Let's watch our language

Let's watch our language

While listening to talk-back radio today as I drove between appointments, I heard the news of a recently conducted study that reported men in their 20's and 30's are just as 'clucky' and want children just as much - if not more - than their female counterparts.

And how do we refer to those men and women who don't have children?

The Professor from Newcastle University called them 'childless' people.

I prefer 'child-free' people.


Think of the word 'less' - it means something 'less than', 'inferior to', 'sub-standard' ... or 'reduced' in some way.

It was 3 ½  long years before my husband and I conceived our son, and I couldn't count the number of times I heard the words "Oh, you're childless, are you?" At the time, I felt even the tone with which this was said was demeaning and unkind.

Logically I know this was rarely (if ever) the speaker's intention - but the phrase hurt nonetheless. Especially when followed up by "Oh - that's right - you're such a career woman, you probably don't want kids."

Little did they know the ache in my heart for my yet-to-be-conceived child.

So, 2 things:

1. Women - let's aim to be more supportive of each other and be aware that other women may not have children, not because of a choice they have made, but because of some deeper more sensitive reason.

2. Language is important. Whenever we add the suffix 'less' at the end of a word, the subconscious mind may well be processing this with negative connotations.

Rose says:
While I can see your viewpoint, I think you're being a bit too sensitive. I don't have any children right now, nor do I plan on having any any time soon. Fact is, I'm child-less. It is how it is. It doesn't denote whether I want or don't want, it doesn't say if I'm trying or not.

Child-free to me sounds like I would have been giving children away (Get one as a gift with every purchase) like a store promotion, but that's just me.

I wish you all the best in your journey to motherhood, and strongly support the one point - being supportive of each other. There is hope,as my friend Jules over at

found out - 10 years of trying, and they now have 3 beautiful girls.

Kind Regards,

Sandi says:
Hi Rose - so nice to read your thoughts - thank you for taking the time to share them.

I admit I may be sensitive about this particular topic ... I think all of us can have our perspective shifted on a subject once we've had personal experience of it in some way.

And thanks for your support of my point about women supporting each other - and I support you back!

Look forward to hearing from you more in the future, Rose - thanks for dropping by.

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