Financial difficulties have led many Gen Yers to forgo home-ownership, marriage, and kids for the time being – but that doesn’t mean they’re without a rich family life. Instead of following traditional life paths, they’re embracing plants, pets, and friends to feel a sense of domestic fulfillment.
Dr. Taryn M. Graham is a research associate in the School of Social Work at York University. She holds degrees from Concordia University (BA), the University of Waterloo (MA) and the University of Calgary (PhD). Her research looks into the challenges and opportunities that cities face when it comes to sharing spaces with dogs.
Claire Ransom is the founder of Lazy Flora, an online plant subscription box service.
Dr. Melanie Ross Mills is a relationship and friendship expert and podcast host. She is also a licensed temperament therapist.
Natalie Leal is a journalist based in the UK. She holds a BSc and Master’s degree in Social Anthropology and writes about a range of subjects, including culture, society, politics, innovation, technology, and sustainability. Her work has appeared in national and local press and she can be found tweeting at @NatalieLeal_.
Starting a family may once have been as simple as getting married, buying a home, and having kids, but as life stages blur and gender roles become less relevant, the traditional rules are being rewritten. Canvas8 spoke to sociologist Philip N. Cohen to understand how the family unit is changing.
Traditional social structures can seem inconveniently binary for some individuals – not everyone wants to be part of a nuclear family or search for the right partner with whom to raise a child. How do friends, family and strangers now fit into marriages, support networks and parenting choices?
Buying organic rabbit food, brushing your cat’s teeth, and sending your dog for hydrotherapy are no longer considered eccentricities. Pets are taking on human status, and they’re being treated accordingly. How can brands help enrich the lives of pet parents and their beloved fur babies?
In the digital age, parents have more information about their children than ever before – they can track their kid’s location remotely, monitor sleeping patterns, and even check whether the chores are done. Can all this tech allay common parental anxieties or will it fuel fresh concerns?