Tired of losing good friends to the mommy or daddy track after they have kids and then drop off the face of the earth? Tired of conversations over dinner and at parties being focused on the kids, schools, and getting home in time to let the sitter go? Welcome to ChildFreeNYC -- the largest childfree BY CHOICE meetup group in the world. This group is not for parents and is not for people who wanted children but for whatever reason, cannot have them. It is for those who want to celebrate being childfree.
I started this group because the vast majority of my friends cannot relate to me on this important part of life: I've never had any interest in being a parent. Most of my friends and family, whom I love, are the opposite. And most do not understand my choice to forego children. Some think I'm selfish. Others take it personally that I have chosen something that is the opposite of what they've chosen. Meanwhile, I enjoy spending time with their children, but I'm always thrilled to go home and enjoy my childfree life. The problem is that most activities that are fun for me are not fun, or not practical for people with kids. Either they don't want to leave their kids home to go out and have fun, or they can't, because for whatever reason, the demands on their time or their lives prevent them from going out.
I do not divide the world into people with children & people without children. But I DO want to meet other adults who want to hang out in the city and enjoy what life here can offer to those of us who have more time, flexibility, and freedom (three of the best words in the English language as far as I'm concerned!)
As the news outlets & pundits talk about the childfree "movement," I just want to enjoy life without being "bingo'd" to death about my lack of interest in being a parent. I'm exhausted from having to answer the questions about it.
Although there are other childfree meetup groups, all the others I've seen that are in New York City, or near New York City, are not in Manhattan. Several are only for singles or only for couples or only for people in a certain age group. So I started ChildfreeNYC to welcome ALL childfree people, regardless of age or marital status! (We have lots of singles in this group, and lots of couples, and ALL are welcome, as long as you don't pull a lot of "no shows," meaning cancelling within 48 hours of an event. If you RSVP "yes" and then you cancel within 48 hours of an event, or you simply do not show up, you will be marked as a "no show." After 3 "no shows," you will be removed fro the group.
This is a strict policy, but in the many years of running this group, only a handful of people have been removed because most of our members are good about RSVP'ing accurately. So join us! You can also visit us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/ChildfreeNYC