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We’re told that there are problems with older mothers having kids when there’s not a bloke around. The kids not developing properly.

The rise in older unmarried working mothers has contributed to a slump in children’s social and emotional skills particularly among working class boys, a UCL study suggests.

The researchers found the gap between children with the highest social and emotional skills and those with the lowest had widened over 30 years.

It was particularly acute among boys where the gap had increased by as much as 30 per cent in the past 30 years although the difference between girls had also risen.

What possible solutions are there to this? Despite the joyousness with which much of the left still embraces eugenics we’re not going to tell older single women that they can’t have children. It would also be quite against the tenor of the times to insist that there’s got to be a bloke in those lives.

We also know that social and emotional intelligence is not something caught from the State nor inculcated by state care, whether in “homes” or schools.

That is, there is no solution that we’re going to apply. Well just have to put up with young men having few social skills and being unable to express their emotions. That would be a change, wouldn’t it?

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Boganboy
Boganboy
1 year ago

So you’re saying these poor kids’ll end up just like me?

Spike
Spike
1 year ago

It is not that older women are choosing to have children, a “problem” for which there ought to be no solution. It is that cash payments targeted to broken homes both virtue-signal about our compassion, and BREAK HOMES. Father sleeps away, kids never see him interacting courteously but firmly with a white policeman. It’s nice that the pointed heads have finally taken notice of what we know is happening in our cities. The “solution” is for the government to simply stop doing stupid things.

John B
John B
1 year ago

‘ That is, there is no solution that we’re going to apply.‘

No welfare to single mothers might be a good start point.

Ucler
Ucler
1 year ago

On the other hand:
https://cls.ucl.ac.uk/older-mothers-have-positive-influence-on-childrens-cognitive-development-study-finds/
None of which has anything to do with welfare payments to women keeping a home together after the father has taken himself off.
And it’s the alt right who are dead keen on eugenics, actually.

Quentin Vole
Quentin Vole
1 year ago
Reply to  Ucler

It’s just possible your source is not entirely unbiased. Eugenics was heavily promoted by the left in the first half of the C20th. Only after Hitler turned out to be an enthusiast did they get all embarrassed and threw such ideas down the memory hole.

Boganboy
Boganboy
1 year ago
Reply to  Ucler

You’ve actually made me think about what are my opinions of eugenics. I suppose I’d say that people can be as they damn well please. If they don’t like it, well genetic modification tech is progressing, so soon they’ll be able to make themselves into whatever they prefer.

This is why I like modern high tech Western society. We don’t have to solve all these difficult ethical, social and political problems. We just cheat.

Quentin Vole
Quentin Vole
1 year ago
Reply to  Ucler

Yes, its always the man “taking himself off”. The mother just simply wanted a lovely family but the man just wouldn’t stay. Which is why it happens 3-4 times after that, right?

Ucler
Ucler
1 year ago
Reply to  Quentin Vole

Sigh. What a giveaway that verbal tic of the final ‘…right?’ is – when you know it isn’t …

Quentin Vole
Quentin Vole
1 year ago
Reply to  Quentin Vole

Who is this impostor? Has the system that ‘remembers’ your posting credentials fouled up again?

Ucler
Ucler
1 year ago

What the study actually demonstrates is: ‘While maternal education and behaviour is an important determinant of children(s’) socioemotional skills in both cohorts, the benefit of having a mother with higher levels of education and in employment is significantly larger for both boys and girls in the most recent cohort. The inequality has also increased between children of mothers who smoked during pregnancy and those who didn’t.’ In other words, there were more children with higher social skills in 2002 because there were more older, better educated mothers in that later cohort. Or it might have something to do with smoking.… Read more »

Quentin Vole
Quentin Vole
1 year ago
Reply to  Ucler

The place to take issue with the original paper is the learned journal in which it appeared. 99% of the small subset of the general populace that hear about it will only see what’s published in the MSM. You’d think sociologists might understand that.

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