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Surviving the unwanted divorce

Sad Statistics – What Are We Doing Wrong???

on November 27, 2014

I recently read a study in an old copy of my AARP magazine. (Yup, I’m that old – although you start getting this when you hit 50, and that is no longer “old”)

It talks about the statistics of divorce rates and it was just plain ol’ depressing. I have marriageable aged sons and this depresses me for them and for their generation. They have already had friends get divorced – EGAD! What’s our world coming too?

So on days when you feel so alone and betrayed by being a divorcee, think of these numbers and realize that you are by far no longer the minority. Divorce is everywhere and a sad state of affairs (pun intended!).

In the 1950’s, 60 percent of U.S. families consisted of two married parents: a breadwinner and a homemaker. Today only 20 percent of American children live in such a family. Instead, couples divorce – or never marry in the first place – and form new households, raising their kids in a tumble of step- and half-siblings. And although the divorce rate has been declining among younger couples, among boomers it has increased 50 percent in the past 20 years – with no slowdown in sight. The baby boomers are likely to have the highest lifetime levels of divorce of any generation born in the 20th century.

I don’t have an answer to this, but I can still recognize that it’s very sad to realize how easy it is to be cast off for that “greener grass” on the other side of the fence.

It’s no wonder so many of my single women friends have NO desire to ever put themselves in that position again. I guess instead of a fence, we should have built walls . . .

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