Young Brides and Big Families

Yet another report came out this week saying Utah has the largest families and youngest brides in the nation.

This kind of information always makes me cringe a bit because outside of the state it’s not considered cool to marry young or to have a gaggle of little ones.

I know this personally because I was married at 20 years old. It seemed like a perfectly fine time to get married while I was living in BYU’s bubble, but now I find myself apologizing for it when I tell people I was married that young. I often follow up this information by saying something like, “I know, it’s like I was raised on a farm.”

But why should I be embarrassed? I’m in a happy marriage and have a daughter whom I adore. I wouldn’t do it differently today even if I could.

So, why do people take cheap shots at Utah’s culture when data like this surfaces?

After all, the data also showed that Utah is doing something right. The state has the highest number of households headed by a married couple — 62 percent compared to 49 percent nationally.

That’s something to be proud of.

And, Utah has the lowest percentage of children younger than 6 whose parents are both in the workforce.

So, more kids in Utah are growing up with both parents as role models, and a mom who is in the home raising her children full-time.

That’s definitely something to be proud of.

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