In “The Accordion Family” a book about “accordion” families made up of homes that expand and contract as empty nesters are forced to accommodate kids who left when they cannot find work, author and sociologist Katherine Newman suggests these families contribute to dropping birthrates in those countries. Isn’t that interesting? PBS had a short story about these families yesterday evening. It also gets into other countries like Japan, Italy and Spain which are also experiencing the boomerang family phenomenon where multigenerational families are residing in one home. It was a very insightful and wonderfully produced segment I thought. Take a look:
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