission is dedicated to finding ways for businesses to have the right to serve the clientele they desire and to include the child-free as customers through either having Child Free Zones or having child-free times or events.

Please join us at http://www.childfreezone.org/ you can contact me there on our contact page.

Vern Southern,
Denver Colorado.

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Let’s just get this out of the way: I’ve been married for 13-plus years and don’t have kids. My husband and I don’t want them, but there’s a lot more to it than that. Before you judge us, or say, “There’s still time to change your minds,” there are a few things I want you to know about my child-free marriage.

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What’s it to you if some people don’t have kids?

World Childless Week was created by a British woman, Stephanie Phillips, as a way of highlighting the experiences of people who are unable to have children. Not to be confused with those who are childless by choice – the “child-free”, as some say.

Seemingly worlds apart, they share a vexed similarity. Of course, most people each group encounters are probably just interested and kind. Less helpfully, the childless can sometimes find themselves tormented by invasive, agonizing questions, while the child-free can end up being ruthlessly interrogated about the “strange” decision they’ve made.

Read More Here: Guardian News

10 Science-Backed Reasons Being Single Is Good for Your Health

With all the “We’re engaged!” pics popping up on social media, it may seem like everyone you know is one half of a happy couple. But if you’re riding solo these days, you’re far from alone: A whopping 64 percent of Americans ages 18 to 29 reported being single in 2014, up from 52 percent in 2004, according to a Gallup poll. And for the first time in U.S. history, single people now outnumber married folks at any age. Translation: There’s no time like the present to be swiping right.

Read More Here: Greatest.com

I Chose Not to Have Kids. Here’s How I Made My Decision

Two years ago I was lounging on a raft on a lake with one of my best friends, Sara. She handed me a fresh beer and asked if I wanted to have kids. I took a swig and said, “Only if we plan to get pregnant at the exact same time.” We giggled at the absurd idea. Within a year, she popped out twins, and I made the decision not to have any babies. Yes, ever.

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John Cleese says cats are better than kids

“If you have cats, they’re really nice. If you have children, they cost a fortune, you worry yourself sick about them and then they grow up like their mothers. Cats, they grow up and they don’t start blaming you for everything.

“If you (choose to) have no children, don’t feel like you’re letting the planet down. We’re not underpopulated. Stop being selfish!”

These 23 People Are So Happy They Do Not Have Kids

Society tells you that you need to have children to live a fulfilling life, but is that really true? Can you live a happy life childfree? These 23 people are sharing their reasons for not having children, and why they’re perfectly happy with their decision. Read on for their honest confessions.

Read More Here: Whisper

Real couples tell us why they want to be child-free

“We do not want kids because we don’t want them and there is no other reason for it. No career or financial issues, no bad childhood or running away from responsibility. We just feel we are better off and happy without children and that should be reason enough,”

Read More Here: TheHealthSite.com

The Winners! 2017 Childfree Man and Woman of the Year

Childfree Woman of the Year

Krystal Brown is from Norfolk, Virginia, and has known she did not want children since the age of sixteen. In her teens, she began writing letters to the editor on subjects of interest to the childfree, e.g., women in the workforce, the “most important job in the world” debate, women’s health and reproductive issues.

Childfree Man of the Year

Karim Akerma is a philosopher, writer and blogger who lives in Germany. Having been acquainted with him for many years now, I can say he is one of those rare persons who always joins thought with action, and above all, desires to be faithful to his values. For many years, Karim has been working hard to raise the level of consciousness of humanity and make it think about the ethics of having children.

Read More at: InternationalChildfreeDay.com

International Childfree Day

Tue 1st Aug, 2017 will be International Childfree Day

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The roots of International Childfree Day are based in an event staged by the National Organization for Non-Parents in the early 1970s.
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The nominations for the 2017 Childfree Man and Woman of the Year have gone to the Selection Panel. Winners will be announced on August 1, International Childfree Day!
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