Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ryanair to introduce child-free flights-31 March, 2011

Ryanair to introduce child-free flights

"Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara said: “When it comes to children we all love our own but would clearly prefer to avoid other people’s little monsters when travelling.

'While half our passengers would like us to divide our cabins up into ‘adult’ and ‘family’ areas it is not operationally possible due to our free seating policy, with optional priority boarding.

'However, with clear demand for ‘child free’ flights Ryanair will introduce child free flights on high frequency routes from the start of our winter schedule in October.”
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Monday, March 28, 2011

No, I don't have children. But it's MY business | Mail Online

No, I don't have children. But it's MY business | Mail Online: "Maybe I’m being oversensitive, but I find it incredible a stranger thinks it’s fine to probe my ability or desire to procreate. For I’m certain the same people would never dream of asking me to reveal my salary, how often I have sex, or who I voted for.

So why is the subject of whether my eggs will remain unfertilised fair game? Do people not suspect that this, too, might be a sensitive issue? For all they know, I could have been trying for a baby for ten years. Perhaps I’ve had several failed attempts at IVF, or suffered multiple miscarriages.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Deliberately, delightfully child-free (and Jewish)

Tribe | Jewish Journal: "Their mantra is that it only takes two to make a family.

“Our lives are complete,” Alissa said. “We don’t need kids to have a full life.”

Some relatives had a tough time being persuaded, however.

“Jewish parents want grandchildren,” Ken said. “My mother’s probably still holding out hope.”

Both of the Kovens, whose parents have other grandchildren, were raised Jewish but are not members of a synagogue.

“I do feel some Jewish guilt about not having children, because I do, or did, have the opportunity to increase the Jewish population by one or two and am not doing it,” said Alissa, who does freelance work in market research and as a copy editor.

Despite the divine commandment in Genesis to “be fruitful and multiply,” fertility rates among Jewish women are lower than those for U.S. women in general and are not high enough to replace the current population, according to the 2000-2001 National Jewish Population Survey, sponsored by United Jewish Communities and Jewish Federations.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Airline Fees Worth the Cost

New York Times
The results of a recent survey of business travelers we learned about from Consumerist.com, for instance, suggest that some travelers may be willing to pay extra for adult-only flights or cabins. To dig deeper, the Consumerist.com asked readers whether they would pay extra for a child-free flight and if so, how much extra they would pay. Two-thirds said they would be willing to pay more. And other publications have also delved into the idea of such fees.
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Sunday, March 06, 2011

Big Families Are Not Status Symbols

Big Families Are Not Status Symbols
Maybe women who have four or more children are showing off a little bit. I mean, I'm impressed. But to imply their status is more important than their love for their children is way off base. Even those of us who know we're done having children -- seriously, the idea of even one more is exhausting -- have moments when we look at our children and think how amazing it would be to have another one. If money, pain, or space weren't an issue, who says we wouldn't all have a house full?
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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Child-free By Choice

Africana Online
So, people tried to reason with me by using the same logic that they apply when they watch me stuff Oreo after Oreo into my relatively thin frame—“you will change when you hit 30.” Mind you, I was married only four months prior to my 30th birthday. When the magic number 30 came and passed, the logic was that I would want a kid when I was 35. I haven’t reached that number yet to disprove the masses, but it is fast approaching.
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