More marriages but fewer births in 2017, according to demographers

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  • Millenial Snow Sandy, UT
    July 26, 2017 1:04 a.m.

    If they want millennials to have children, the culture will need to make it easier.

    Wages haven't risen with the cost of housing, university or healthcare. Daycare costs as much as community college. There need to be gains in paternity leave, flexible hours and scheduling, and worker protections.

    I would love to have the big family that I grew up in, but I only want to have children that I can afford to take care of.

  • McCarthyist Sacramento, CA
    July 24, 2017 11:19 p.m.

    Once again, the so-called experts amaze me with how they lack insight into the most obvious issues. So you want to know why younger people are having kids less? You only need to look at the generation before them for the answer:
    • They gripe endlessly about how miserable their kids make their lives...TO their kids
    • They tell their kids that if they become parents when they're "too young", everyone's lives are ruined
    • They talk about how much money kids cost and make that a prerequisite to being a good parent

    Yes, baby-boomers, I'm talking to you! You make your children think that having kids is the biggest mistake they'll ever make, and what did you think would happen?

    As for the slight uptick in marriage, are they controlling for homosexual civil marriage? Because it goes without saying that those won't produce more fertility.