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Today such children will spend most of their time indoors, often with adults rather than with siblings or friends, be supervised more closely, be driven everywhere rather than walk or cycle, take part in many more organised activities and, probably for several hours every day, engage with a screen of some kind. They generally get more attention and support from their parents, and many governments are offering extra help to very young children from disadvantaged backgrounds. In rich countries the overwhelming majority now lead urban lives. Not every adult child cares for their aging parents, research shows. They range from broad social and demographic trends such as urbanisation, changes in family structure and the large-scale move of women into the labour force in recent decades to a shifting emphasis in policy on the early years and the march of digital technology. Start with the physical environment in which children are growing up. Quite often you find that in war or disaster, anxiety and depression levels go down and when peace comes they go up. All this is done with the best of intentions. Is this a coincidence, a cause or effect? This article appeared in the Special report section of the print edition under the headline "The generation game" Special reportChildhood. Mothers now mostly return to work within a year or so of giving birth, not five or ten years later. We create households as a safe space that provides an emotional connection and an opportunity to recharge. Households with just one child have become commonplace in Europe and the more prosperous parts of Asia, including China. After all, they are not living through war, as their great-grandparents did.

Courtesy Amy Blackstone 7. Start with the physical environment in which children are growing up. But Dr Shooter is firm on this point: discussing these issues does not increase their prevalence.

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We can say, but look, they've got everything In East Asia this is the first rung of a fiercely competitive educational ladder. Other top reasons include the desire for autonomy, spontaneity, freedom and the ability to travel.

Parents want to protect their offspring from traffic, crime and other hazards in what they see as a more dangerous world, and to give them every opportunity to flourish.

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Households with just one child have become commonplace in Europe and the more prosperous parts of Asia, including China. The children themselves seem fairly happy with their lot. The Blackstones scuba dive in Roatan.

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I count my husband and me as a family. In terms of the child-freemany have been creating a nest egg to help them be able to provide for themselves in their old age. That is not surprising.

We create households as a safe space that provides an emotional connection and an opportunity to recharge.

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You see the same levels of loneliness, unhappiness, anxiety and depression in children in middle-class gated communities [as you do in economically deprived households]. In East Asia this is the first rung of a fiercely competitive educational ladder. Those endless rounds of extra tutoring, music lessons, sports sessions and educational visits, together with lively discussions at home about every subject under the sun, have proved highly effective at securing the good grades and social graces that will open the doors to top universities and well-paid jobs. After all, they are not living through war, as their great-grandparents did. Families have also become far more fluid. We can say, but look, they've got everything A child-free household is a family Blackstone: I would love it if we came to understand that the child-free have families. Boys were happier than girls, and children from affluent families scored higher than the rest. Tell me the ways This special report will explain what has led to these momentous changes in childhood in America and other rich countries, as well as in middle-income China. And indeed in many ways children are better off than they were a generation or two ago. Today such children will spend most of their time indoors, often with adults rather than with siblings or friends, be supervised more closely, be driven everywhere rather than walk or cycle, take part in many more organised activities and, probably for several hours every day, engage with a screen of some kind.

In rich countries the overwhelming majority now lead urban lives.

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