Life Without Baby: Holiday Companion
When you’re a childless woman, the bombardment of family-focused activities during the holiday season can be enough to make you want to hibernate until January. Lisa Manterfield and Kathleen Guthrie Woods know exactly how that feels, and they have written something that can help.
Holiday Companion is a compilation of humorous, healing, and thought-provoking posts drawn from the archives of Life Without Baby, the international online community for women who are childfree by choice, chance, or circumstance. By sharing their own experiences, survival tips, and insights from their readers, Manterfield and Woods offer encouragement and compassion to help you get through the holidays and get closer to making peace with being childfree.
What People Are Saying
“This holiday collection of posts and thought-provoking questions is comforting to people who are grieving the loss of children.”
♥ Theresa Gapp, reader
“Reading this collection allowed me a window into what must be a large audience of men and women adjusting to what a childless life has given them. I am for expanding knowledge and understanding of all communities and this approach to the holidays does just that. It shows us all that our opinions matter plus it has some great tips and perspectives for surviving the holidays.”
♥ Shannon Calder, reader
“I would encourage anyone who has had to go to “Plan B, C or D” in their life to give this book a read. It gives you permission to embrace other choices, to find real peace with whatever personal challenges you are facing. Grieve, if you must, that Plan A didn’t work out, but know there are others out there like you, looking at “B, C or D” and having a wonderful life, especially during the holidays. This book provides you with terrific tips and a holiday survival plan to bring happiness to YOUR world, especially during this “kid-centric” time, whether you are childfree by choice or circumstances. Unwrap this book and find a fierce holiday spirit that squarely offers up alternative, childfree holiday plans. This book will give you the comfort and joy to make new holiday traditions that begin with you. Christmas morning does not have to be Christmas mourning.”
♥ Anne Etue, reader
“In the best of times the holiday season can amplify emotions and test our patience. For those childless by circumstance or chance the holidays deliver a different sort of challenge. Harmony and understanding can be hard to find. When the good intentions of others go wrong, we can find ourselves on the receiving end of an alienating comment or one-dimensional party plan. This heartfelt companion guide is like a good friend. It provides welcome perspective, wisdom and balance.”
♥ P. M. Tsigdinos, reader
“Life without Baby Holiday Companion gives the reader light and levity, as well as valuable time for introspection, answering the thinking questions at end end of each vignette. Valuable and Empowering, Life Without Baby hits the mark and then some!!”
♥ Diana Daniele, reader