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December 30, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Children do better when raised by two biological parents

FYI Guy Gene Balk thinks it may surprise us that nuclear families are on the rise in Seattle because we tend to be liberals [“End of the nuclear family? Not in Seattle,” FYI Guy, Dec. 28]. The Times juxtaposed his column with one about a blogger who, likewise, has difficulty grasping why liberals choose to raise children in intact, biological families. Sadly, both writers miss the obvious. It’s like the elephant in the room that they just don’t see.

When considering the outcomes for children, the notion that families of all stripes are interchangeable is just flat wrong. During the past few decades, much information on child welfare has been gathered and analyzed and has produced irrefutable conclusions. In case these writers are interested in children’s welfare, they should notice that children of all races, creeds, classes, religions and all levels of education do better on every standard we measure when they’re raised by two biological parents.

While liberals may gladly accept that there are other family structures, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that many choose a nuclear arrangement.

John Hribernick, Edmonds

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