Saturday, January 17, 2015

{SQT] ""No. I'm always tired." & Policy Links on Marriage

1 . From Twitter by a former local reporter I still follow. 
"Little kid sitting behind me, to the adult he came with: "Can't we all just go home now? Aren't you tired?" Adult: "No. I'm always tired."

After a decade being told that children have nothing to do with marriage...

The CDC reports "Married Women Are Having More Kids. Unmarried Women? Not So Much"

From the Wall Street Journal
"But there’s also a more troubling takeaway: The legacy of the Great Recession, combined with rising income inequality, could be dividing women into haves and have-nots when it comes to having children."
The public policy is clear that childbearing is the relevant factor involved, how to bridge the gap between the haves and have-nots will be tough and of course will not happen over night or even within a year or two. The work and efforts of change will be generational.
3. Was Moynihan Right?

What happens to children of unmarried mothers

"The high rate of partner turnover during a mother’s peak fertility years means not only that her children now experience more changes in the adults with whom they live, but also that they are now more likely to have half siblings, who have different fathers, paternal grandparents, and other relatives. Half siblings and their kin create additional complexity in children’s families. "

4. Why spending less on your wedding could save your marriage | PBS NewsHour

  • Guys, dropping $2,000 to $4,000 on an engagement ring means you’re 1.3 times more likely to get divorced compared with the more frugal fellows who only allocate $500 to $2,000.
  • For both sexes, spending more than $20,000 on the wedding ups the odds of divorce by 3.5 times compared with couples who keep it between $5,000 and $10,000.
  • For the best odds, though, keep the festivities to less than $1,000.
5. "One upside to the divorce I didn’t want: Freedom to parent without the mom rules" Washington Post
"Suddenly, you’re not negotiating bedtime or how many cookies is the right amount of cookies. Now you’re in charge, freed from the constraints of Mommy Culture. And Mommy Culture is like air; you can’t escape it, and you don’t even know you’re struggling to breathe in that thin air until you experience a sudden change in altitude. At least that’s how it felt to me."
Interesting article, the writer is well aware how painful divorce is. 

6The Changing Economics of Single Motherhood from Pacific Standard The Science of Society 

"In the 1980s, divorcées had median incomes more than double those of never-married mothers. Thirty years later, the disparity hasn’t changed much. All women have higher incomes, as measured in inflation-adjusted dollars, but only married mothers have seen really big gains."

7. Sorry no equal sign Facebook profiles or rainbow flags here.

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