Guess What Percentage Of American Children Live In A Home With A Traditional Family Structure?…

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Family - Photo by Eric WardIt is hard to believe, but in America today only 46 percent of children live in a home that has both a mother and a father that are in their first marriage.  An additional 15 percent live in a home that has two parents where at least one of them has been remarried.  But that means that an all-time record high 39 percent of all U.S. kids are living in a home with either just a single parent or no parents at all.  These numbers were just released by Pew Research, and they are rather startling.  The “traditional family” that most of us took for granted growing up is dying.  More Americans than ever are delaying marriage, having children out of wedlock and rejecting the traditional family structure.  But is this good for our kids?  Is this good for the future of America?


The decay of the traditional family structure in the United States is something that has been going on for a very long time.  According to Pew Research, the percentage of American children living in a traditional family home has plummeted by 27 percent since 1960…

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.

The primary reason for this change is the fact that attitudes toward sex, marriage and child rearing in this country have dramatically changed since then…

Americans are delaying marriage, and more may be foregoing the institution altogether. At the same time, the share of children born outside of marriage now stands at 41%, up from just 5% in 1960.

Once upon a time, marriage was held in high honor, our young people were taught to look forward to being parents, and there was something sacred about sex.

But these days sex has become a national sport and our young people are trained that marriage should be put off for as long as possible and that having kids is a burden.

As a result, single Americans now make up more than half the U.S. population for the first time ever, and approximately one out of every three children in the United States lives in a home without a father.

When sex becomes a sport, it is inevitable that many people start behaving like animals that are only concerned with their own personal pleasure.  This includes even some of the most “respectable” members of the community like doctors.  For example, check out what one doctor down in Florida has been charged with doing

A Florida doctor has been accused of repeatedly drugging at least three female patients with cocaine and sedatives and sexually assaulting them.

Dr Daniel McBath, an osteopath from Dade City had his license restricted by the state last week for ‘egregious and predatory’ behavior involving three women.

In a normal society, something like that would be a national scandal.  But since we are bombarded with news stories like this every single day, it hardly made a blip on the news.

Meanwhile, the idea of having children has become greatly undesirable to large numbers of our young people.  Kids are considered by many to be financial burdens that destroy our “freedom” to have fun and enjoy our lives.

And this terrible attitude manifests itself in the way that many of our young people are treating their young children.

For instance, in one recent article I discussed a case down in Florida where a man and his wife stuffed themselves full of food at a Golden Corral while their four pound baby girl died from starvation in her car seat outside the restaurant.

In another extremely disturbing incident down in Florida, one father recently threw his five-year-old girl off a 60 foot bridge

The father of a five-year-old girl who was thrown to her death off a 60-foot bridge in Tampa Bay has been charged with murder.

John Jonchuck Jr, 25, was arrested half an hour after a man was seen speeding towards a bridge and throwing a child 60ft into the water on Wednesday night.

Rescuers found Phoebe Jonchuk 40 minutes later but she could not be resuscitated.

Of course not all parents are like that.  Most are trying to do the best that they can.

But overall, our increasing rejection of the traditional family structure is putting a lot of financial strain on those that are raising children.  This is especially true of single mothers.  If you are a child and you do not live with two parents, you are far, far more likely to be living in poverty.   Just check out the following numbers which I originally shared in a previous article

#1 The National Center for Children in Poverty says that 45 percent of all U.S. children belong to low income families.

#2 According to a Census Bureau report that was released just this week, 65 percent of all children in America are living in a home that receives some form of aid from the federal government…

“Almost two-thirds (65 percent) of children,” said the Census Bureau, “lived in households that participated in at least one or more of the following government aid programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Medicaid, and the National School Lunch Program.”

#3 According to a report recently released by UNICEF, almost one-third of all children in this country “live in households with an income below 60 percent of the national median income”.

#4 When it comes to child poverty, the United States ranks 36th out of the 41 “wealthy nations” that UNICEF looked at.

#5 An astounding 45 percent of all African-American children in America live in areas of “concentrated poverty”.

#6 40.9 percent of all children in the United States that are living with only one parent are living in poverty.

#7 These days, a lot of single mothers are really, really struggling to survive.  A decade ago, the number of women in America that had jobs outnumbered the number of women in America on food stamps by more than a 2 to 1 margin.  But now the number of women in America on food stamps actually exceeds the total number of women that have jobs.

#8 It is hard to believe, but right now 49 million Americans are dealing with food insecurity.

#9 According to a report that was released last month by the National Center on Family Homelessness, the number of homeless children in the United States has reached a new all-time high of 2.5 million.

For much more, you can read the remainder of that article right here.

As you can see, our rejection of the traditional family structure is hurting the kids the most.

But what is causing Americans to increasingly turn their backs on the traditional family structure?

Reverend Franklin Graham thinks that he knows the answer

Reverend Franklin Graham, son of world renowned evangelical preacher Billy Graham, said that America is increasingly embracing a “culture of death” that echoes what has occurred in Europe, and which stems from a “sinful, godless worldview that rejects Christ.”

A further problem in America, he added, is that “Christianity is constantly under siege from the halls of government and education, which seek to suppress any public expressions of faith.”

So what do you think is causing this?

And what do you think that all of this means for the future of America?

Please feel free to share what you think by posting a comment below…

  • DJohn1

    The problem as I see it is a legal one.
    When I was first married in 1969, there was a tax structure in place that rewarded people for being married. It made having dependents a little more beneficial than it is now.
    There is no benefit of a practical nature for a man to get married in the current atmosphere of what happens to men in a divorce situation.
    I married for different reasons in my 50s. I married because it was the right thing to do. I loved the woman involved and made a commitment to that woman for both of our lives.
    Children are victims of the current attitude towards being married.
    The woman often gets stuck with a child or children in the current situation.
    It used to be that if one partner was unfaithful they got nothing. The courts have decided that is not just so there is no fault when two people break up.
    This all contributes to how things are in this country today.

    • KidsDeserveBetter

      There is no benefit of a practical nature for a man to get married in
      the current atmosphere of what happens to men in a divorce situation

      Hmm, men routinely report getting back to a higher status of lifestyle once they dump the wife and kid(s). In divorce, women end up getting a poorer lifestyle, a downgrade in living situation, and less financial prosperity; the exact opposite is reported by men. Not to mention divorce makes men look distinguished, while it makes women used.

      So, let’s not repeat the lie that men are the victims in divorce. It is women and children all the way.

      • DJohn1

        The only winners in a divorce court are two lawyers and a judge.
        Everyone else IS A VICTIM.
        Men that obey the law face years of financial ruin in the form of alimony and child support.
        Women are often ill-equipped to get and hold a decent job while also balancing the quality time they have with their children.
        Children often become latchkey kids without supervision in the home.
        Men often end up playing the role of the rudder where children are concerned.
        No one wins.

      • Nope


        In the land of the not-so-free, most divorces are initiated by the wifey, who is likely to get “child support” and “alimony” (often the children does not see much of that money).
        Not only that but the wifey gets extra money because she was used to a certain lifestyle.
        A lot of women want to rely on a man for their lifestyle, what circa 75% of them want is a man with a job and nope, it isn´t about the children and fameleee, it is about the lifestyle. It is about nice things and having to work to keep up with the spendings is a big no-no, so someone else must foot the bill. Once they have their providers, many of them also starts getting FAT, like ticks.

    • Not quiet

      No fault by the wife. Gender double standards.

  • Leslox32

    Great article.

  • concernedparent

    It is a spiritual and moral problem that has been affecting this country for a few decades now. The “familiy” is a divine unit created and supported by God. The father is the patriarch of the home, his duty is to provide protect and lead his family in the path that leads back to our Heavenly Father. The Wife and Mother is a help meet for the husband/father: She stands by her husband in the good and bad, she raises the children by precept and example, (the most important and divinely job of all!!), the important lessons the children will need to not only be successful in life, but more importantly remain close and faithful to the Lord after they have left the home. It is the children’s duty to honnor and obey thier parents, following the righteous example that is set before them.
    The family unit as listed above has been all but destroyed. Through propagation of an uwholesome media that americans have allowed into thier homes through Telvision, Inernet and radio, Satan has achieved his purpose in removing the sacred nature of Chastity and Love from our society and has replace it with wanton sexual “freedom” which has done nothing to free today’s society but, as Michael has pointed out, only caused economic hardship and bondage through poverty. Wickedness never was happiness, and until we turn off the corrupt mas media as a society and turn back to the wholesome, moral precepts taught by our Saviour and his messengers the prophets as found in the scriptures, the decay and suffering will only worsen.

    • Paul F

      Well stated. Completely agree.

    • Jobe

      Ephesians 6:1212 For our struggle is not against [a]flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the high places.

    • afchief

      Amen! Yes well stated!!!

    • Tom

      Or maybe it’s a good thing that most people don’t believe that fictional characters in an old book are actually real…

      • Voldemort

        I am not fiction!

  • VigilanteCaregiver

    The traditional family IS our civilization.

    • Nope

      It isn´t.

      • VigilanteCaregiver

        It is.

  • Americans or rather the western civilization is way too singular. They are only good at one thing.

    Like nerds in America are the smartest people on earth and yet they have trouble finding girl friends.

    In reverse, If an American has good physique, do work out..Then he will find girl friend, but will be poor at computers and won’t be able to find a job.

    If an American smoke weed, then he will be totally cut out from rest of the world and walk away form any responsibility.

    If he is into conspiracy, he will have trouble connecting with people and call them sheep’s :)

    Its almost done that if an American has a steady job, then he will have some issues with his family or parents.

    Many of the rich in America get Divorced but Rich people in India and China are happily married. Many nerds in India and China have happy family, are good at computers and work out too.

    Why can’t an American love his family, and take the stress of work at the same time? Why most Americans run away from multiple responsibilities in their life.

    Americans need to learn, how to do multiple things in the life at the same time. Have some weed, do work, take care of family, love your kids and wife, work out, go on vacation etc etc..You need to do everything man…that’s the beauty of life…

    Americans need to open up their DNA. You can do everything you always wanted and yet take care of your kid and wife. Its possible. You don’t need to abandon your love. Just try it…

  • Syrin

    Karl Marx knew the only way to keep people “loyal” to the state was to destroy the family unit. This is no accident. Isolated people are easier to control than those fighting to defend their families.

    • laura m.

      Another reason the courts have legalized gay marriages nationwide and trashed states rights that had laws against it, as the gov’t. goal is trashing the family. Prop 8 in CA. was an example when gay marriage was voted down, yet was made legal by the court later. Another reason voting is a crock, a total waste of time. Over decades, I have seen few ideal families incl my relatives and friends, as some have drug , drinking, adultery, divorce, etc. and unruly kids. Men ditch women and visa versa, leaving them with kids to raise alone.

      • Gay Veteran

        gee, the courts also trashed states rights that had laws against interracial marriage.

        “…Over decades, I have seen few ideal families incl my relatives and friends, as some have drug , drinking, adultery, divorce, etc. and unruly kids. Men ditch women and visa versa, leaving them with kids to raise alone.”

        And HOW is related to marriage equality for gays???
        I’m sick and tired of heterosexuals blaming gays for society’s problems. Take some personal responsibility for once!

        • laura m.

          I was simply pointing out other reasons besides gay marriages as to why families today are a farce, marriages fail, and don’t measure up to the ideal. Trashing states rights is gov agenda to further trash the family don’t you get it?

          • Gay Veteran

            depends on what you mean by “trashing states rights”

        • Cultural Marxist

          You forget the zoos, pedos and necros, they are even more oppressed by The Man than you are!

  • tom thumb

    Liberals have destroyed the family unit…Take a look at some of our cities that have been run by Liberals, all cesspools.

  • Paul F

    Michael–quick question: why is it every time I make a post I have to wait for it to be approved? I hope you aren’t the type to pick and choose what is allowed to be posted and what isn’t.

  • Luis

    Paul I agree with EVERYTHING you said. I can see your heart is in the right place… but… why do you keep repeating God’s name? In the Lord’s prayer, Jesus said to pray… “Our Father which art in heaven…”. The greek word in this passage for Father is pater. It literally means Father. He did not say to pray our Y—h which art in heaven. No where in the Bible are Christians told to address God or even talk about Him using His first name. As the Bible says, “holy and reverend is His name” (Psalms 111:9). I would not call or even refer to my Dad by his first name, let alone God. In Christian love, my brother… please reconsider and don’t be offended.

  • piccadillybabe

    “As you can see, our rejection of the traditional family structure is hurting the kids the most.”

    I really do not think it is a rejection as much as it is just not doable anymore. A famous scientist (forgot the name) recently was quoted as saying we should strive for zero population growth to save our species as well as the animal kingdom. Most people now days have a hard enough time taking care of themselves much less breeding more. What really is hurting kids today are ill equipped, under employed,debt-burdened families who expect others to take care of them when they fail. When the stress level rises, domestic violence is common place.

    • Mike

      The author covered that point in the article too.

    • Nope

      I am pretty sure it was somewhat harder a 100 years ago (it hasn´t gotten that bad yet), yet people usually had more children.
      After the economic boom following the last world war, it became a fashion to spoil children and extend their childhood, the overall lifestyle became a lot more important too.

  • Richard

    “Guess What Percentage Of American Children Live In A Home With A Traditional Family Structure?…

    Why? Why must we “guess”? It all sounds so frivolous, Michael. Why are you trying to dramatise in this silly way? Andy why is there a question mark at the end of the title. Where is the question? And the silly repeated words are creeping back again (“really, really”). We haven’t seen that for a long time. Very depressing.

    • Tim

      Gary, is that you?

  • its very sad!

  • notaliberal

    And the divorce rate is 50%…..70% for second time marriages. But keep on repeating that we are an exceptional nation or FOX News will get mad.

  • Glasses

    Agreed! The Hebrew incarnations are the true incarnations. The Greek stuff came many thousands of years too late to be considered connected to the ACTUAL G-D in the Bible. That is the imposter nonsense that G-d spoke of Himself, and we are not to believe the imposter’s version of G-d.

  • Nope

    Yes, please tell us how there are no families in China, Korea and Japan.

    YESHUA said, let there be no inbreeding between the descendants of Noah and so it was.
    After a hesitation, YESHUA added, let there be no inbreeding between the animals too and let the carnivores not need meat and blood for sustenance.
    After further thoughts, YESHUA added, let the plant species made extinct by this whole affair grow out of pebbles and sand, let all physical evidences vanish so no future archaeologists may find proof the flood happened. So it was.

    The Adversary asked why YESHUA did not say that the bad people redeem their ways or die of heart attacks so the animals and plants needs not to be killed. YESHUA answered laughing, For The Lulz! Bro, For the Lulz!

  • Jonathan Duran

    Personally I don’t see the connection between the problems our society faces and the preservation of the nuclear family unit. Furthermore, the leap to Christianity as the solution to these problems seems totally unconnected. I would think that a high-quality education would have a far more profound effect upon our ailing society that the implementation of a national religion like Christianity or other. And this is shown to be the case in the real world…a quick web search for “less religious countries less violent” reveals that countries in the world that rely the least on religion for social cohesion are in fact the most peaceful countries in the world.

  • Arizona

    IN the STATE OF CALIFORNIA,the welfare animals demand the women divorce their husband to recieve ANY HELP,I know this,when I was young my DAD was badly injured at work and we found out when my mom went for food stamps,SHE NEVER GOT THEM,we dammed near starved to death,I hope california goes into the PACIFIC OCEAN,I’LL go to the bar and buy rounds all night to cellibrate………….