Thursday, July 1, 2021

Vox Popoli: Breaking the Boomer pattern (X and Y are reversing the trend and maybe Z will follow! - CL)

"As if you would have done anything differently," the Boomer sneers at the younger generations. Actually, that's exactly what we're doing.

The portion of U.S. children who live with both parents exceeded 70% in 2020, reversing a nearly 30-year-long trend, data shows. 70.4% of children under 18 live in two-parent households, and 63% of minors reside with both birth parents, according to the Current Population Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau, Institute for Family Studies (ISF) reported.

“[T]he proportion of children under 18 living with two parents declined from 88% in 1960 to just over two-thirds in 2005” while “the proportion living with divorced, separated or never-married single parents tripled from 9% to 28%” over the same period, according to ISF.

A reversal in this downward trend started in 2006, improving from 67.3% to 70.4% by 2020, the data indicates. In 2020, the number of children living with a single parent reportedly fell to 25.5%, marking a 25-year-low.

These numbers are particularly remarkable due to the way in which racial demographics have also changed; I anticipate that the percentage of white U.S. children living with both birth parents is even higher.

Get married. Have children. Stay married. Raise your children together. Build an inheritance for them and plant trees for their children to enjoy. That's the post-Boomer way. That's the eucivilizational way.

I suspect that the difference lies chiefly in the Baby Boomer belief that the grass is always greener. We know it isn't.