Good morning, it’s March 2, a Wednesday. Here are today’s pins.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump solidified their advantages in the Democratic and Republican presidential primaries with big wins on Super Tuesday. Clinton dealt a major blow to Bernie Sanders, who won four states Tuesday to Clinton’s seven. I’ll have more on the slow Bern-out later this morning.
Interesting opinion piece on Time about parents pushing kids too far too soon. The writer specifically mentions FasTracKids, a program in which children as young as 6 months old can take singing classes to improve vocabulary. The writer, an artist in New York, uses this and another program in Washington to opine that maybe we’re trying too hard to make our children little Einsteins, and it’s part of the reason it backfires in the form of suicide clusters and high anxiety among teens.
A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control shows the mean age of mothers is on the rise. The age of first birth is up from 24.9 (2000) to 26.3 (2014). The increases were most pronounced from 2009-14. The age of second, third, fourth and fifth birth are all up as well from 2000, but those increases gradually slow with each birth.
More on this to come, certainly, as it confirms all the smaller data we’ve been seeing on this trend. The economy, smaller finances and a work-hungry world are all to blame, and it’s the Millennial woman that’s changing everything.
I’ll say this now but go into it in more detail later: the number will start trending back down in about five years. Late Millennials will prove to be a different cohort altogether.
CNN has a report about The Breakup Shop, a service by two young entrepreneurs in Canada that will do the breaking up for you, if you want to get out of your relationship. You simply order a breakup over the app, and the duo does the dirty work (for a small fee). So far the Breakup Shop has performed 90 or so breakups.
An opinion piece about how politics should talk about marriage, how it’s all wrong today, and how we need to look deeper at ourselves before swiftly defining family. Interesting read as Millennials today seem to be driving the new family conversation at faster rates than predecessors.