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The Lonely World of Family Life
The longer Sarah Menkedick lived in the U.S., the more aware she became of its “kid culture.” Writing for Aeon, Menkedick shows Mexico’s contrasting framework: it’s not strange to bring your children to a bar or a late-night parade, where the whole community is in the fray. The U.S., on the other hand, creates designated places for children — museums, playgrounds, family restaurants. Families are supposed to frequent these even if they “can’t stand the children in various stages of overload and meltdown, chucking gooey Teddy Grahams crackers from their strollers.”
Although there are many benefits to a society with a distinct “family-friendly” culture, Menkedick argues that separating family from community life is not one of them.