“Knowing myself well enables me to help others.”

Kathleen, 65, USA

I am completely free to enjoy a childfree life. I chose to be childfree when I was in my 20’s.

I come from a large family, I’m the oldest child of eight. Growing up in a traditional Roman Catholic (and Irish!) family meant that I was raised to be a wife and mother. When I rejected that “career path”, my parents were mystified and would not discuss it. My in-laws were openly hostile. I stopped letting people know and just lived my life.

Today, my best childfree life is composed of coaching and mentoring job seekers (I’m the Managing Partner of a global Career Coaching firm), I’m free of drama.

The biggest benefit of being childfree has been the time I’ve invested in knowing myself, my preferences, talents, and abilities. This level of introspection seemed impossible when I considered life with children. Knowing myself well enables me to help others.