Why are so many people not having children, or having fewer children? Why are families often so disconnected?
I think part of the issue is that people over-emphasize friends. Friends have a place and are good to have, but they do NOT replace and they should never be more important than family.
Grandparents who would rather hang out on the golf course with their peers rather than help their kids raise their grandkids are a big part of the problem.
Parents who want to hire nannies and babysitters so they can go out to dinners and drinks with friends are another part of the problem.
Spend your time with your kids. Friends come and go and ultimately are nice, but your family is the reason you are alive.