Blogging The WP: Twenty-something Parents

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Look closely at this picture — are the parents in their twenties or in their thirties? Does it matter? According to a recent article in the The Washington Post, there is a trend for college-educated couples to put off having children until later in life. This has meant friction with the younger college-educated couples who have decided to have children in their twenties.

The article cites demographic data in metro areas nationwide, including cities and suburbs, showing that 13% of men and 31% of women ages 25 to 29 with four-year college degrees have had children, according to an analysis of 2000-06 social survey data from the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center. By contrast, 49% of men and 62% of women in that age group with less education have had children, according to the analysis by a University of Maryland sociologist. New data from the National Center for Health Statistics also show that college-educated mothers are usually about 30 when they deliver their first child.

But the aim of the article, told mostly from the perspective of twenty-something parents, is that there is conflict with their thirty-something counterparts. There are anecdotes of feeling uneasy, being the subject of envy and not being able to relate to the older set.

So in addition to Mommy Wars and the more recent phenomenon of Daddy Wars, we have yet more strife among parents on the basis of age? Do you believe this perceived conflict exists?