So, what about those of us who choose not to parent? There was talk that some of the former ditched after the first day, unable to be in an environment that wanted them to move on. As a definition, "a family or domestic group is matrifocal when it is centred on a woman and her children.
Conceptions of who parents are and what constitute the best conditions for raising children vary widely. Kids do that to you.
Levitan claims: "Times have changed; it is more acceptable and encouraged for mothers to work and fathers to spend more time at home with the children. The monthly get-togethers gave her the confirmation she craved: her choice was okay—she would be okay.
Parents play a significant role in helping children build and refine their knowledge and skills, as well as their learning expectations, beliefs, goals, and coping strategies. A thirty-six-year-old Cree woman based in Nanaimo, British Columbia, she tells me the importance of carrying on a bloodline is especially ingrained in her community.
A number of other, similar communities and alternative retirement arrangements are flourishing across North America. What is it that turns them against child-rearing?