On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

Are children bad for your marriage?

The Wall Street Journal thinks so. They went out with a story today called “Here Comes Baby, There Goes the Marriage” but they failed to highlight what most consider THE most important statistic to gauge the health of a marriage, divorce rate. The divorce rate is actually lower among couples with children. The studies behind their conclusion look solely at the negative effects without balancing the overwhelming positive effects of purpose and parenthood. Most parents will tell you that having a child is a challenge but they will immediately qualify it with how much they love their children and how, no matter what the struggle, it was all worth it.


When you “study” such a small sample of people you can get wacky results that don’t prove any causal relationship. The divorce rate for conservative Christians is higher than the average. Does that mean Jesus is bad for marriage? Of course not, especially when you counter it with the Barna research that says the divorce rate among Christians is tied to poor church attendance.

To be fair, the WSJ is not saying to forgo having kids, they are telling you to prepare and that’s sound advice. They should also be telling you to prepare for the love, blessing, warmth and unique sense of purpose you will get from this new little person in your life.


CUTE talking twin boys!

This baby can’t stop LAUGHING!

HYSTERICAL Babies, Bubbles & the Family dog


  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment nnmns

    Babies can be bad for a marriage. They can be great. If the marriage is struggling the worst thing would be to decide to have a baby. It’s stupid to consider staying together the measure of a marriage; some people are staying together in hell.

    If a marriage is strong and you are financially able, you’re sure, to support a child or two, and you want a child or two, have a child or two. Beyond that, stop and care for the child or two you have. The world does not have room for more of us than that.

    Babies spend a lot of time not being cute. Don’t be influenced to have a child by cute. That would be stupid and a big mistake.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment nnmns

    If you want cute, get a puppy!

  • agreyson

    It’s best to be financially secure for sure but the list of world leaders, inventors, heroes, etc. that were born into poverty is staggering.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment nnmns

    So is the list of criminals.

  • agreyson

    Are you saying there’s an equal chance of being a criminal as there is of being someone’s best friend?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment nnmns

    Strange question. Some criminals are somebody’s best friend.

    I’m saying the chances of an unwanted child growing up to be a criminal, and being a juvenile delinquent in the meantime, are a good deal higher than the chances of that happening to a wanted child.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Heidi

    I am offended by your statement unwanted children becom criminals I was an unwanted child

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