Blackstone Quoted in Pacific Standard Magazine Article About Friendships Between Parents and the Childfree

Amy Blackstone, University of Maine sociology professor, was referenced and interviewed in Pacific Standard Magazine as an expert sociologist who studies the child-free. Blackstone has interviewed dozens of people who’ve opted out of parenthood, in which she found that at least half of the child-free subjects reported tensions between themselves and their friends that had children. In the article, Blackstone states that understanding new priorities is key.

“Maintaining the friendship requires patience on both sides. If you take a broader view of new parenthood and think of it as a major life event and recognize the relationships shift as a result of many life events…a new job, home, relationship…it might be easier to understand each other,” said Blackstone.