It’s been less than a year since this site was launched, and since then I’ve heard from women without children in Texas, Pennsylvania, Utah, South Carolina and elsewhere about their feelings of “apartness” and how challenging it is to find women like them, near them.
Previous posts have suggested the NoKidding! organization and other strategies to root out fellow NotMoms in your community, but here’s one more: Meetup.com. The idea came to me after discovering (through Google Alerts) a group called “Childfree Dining in Massachusetts” which has accumulated more than 360 members.
Meetup.com is a great example of how being social online can lead to being social off-line. Why not give it a try?
Once you join Meetup.com (free), the first step is to search for groups in your area listed under preset categories like childfree, childless, women childfree, no kids & happy or DINKS-Double Income No Kids.
There are 107 established child-free Meetups on the site in or near 90 cities, and most are in the U.S. In addition to the Boston dining group, they include:
- Coastal Women & Their Dogs (San Francisco/Bay Area)
- Childfree St. Louis
- Ladies Hitched But Not Hatched (near Minneapolis, Minnesota)
- Childfree in the Triad in Greensboro, North Carolina
- Women Over 40 Without Children (San Diego, CA)
- NoVA DINKS (Northern Virginia/D.C.)
- Married No Kids (Boise, ID)
- Beyond Childlessness in Southern Alberta (Canada)
If there’s no established Meetup near you, start one of your own! Promote it through your social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and all the rest). Talk with the manager at a local bar or restaurant to join in the promotion and it shouldn’t take long to get things going. I’m going to “walk the talk” myself. I’ll let you know how things develop in my area of northeast Ohio — keep up posted of your accomplishments, too!