No marriage? No kids? We’re heading toward a “postfamilial” era, according to recent studies and The Daily Beast’s “Where Have All the Babies Gone?,” wherein woman are more likely to be seen as queens of eternal singledom and less as “wombs with legs” as one 30-year-old female put it. Staggering statistics show the fertility rate is the lowest it has been since first recorded in 1920 – and many are blaming the economy. That makes sense, but can you see yourself in a world sans familia? Depressing, much.
Read on for more info on how not having children could harm our economy, plus more, from The Daily Beast: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2013/02/18/why-the-choice-to-be-childless-is-bad-for-america.html
Don’t pop the bubbly just yet. The first year of marriage, compared to the high of wedding planning, may seem difficult, if not slightly depressing. Cheer up, young bucks and honeymooners, and take solace in the fact that you’re not alone. Recent studies show that newlyweds are less happy in their first year than couples who have been married for 40 or more years.
Let’s just hope marriage doesn’t have a terrible 2′s phase.
Read all the details from the study in this Huffington Post Weddings piece, “Honeymoon Phase Is A Myth, Study Finds.”
Lots of <3,
Did you know that a couple bringing in about $60,000 per year will spend $8 -10,000 on a baby the first year and early years thereafter? Those making six figures are looking at $24,000. Due to economic straits it’s no wonder that Millennials are pushing back baby making, not to mention home and car buying, according to The Atlantic‘s Jordan Weissman. Weissman, who provided the above stats, chatted with Patt Morrison this morning on KPCC about this very real issue, and how it only hampers economic revival – - diaper and pregnancy test companies have recorded taking hits! Are you prolonging car buying, home buying and baby making, too?
Read on about the story here: http://www.scpr.org/programs/patt-morrison/2012/08/30/28187/millennial-babies-generation-y-recession-american/
Bet you’ve never considered that the way to a man’s heart is through his t-shirt. A three-day-old schemata, at that. Well, singletons in New York and Los Angeles are gathering to sniff out a love match via a potential mate’s smell. They are called pheromone parties, and I think they are ridiculous. Read more about them here:
You wouldn’t rather be with anyone else, but taking time apart from your spouse could be key to longevity. According to a study by psychologist Terri Orbuch written up in The Wall Street Journal’s “Need Space in a Relationship? Just Don’t Say It That Way? “ , 29 percent of couples said they needed more “me” time (373 married couples were surveyed over 25 years). Women found it more difficult than men to find solo sanctuary; namely due to responsibilities taking care of children, elders, or seeing friends.
Also striking: Of those couples who found themselves “unhappy” in their relationships, not enough alone time beat out an unsatisfactory sex life!
Keep up the sex and then one of you PLEASE get out of the bedroom.
Lots of <3,