Adjustments to Industrial Life. Family life adjusted to the changes imposed by the industrial economy. Stable populations resulted from declining birth and death rates. Greater value was placed on childhood. Material conditions generally improved as individuals enjoyed better diets, housing, health, and leisure time. The development of corporations utilizing stockholder funds changed business life. Labor movements formed and provided strength for seeking better wages and working conditions. Peasant protests declined and rural isolation diminished. Peasants learned to use market conditions to improve their lives. They developed cooperatives, specialized in cash crops, and sent children to school to learn better techniques.