Children in Nuclear Families: Stronger, Smarter, Better?

Nuclear families offer a much more stable environment for children to be raised in as compared to single parent, extended or any other new age style of family unit. Children have been noted to thrive in every walk of life when they have the security blanket of both the parents and not too many people involved in the parenting process.

When both parents are a part of a child’s life it is easier to discipline them and learn the important values of life. Such children suffer from fewer behavioral problems and respond to authority appropriately. According to researcher Cynthia H. Roberts fron the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute, compared to the number of children who end-up in the juvenile system from single parent families or broken homes, children from nuclear families account for a lot less.

Children who grow up in the nurturing environment of both the parents are known to display a lot more consistency and stability in their lives and professions. They form closer bonds with friends and family members and this is why they prove to be more productive in their social circles and communities in general. Such children also tend to be more confident and out-going and are usually quite popular in their circle of friends and colleagues. The traditional nuclear family has a positive impact on how kids are raised. 

According to a research conducted by Dr. Pollak, Ph.D., a Hernreich Professor of Economics in Arts & Sciences and the John M. Olin School of Business, family structure plays a vital role in the development of learning skills in a child. In a nuclear family system, mothers are responsible for sharpening the relationship skills and emotional response skills of their children, thus enabling them to have stronger relationships in their lives. Fathers on the other hand train children in general handiwork skills, sports skills and other competitive and survival skills, which eventually ensure success for kids from such nurturing backgrounds.

Children who are raised by both parents tend to grow up in a more relaxed environment, since both parents assist each other in the bringing up duties of the children. Two parents brining up kids together is a shared responsibility and less taxing on a single parent. In an environment where a single parent is trying to juggle all aspects of running a home smoothly, parenting the kids and earning a living, it can get extremely stressful, which in turn trickles down to the children.

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