We affirm the value of intergenerational family as a source of love, belonging and support.
However a mobile culture, together with delayed parenthood, result in parents being less involved in their adult children’s and grandchildren’s lives.
Therefore, we call on individuals to make family planning decisions for the long-term, with their own parents in mind. We call for government and employers to ensure that women are supported and not penalised in the long-term if they chose to have children earlier. Finally, we call for rewarding professional job opportunities to be developed across the country, not simply in London.
In discussions around delayed motherhood, the emphasis is often on the wellbeing of the mother and child economically and educationally, however we are not examining the relational cost, particularly across the generations.
If we recognize that the whole family benefits from strong relationships across generations, then we need to examine new ways to help parents have children in their 20s without it having a long-term negative impact on their education level and future earnings.
We must also ask whether we are truly empowering women in their family planning, if they are forced into making that choice for economic reasons. (See 2017 article on a direct correlation between steep house prices, low incomes and delaying parenthood http://smallbusiness.co.uk/london-mums-late-motherhood-2536612/ )