April 2, 2021

9 Shavonne and Andy: A Parent’s Perspective on Choosing Childfree

9 Shavonne and Andy: A Parent’s Perspective on Choosing Childfree

Have you wondered if there was ever a time when parents could identify more closely with the childfree community before they became parents? Would they have chosen to remain childfree if they knew it was a choice? Meet newlywed parents Shavonne and...


Have you wondered if there was ever a time when parents could identify more closely with the childfree community before they became parents? Would they have chosen to remain childfree if they knew it was a choice? Meet newlywed parents Shavonne and Andy. In this episode, they speak about why they believe parenthood is a choice, and why society needs to stop misrepresenting parenthood as the single model that does not fit everyone equally.

Regardless of your choice and circumstances surrounding parenthood, your voices and support are equally important to a growing community of childfree singles, couples, and anyone who desires to live in a world that celebrates and includes all family sizes, relationship styles, and sexual identities, regardless of race/ethnicity, class, and gender. YES, those who are parents and those who are childfree can connect through shared experiences, can respect each other’s individual choices, and have much to learn from one another! 

In You Had Me at Childfree, Erika Arias speaks with couples about their unique romantic trajectories that have led towards the decision to opt out of parenthood. This is a series about liberating more people to choose a life that is most genuine to them, and to celebrate a choice that challenges antiquated perspectives about gender, sex, love, and what it means to be a real family in society. Discussion topics include but are not limited to: health, wellness, love, professional life, sex, contraception, and relationship satisfaction over time. 

This series highlights the benefits of life in the childfree lane, and corrects misassumptions about childfree couples – to increase societal acceptance of all childfree individuals, whether they have found their soulmate, are in search of childfree love, or are happily single and childfree. Acceptance of all marginalized lifestyles and identities is crucial in a world that needs more equality, and less alienation, less internalized oppression, and less disconnection from personal values. 

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