Childfree Dating

Childfree adults are a minority, and this leads to unique dating issues. One woman I interviewed for my book complained that she had difficulty meeting men who were also childfree and wanted to remain that way. Most men she was meeting (in her mid 30’s) had children from prior marriages and these kids were top priority in every way. She told me about holidays spent alone and lack of money for fun times together.  The men also treated her as less able to make a commitment because she was not a mother and didn’t wish to become one. She also talked about meeting men who at first said they didn’t want kids, but as the relationship progressed began to speak of their desire to be a father. She felt like she’d been duped. I encouraged her to hang in there, and even to consider relocating to a more urban area where there would be more childfree men in the dating pool. This was well before the stats came out listing the top childfree cities: San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington DC have the fewest number of homes with children in the US. I think if I was still single, I’d strongly consider moving to a more childfree-friendly place.  How have celebrities such as Jennifer Anniston, Oprah Winfrey, and Rachel Ray handled the dating scene in times when they’ve been single?

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