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    • NikkyJ

      The New York Times had quite an article on the age families have children and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it.

      It goes like this: many people put off having children until after they pursue a college education and start their careers. Then they can afford to give their children every advantage from private schools to violin lessons. Then their kids are more likely to aspire to college and the cycle continues.

      It manifests in our politics:

      The law professors June Carbone and Naomi Cahn described in a 2010 book how red and blue families were living different lives. The biggest differentiating factor, they said, was the age that mothers had children. Young mothers are more likely to be conservative and religious, to value traditional gender roles and to reject abortion. Older mothers tend to be liberal, and to split breadwinning and caregiving responsibilities more equally with men, they found.

      Is there an optimum age to have kids or does it totally depend on whether you seek college?

    • kikoteixeira

      It has been shown that a temporary rise in inequality is typical for a society transitioning towards higher socio-economic tiers. So inequality by itself is not necessarily a bad indicator. What is surprising is that the US does have some trends towards inequality when it is already an advanced society. This may signal deeper structural problems far more important than inequality.

      For this article, in particular, I have a problem with "... and the cycle continues". Why is that exactly and where is the data to back it? Why is the gap between early and late parents going to continue to widen to disastrous levels? One may very well suggest that having children earlier is better as the parents are healthier, with stronger tight-knit families, and already earning a living, however modest that may be, and not mounting huge debt to pay for college tuition. Why is the gap a necessarily bad thing and not a healthy bistable normal?

    • NikkyJ

      Good questions. You would think that kids raised in career parent's families would have some disadvantages, like a larger generation gap, or busy parents who aren't there for them as much.

      I think what the article is saying is college education is still the #1 predictor of income, and you're more likely to get a college education if you're born into college educated parents. At least that's how I interpreted it.

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