Baby Clubs

by Roger Bourke White Jr., copyright September 2017


In the 2050's baby clubs are going to displace marriages as the mainstream organizations for child raising. Marriages are going to evolve into being more about romance and couples expressing their love of doing many kinds of things together. Some couples will take on child raising, but most of the child raising will happen in a new style of organization designed specifically for child raising: baby clubs.

This essay is about what baby clubs will be like.


Just as we have a style of organization that specializes in educating children -- a school -- in the 2050's we will have a style of organization that specializes in creating children and raising them -- a baby club.

Baby clubs will evolve as single parents learn to gather into groups and pool their resources. They will come to be encouraged by communities as ways of getting child raising handled better than solo moms and dads can accomplish.

This evolution will be further encouraged by other evolving social trends:

o Urban fertility rates are too low to sustain populations, so as humanity becomes more and more urbanized, programs that encourage fertility will become more and more popular.

o Marriage is going to evolve away from its Commodity Uses of child raising and building interfamily relations towards becoming a form of personal expression. (the Tattoos and T-Shirts phenomenon) People will marry for romantic reasons and stay married to engage in activities they enjoy doing together -- things such as traveling and sharing hobbies. Child raising can be one of these, but it will be just one of many. This 29 Sep 17 WSJ article, Cheap Sex and the Decline of Marriage by Mark Regnerus, is describing an example of the changing function of marriage happening in the 2010's.

In response to these trends baby clubs will become centers for encouraging fertility and making child raising an engaging and enjoyable activity so more people will participate. This will be the center of this organization's reason for existing.

What they will be like

Baby clubs will be diverse in how they are organized, who they are attractive to, and what their programs and their physical facilities will be like. Here are some thoughts on what they will be like:

o They will be organized around people with common interests -- baby club members are going to be friends and sharing their child raising experiences. They are going to want to be around people they feel compatible with. Getting into a baby club is going to be like getting into a company or a fussy social club.

o They will center on a physical facility that facilitates child raising -- many baby clubs will be located in an apartment complex that surrounds a courtyard. The child raisers and kids will live in the apartments. The courtyard and many of the other rooms in the complex will support child raising activities such as playgrounds and activity rooms.

o In many clubs there will be a sea of children mixing in with a sea of child raisers. The child raisers will take care of all comers and the kids will think of all the neighbor adults as people they can turn to when they need help.

o The themes of the clubs will be distinctive and they will range widely. This is the center of what will attract or repel prospective members. An example: how protective of the children the club is: They can range from "allow no harm whatsoever" to "getting hurt is part of the learning process, if it doesn't kill or maim, a painful surprise is OK".

o Clubs will suffer from The Curse of Being Important. This means that lots of community members are going to have strong opinions about how the club should be run, and some of those opinions will get teeth behind them. This will make running a club, and being a member, more complicated and frustrating than theory would suggest. There will be lots of Hoop-Jumping involved in the baby club process.


These are some thoughts about what baby clubs will be like in the 2050's.

Baby clubs are going to displace marriages as the center of child raising in the 2050's. This will happen as marriage changes its social function and as single parents get more organized in their child raising.

The baby clubs will support diverse ways of child raising, and this will be one of the key issues prospective child raisers will take into consideration when choosing a baby club.



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