50 years of parenting
It's 50 years since the baby boom of the 1960s so we're taking a look at how parenting has changed during the last half century.So what's different?
For mums things are very different, we've got some interesting facts:
- Only 6% of mums in 1960 were single when they gave birth, today 47% of mothers aren't married
- First-time mums were, on average, 2 years younger at 27, compared to an average age of 29 today
- Today, nearly 3 million of us are lone-parents, that's nearly 1-in-5 of all UK families
- Almost 1-in-4 modern day parents get financial help from their own parents
- During the 60s and 70s, maternity leave didn't exist!
Grab a cup of tea and watch this short video exploring these changes with first-hand experiences from real mums and expert opinions.
Did you know it's also been 50 years since Mothercare first opened its doors!
What are your highs and lows of being a modern mum? Do you work or look after the kids full time? Leave a comment in the box below or let us know on Facebook!