Demographic Doom Podcast

62. Post-Nuclear Family: Why Parents Should Not Live With Their Children (18 min)

July 15, 2021

In an unscripted episode, Glenn Campbell answers a question about his theoretical post-nuclear family system: Why he believes the parents should not live in the same household as the children. He cites 5 reasons: ① to preserve the child-friendly culture and physical features of the main household, ② to encourage division of labor among the adults, ③ to insulate the children from the parents' wealth, ④ to encourage the independence of the children's household, ⑤ to facilitate a work-self-family balance among the adults. Although adults would not normally occupy the same dwelling as the kids, Glenn cites two exceptions: the elderly or sick who require care, and where necessary for physical protection. If the elderly and sick live in adjacent quarters, the children can assist in their care. There might be more physical distance between parents and children in safe societies, and less in unsafe ones. Finally, Glenn returns to ①, discussing the intentional isolation of the children's household. — Twitter: @DemographicDoom — See the YouTube version of this episode for notes, comments, corrections & links to resources: j.mp/dd_noadults [ep 62, 15 July 2021]

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