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No Kids: 40 Good Reasons Not to Have Children

3.27  ·  Rating Details ·  330 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
The shocking treatise that was a bestselling international media sensation upon its 2007 publication in France now makes its eagerly anticipated English-language debut.

A mother of two herself, Maier makes her deadly serious, if at times laugh-out-loud-funny, argument with all the unbridled force of her famously wicked intellect. In forty to-the-point, impressively erudite
Paperback, 136 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Emblem Editions (first published May 31st 2007)
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Feb 14, 2012 Lisa rated it it was ok
Shelves: self-help
Let me first say, I have kids and already made my mind up to have children (obviously) but I still had to read this book! I don't know why, perhaps because I wanted to prove to myself that the decision to have kids was a mistake and perhaps I could bestow my newly found wisdom on someone else to save themselves from a bleak existence for 18 years. I'm glad I really didn't find that in this book.

This book wasn't what I expected. I thought Maier was going to give 40 good reasons not to have child
Corinne Maier sets out to give people 40 good reasons to not have kids in this short book. Maier herself is a mother, and believe she can give these arguments without needing to be told she'll change her mind once she has kids, something most women who don't want children hear (myself included). So I read this from the perspective of already having my mind made up on this matter. The "you'll change your mind when you get older" is the most common answer to "I don't want kids". Early in the book, ...more
Melanie Schumacher
May 14, 2011 Melanie Schumacher rated it it was amazing
Great book when you don't want to have children and find yourself in the stress of dealing with everyone else in the world that has a viewpoint on WHY you don't want them. It gives the reality point of view of what it takes and what it takes from with having kids, and the things that you've already thought about but "socially" aren't supposed to say in public to others.

If you don't want children - this book is a must read!
Oct 20, 2009 Molly rated it it was ok
You know, I have not heard of many books embracing this theme, so I was very excited to read it. But... the writing seemed scattered and unorganized, with alot of repetition and heartless-ness. I mean, the reason for not wanting to have children is not summed up with "because people who want children are stupid," which seems to be what she is saying. It was refreshing in subject matter, but disappointing in execution.
Oct 31, 2009 Yslas rated it really liked it
My innate drive to reproduce is going to continue to push my buttons, but reason and social freedom are the only things that keep me sane. A vasectomy is a great option and should be thoroughly considered. Instead of governments granting people compensated time off for reproducing, we should compensate people to discontinue reproducing.
Oct 10, 2009 Drops_of_jupiter rated it it was amazing
This book is awesome so far! I am happy that a parent no less is admitting what I have thought about kids for so long!
Crystal Brigman
Aug 14, 2009 Crystal Brigman rated it liked it
Entertaining, short book. Most likely if you're reading this book, or interested in it - you probably already agree with the author's ideas, and NOT having kids. This is a fun, satirical book with a few facts tossed in. Also, this is originally a french book - so there are french phrases tossed in and many examples from french living/culture. It's more light-hearted but with sharp sarcasm. She never really takes on the ethical reasons for not having children besides saying they are bratty money ...more
Jan 19, 2012 Joanne rated it really liked it
I read this a while ago and found it very funny and tongue-in-cheek; this is not a serious book for people trying to decide whether or not to have kids. It's a pretty short book with very cynical, sarcastic overtones, which will be a breath of fresh air for our child-worshipping, baby-bump obsessed culture.
Mar 27, 2012 Shiku rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Das Buch hält nicht ganz, was es verspricht - 40 Gründe, keine Kinder zu kriegen? Die liefert die Autorin wohl kaum.
Zwar stecken eben diese Gründe immer mal implizit mit drin, meistens aber schildert sie Umstände des Elternseins, die fernab von dem sind, was einem oftmals weisgemacht werden soll. Mit manchem hat sie da auch leider sehr recht, ab und an treibt sie die Dinge aber auch sehr auf die Spitze. Dadurch wird es zwar ein wenig anschaulicher, aber muss man denn alles schwarzmalen statt mi
Valerie Sherman
Sep 24, 2010 Valerie Sherman rated it liked it
I was really looking forward to reading this woman's perspective on living a child-free life, but I have two gripes: (1) many of her reasons are repetitive and (2) the explanation for her reasons is often rambling, too sweeping, or unsupported by evidence.

That said, I did enjoy the book overall mainly for her hilariously bitter turns of phrases, which I think she can only get away with because she is French. Here are a few of my favorites:

"Breastfeeding is slavery."

"Child-parent dialogue is insa
Jul 06, 2013 Linda rated it did not like it
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An over the top, sarcastic and pessimistic whine fest. I picked up this book thinking she was going to bring up rational, good reasons as to why people choose not to have children. Instead, this book is a disgusting jumble of judgmental and stereotypical rants that have no depth or factual basis - certainly not recommended.
Sep 01, 2009 Tricia rated it liked it
This is a great book! A much needed alternate viewpoint in a "baby/kid-crazed" society. She makes some great points, many of which you don't even think about. It is pretty funny at times and is refreshingly real. The only downfall of this book is that the author sometimes comes across as bitter, and some of the points run a bit long (going a bit off-topic).
Jul 14, 2011 Kyleen rated it did not like it
Extremely bitter rant from a European psychoanalyst/mother. Interesting concept (finally a book by a mother who is is brave enough to admit her regret of having children), but this was just so pretentious to me. I've read much better arguments for not having children by childfree authors, whose ideas I feel were way more grounded.
Miss Ryoko
Dec 01, 2016 Miss Ryoko rated it liked it
Pre-reading thoughts: I am sure I will agree with all 40 reasons

What I loved most about this book was Corinne Maier's unapologetic approach to her forty reasons. This is a woman who has two children herself, and she is not afraid to speak up and speak out and be completely and utterly honest with the harsh reality that comes along with having children, no matter how many people would audibly gasp at her audacity to say what they're all secretly thinking.

Many of her reasons are 100% accurate as
Feb 25, 2011 Sara rated it liked it
Thoughts on "No Kids..."

It was more of a pamphlet than a book.

Some of the points were badly articulated, which resulted in some head-scratching.

If you read this and you don't have kids (by choice), it was the equivalent of a right-winger listening to Rush Limbaugh every day, or a leftie who enjoys watching The Daily Show. Not exactly challenging or mind-expanding.

If you read this and you DO have kids, there are lots of possible reactions. I don't have kids, so it's not up to me to try to guess
Teena in Toronto
Jul 04, 2012 Teena in Toronto rated it liked it
I've always known I didn't want kids and so chose to be childfree (rather than childless).

Maier makes some great arguments to not have kids. For me, nothing about having kids appealed to me and I was never interested in it. I had no desire to go through a pregnancy and actually give birth. Plus I like my time being my own and wasn't willing to be responsible for someone else. Better to admit it and make the decision before having kids.

The book is translated from French so I found it a bit awkwar
Oct 02, 2009 Lisa rated it did not like it
Perhaps if I was French I would have loved it. But I'm not. I agree with Corinne Maier on one thing, not having kids is a great idea. The way she wrote about it was cynical, ugly and sometimes ridiculous. Some of the things she referenced were confusing. But as I am not a French citizen I cut her some slack. It was her delivery and her tone that rubbed me the wrong way. Sure the idea was fantastic but she sounded like a pissed off teenager with a bad sense of humor who wanted to get back at her ...more
Aug 31, 2012 Wendy rated it liked it
If you are looking for the answer on whether or not to have children, you won't find that here. You will find some fun humor and a few good points on why choosing a childfree lifestyle is preferable to the so-called "prison" of parenthood. I do credit her for having the guts to admit she regretted having children and was counting down the days until she could send them away.

It's a quick, funny read and has some good lines.
Oct 21, 2008 Carole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pourquoi fait-on des enfants? La culture impose-t-elle aux femmes l'idéal de l'accomplissement par l'enfantement? Corinne Maier a le mérite de poser des questions pertinentes, et d'y répondre de façon contruite, par l'expérience et les références universitaires. Drôle et nécéssaire!
Jun 05, 2012 Jenny rated it it was ok
#25. The rest was throwaway.
Dec 11, 2009 Colleen rated it liked it
Nothing I hadn't really thought of before, but a super quick read and entertaining nonetheless.
Holly C
Apr 12, 2012 Holly C rated it really liked it
A nice change of pace from the society driven idealization of motherhood. It's not what the celeb magazines make it out to be and may not be the right destination for everyone.
Aug 12, 2013 Deb rated it did not like it
A weird mix - half hyperbolic and half serious. All of it rather suspect for a woman with two kids of her own.
May 03, 2011 Erin rated it liked it
It was nice to read a parent manifesto I actually believe in, but sometimes Maier was WAY too militant about her anti-kids stance. Even for me.
Apr 01, 2013 Tricia rated it did not like it
that is was going to be much droned on too much to be funny....
Sara Jane
Feb 09, 2010 Sara Jane rated it it was ok
Over-the-top and judgmental, but mildly comforting to hear the voice of someone who doesn't assume motherhood is a given.
Alexandra Herkenhoff
Pena não ser possível dar um zero. O livro é exagerado, cheio de opiniões grosseiras e tem pouco embasamento teórico. Acho que nao convence nem a própria autora...
Nov 18, 2010 Ingrid rated it really liked it
Funny and thought provoking
Roslyn Ross
Jun 04, 2010 Roslyn Ross rated it liked it
Funny but not very factual.
Aug 02, 2011 Fra007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
un peu court mais bien vu ! à ne pas prendre au 1er degré, évidemment...!
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Corinne Maier,est psychanalyste à Bruxelles et à Paris et essayiste.

Ses essais s'attaquent au travail, à la famille et à la patrie. Plusieurs de ses publications se jouent de la langue de bois contemporaine qui uniformise les discours. Psychanalyste, économiste, sociologue et historienne, elle est l'auteur de livres fortement inspirés par Jacques Lacan, Roland Barthes et Michel Foucault. Elle est
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