A few people have recently mentioned that most of our current societal problems in the US start “at home” with parenting. The numbers suggest that two parents have more of an impact than we probably could have imagined.

  • In 1950, less than 5% of all babies in America were born to unmarried parents. Today, that number is over 40%.
  • The poverty rate for households that are led by a married couple is 6.8%. For households that are led by a female single parent, the poverty rate is 37.1%.
  • 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes – 5 times the average.
  • 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes – 32 times the average.
  • 85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average.
  • 80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes –14 times the average.
  • 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes – 9 times the average.
  • Children with Fathers who are involved are 40% less likely to repeat a grade in school.
  • Children with Fathers who are involved are 70% less likely to drop out of school.

I’m not suggesting that everything will be perfect in our world with both parents around, however, I am saying that when both parents are in their child’s life then statistically they will be much better off from a social, financial, and education standpoint. Not to mention, when we remove the layers that we can control, then (and only then) can we exploit the system for its shortcomings. Until then, the system will point the finger back at us …