Intergenerational Family

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.


Thesis Background
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/ ) Also: http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2017/05/17/cdc_data_says_women_in_their_thirties_are_having_more_babies_than_women.html

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  • This is wonderful :) How do you see the role of the wider community in all this - how can we better incorporate relationships like 'godparents' or non-biological 'aunts' or 'uncles' etc. etc. into our family and community life? Do you se what I am getting at? I love the phrase "It takes a village to raise a child"!! 
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      Thanks Tim! I do get what you're saying, and I agree, I think we need the whole community. I'm not sure there's such an issue with finding godparents and 'aunts/uncles' in your peers/friends, though I think there's room to be more intentional in allowing others to input into your child's life and to offer long-term support to friends with kids. I think the bigger issue is that these godparents and aunts/uncles are most likely your peers and not the older generation. Personally, I think moving away from your family home and the area where you grew up, means often abandoning relationships with an older generation who were present in your own childhood. Which means that in raising your own family, you can be without both the wisdom of age/ experience and individuals who have known and loved you for a long time. Disclaimer: I'm not personally a parent, just a young person who's been reflecting on this a lot lately. What do you think??