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Parents and the child-free: can they truly be friends?

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As a parent, how much time do you spend with your childless friends? Joe Shlabotnik/Flickr

In one corner you have sleep-deprived parents who are more concerned about school districts than which are the best new bars in town. In the other corner, you have  child-free folks who could care less about preschools or which brand of car seats to get. Yes. Yes. We are firmly in the territory of stereotypes, but the fact remains that the two lifestyles are pretty different and come with different priorities. The divide has caused one mom recently to wonder whether it is indeed possible for people with kids to stay friends with people who are child-free.

If you are child-free, do you like hanging out with friends who have kids? If you are a parent, how is it hanging out with friends who don’t have kids?


Brett Singer, freelance writer and editor of

Ellen Walker, a clinical psychologist in Washington and the author of "Complete Without Kids: An Insider's Guide to Childfree Living By Choice Or By Chance" (Greenleaf Book Group, 2011)

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