KATIE ALLISON GRANJU looks at Generation-X parenting, in Salon. One key point: people want flexibility in their work schedules, and they want it badly enough to make major sacrifices in other areas to get it. That seems right to me.
Generation-Y parenting, which I’m seeing more of from my law students, is kind of interesting. They seem to be having children earlier. A pregnant law student was almost unknown when I was starting out in the early 1990s. Now there are always several. It’s easier, they note, to take a year out from law school than to take a year out when you’re up for partner. And they often observe that women who put off childbearing too long have more problems. I don’t know if this is a national trend, but I wouldn’t be surprise to hear that.