If you have been foloowing the Wall St. and other threads in the Politics section, you will have found a lot of intelligent discussion regarding the failure of the current economic model in the West. In a nutshell, ordinary people can not afford a reasonable lifestyle without going into previously unseen levels of debt. I can't help but wonder whether this new reality makes marriage and child rearing even more difficult. As far as I can see, if you want to go down this route, you will need a larger house and a lot more money generally. Then of course there is the likelihood that it will all go wrong and you end up having to try to pay for two households. I can't see that this is the future. Is the family model sustainable? does it even still exist as the majority household system where you live?