April 17, 2017

Should Airplanes Offer Childfree Zones? (NJ.com)

Should Airplanes Offer Childfree Zones? (Source: NJ.com)

Should Airplanes Offer Childfree Zones? (Source: NJ.com)

When budget air carrier IndiGo announced it would now offer child-free Quiet Zones on its flights, many criticized the move as discriminatory towards kids. No U.S. carrier has made the change — but should they? Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, and Scoot Airlines have all added adults-only spaces on their flights. In a 2014 Trip Advisor survey, 42 percent of respondents said would pay to sit in a child-free section. But even if there is demand for child free zones, are they unfair to families? (Source: Should planes have child-free zones? | NJ.com)

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Childfree Workplace Stigma Questioned (The Billfold)

Childfree Workplace Stigma? (Credit: Robert Servais via Unsplash)

Childfree Workplace Stigma? (Credit: Robert Servais via Unsplash)

How tinted do your grievance glasses have to be to see a bias TOWARDS parents in today’s economy? I’m sorry, employers value parents? […] Trying to work and raise children at the same time in this country is exhausting and expensive… No wonder parents are miserable… But most of the issues articulated in this Fortune piece are work-life balance issues, common to every American employee. (Source: Can Parents And Childfree Employees Stop Fighting Over Who Has It Harder? – The Billfold)

Childfree Stigma and Burden in the Workplace (Fortune)

Childfree stigma at work?

Childfree stigma at work?

Since the 1970s, being childfree — not wanting children — has slowly become more recognized as a legitimate choice… [but] we still have a ways to go when it comes to society accepting those with no children without judgment or stigma. This lack of acceptance has played out in the workplace. (Source: The Brutal Truth About Being Childless at Work – Fortune)

Childfree Regrets? (Stuff.co.nz)

Childfree Regrets? (Source: Stuff.co.nz)

Childfree Regrets? (Source: Stuff.co.nz)

Kate Banister and her husband Ian spent two or three years weighing up whether to have kids. “We both had our ups and downs, but now were equally on the same page about it which is very fortunate,” the 37-year-old business owner said. Getting their two dogs Ruby and Saffy helped the Banisters make up their minds. “We thought this is actually quite nice, you get the interaction and the nurturing with the dogs, and you can still have a life. But new research suggests one in four women who choose not to have children live to regret their decision, as they face growing old without family.” (Source: Will women who choose to go childfree regret it? | Stuff.co.nz)

Kid-free Controversy in Korea

Kid-free Controversy in Korea (Source: Korea Herald)

Kid-free Controversy in Korea (Source: Korea Herald)

Kim Min-kyung, a 37-year-old mother of two children… [supports] the concept of kid-free zones.

“No-kid zones should be called more like a no-irresponsible parents zone,” Kim said, lashing out at ill-mannered parents turning a blind eye to their children’s misbehavior.

“The self-centered parents do not seem to make enough efforts to teach their children how to behave in public, and they get often offended when others ask them to keep their kids quiet,” she said.

“They should take the blame for making their own innocent kids be treated like a nuisance in society.” (Source: Korea Herald)

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