Family Research Council

Good Role Models: Don't Leave Home without Them


By Tony Perkins
August 05, 2014

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When you ask kids what they want to be when they grow up, I doubt any of them would say, "divorced." Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. For better--and sometimes worse--the kind of home we grow up in is a good indication of the kind of marriage we'll have. In today's culture, that means broken homes are multiplying... and fast! And according to FRC's Mapping America, that may have more to do with our parents' marriages than our own. Only 18% of Americans who came from intact homes have divorced or separated--compared to 28% of those who came from broken homes. At Brown University, researchers found that "Children of divorce, more than [any other type], express the most doubts about their marital stability." For most kids, they inherit a lot more from their parents than money or belongings. They inherit an outlook on life and priorities that only parents can give them. So my advice? Stay together--not just for the kids, but for their kids!

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