So You Don’t Have Kids? Now What!
Here at BrightonMums.com we’re all about the business of being a parent. But what if you don’t have kids? Or you never wanted them? Do you think society still marginalises those that don’t procreate?
Once upon a time, I sat my parents down and told them, ‘you know, I may never settle down and get married. I’m not I even want kids.’. It was humiliating being forced to announce this fact to stop the pitiful looks and the throw away comments about not having my life in order. Of course, life took a different turn for me after all and that’s a WHOLE other story. When I came across Gateway Women‘s workshops for NoMos – women who don’t have children. Fact is 1 in 5 women in the UK/ US are approaching their mid-forties without having children. Whether this is by choice or circumstance, dealing with society’s preconceived ideas and prejudices of women who are not mums can be tiresome and frustrating.
Gateway Women’s workshops aim to reaffirm NoMos place in the world with a mission to support, inspire and empower the childless-by-circumstance. Founder Jody Day states, ‘We are inspired by the example of the many women (and couples) who have chosen to live ‘childfree’ in having happy, meaningful lives and are supporting and cheering each other on as we find our way to a similar state of mind.’
And because BrightonMums.com are also tired of the divide between mums and NoMos, we wanted to feature more on these workshops, watch this space for an interview. In the meantime, we are sincerely flattered to have been given two places for their workshop on Sunday 28th October at the Anahata Centre in Brighton starting at 11am to give away for free!