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7 Billion People and Counting

October 31, 2011 marks the arrival of the seven billionth human on planet earth. At this point, we're growing by a billion every 12 or 13 years. It's been exciting for me to see all of the press on th…


Tips on Beating the Pre-Holiday Bad Vibes

It seems to happen earlier and earlier every year—I walk into a store and encounter the Christmas tree section. This year I came across a holiday display in September, and it certainly had an impact o…


Common Sense Recession Survival Tips

Sometimes I feel a sense of hopelessness, because it seems that there’s nothing but bad news about the world’s economy. I wonder if things will ever turn around—some people believe that we are in a pe…


Are You SAD? Natural Treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder

Fall is here—and for many adults, so is seasonally triggered depression. As many as 10 percent of Americans suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or winter depression, especially in the North…


Silver Linings

The anniversary of September 11, 2001 has brought a resurgence of memories of that day. You’ve no doubt thought about what were you doing when you first heard about the unfolding events, and how y…


9 Reasons Puppies are Easier to Raise than Children

I'm the "mother" of three darling terriers, Bella, Scuppers, and Sable, and let me tell you, some days they can be a real handful! You might imagine the potty routines and destructive abilities of…


The Rift Between Parents and Childfree Adults

Not too long ago a client picked up a copy of my book, Complete Without Kids: An Insider’s Guide to Childfree Living by Choice or by Chance, at the local bookstore. I saw her a couple of weeks lat…


Is Fatherhood Right For Me?

The choice of whether or not to have children is probably the most important one of a man’s life. Just think about it—if you marry the wrong person, you can get a divorce. If you go into the wrong car…


Raising Puppies: Parenting on a Much Smaller Scale

This last weekend was a big one, because we brought home our darling 7-week-old puppy, which we've named Sable. I'm used to taking care of pets, but it's been a couple of years since I had a small pup…


The Need to Nurture – And How Childfree Women Can Satisfy It

On a warm spring afternoon last April, I shared tea with my friend Susan and we talked about our lives, as women without children. We discussed how the need to nurture others is both hard-wired and en…


about Dr. Ellen Walker

Dr. Walker is a licensed clinical psychologist born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Recognizing that there is no one type of childfree adult, Walker guides clients through the positive and negative aspects of childfree living, taking into consideration the different issues faced by men or women, couples or singles, whether gay or straight. She has a clinical practice in Bellingham, Washington. She and her psychologist husband, Chris, enjoy an adventure-filled life with their two terriers, Bella and Scuppers. Learn more on her website 

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