As pointed out by a recent article in The Federalist, “parenthood is having a cultural moment”. And I think it’s wonderful!
Just in my own context: in the last few weeks, I have found out that two newly-married friends of ours are pregnant, as well as a cousin and a few acquaintances. On social media, celebrities are sharing their excitement about babies on the way (such as Ivanka Trump recently), and more are proud to call their family their number one role (Natalie Portman did this back in 2011 and was criticised for it!), even over very successful careers.
Why is this happening? To be honest, it might be a bounce back from the last decade or so. Perhaps a past generation, where smaller families were more socially acceptable, has left the current generation keen to experience a larger family. Maybe the common decision to delay kids has led to a lot of heartache, and so when pregnancy occurs, the happiness is greater. Or it could be just that we can share our joy on social media, and on that platform it really seems to multiply!
Whatever the reason, it only means good things. It means a more welcoming environment to raise a family, as opposed to say, my parents’ generation – I know they were looked down upon for having so many kids. It also means a better understanding of what is truly important in life: people and love, over fame and fortune.
And it also means really cute videos – check this one out!