¡Buen día! I’m Paulette Erato
Host of La Vida Más Chévere and a childfree Latina
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I’m also a lot of things that have nothing to do with being childfree, like:
- a photographer
- lover of food and drink
- curly haired
- a plant-enthusiast and wife
- and more
In fact I think being childfree is the least interesting thing about me! But it is a core identity. And finding other childfree Latinas or Latines like me hasn’t always been easy.
Our culture, as Latin Americans, is good at keeping us callados, quiet. We’re already minorities within minorities that also straddle two cultures (especially for those of us living in the United States).
But then we’re routinely slandered and made to believe there’s something wrong with us!
In a society that values a certain type of “family”—one that we’re never going to produce—it’s easy to feel invisible, lonely, and even ashamed.
Refusing to conform to societal norms puts us at odds con nuestra cultura, with our culture. But also knowing that bearing and raising children is not meant for us is a massive measure of self-awareness, boundaries, and frankly, peak adulting!
So while I think being childfree is as natural for me as having curly hair, brown eyes, and being right-handed, I do try to make sure that part of me is visible. If only so that other childfree Latines looking for examples of a thriving life outside society’s expectations can use me as a model.
I did a deeper dive on this topic in episode 15 of my first podcast, The Maker Muse Podcast for Childfree Latines, which you can listen to here:
If you want even more examples of childfree Latinas who are kicking ass in the living their best lives department, check out season 2 of that podcast. There’s 11 women you might want to hear about!
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More Podcast Appearances
The journey to living my vida más chévere has been quite the adventure! And is always ongoing.
You can hear part of this on my podcast. But if you’re all caught up on this one, check me out on some others:
3.4 Challenging Norms: Navigating the Child-Free Latina Experience with Paulette Erato
Parenting isn’t Always the Default, Child Free Life | Paulette Erato
Sunny Talk EP.14 “La Vida Más Chévere” With Paulette Erato
Embracing a Childfree Life and Reclaiming Latine Identity | E41 Paulette Erato
How Setting Boundaries Can Propel Your Personal Growth
Unlock Your Creative Potential with Paulette Erato
Episode 64 – Paulette Erato – Rebranding Your Show, Women In Podcasting And Transcriptions
Finding Your Podcast’s Niche with The Maker Muse’s Paulette Erato
“The Maker Muse” with Paulette Erato
How to Silence Your Inner Critic with Paulette Erato
Creativity, Capitalism, and Child-Free Life with Paulette Erato
Decisions Are Not Life Sentences & Other Things We All Need To Hear More with Paulette Erato
Episode 12: Benchmarks Are Bullsh*t, Paulette Erato
Episode 127: Sewing Challenges with Paulette Erato