[Rector]

The DINK family

 

Children of the 50's all had their Dinky toys. After Dinky toys came Match Box toys - a new generation and a new age. At least with Match Box toys you couldn't pull the tires off and eat them.

There was quite a fad in the 50's. Children would tie a string around their Dinky toy and negotiate it over a predetermined obstacle course. Just imagine a few hundred kids pulling Dinky toys around the playground. It must have looked a sight. The fads in those simple days worked in a regular cycle - Dinky toys, cigarette cards, bottle tops and marbles. The kids today miss out on all the good things in life, don't they?

Today a DINK is not a model car of the 50's. A "dink" is a Double Income No Kids family. This was once a rare species and given that it doesn't breed, you would assume that its present aberration would quickly die out, but not so. It is on the increase. We might well ask why?

It may simply be that female "dinks" are still caught in the mind warp of the early 70's - Women's Lib and all that. Those were the heady days when freedom for women would be gained by taking on the male curse of work. Actually, we blokes missed out on a great chance at that time. We should have let the girls have our jobs and we could have stayed at home, getting together at lunchtime for a Bar-B-Q with all the mates. What's happened is we have all ended up as little cogs in the wheels of production.

Strangely enough, a "dink" family is not a very normal family. Some 85% of people in the developed world live in a traditional family environment. We all believe in the family unit - mum, dad and the kids. We see it as the basis of society. Most political parties are "for the family." A politician would never dream of doing or saying anything to alienate such a massive slice of the electorate. Governments are "pro-family." None-the-less, "dinks" are on the increase and to a great extent governments are to blame. Even the taxation system favours "dinks". If governments really favoured the family, they would allow income splitting for taxation purposes.

The truth is that a single income family is the dying breed. When both partners in a marriage have to work to survive, then the raising of children is something which doesn't come easily. If we have them, we have them late and we can only have one or two, as the financial burden is becoming too much to bear. Loss of the second income can easily bankrupt many a family. So, to become a "dink" is the only easy solution.

One suspects that this is not God's plan for a happy society.