Holiday With the Family Isn’t What it Used to Be…

Only 46% of American kids live with their biological father and mother.   The majority of children in this country now grow up in homes with step-parents or single parents.

In the 60’s over 70% of American kids grew up in homes with both biological parents. America can hardly be called the better for it.

Less than half (46%) of U.S. kids younger than 18 years of age are living in a home with two married heterosexual parents in their first marriage. This is a marked change from 1960, when 73% of children fit this description, and 1980, when 61% did, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of recently-released American Community Survey (ACS) and Decennial Census data. …

One of the largest shifts in family structure is this: 34% of children today are living with an unmarried parent—up from just 9% in 1960, and 19% in 1980. In most cases, these unmarried parents are single. However, a small share of all children—4%–are living with two cohabiting parents, according to CPS data. Because of concerns about the quality of the new 2013 ACS data on same-sex marriage, we do not separate out the very small number of children whose parents are identified as in this type of union, but instead fold them into this “single parent” category, as well.

The remaining 5% of children are not living with either parent. In most of these cases, they are living with a grandparent—a phenomenon that has become much more prevalent since the recent economic recession.

America is less moral than it used to be a few decades ago. And that surging immorality is showing itself all across the country.

When people pretend that families can and should take on any configuration people wish and everything will be ok, the error of their judgment is the proof of the pudding.

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About Jim

I am a Pastor, and Lecturer in Church History and Biblical Studies at Ming Hua Theological College.
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