International Childfree Day is observed on August 1 every year as a day to understand and support couples who have decided not to have children. It was started in 1973 by the National Alliance for Optional Parenthood. The organization was founded in 1972 in California to propagate and normalize the notion that people can choose not to have children. Celebration of the day was revived in 2013 by Laura Carroll since couples all over the world still face criticism, rejection, and occasionally, rage from other people when they decide to remain childfree.
History of International Childfree Day
The idea of children continuing family values is as old as mankind. It is one of the traits that helped us become the superior species on this planet. We share our DNA, blood, flesh, knowledge, experience, emotions, and much more with our children. Our society has increased in size and strength through this bond, and family values have become an important aspect of every person’s life. Every religion and culture in the world stresses the importance of matrimony and having children. Some people even look down on those who do not have children.
As the years’ progress, family and social structures have changed. The human population is now higher than it has ever been. The cost of living is only increasing, but living standards, access to medical care, and independence have decreased along with this. During the medieval ages up until recently, having more children was considered safer for the legacy of a family, but nowadays, most developed families have up to a maximum of three kids. Some countries even have a ‘single child’ policy to control the problem of overpopulation.
People have started to identify the importance of raising a responsible child. The idea that one does not need children has also spread, with people choosing a carefree and independent life over the strings of lifelong responsibilities.
International Childfree Day timeline
Abortion is now legal after the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
An organization that supports people who choose to have a child-free life is established.
Author, Laura Carroll, resurrects the initiative of the National Alliance for Optional Parenthood.
Elizabeth Hintz, an American doctoral candidate, wins the Annual Non-Parent of the Year award.
International Childfree Day FAQs
How can childlessness affect marriage?
Society considers childlessness in marriage as deviant behavior. This may lead to unwanted effects in a relationship, especially if one partner is not ready to accept the situation.
Do people regret not having children?
If the decision is a result of circumstances outside your control then it is normal for a person to regret it. However, if a voluntary decision is made to choose a child-free life after thorough discussion, there are no grounds for regret in most cases.
Is it okay to not want children?
It’s okay to not want children. It is okay if you are not sure whether you want a child or not. What is not okay is that you get pressured to have children when you are not ready to do so.
How to Observe International Childfree Day
Send an encouraging note
Write an appreciation note and send it to a child-free couple you know. Mention how proud and supportive you are of their choice.
Create a social media campaign
Create a social media campaign on the advantages of a child-free life. Talk about the achievements of people who don’t have children and applaud them through your campaign.
Gift a child-free couple
List the child-free couples in your locality. Choose the best performing couple in terms of financial stability, family integrity, and career choice, and gift them something nice.
Five Facts About Childless Families
U.S. and Childlessness
There are 15.2 million adults in the U.S. who are childless.
Childfree vs Childless
‘Childfree’ is the term for people who have chosen not to have kids, while ‘childless’ is for those who would love to but can't have them.
There are financial gains
A person can save roughly half a million dollars if he or she is child-free.
We call them Dink relations
A ‘dink’ relationship is one where both partners earn an income and do not have children.
Those who keep pets vs children
There are about 76% of millennials who choose to have pets over children.
Why International Childfree Day is Important
It is a personal choice
Choosing to have a child or not is a personal choice. It is high time we gave more importance to personal choices.
Some couples recognize and understand that they are fully capable of providing a better life for a child. Such responsible decisions should be appreciated.
Acceptance in society
Acceptance in society is important for both childless and childfree couples. This day is great for recognizing and helping the people in these groups.
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