Broken homes, broken children

May 9, 2018 by

by Harry Benson, The Conservative Woman:

The UK has the highest level of family instability in the entire developed world. Our epidemic levels of family breakdown were highlighted in a recent international analysis by the Social Trends Institute.

Yet as a nation we seem to be completely unaware of what is happening to us.

Our own analysis at Marriage Foundation confirmed that a quarter of all our two-year-olds and nearly half, 45 per cent, of all teenagers are not living with both natural parents.

In hard numbers, that equates to a fresh cohort of 300,000 children every single year who’ll conclude their GCSEs without the daily presence, input, role modelling, encouragement, training, discipline and love of both father and mother in the house.

Is this crisis of numbers one that you have ever heard discussed in these terms at PMQs? Or on the Today programme? On the BBC news? No. Family breakdown has been normalised and the kids just have to get along with it.

Of course lone parents can and do an amazing job; that goes without saying. Having brought up our own children with two pairs of hands and barely coped at times, I have no idea how my lone parent friends manage.

And there’s the rub.

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