The Importance of Marriage for Children

Syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker, in a column headlined Unhitching the  Middle Class and published in the Washington Post on December 15, 2012, considers a new report from the University of Virginia and the Institute for American Values, “The State of Our Unions.”  The report’s findings on the effects of divorce and birth out of wedlock on the lives of children should be a wake-up call for all of us. We recognize that single parents are most often good people who work hard to provide the best upbringing for their children, and we applaud them for that.  Many of them must also recognize that their situation is not the ideal one for raising children.  The research shows that, overall, children do best when raised by two parents who love each other.  We believe it is important to acknowledge that fact and find ways to promote marriages that last.  We should develop in our society the recognition of the value of parents making their marriage work, not just for them, but because their loving relationship is the best thing they can do for their children.

Read the full column here.

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About Rita & Bob Boeke

Rita Boeke has experience teaching scripture and with her husband Bob has experience in enriching marriages through workshops and retreats. They post a weekly blog at and co-authored Forever and a Day: An Invitation to Create a Marriage that Lasts a Lifetime.
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