Wednesday, February 04, 2009

“American society is changing in ways that make children less central to our common lives, shared goals and public commitments.”

Life Without Children: The New Nurture Gap
Researchers in America and Britain have recently identified several key indicators signaling that child care occupies less of the average adult’s lifetime in the 21st century than in past decades. The social implications for the future of the family in these two countries could be enormous.
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Vagablonde Bombchelle said...

This study seemed to draw a lot of conclusions based off a statistic that fewer households have children. There are tons of other reasons for that including a population that is living longer and has more "non-child" years at the end, and fewer families who share a house with multiple generations (grandparents living with children). On the contrary, it seems like those households with children put their children front and center of their lives more than parents did in the past culture included the philosophy that "children should be seen and not heard." As usual, The National Marriage Project manipulates data in an attempt to create a problem with families that just doesn't exist.

Anonymous said...

"Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, Ph.D. and David Popenoe, Ph.D."

That was as far as I needed to read.

Anonymous said...

And now, the latest chapter of

Turn Your Ph.D. Into a Lucrative Mass Media Meme

Today, Person X, Ph.D., and Person Y, Ph.D., completely misread statistics to take financial advantage of the resentment parents feel because not everyone chooses what they chose.

Tomorrow, "Children: How Come Everybody Doesn't Have Fourteen Like I Do?", by Nadya Octomoo.


Sorry. I just had this big upwelling of sarcasm.

My guess: what's really happening is that as "children are less central to our common lives," other long-ignored/neglected things are becoming MORE central. Like elders, marriages, partners, selves, the environment, the economy, and maturity.