11 episodes

Choosing to be childfree opens a world of possibilities - joys and adventures, but also a few challenges in a society that’s behind the curve in accepting and celebrating the childfree choice.

Erika Arias speaks with couples about their unique romantic trajectories that have led towards the decision to opt out of parenthood. This is a series about liberating more people to choose a life that is most genuine to them, and to celebrate a choice that challenges antiquated perspectives about gender, sex, love, and what it means to be a real family in society. Discussion topics will include but are not limited to: health, wellness, love, professional life, sex, contraception, and relationship satisfaction over time. 

This series will highlight the benefits of life in the childfree lane, and will correct misassumptions about childfree couples to increase societal acceptance towards all childfree individuals, whether they have found their soulmate, are in search of childfree love, or are happily single and childfree. Acceptance of all marginalized lifestyles and identities is crucial in a world that needs more equality, and less alienation, less internalized oppression, and less disconnection from personal values. More info at http://www.youmechildfree.org

You Had Me at Childfree Erika Arias

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 10 Ratings

Choosing to be childfree opens a world of possibilities - joys and adventures, but also a few challenges in a society that’s behind the curve in accepting and celebrating the childfree choice.

Erika Arias speaks with couples about their unique romantic trajectories that have led towards the decision to opt out of parenthood. This is a series about liberating more people to choose a life that is most genuine to them, and to celebrate a choice that challenges antiquated perspectives about gender, sex, love, and what it means to be a real family in society. Discussion topics will include but are not limited to: health, wellness, love, professional life, sex, contraception, and relationship satisfaction over time. 

This series will highlight the benefits of life in the childfree lane, and will correct misassumptions about childfree couples to increase societal acceptance towards all childfree individuals, whether they have found their soulmate, are in search of childfree love, or are happily single and childfree. Acceptance of all marginalized lifestyles and identities is crucial in a world that needs more equality, and less alienation, less internalized oppression, and less disconnection from personal values. More info at http://www.youmechildfree.org

    Marriage and Parenthood: Perspectives from Around the Globe on What it Means to be Childfree

    Marriage and Parenthood: Perspectives from Around the Globe on What it Means to be Childfree

    “If you don’t want children, then why get married?” The unchallenged and ubiquitous connection between marriage and parenthood calls for an important reexamination. This episode aims to show that the bond shared between two or more people is enough to substantiate any marriage, regardless of our choices and circumstances surrounding parenthood. Meet a culturally diverse group of childfree couples and one childfree single as they speak about why they believe the meaning of marriage transcends the choice to have children.
    In You Had Me at Childfree, Erika Arias speaks with couples about their unique romantic trajectories that have led towards the decision to opt out of parenthood. This is a series about liberating more people to choose a life that is most genuine to them, and to celebrate a choice that challenges antiquated perspectives about gender, sex, love, and what it means to be a real family in society. Discussion topics include but are not limited to: health, wellness, love, professional life, sex, contraception, and relationship satisfaction over time. 
    This series highlights the benefits of life in the childfree lane, and corrects misassumptions about childfree couples – to increase societal acceptance of all childfree individuals, whether they have found their soulmate, are in search of childfree love, or are happily single and childfree. Acceptance of all marginalized lifestyles and identities is crucial in a world that needs more equality, and less alienation, less internalized oppression, and less disconnection from personal values. 
    Special thanks to ArtofAlyse for our excellent podcast graphics

    • 26 min
    Shavonne and Andy: A Parent’s Perspective on Choosing Childfree

    Shavonne and Andy: A Parent’s Perspective on Choosing Childfree

    Have you wondered if there was ever a time when parents could identify more closely with the childfree community before they became parents? Would they have chosen to remain childfree if they knew it was a choice? Meet newlywed parents Shavonne and Andy. In this episode, they speak about why they believe parenthood is a choice, and why society needs to stop misrepresenting parenthood as the single model that does not fit everyone equally.
    Regardless of your choice and circumstances surrounding parenthood, your voices and support are equally important to a growing community of childfree singles, couples, and anyone who desires to live in a world that celebrates and includes all family sizes, relationship styles, and sexual identities, regardless of race/ethnicity, class, and gender. YES, those who are parents and those who are childfree can connect through shared experiences, can respect each other’s individual choices, and have much to learn from one another! 
    In You Had Me at Childfree, Erika Arias speaks with couples about their unique romantic trajectories that have led towards the decision to opt out of parenthood. This is a series about liberating more people to choose a life that is most genuine to them, and to celebrate a choice that challenges antiquated perspectives about gender, sex, love, and what it means to be a real family in society. Discussion topics include but are not limited to: health, wellness, love, professional life, sex, contraception, and relationship satisfaction over time. 
    This series highlights the benefits of life in the childfree lane, and corrects misassumptions about childfree couples – to increase societal acceptance of all childfree individuals, whether they have found their soulmate, are in search of childfree love, or are happily single and childfree. Acceptance of all marginalized lifestyles and identities is crucial in a world that needs more equality, and less alienation, less internalized oppression, and less disconnection from personal values. 
    Special thanks to ArtofAlyse for our excellent podcast graphics

    • 47 min
    Clark and Emily: Ultimate Adventurous Life

    Clark and Emily: Ultimate Adventurous Life

    Meet Clark and Emily of Emily and Clark’s Adventure channel (see link below)! Clark and Emily are leaders in redefining what it means to be a family and what it means to parent. An enlightening conversation with two role models for anyone looking to live more sustainably and more intentionally. Hear more about the time, love, and dedication they invest in the people of their community, the children of their neighbors, and to the world outside of themselves.
    LINKS:
    Emily & Clark's Adventure
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtRbKD1LB4o4aagI6OKoy7w
    Love Styles Quiz
    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/well/family/love-style-relationship-quiz.html  
    Women on Waves
    https://www.womenonwaves.org/en/
    In You Had Me at Childfree, Erika Arias speaks with couples about their unique romantic trajectories that have led towards the decision to opt out of parenthood. This is a series about liberating more people to choose a life that is most genuine to them, and to celebrate a choice that challenges antiquated perspectives about gender, sex, love, and what it means to be a real family in society. Discussion topics include but are not limited to: health, wellness, love, professional life, sex, contraception, and relationship satisfaction over time. 
    This series highlights the benefits of life in the childfree lane, and corrects misassumptions about childfree couples – to increase societal acceptance of all childfree individuals, whether they have found their soulmate, are in search of childfree love, or are happily single and childfree. Acceptance of all marginalized lifestyles and identities is crucial in a world that needs more equality, and less alienation, less internalized oppression, and less disconnection from personal values. 
    Special thanks to ArtofAlyse for our excellent podcast graphics

    • 48 min
    7 Life in the Single Lane: What is it like for the Childfree?

    7 Life in the Single Lane: What is it like for the Childfree?

    Dating for the average single has been a challenge for a number of reasons – not limited to an over-abundance of dating apps to choose from or simply having to work more hours in a week to afford rent! But what happens when you add being childfree to the mix? “The dating pool becomes a dating bucket” and this provokes some serious questions about the way we date and how we move forward in our relationships with others.
    When is the right time to come out as ‘childfree’ to a romantic partner(s)? Will uncertainty surrounding parenthood inhibit the success of that relationship? Hear more about the dating experiences of four unique childfree singles from around the globe, their challenges, how they rise above these challenges, and what they have to look forward to in a world where the choice to be childfree is finally gaining the recognition it deserves. 
    In You Had Me at Childfree, Erika Arias speaks with couples about their unique romantic trajectories that have led towards the decision to opt out of parenthood. This is a series about liberating more people to choose a life that is most genuine to them, and to celebrate a choice that challenges antiquated perspectives about gender, sex, love, and what it means to be a real family in society. Discussion topics include but are not limited to: health, wellness, love, professional life, sex, contraception, and relationship satisfaction over time. 
    This series highlights the benefits of life in the childfree lane, and corrects misassumptions about childfree couples – to increase societal acceptance of all childfree individuals, whether they have found their soulmate, are in search of childfree love, or are happily single and childfree. Acceptance of all marginalized lifestyles and identities is crucial in a world that needs more equality, and less alienation, less internalized oppression, and less disconnection from personal values. 
    Special thanks to ArtofAlyse for our excellent podcast graphics

    • 35 min
    Mike and Nandita: Living Beyond Ourselves

    Mike and Nandita: Living Beyond Ourselves

    When one childfree environmentalist meets another childfree environmentalist, it’s a match made in heaven! Dream couple Mike and Nandita celebrate 10 years of marriage, as they continue to share their knowledge and influence with the world on matters related to the childfree choice, environmental sustainability, minimalism, veganism, and much more!  Mike and Nandita are true childfree role models.  

    LINKS 
    The Climate Mitigation Gap: Education and Government Recommendations Miss the Most Effective Individual Action
    We’re {Not} Having a Baby
    Childfree by Choice: The Movement Redefining Family & Creating a New Age of Independence 
    Coming Out as Childfree
    Leading Voice of the Childfree Choice, Laura Carroll’s website
    To Kid or Not to Kid The Movie
    In You Had Me at Childfree, Erika Arias speaks with couples about their unique romantic trajectories that have led towards the decision to opt out of parenthood. This is a series about liberating more people to choose a life that is most genuine to them, and to celebrate a choice that challenges antiquated perspectives about gender, sex, love, and what it means to be a real family in society. Discussion topics include but are not limited to: health, wellness, love, professional life, sex, contraception, and relationship satisfaction over time. 
    This series highlights the benefits of life in the childfree lane, and corrects misassumptions about childfree couples – to increase societal acceptance of all childfree individuals, whether they have found their soulmate, are in search of childfree love, or are happily single and childfree. Acceptance of all marginalized lifestyles and identities is crucial in a world that needs more equality, and less alienation, less internalized oppression, and less disconnection from personal values. 
    Special thanks to ArtofAlyse for our excellent podcast graphics

    • 55 min
    The Narcissism of Small Differences: A Conversation with Michael Zadoorian

    The Narcissism of Small Differences: A Conversation with Michael Zadoorian

    In this exclusive episode of You Had Me at Childfree, Erika speaks with author Michael Zadoorian about his novel The Narcissism of Small Differences. Although it wasn’t initially a main theme, the two leading characters of the story, Joe and Ana, are unmarried and childfree! Listen in to hear more about what Erika found to be the most thought-provoking parts of the story. Psychological themes and theories include but are not limited to monogamy, self-expansion, life satisfaction, death, and so much more!
    LINKS
    Michael Zadoorian’s Website
    http://www.michaelzadoorian.com/
     
    The Narcissism of Small Differences
    To receive a 30% discount, please “Add to Cart” and enter the Promo Code ‘ZADOORIAN30’ in the Coupon section, and then hit “Apply”. 
    Second Hand: A Novel
    The Denial of Death book
    Terror Management Theory
    Social Expansion Theory
    Sex and the City
    Sex and the City: The Movie
    Sex and the City 2
    Choosing to be childfree opens a world of possibilities - joys and adventures, but also a few challenges in a society that’s behind the curve in accepting and celebrating the childfree choice.
    In You Had Me at Childfree, Erika Arias speaks with couples about their unique romantic trajectories that have led towards the decision to opt out of parenthood. This is a series about liberating more people to choose a life that is most genuine to them, and to celebrate a choice that challenges antiquated perspectives about gender, sex, love, and what it means to be a real family in society. Discussion topics include but are not limited to: health, wellness, love, professional life, sex, contraception, and relationship satisfaction over time. 
    This series highlights the benefits of life in the childfree lane, and corrects misassumptions about childfree couples – to increase societal acceptance of all childfree individuals, whether they have found their soulmate, are in search of childfree love, or are happily single and childfree. Acceptance of all marginalized lifestyles and identities is crucial in a world that needs more equality, and less alienation, less internalized oppression, and less disconnection from personal values. 
    Special thanks to ArtofAlyse for our excellent podcast graphics

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

DraAI ,

100% on board with this!

I’m also child free, and single. Specifically and deliberately child free. As are 5 of my parents 6 kids. Over-population is a huge issue for me, but I have other reasons for choosing this. And (almost) no regrets. Hope to see this podcast go on for a long time! I notice there’s a focus on couples. Hopefully there will also be some segments on we singles? Having a mate isn’t really a requirement anymore when deciding whether to do the kid-thing. Thankfully.

Zzzzzz[] ,

Useful perspective on childfree lives

The podcast host is a former sex researcher and cheerfully childfree. The interview format is engaging.

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