A mother and father is still the best for kids

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Science discovers the obvious: Several new studies have found again that children generally do better in a stable family with a mother and a father than in any other combination.

In recent weeks, a barrage of new evidence has come to light demonstrating what was once common sense. “Family structure matters” (in the words of my American Enterprise Institute colleague Brad Wilcox, who is also the director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia). Princeton University and the left-of-center Brookings Institution released a study that reported “most scholars now agree that children raised by two biological parents in a stable marriage do better than children in other family forms across a wide range of outcomes.” Why this is so is still hotly contested.

Another study, co-authored by Wilcox, found that states with more married parents do better on a broad range of economic indicators, including upward mobility for poor children and lower rates of child poverty. On most economic indicators, the Washington Post summarized, “the share of parents who are married in a state is a better predictor of that state’s economic health than the racial composition and educational attainment of the state’s residents.”

I think it amusing that some scientists wonder “why this is so.” I also realize that by stating this obvious fact of nature I and these scientists are being racist homophobes who want to oppress minorities, but who am I to argue with reality?



  • pzatchok

    I tend to think that after ten thousand plus years of trial and error man pretty much figured it out.

    I guess that any research being done on this now is just to find justification for the validity of alternate forms of the family structure. Like two mommies and such.

    But (in my unscientific way)have noticed that even in those stable relationships they tend to settle into a masculine and feminine system. A Dad and Mom sort of. The disciplinarian lawgiver father and the forever forgiving and loving mother.

    Children need those two examples to learn who to emulate and why.

    Its worked for 10 thousand years. Its got society to were we are now pretty well.

  • Edward

    It is amazing how many people want to mess with success.

    It seems to me that some people mistakenly believe that they are smarter than all of human experience.

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