A recent AP report reveals growing evidence that non-traditional family arrangements are significantly more likely to be harmful to children.
Many scholars and front-line caseworkers who monitor America’s families see the abusive-boyfriend syndrome as part of a worrisome trend. These experts and observers note an ever-increasing share of America’s children grow up in homes without both biological parents, and say the risk of child abuse is markedly higher in the non-traditional family structures.
“This is the dark underbelly of cohabitation,” said Brad Wilcox, a sociology professor at the University of Virginia. “Cohabitation has become quite common, and most people think, ‘What’s the harm?’ The harm is we’re increasing a pattern of relationships that’s not good for children.
If empirical evidence strongly suggests that traditional two-parent families are best for kids, then why are some still so determined to defend non-traditional arrangements as acceptable alternatives? Because it’s not about the evidence; it’s about the twisted concept of “freedom” that our culture is determined to defend at all costs.
The traditional family arrangement is best for kids for the same reason that a regular maintenance routine is best for cars — that’s the way they were designed. When we start taking shortcuts and making exceptions, we risk creating problems.