In Great Britain, for the first time, more women have children by the age of 25 than are married by that time. In 1970, 80% of women were married by the age of 25–today only 25% of women in Great Britain are married by the age of 25.
These statistics are not suprizing, the media have been reporting for quite some time now that young adults are increasingly delaying marriage both in Europe and the United States. In addition, more and more young adults are delaying leaving their parents homes–about a third of men and a fifth of women under the age of 35 are still living with their parents in Great Britian. For some reason, young adults are delaying the responsibility of getting married and raising a family.
Some responsible Christians have reported the “Myth of Adolescence,” claiming that adolescence is a relatively new category that wasn’t even considered 60 years ago. The problem it seems now, is that adolescence is being carried on into the 20’s and 30’s! It wasn’t too long ago in our country and in Great Britain that young people were married at much earlier ages and these same young people were out of their parents houses and care at much earlier ages too! So is delaying marriage a responsible choice? Perhaps for some, but it would seem if there is a connection between the delaying of marriage and the postponing of leaving the nest, then delaying marriage is further encouraging young adults to avoid taking on responsibility. The fact that more women are mothers than married by the age of 25 is case in point. In whose world is it responsible to have a child outside of wedlock?
I believe that the most responsible way to raise a child is in the context of marriage between a man and a woman who are committed to one another in marriage. Perhaps you will think that is an outdated point of view, but then again it doesn’t seem that our young people are growing to more responsible either.