Frequently Asked Questions The who, what, and why of the Baltimore chapter of No Kidding!
What does "Child-free" mean, really? Child-free people are not parents, never have been parents, and most have no desire to be parents. Each individual has their own personal reasons for making this choice. Far from being "selfish" or "self-centered", many child-free people give back to their communities in diverse ways, including charitable work, community activism, and professional excellence.
Do your members dislike children? No - as a general rule, child-free folks don't dislike kids or parents. We have simply made the decision that parenting is not for us. We get together not for the goal of excluding parents, but to provide a social network for the childfree akin to parents' school and child-based activities.
Does No Kidding! get involved in political action? The Baltimore Chapter of No Kidding! is intentionally non-political. The group is strictly for the purpose of social gathering, not for public advocacy of the child-free lifestyle.
Who can join No Kidding? Quite simply, anyone who is not a parent. No Kidding! does not discriminate by age, race, gender, religion (or lack thereof), marital status, ethnicity, political views, or sexual orientation.
My kids are grown and out of the house/I'm divorced and my ex-wife/husband has custody - am I child-free? Unfortunately, no. "Child-free" means that you are not and have never been the parent of a child. This is the one rule that we strictly enforce.
Are there any dues? How much does it cost to join? The Baltimore Chapter has established a nominal dues amount of $10 per person per year. At present, we anticipate this nominal amount to be enough to cover our current expenses, which includes maintaining this web site and our internet domain registration. In the future, depending on our expenses and number of active members, this amount could increase or decrease accordingly.
How do I pay my dues? You may pay your annual dues at any No Kidding! chapter event. If you must mail your dues payment, please contact us to get a mailing address to which you may mail your check.
Are there event charges? We do not anticipate charging members any per-event fees. We do reserve the right to charge non-dues-paying attendees a nominal event fee to help offset the cost of organizing a given event. Most events would not require an attendance fee from anyone. Other than that, members are only responsible for paying their own attendance costs (i.e. restaurant tabs, admission fees, ticket costs, parking, etc.)
Feel free to contact us any time if you have any other questions.