Blogging The Washington Post: Marriage and Children Viewed Separately

Blogging The Washington Post: Marriage and Children Viewed Separately

Janie Lee
Jul 2, 2007

Children not required. An article on the front page of the WSP yesterday summarized a new national survey asking Americans to rank a list of factors contributing to a successful marriage.

Although children rank as the highest source of personal fulfillment for parents, respondents did not see them as key to a successful marriage.

In fact, only 41% of respondents cited children as a very important factor for a successful marriage, a 24% drop from 1990.

This makes children second from the bottom, ahead only of agreement on politics, in a list of 9 contributing factors. What factors were cited as more important to a successful marriage than children? Faithfulness, happy sexual relationship, sharing household chores, adequate income, good housing, shared religious beliefs, and shared tastes and interests.

The article discusses theories as to why children as a factor is ranked so low. Do you agree with the survey results?

(pic via Ocean City Wedding Minister)

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