For the first time in human history more parents than ever are postponing child bearing and rearing into their 30s. In fact 52% of college educated women are waiting to have their first child until they are over 30.
I have noticed in my area in Western New York in Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties nestled between Rochester, NY and Buffalo, NY school enrollments in all 18 school districts in those counties has dropped between 2004 and 2007 in some districts as much as 13, 14, and 15%. Most of this drop is attributed to the shrinking demographic of fewer adults between 18 and 34 living in these counties and having children.
It's not new but it's truer than ever -- more and more young American couples are waiting later and later to start a family and have their first baby.
Fifty-two percent of college graduate first-time mothers are now thirty or older -- not just out of high school, not just out of college, but well into life and jobs and relationships and expectations.
Then come the kids. Like an earthquake -- of course.
The radio show entitled "Postponing parenthood" is about 50 minutes long and worth listening to. You can listen on line or download an MP3