Monday, March 25, 2013

Interesting argument for getting married early

Our oldest daughter will turn 19 in July.  We talk with her about when she might get married.  I think our ideal is between 21 and 23.  Old enough to hopefully be mature enough for marriage and family, but not to settled in her ways.

The Case for Getting Married Young makes the case that adults should not wait until they get established.  Karen Swallow Prior makes some good points. Her column starts with:

A compelling case can be made for the advantages, particularly for college-educated women, of delaying marriage until after the mid-twenties, as Eleanor Barkhorn recently wrote here. As a math-phobic English professor, I'm not one to wrestle with statistics, but I believe a robust case can be made, alternatively, for young marriage.

There are costs to delaying marriage, a phenomenon that has reached a new threshold, with the average age of marriage for men reaching the historic high of 29 and women 27. New research from Knot Yet, a project that explores the benefits and costs of delayed marriage in America, points to some of the risks of waiting so long to marry. While delayed marriage does have economic benefits for college educated women and is credited with bringing down the overall divorce rate, the news isn't all good:

Check out the column for some of her thoughts on marriage, children and society.

Hat tip:  Instapundit.