These days most people accept divorce as a way of life, completely unaware of the damage they are doing to their children. Tell your friends, acquaintances and co-workers to read these shocking statistics about divorce and children. It may help save a child’s life down the road. (And no, I’m not figuratively speaking either. Just keep reading to find out what I mean.)
The Rising Statistics of Divorce and Children
- Half of all American children will witness the breakup of a parent’s marriage. Of these, close to half will also see the breakup of a parent’s second marriage.
- Among the millions of children who have seen their parents’ divorce, one of every 10 of those children will also live through three or more parental marriage breakups.
- Forty percent of children growing up in America today are being raised without their fathers.
- Of all children born to married parents this year, fifty percent will experience the divorce of their parents before they reach their 18th birthday.
- Studies in the early 1980’s showed that children who experience repeat divorces earned lower grades and their peers rated them as less pleasant to be around.
- Teenagers in single-parent families and in blended families are three times more likely to need psychological help within a given year.
- Compared to children from homes disrupted by death, children from divorced homes have more psychological problems.
These statistics about children and divorce are pretty shocking, aren’t they? The DEATH of a parent is LESS devastating to a child than a DIVORCE. (Even I wouldn’t believe this if I didn’t see the statistic myself.)
The PHYSICALLY Damaging Effects – Statistics of divorce and children
- Children of divorce are at a greater risk to experience asthma, injury, headaches and speech defects than children whose parents have remained married.
- Following divorce, children are fifty percent more likely to develop many health problems than two parent families.
- Children living with both biological parents are 20 to 35 percent more physically healthy than children from broken homes.
I can’t stress how important it is to know all the facts before you get a divorce. I’m not saying you should live unhappily, I just want you to know your child’s life is in your hands. If you’re seriously considering divorce and you haven’t attempted to save your marriage, I’ve just given you 10 reasons why it’s at least worth a try to keep your family together! Marriage and having children were your choice….