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Living Childfree with Erik and Melissa

E&M, a childfree couple in SoCal

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Living Childfree with Erik and Melissa
Living Childfree with Erik and Melissa

Living Childfree with Erik and Melissa

E&M, a childfree couple in SoCal

2
Followers
19
Plays
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Erik and Melissa are a 40-something, interracial, childfree couple living in Los Angeles, California. After many heart-wrenching years battling infertility, they made the decision to stop "trying" and instead, re-envision their future as a family of two. On this podcast, they openly talk about their life and share their experiences related to infertility, childloss, living childfree, marriage, and a host of other topics.

Latest Episodes

Episode 5: And...We're Back!

Melissa and Erik are back podcasting after a break. They open up about a personal loss and discuss some of the life lessons learned through their experience.

48 MIN3 weeks ago
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Episode 5: And...We're Back!

Episode 4: We Asked...You Answered!

As a follow-up to the last episode, Erik and Melissa share and discuss listener feedback about why many people are not comfortable being open/vocal about their childfree lifestyle. Links to articles, etc. mentioned in this episode: https://www.livescience.com/58094-child-free-parents-moral-outrage.html https://theroadlesstravelledlb.blogspot.com/2012/01/so-why-arent-there-more-of-us.html https://theroadlesstravelledlb.blogspot.com/2019/03/so-why-arent-there-more-of-us-part-2.html https://www.katekaufmann.com/ Visit www.livechildfree.com Email us at livechildfree@gmail.com Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @livechildfree Leave us a message at 424-209-9921 Rate and review us on Apple Podcasts! Thank you for listening!

41 MINAPR 21
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Episode 4: We Asked...You Answered!

Episode 3: Maybe We're Weird

Why do so few people seem to embrace an identity as a non-parent? Erik and Melissa tackle this question and discuss a related thread on Twitter. They also express their thoughts and opinions on the recent college admissions scandals in the US. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @Livechildfree Call our Voicemail: 424-209-9921 Our website: livechildfree.com Email us: livechildfree@gmail.com Rate and Review us on Apple Podcasts!! Thank you for listening!

51 MINMAR 18
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Episode 3: Maybe We're Weird

Episode 2: Stepping Off The Holiday Struggle Bus

Erik and Melissa discuss being interviewed on an episode of IVFML(A Huffington Post Podcast) They also answer listener emails and discuss why they have struggled over the years with holiday traditions. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @Livechildfree Voicemail: 424-209-9921 Our website: livechildfree.com Email us: livechildfree@gmail.com Rate and Review us on Apple Podcasts!! Thank you for listening!

54 MINJAN 3
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Episode 2: Stepping Off The Holiday Struggle Bus

Episode 1: Welcome to Living Childfree with Erik and Melissa!

Formerly "How did We Get Here? with E&M". Erik and Melissa welcome new and old listeners to our updated podcast! No more anonymity! Woo hoo! [NOTE FOR SUBSCRIBERS: It may take some time for your podcast app to accurately display the new podcast name and logo. No action on your part is required.] Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @Livechildfree Our website: livechildfree.com Email us: livechildfree@gmail.com Rate and Review us on Apple Podcasts!! Thank you for listening!

35 MIN2018 DEC 12
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Episode 1: Welcome to Living Childfree with Erik and Melissa!

Episode 24: The End of Anonymity & the Last How Did We Get Here (BTW this is good news!)

With excitement, E&M announce the end of the name "How Did We Get Here?" They also discuss looking forward to the end of their anonymity(finally!)and provide a preview of what listeners should expect in the future! Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @Livechildfree Our website: livechildfree.com Email us: livechildfree@gmail.com Rate and Review us on Apple Podcasts!!

12 MIN2018 NOV 2
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Episode 24: The End of Anonymity & the Last How Did We Get Here (BTW this is good news!)

Episode 23: News Flash -- We HAVE to be okay being different!

How do you learn to be truly okay living an unconventional life? E & M respond to this question and discuss why they believe this is KEY to living happily childfree. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @Livechildfree Our website: livechildfree.com Email us: livechildfree@gmail.com Rate and Review us on Apple Podcasts!!

56 MIN2018 SEP 3
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Episode 23: News Flash -- We HAVE to be okay being different!

Episode 22: The Backburners, The Strugglers and The No Thank Yous

It's been one year this month since the podcast's first episode! E&M share some of what they've learned about who falls under the childfree/childless umbrella. Plus, they discuss how they've reconnected with a few activities they used to enjoy before infertility. And as usual, there's some teasing and laughing along the way... Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @Livechildfree Our website: livechildfree.com Email us: livechildfree@gmail.com Rate and Review us on Apple Podcasts!! Thank you for listening!

52 MIN2018 JUL 1
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Episode 22: The Backburners, The Strugglers and The No Thank Yous

Episode 21: Infertility Emotions Resurface

A recent emotional therapy session, a fun night out solo, and a Washington Post article about the rising childfree choice and declining birth rates in the U.S. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @Livechildfree Our website: livechildfree.com Email us: livechildfree@gmail.com Rate and Review us on Apple Podcasts!! https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/the-child-free-life-why-so-many-american-women-are-deciding-not-to-have-kids/2018/05/31/89793784-64de-11e8-a768-ed043e33f1dc_story.html?utm_term=.8c7f08bd680c

43 MIN2018 JUN 4
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Episode 21: Infertility Emotions Resurface

Episode 20: Who Cares?! Do You. FearLESS.

E&M discuss things people are hesitant to do for fear of what others may think of them...and how this related to living your best childfree life. They also read some listener emails and share how they met over 14 years ago. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @Livechildfree Our website: livechildfree.com Email us: livechildfree@gmail.com Rate and Review us on Apple Podcasts!!

59 MIN2018 APR 24
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Episode 20: Who Cares?! Do You. FearLESS.

Latest Episodes

Episode 5: And...We're Back!

Melissa and Erik are back podcasting after a break. They open up about a personal loss and discuss some of the life lessons learned through their experience.

48 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
Episode 5: And...We're Back!

Episode 4: We Asked...You Answered!

As a follow-up to the last episode, Erik and Melissa share and discuss listener feedback about why many people are not comfortable being open/vocal about their childfree lifestyle. Links to articles, etc. mentioned in this episode: https://www.livescience.com/58094-child-free-parents-moral-outrage.html https://theroadlesstravelledlb.blogspot.com/2012/01/so-why-arent-there-more-of-us.html https://theroadlesstravelledlb.blogspot.com/2019/03/so-why-arent-there-more-of-us-part-2.html https://www.katekaufmann.com/ Visit www.livechildfree.com Email us at livechildfree@gmail.com Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @livechildfree Leave us a message at 424-209-9921 Rate and review us on Apple Podcasts! Thank you for listening!

41 MINAPR 21
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Episode 4: We Asked...You Answered!

Episode 3: Maybe We're Weird

Why do so few people seem to embrace an identity as a non-parent? Erik and Melissa tackle this question and discuss a related thread on Twitter. They also express their thoughts and opinions on the recent college admissions scandals in the US. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @Livechildfree Call our Voicemail: 424-209-9921 Our website: livechildfree.com Email us: livechildfree@gmail.com Rate and Review us on Apple Podcasts!! Thank you for listening!

51 MINMAR 18
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Episode 3: Maybe We're Weird

Episode 2: Stepping Off The Holiday Struggle Bus

Erik and Melissa discuss being interviewed on an episode of IVFML(A Huffington Post Podcast) They also answer listener emails and discuss why they have struggled over the years with holiday traditions. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @Livechildfree Voicemail: 424-209-9921 Our website: livechildfree.com Email us: livechildfree@gmail.com Rate and Review us on Apple Podcasts!! Thank you for listening!

54 MINJAN 3
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Episode 2: Stepping Off The Holiday Struggle Bus

Episode 1: Welcome to Living Childfree with Erik and Melissa!

Formerly "How did We Get Here? with E&M". Erik and Melissa welcome new and old listeners to our updated podcast! No more anonymity! Woo hoo! [NOTE FOR SUBSCRIBERS: It may take some time for your podcast app to accurately display the new podcast name and logo. No action on your part is required.] Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @Livechildfree Our website: livechildfree.com Email us: livechildfree@gmail.com Rate and Review us on Apple Podcasts!! Thank you for listening!

35 MIN2018 DEC 12
Comments
Episode 1: Welcome to Living Childfree with Erik and Melissa!

Episode 24: The End of Anonymity & the Last How Did We Get Here (BTW this is good news!)

With excitement, E&M announce the end of the name "How Did We Get Here?" They also discuss looking forward to the end of their anonymity(finally!)and provide a preview of what listeners should expect in the future! Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @Livechildfree Our website: livechildfree.com Email us: livechildfree@gmail.com Rate and Review us on Apple Podcasts!!

12 MIN2018 NOV 2
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Episode 24: The End of Anonymity & the Last How Did We Get Here (BTW this is good news!)

Episode 23: News Flash -- We HAVE to be okay being different!

How do you learn to be truly okay living an unconventional life? E & M respond to this question and discuss why they believe this is KEY to living happily childfree. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @Livechildfree Our website: livechildfree.com Email us: livechildfree@gmail.com Rate and Review us on Apple Podcasts!!

56 MIN2018 SEP 3
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Episode 23: News Flash -- We HAVE to be okay being different!

Episode 22: The Backburners, The Strugglers and The No Thank Yous

It's been one year this month since the podcast's first episode! E&M share some of what they've learned about who falls under the childfree/childless umbrella. Plus, they discuss how they've reconnected with a few activities they used to enjoy before infertility. And as usual, there's some teasing and laughing along the way... Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @Livechildfree Our website: livechildfree.com Email us: livechildfree@gmail.com Rate and Review us on Apple Podcasts!! Thank you for listening!

52 MIN2018 JUL 1
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Episode 22: The Backburners, The Strugglers and The No Thank Yous

Episode 21: Infertility Emotions Resurface

A recent emotional therapy session, a fun night out solo, and a Washington Post article about the rising childfree choice and declining birth rates in the U.S. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @Livechildfree Our website: livechildfree.com Email us: livechildfree@gmail.com Rate and Review us on Apple Podcasts!! https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/the-child-free-life-why-so-many-american-women-are-deciding-not-to-have-kids/2018/05/31/89793784-64de-11e8-a768-ed043e33f1dc_story.html?utm_term=.8c7f08bd680c

43 MIN2018 JUN 4
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Episode 21: Infertility Emotions Resurface

Episode 20: Who Cares?! Do You. FearLESS.

E&M discuss things people are hesitant to do for fear of what others may think of them...and how this related to living your best childfree life. They also read some listener emails and share how they met over 14 years ago. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @Livechildfree Our website: livechildfree.com Email us: livechildfree@gmail.com Rate and Review us on Apple Podcasts!!

59 MIN2018 APR 24
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Episode 20: Who Cares?! Do You. FearLESS.