A recent TV commercial shows a young man lounging at a pool party and vowing, “I am never getting married.” Next scene: an engagement ring. Then he and his wife are on a plane seated near a bawling baby. “We are never having children,” he says. Next scene: the delivery room. The commercial proceeds through his protests against — and then acceptance — of a suburban home, a minivan and baby number two.
The commercial echoes the thoughts of many boomer parents. It’s been well documented that the 20s are a period of “emerging adulthood,” but when are millennials going to emerge from that cocoon? The average age of marriage — 27 for women and 29 for men — is at a historic high and continues to rise.