In the previous post, we recognized how there were more single mothers because of the increasing independence among women and the decreasing earning capacity men have in today’s society.
Change in Social Norms
It was also a change in social norms and values in the 1960s that led to the rise of single mothers, which is the third thing. There were less shameful things about divorce and having kids outside of a marriage because of this. In the 1950s, if a woman was not married when she got pregnant, she was supposed to have the father come forwards and marry her.
Many young men and women could have intimate relationships and live together without having to get married in the late 1980s, which was a significant change.
During the 1960s, people’s views on individual freedom also changed. The new individualism told people to put their own needs above their families’ needs. Moreover, they are to expect more from their intimate relationships and marriages. Women leave “bad” marriages if women do not meet their expectations.
Most women surveyed in the early 1960s agreed that “when there are children in the family, parents should stay together even if they don’t get along.” By the 1980s, only 20% of people agreed with this. When sex and child-rearing were “freed” from marriage and women could earn money independently, two of the most important reasons to get married were gone. Marriage rates fell when the economic benefits of marriage dropped in the 1970s. It’s not surprising that marriage rates fell as well.
Today, changes in social norms are still having an impact on how families are formed. New generations of young adults are less trusting of the institution of marriage. They were born in the 1960s when divorce rates were rising. Many young people who have trouble finding and keeping a partner now were born at that time. Many people grew up in single-parent or mixed families. Given their family history, these young people may find it easier to break up with someone and raise a child alone than make a long-term commitment.
Economically Independent Women
This is a better explanation than the conservative argument that welfare makes people become single parents. They say that single motherhood is more common in the United States than in rich countries. American women have more money than women in most other countries.
They have to be very humble, brave and trust God to be single parents because people constantly judge them. Some women have had children outside of marriage for any reason (even rape). Christians have been divorced or separated (even if they have never been remarried or entertained the possibility of remarrying). Because of this, it is also often true for widows and single people who adopt children. Children often think that the parent with whom they live is to blame for the death or absence of the other parent and should pay for it. Society can make it seem something is wrong with the situation. They place the blame on single parents.
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