Because of the book, Elizabeth Smart is coming into another season of notoriety. Before, it was as a 14-year-old victim. This time, it's as a 25-year-old, who is both victim and victor -- one who defeats an enemy or opponent.
Parenthood isn't about perfection. How could it be? At its core, it is the business of imperfect humans raising other imperfect little humans to the best of their ability and loving them with everything they've got.
Declining birth rates will have serious implications on social welfare programs like Social Security, since a decrease in the labor participation rate and an increase in the rates of retirement will make such programs almost insolvent.