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Millennials and Parenthood?

Baby limbo: Millennials struggle to find the right time for parenthood

From Yahoo Finance
By Mandi Woodruff January 17, 2015 9:27 PM

Mandy Wallace, 30, never doubted who she would wind up with. She was a teenager when she met her high school sweetheart, Nathan, 31, in their hometown of Bakersfield, Calif. By the time they graduated college in 2009, both with degrees in English, they were already married.

They had talked about having children for years, but with graduation came an unwelcome reality check: a combined $60,000 worth of student loan debt.

“It was paralyzing thinking about how we’d manage to give kids everything they deserved [with this debt],” says Wallace, a fiction writer and writing coach. “It’s enough to make me wonder why anyone feels safe having kids at all.”

Like many other recession-era millennials, she and Nathan decided to put off parenthood for a few years, following a trend that, along with an apparent lack of interest in homeownership, some have worried might stymie economic growth.

Birth rates among 20- to 24-year-olds were down 2% between 2012 and 2013, and birth rates among 25- to 29-year-olds have fallen by 1% each year since 2008, according to the CDC. Despite economists’ fears, however, it doesn’t seem millennials are foregoing the institution of family altogether. Birth rates among older millennials (30- to 34-year-olds) are actually on the rise — up 2% in 2013.

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3 Ways Fathers Make a Difference

The way a father acts with and towards his child has a big influence on his child’s development. Through current scientific research we are now articulating some of the specifics. We can no longer burden mothers with placing the psychological well being of their child solely on the mother-child bond. A number of writers are now making the scientific research on fatherhood  available in “decoded” formats for every parent to have access to. Here are three ways dads make a real difference in the lives of their children.

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Current Trends in Reseach on Fatherhood

Some current trends for dads from our editorial staff at the Fathers’ Forum blog.

Researchers from Yale University scanned the brains of 16 university-educated professionals at different stages of their young child’s life, and discovered that becoming a father can trigger a major brain chemistry change.

When a couple is expecting a baby, it’s not just the mother that goes through hormonal changes. A new study suggests impending fatherhood coincides with a drop in two hormones in men—testosterone and estradiol—even before the baby is born.

How President Johnson’s War on Poverty had unexpected outcomes for Black Fathers.

The world of fatherhood is changing in so many ways. Stay informed of the current trends in fatherhood here on our blog. If you want to discuss the changes you are going through as a dad join one of our groups in the San Francisco area in California or our developing online community at the New Dads Network.