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Are two parents better than one?


Author's Note

Parenting is enough of a challenge for two people, so tackling that responsibility solo must be immensely difficult at times. Not only is the carpooling, food-buying and tucking in at night done by one person, but there are also single parenting stigmas to combat as well. For that reason, I wanted to approach the question of whether two parents are better than one from more than a statistical perspective. Overall, yes, child outcomes tend to improve with two cohabitating parents raising the kids as opposed to one, which makes sense in sheer terms of workload. But that isn't the end of the story, as the millions of happy, healthy adults raised by a single mom, dad, grandparent or guardian can attest. The quality of parenting is about more than quantity, and even those born into the most blessed of socioeconomic circumstances can suffer in school and socially. When the media publishes percentages of single-parented adolescents that dabble with sex, drugs and alcohol, they often leave out the much larger proportion of those who do the right thing.

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