The Great Crossover – More baby-first marriages for Americans

A majority of young parents under 30 now have their first child before they marry.

More Americans are waiting to marry. The average age at which Americans are getting married has increased from their early 20s in 1970 to their late 20s today, a significant social and demographic transition.

 

 

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Human birth rate declines, people turn to pets

Colorado has more than 1.1 million dogs and not quite 350,000 children under 5 years old.

Don’t worry about the “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” Earth is far more likely to become the “Orb of the Dogs” demographically,  as human fertility rates plummet for a slew of reasons, including canines substituting for kids in many households.

 

 

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Parents need to let their children fail: Study

Study shows it’s okay to let children fail.

When Jessica Lahey was a fairly new teacher thirteen years ago she had to call a students’ mother to let her know that she would be initiating disciplinary measures against her daughter for plagiarism and that her daughter would receive a zero for the plagiarism.

 

 

 

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The cost of raising a child today

American families can expect to spend about $250,000 to raise a child for the next 17 years.

With Laura Sowa’s husband working strictly on sales commission in a down economy, money has been tight for several years now.  Laura lives in Nashville and she works hard to keep things as normal as possible for her two daughters.  But “normal” these days is being redefined.  This hit home for her recently as she listened to the girls playing “shopping trip” in the next room.

 

 

 

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Most parents oppose collecting children’s information on the internet

Nine out of 10 adults said they believed advertisers should get a parent’s permission before collecting data on their children.

Overwhelmingly, parents object to personal information being collected on their children over the internet.  This is according to a new poll just released before federal officials are set to vote on a controversial proposal to strengthen child privacy laws.

 

 

 

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Father’s who sleep closer to their children experience a drop in testosterone

Fathers who co-sleep with their children may be more responsive their children’s needs.

Mothers and fathers both are biologically adapted to respond to children. New research from the University of Notre Dame shows that dads who sleep near their children experience a drop in testosterone. Previous research from humans and other species suggests this decrease might make men more responsive to their children’s needs and help them focus on the demands of parenthood.

 

 

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