I agree, children who receive the basics of love and caring and ethics should have the tools to adjust. I think this even applies to orphans. Role models are important, but if there are no real life role models there are still heros.Originally posted by JOHIO2
As for role models.....a child who gets the basics of love and caring and ethics should have the tools to adjust to a lack of a father or mother. I think all children are better off with parents. Period.
Boys that grow up in homes without fathers, for instance, have a hard time learning what it is to be a man. Disproportionately, they end up as troubled teenagers or adult criminals. (Speaking of Chauvinism, sociologists and behavioral psychologists have not devoted nearly as much effort to studying the effects of girls growing up in a home where one parent is absent. They're only girls, after all, why waste our money studying their problems.)
A bit off topic here
I don't follow sociologists research, I know in real life people who grew up without fathers, they have done real well, and defy the statistics. Perhaps sociologists should study these folks and find out the secret to their resiliency.
I think if we look at the leaders movers and shakers in history, many of them were half or full orphans.
President Lincoln's mother died when he was 6. Joan of Arc lost her parents at a young age. How about Moses, technically his biological father was alive, but not available.
On topic gay marriage, I really have no comment and conclusion currently.