NY Times: Increasing Childlessness and the Backlash Against “Family Friendly” Workplaces.
The Revolt of the Childless
HR magazine recently published a cover story entitled “Are You Too Family Friendly?”
It’s an issue because of the changing nature of the population in the United States.
“Slightly more than one in four households, 26 percent, consisted of a person living alone in 2006, up from 17 percent in 1970,” Susan J. Wells writes. “Unmarried and single U.S. residents numbered 92 million in 2006, making up 42 percent of all people 18 and older.” That’s up from 89 million in 2005.
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Above, the cover of a book that describes the no kids lifestyle Down Under…
Millions of people are going “child free” and that will, in time, change the landscape of aging. I’m not saying it is better or worse, just different. Not mentioned, but also a major factor, are those who have biological children but do not have a care-giving relationship with them and have no expectation of such a relationship ever forming. This functional childlessness in the context of late life.