INTERNATIONAL CHILDFREE DAY
International Childfree Day occurs each year on August 1. On this day, show your support and honor those who willingly choose to live a child-free life, respectively.
Raising children is a rewarding life. Having a family seems like the next big step in our quest through adulthood. However, some choose to remain childless. Known initially as Non-Parent’s Day, this special day reminds us having children should be a choice, not an expectation.
The National Organization for Non-Parents began in 1972 with intentions of changing the narrative for childless couples. The 400 member group sought to support one another and educate others on the benefits of being childless. After changing their name in the 1980s to the National Alliance for Optional Parenthood, the organization faded into the background, still managing to help members abroad.
Author Laura Carroll revitalized the day in 2013. Oftentimes, people who choose not to have children face ridicule, even from family members. Carroll felt “It’s time for this ‘Day’ to be celebrated again as a way recognize amazing childfree people and their lives, and to help foster the acceptance of the childfree choice in today’s society.” Since then, Carroll organizes events to honor winners of the Childfree Woman and Man of the Year.
HOW TO OBSERVE INTERNATIONAL #CHILDFREEDAY
Recognize your child-free friends by encouraging them to continue to follow the life they choose. Attend a celebration in your area honoring them today. Or, if you want to keep things simple, send a card to your childfree friend(s) and let them know how much you admire them! Support your childfree friends and family by sharing their successes on social media using #ChildFreeDay.
HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL CHILDFREE DAY
Our research indicates International Childfree Day began in 1972 by Ellen Pick and Shirley Radl on behalf of the National Organization for Non-Parents. Since then, the organization continues to remain a vital support system for childless adults worldwide. Undoubtedly, proving through the years, a childless life is a full-filling life.