I'm big on kids. They're fun, refreshingly honest, and they are the future of our world. So I'm compelled by logic and self-interest to be 'pro' anything that is good for kids. Marriage is good for kids, so I'm pro marriage.
It turns out, marriage is not just good for kids. It's good for our culture in general, and men in particular. How so?
It is increasingly clear that there is such a thing as a 'marriage premium,' a tendency for married men to earn substantially more than unmarried men. So reports W. Bradford Wilcox in a recent article found in the Washington Post.
Here's an excerpt; "Men who get married work harder and more strategically, and earn more money than their single peers from similar backgrounds. Marriage also transforms men’s social worlds; they spend less time with friends and more time with family; they also go to bars less and to church more.
...Our research, featured in a recent report, “For Richer, For Poorer: How Family Structures Economic Success in America,” indicates that men who are married work about 400 hours more per year than their single peers with equivalent backgrounds. They also work more strategically: ...married men were much less likely than their single peers to quit their current job unless they had lined up another job."
"This translates into a substantial marriage premium for men. On average, young married men, aged 28-30, make $15,900 more than their single peers, and married men aged 44-46 make $18,800 more than their single peers."
... What’s more: the marriage premium operates for black, Hispanic, and less-educated men in much the same way as it does for men in general."
While money isn't everything in creating a strong family, it's a nice side effect for creating stability in the home. When dads settle down and get serious about earning and serving their families, kids win. It's time for our culture to start pointing out those common sense truths that once were accepted.
This is not intended to make the single parent feel guilty. There are plenty of great single parent homes. But statistically, two-parent homes are better for raising kids. Single parents can do a great job, but it's harder on them to do all that the job requires. We should, as a society, support the single parent, but not by ignoring the truth about the benefit of two-parent homes.
Read the whole article here: