2014 December 27 Saturday
Less Than Half Of Kids Live In Traditional Family

How tragic for the kids.

Less than half (46%) of U.S. kids younger than 18 years of age are living in a home with two married heterosexual parents in their first marriage. This is a marked change from 1960, when 73% of children fit this description, and 1980, when 61% did, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of recently-released American Community Survey (ACS) and Decennial Census data.

5% (1 in 20 kids) are not living with either parent. Most are living with grandparent(s). But the older, still married, and more responsible older generations are dying off. What happens then? More wards of the state. Orphanages. Foster homes, perhaps with just a woman making money taking care of kids for the state.

I meet these living-with-granny kids. Some of the stories about their moms are pretty bad. Imagine a 12 year old boy whose mom is on drugs, hasn't contacted him for months or years, and whose dad has been gone even longer. I met the grandmother (who doesn't seem that old) and she seems normal and sensible enough. Was her daughter always irresponsible or only after using too much coke and speed?

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2014 December 27 09:57 PM 

Kelly said at December 27, 2014 10:28 PM:

Fewer than half ...

Galton said at December 28, 2014 10:42 AM:

Isn't there a financial incentive? Doesn't the state pay granny for taking care of her grandkids?

superdestroyer said at December 29, 2014 3:20 AM:

Remember this the next time someone trys to claim that there is any way that a conservative political party can survive in the U.S.

Dan said at December 29, 2014 10:17 AM:

The family across the street consists of a married husband and wife raising twin seven year olds, and they have been married since before those kids were born. It is her second marriage, and his first, but I rank those twins as growing up in an intact family.

Requiring both parents to never have been married before catches a considerable number of people that presently are living pretty traditional lives.

Still, these numbers are not good.

Dan said at December 30, 2014 11:30 AM:

On the lower end of the scale, there is a strong incentive not to be married in order to obtain more benefits. Incentives have been thus since Lyndon Johnson's 'Great Society.'

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