“This young generation, millennials, I think they still feel pretty uncertain, as if they can’t afford to make this big long-term commitment” to raising a family, says Karen Guzzo, a sociologist at Bowling Green State University.
Ryanair’s policy means children under 12 must sit beside an adult on the same booking, but millions of families without young children, as well as friends and loved ones, routinely find themselves split up because they’d rather not pay extra (between £4 and £15 per person per flight) to reserve a seat.
Although how you bring up your kids is inextricably linked to your culture, family and environment, most cultures and their childrearing technqiues have a lot of wisdom to them.
On the occasion of International Day of Families, 15 May 2018, Caritas Europa calls on the European Union and its Member States to invest in family friendly policies. Family is the basic unit of society and one of the three main pillars of any fair society, along with an inclusive labour market and social protection mechanisms.
Establishing a family tradition might sound like a tall order, but it doesn’t need to be an expensive or elaborate event. What really matters is finding an activity that everyone can enjoy together.
The value of family mealtime has been well documented by decades of academic research. Regardless of race, class or income, children from families that routinely sit down to a meal together suffer less depression, obesity and substance abuse. They also stay healthier and do better in school.