Most people have seen the Holiday Inn Express commercials where the main characters pilot a helicopter, prevent a nuclear meltdown, or give smart advice simply because they “stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.” These commercials are funny because it would be outrageous for someone to do any of these things without training.
Oddly enough, many couples enter into living together, marrying, having children, and/or divorcing basically on the same premise as the commercials. They jump into marriage believing that all it takes is love and no training is required, but nobody laughs when people say this. Married couples who get into rough times usually do what they know to do, then they file for divorce when that doesn’t work. They rarely consider what they don’t know and that with some professional help, they could get their marriage back on track.
Marriage and family breakdown isn’t just hard on the couple; it is hard on the children, friends, co-workers, extended family and the community. In other words, what you do behind closed doors significantly impacts the lives of others.
The 2009 American Community Survey revealed interesting information about men, women and children related to marriage and divorce in the South.
Additional findings showed that:
Why should you care?
In addition to emotional distress, it costs taxpayers on average $55,866 per year for every mother and two children for each year they remain in poverty.
Eventually your children will be interested in marriage. Be a healthy example for them of how to do marriage well.