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Over the years, we’ve had constant debates about marriage, fatherhood and the state of the world and society as a whole.
America as a whole has been through many phases, concerning family planning patterns. These phases have had different effects on citizens, depending upon education levels, income, laws and customs during these various stages.
The CDC conducted surveys and studies, comparing the 1980’s, 1990’s and the 2000’s and these studies yielded some surprising results. The current and shared assumption is that men don’t want children, or commitment until later in life.
This narrative is derivative of the old adage that men must “sow their wild oats,” before being able to commit to creating and becoming responsible for a family. Even in this day and age, the previous sentence is sexist and not necessarily applicable to the new family structure and vision.
It was previously believed that men and only men are responsible for the leadership and future of their families. This model puts the majority of the responsibility on husbands and fathers and is based on a time in which women were mainly homemakers. Those days are long gone, and women are partners in their families, who share equal responsibility for bills, and for the well-being of their families’ future.
Men in exchange are of course expected to become more involved in the day to day child rearing and more emotional part of parenting. The question is how has the dynamics changed or affected men, and in what ways.
Based on these studies, we’ve found that some of our myths about men and child rearing were flat out wrong and others have changed. Check out these five interesting facts below:
- According to the CDC, the number of men having children outside of marriage has decreased from the 1980’s until now the 2000’s, while at the same time cohabitation has become more common, prior to marriage.
- The percentage of unmarried first time fathers was steady at around 42% in the 1980’s, it decreased to around 40% during the 1990’s, then decreased more dramatically to 36% in the early 2000’s.
- The largest decrease has been seen among black men, 10 to 12% less black men are having children while unmarried comparing the 1980’s, 1990’s and 2000’s
- The percentage of unmarried fathers who had a child under the age of 20 was 42% in the 1980’s it dropped to 23% in the 2000’s.
- Men adopt children at younger ages on average than women.
This information, of course, provides a more positive picture of where families and relationships are among millennials.
Millennials are more careful, they marry and have children at later ages, but this also has given them the opportunity to choose better relationships, become more financially stable prior to bringing children into the world.
We must acknowledge that these results also seem to be related to the increase in freedom and power for women. The millennial generation was asked to slow down make better decisions and accomplish more, and so far the millennial generation has done just that.
Featured Image is from Washington Times