Families of Two takes us into the lives of fifteen childfree couples and provides important answers to many of the questions faced by couples who are in the midst of deciding whether or not to have children, and those couples who have already made the decision to be 'childfree'.
Each of the couples interviewed answer specific questions about their 'childfree' decision; how they reached that decision; their happiness and the quality of their lives without children, and how they deal with the many questions and pressures they face on a daily basis with family and friends.
Although Laura Carroll and her husband of 12 years (they are also childfree) have their own understanding of this issue, they decided to inquire from others how they reached this important decision, and how they deal with the misconceptions and assumptions that childfree couples face. Laura has this to say about the writing of her book:
"My book is for all of us who have decided not to have children, and I hope that it will help family and friends to better understand why people make this choice. I want it to serve as a much needed tool for couples who are deciding whether or not to have children. Hopefully this book will clear the air on the many misconceptions about those who decide to be childfree. We are just as happy and fulfilled as families with children, and leave legacies in a myriad of ways other than parenthood."
Here are some of the questions given to these couples, and the topics they discussed:
On our eleventh wedding anniversary, my husband and I found ourselves looking to the future. We loved each other, and were enjoying the life we had created together, but we asked ourselves: Will this be enough glue for a lifelong marriage?
We saw how parenthood became serious glue for couples we knew and how it deepened the purpose of their marriage, but unlike just about every couple we knew, we had decided not to have children. We knew very few couples like us, and didn't know any who had been married a long time and chosen not to parent. We wondered where we could find them to learn about road maps for lifelong marriage without children.
I looked for books on married couples who did not have children by choice. While I found many books on how to have a successful marriage, few if any, addressed the topic of marriage without parenthood. I found a number of books that focused on "childlessness" and being "childfree," but most of them focused only on women's ...
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