The childfree movement is a social movement that works to spread the message of voluntary childlessness or childfreedom. The childfree movement sends a positive that there is nothing wrong with not having children. The childfree by choice movement unites those who have chosen not to have children or reject the idea of having children. There are five main reasons why people may choose to be single.


What Is The Childfree Movement?


People can choose to be childfree include singles and couples. Couples could be childfree by choice or because they were unable to have childfree. They may prefer a lifestyle that comes from not having children. Couples and singles will have more freedom to travel and do as they please without having a child dependent upon them. Singles have more independence and freedom. They can focus on personal development, interests and do as they please because they have children.


5 Reasons People May Choose To Be Childfree


The first reason why some people may choose to be single is for the environment. The argument for this position is that people are responsible for the environment and that overpopulation is a problem. To prevent climate change, rising sea levels, and carbon dioxide levels, people should choose not to have children. Since a human emits roughly 2.3 pounds of carbon dioxide a day, having one less child or being childfree reduces carbon dioxide emissions.


The second reason someone may be childfree is for economic reasons. The average cost to raise a child from birth to the age of eighteen is around $284,570. That is $15, 809 a year. The most typical salary in the United States is $52,918. That leaves $37,109 to cover expenses such as food, healthcare, clothes, transportation, and education. Prices continue to go up in the economy from inflation; the cost of raising a child will continue to rise with it. For women, having children can disrupt their careers. More women are entering the workforce, so it may be in their economic and career interest to delay having children or to remain childfree. Due to the rising costs of living and the cost of raising a child, some couples and singles may choose to be childfree.


The third reason someone may decide to be childfree is for health reasons. Pregnancy and childbirth are dangerous for women and leave lasting effects on women’s health. Some of the impacts on women’s health are postpartum depression, feelings of insecurity and inadequacy, and sleep deprivation. There are also concerns that if the parents have a genetic or health disorder, they may inherit the genetic disorder.


The fourth reason someone may decide to be childfree is for social reasons. Once a couple has kids, it is harder for them to be involved with their friends and communities. For those who value their friendships and spend time with their friends, children take away time to spend going out with friends and with the community they have developed over time. Those who enjoy spending time and being actively involved in their community have less time to be involved in their community when taking care of kids.


The fifth reason someone may give is for philosophical reasons. The primary argument is that you can decide for yourself if you want to have children. It is up to you not from the pressure that comes from society or the thousands of government laws that benefit married couples who have children. There is more to life than working than dating, marrying, having kids, and a white picket fence. You can enjoy life without having children.




There are many reasons why people may choose to be childfree, from the environment to economic reasons. The childfree movement provides couples, who may not want children, and singles a voice that there is nothing wrong with not having children.

Views expressed in this article are the author’s opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of Secure Single. It is intended for informational and educational purposes only. It is not investment or financial advice. James Bollen is the author of Thriving Solo: How to Flourish and Live Your Perfect Life (Without A Soulmate). Now available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon. Subscribe to Secure Single’s Substack for free!
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James Bollen is the Founder and President of Secure Single. He is an entrepreneur and a content creator with the goal of helping all different types of singles to learn to thrive as a single person.
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