Grown-upville: Neighborhoods for the new majority
By Marilyn Lewis in MSN Real Estate includes our member and Executive, Life and Transition, and Reproductive Decision Making coach Laura Scott
of 180 Coaching
Childless households are the new American majority. Their tastes are shaping adult-friendly enclaves.
Some of the deliberately childless base their decision on an ethical refusal to add one more mouth to the already overburdened planet or on the belief that they'd make lousy parents. But plenty would rather just focus on other things, says Laura Scott, who calls herself "childfree."
Scott, a longtime life coach, helps clients through decisions about reproduction. Her own decision not to reproduce led her to research attitudes and motives of childless people, beginning in 2003. She surveyed 171 childless women and men, publishing the results in a book, "Two Is Enough: A Couple's Guide to Living Childless by Choice." Her work is also found at The Childless by Choice Project.
The impulse to form communities of childless people may seem inexplicable to outsiders, but it makes perfect sense to Scott. People who want to reproduce and cannot often find life among families lonely and painful, she says. Also, childless people can feel left behind when old friends focus on their young families. "They're so busy with their kids and they've got a new bunch of friends they've found through their children."
For nonparents, the key to a rich life is in building a tribe, a family of affinity, Scott tells clients. "That's hard to do when you're living in a suburb surrounded by families and kids." Continue Reading Here