Making the Case for Married Parenthood to Millennials
Millennials are not conformists. They march to their own beat and have taken an untraditional route to marriage and the family by abandoning or delaying it. Over the past half century, divorce has doubled, marriage rates have plummeted to all-time lows, and single- parent households have more than tripled, leaving the family unit in shambles and many Millennials skeptical. Unlike previous generations where marriage was the starting point of adulthood, Millennials have chosen to pursue education and then a career over the more traditional path of marriage, career, and then children. This obviously has raised concerns with social scientists and marriage advocates; however, things might be changing. According to a recent Pew Research report, 1.3 million Millennial women gave birth for the first time in 2015, raising the total number of U.S. births in this generation to 16.2 million.