Note from Josh: Benefit of Strong Family Units

Strong family units have been weakening in the U.S. for decades. Fewer Americans are getting married, and more marriages are ending in divorce, leaving many children to grow up without the security of having mom and dad at home.

Research shows that about 45 percent of youth in the U.S. now spend some time without a biological parent by late adolescence.

Among the most disadvantaged socioeconomic groups, even fewer children grow up in intact households. From my own difficult childhood, I know the hurt and rejection these kids carry. Sara McLanahan, a sociologist with Princeton University, notes:

If we were asked to design a system for making sure that children’s basic needs were met, we would probably come up with something quite similar to the two-parent ideal. Such a design, in theory, would not only ensure that children had access to the time and money of two adults, it also would provide a system of checks and balances that promoted quality parenting.

Although having both parents around doesn’t guarantee great parenting, research shows that children raised by married parents do benefit in ways that children without both parents don’t: 

>> They enjoy stronger relationships with their parents.

>> They benefit from better health.
>> They show less aggression.
>> They are less likely to experience physical, emotional or sexual abuse.

>> They are far less likely to live in poverty.
>> They do better academically.
>> They earn more as adults.

As this Congressional report reminds us, it is within the family home that children are nurtured, socialized, and taught how to function within society. If their home environment fails in these areas, these kids end up suffering through no fault of their own. Together we can fix this problem, for every family to enjoy strong family units!
At Josh McDowell Ministry we are committed to telling the world about the love of Jesus. We’re also committed to developing resources that help parents to improve their family relationships and grow their parenting skills. Because we’re all one big family, really. God’s family. Together we rise or fall.
Until the whole world knows the love of Jesus!

Josh D. McDowell
P.S. Can my team and I pray for you — or someone you know? We’d love to do so.

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