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"Cyniquian" Level Poster
Post Number: 10251
|Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 11:06 am: |
I agree the QUALITY of parenting is more important than the QUANTITY of such. However, I generally believe there is very likely a fair amount of CORRELATIONS between parental quality and quantity.
Because A LOT of what makes up good parenting is just being able and willing to BE THERE for a child in ALL matters, be they great or small.
And TWO parents are just much more able to BE THERE than one.
And, of course, there are all the socio-economic efficiencies and advantages (e.g., more household income, more household protection, easier relating between same-sex parent and child, etc.). And that is supported by almost all the CREDIBLE social science on the subject.
Surely there are many scenarios where one parent has done as well as (or even better than) most 2-parents households ever could have done. But all other things being equal, that is much more the EXCEPTIONS than it is the RULE.
Sorry for being flippant. Given the time you came alongs, I suspect the problems many of your childhood peers encountered likely were NOT primarily the product of bad 2-parent families and communities.
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