Our subscriber Willis Ponds commented about another thing that is critically important that few talk about; the breakdown of the family structure. He says “That is one of the single-most destructive problems facing today’s society. Children that come out of broken homes statistically don’t do as well in life, aren’t as productive, aren’t as good at solving problems, become a burden on society, commit more crimes, etc, etc. If we don’t solve the family problem then we will have poverty in plenty in the future.”
I agree. Do you?
I’d add the economic case too. It seems to me in the past we had two or even three generations living together. Parents could go to work while the grandparents watched the kids. They all shared the heat, the property taxes, the mortgage, and many other things. It was simply cheaper per family member to live. And there was more than one, maybe more than two incomes in that household. Wisdom and values got passed on from generation to generation.
Today everyone needs their own household. Those three generations live in four places now. Four rents, four gas/electric/tv bills, less people to help, talk to, and share with. Child care and elderly care costs are way up. With COVID, a single Mom can’t work when her small kids are home and need help going to school in front of a screen.
Ok, we can’t all be the Walton’s. And in some families you are better off not having certain members around the rest. But clearly the idea has changed and it results in more expense, which requires more working by the head of a small household, which means even more time away from the kids…
If you don’t have a family member to turn to for help, you wind up turning to a government agency.
Now, everyone doesn’t want to be home all their lives and wants to feel some independence over their home and life. So “in-law” apartments” seem to be a good idea. BUT, in many places they are illegal. Zoning laws do not allow another residence on one lot. This makes this problem worse.
What do you think about all this?
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