Is there a change of what is defined to be a normal “all American Family”?
I am asking this because I just read an article actually based on questioning the institution of marriage. As recently as 40 years ago, nobody would have mentioned the idea.
According to a TIME/Pew research poll released last week, 40 percent of Americans believe that marriage is becoming obsolete, up from just 28 percent in 1978.
In that same poll, only one in four unmarried Americans say they do not want to get married. And among currently married men and women, 80 percent say their marriage is as close as or closer than their parents’ marriage.
- According to the Pew poll, 76 percent of Americans say family is the most important, meaningful part of their life.
- Seventy-five percent say they are “very satisfied” with their family life.
- And 85 percent say that the family they live in today, whatever its form, is as close as or closer than the family in which they grew up.
The Census Bureau says:
- The median age at first marriage increased to 28.2 for men and 26.1 for women in 2010, an increase from 26.8 and 25.1 in 2000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This increase is a continuation of a long-term trend that has been noted since the mid-1950s. In addition, the overall percentage of adults who were married declined to 54.1 percent in 2010 from 57.3 percent in 2000.
- According to America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2010, the average household size declined to 2.59 in 2010, from 2.62 people in 2000. This is partly because of the increase in one-person households, which rose from 25 percent in 2000 to 27 percent in 2010, more than double the percentage in 1960 (13 percent).
- Even though the overall household size declined between 2000 and 2010, some household subgroups increased in size. For example, households where the householder had less than a high school degree increased to an average of 2.87 people in 2010 from 2.67 people in 2001.
- The percentage of households headed by a married couple who had children under 18 living with them declined to 21 percent in 2010, down from 24 percent in 2000.
- The percentage of children under 18 living with two married parents declined to 66 percent in 2010, down from 69 percent in 2000.
- In 2010, 23 percent of married-couple family groups with children under 15 had a stay-at-home mother, up from 21 percent in 2000. In 2007, before the recession, stay-at-home mothers were found in 24 percent of married-couple family groups with children under 15.
- The percentage of children under 18 who lived in a household that included a grandparent increased from 8 percent in 2001 to 10 percent in 2010. Of the 7.5 million children who lived with a grandparent in 2010, 22 percent did not have a parent present in the household.
How do you define the “Modern American Family?”
Monday Mayhem time…
With the holiday shopping season in full swing, we want to hear your shopping tips for the situations below.
1. You mention to your neighbor, with the body odor, that you are heading out to the mall in the morning. Neighbor asks to go with. What do you say? Oh I’m sorry, I have to take someone and we have a whole day full of errands. Bye.
2. You go up and down every aisle in the parking lot until you finally scope out that perfect place. You patiently pull over to the side and put your signal on to wait for the person pulls out. Someone snags your spot before you can pull in. What do you do? Bang into them and tell them “I’m older- I have more insurance”
3. You find that perfect sweater for grandpa and it’s the last one in that size. Some lady with three screaming kids approaches you and asks for the sweater for her husband who is deployed in Iraq. What do you do?
No habla English
4. You found the perfect gift for your best friend and you notice that there are no less than 100 people in line in front of you. Unfortunately, you just drank 3 cups of coffee before you entered the store. What do you do?
To be honest, I don’t drink coffee and I would never shop in a store with 100 people in line. I’d turn around and leave fast.
5. You’re within 10 people of the checkout after waiting in line for 40 minutes and the person in front of you lets three people in line- he was just saving the spot. What do you do?
Try to get the other people waiting in line involved in this one.
6. You get to the check out and your card is declined. What do you do?
Whip out another…and another…and another….
7. Oops…you forgot to buy something for Aunt Edna. Do you regift the fruit cake George from next door gave you?
You better believe it.
8. Are you planning on doing most of your shopping in the stores or online this year?