Q:

Do you think a married family with children is any better than an unmarried relationship with kids, if so why?

  • Kylie says:
    Nope, a family is a family as long as theres heaps of love and communication.

  • jennifer says:
    no

  • Jasmine says:
    no i don't

  • Aliesha says:
    no i dont

  • Vanessa says:
    Not at all

  • Niki says:
    not at all!

  • Anonymous says:
    No. an un married couple are going to love their kids just as much as a married couple.

  • Tammy says:
    Ideally, a married family with children is better (I am more conservative) and more stable, etc....studies have proven it. However, it depends on the individuals involved and if they are good role models for the kids and does the ex get along with the new partner and all the many variables. Both types of families can have problems....it really depends on the people in the family unit.

  • Jacqui says:
    NO! The best family 2 hav is ur FAMILY! no mattr how many r in it or if theres 1 or 2 parents!

  • Amber says:
    No way - as long as there's love & happiness you're sussed

  • Tanya says:
    no, only diffrence is, is a bit a paper, who gives a shit if not married

  • Rebecca says:
    I don't think it matters

  • Casey says:
    Not at all, its only a piece of paper. We r not married andwe love the kids more than anything in the world

  • Jacqui says:
    why should it be, all they have is a bit of paper declaring their love , unmarried couples well they love each other just as much and raise young successful children also , any person who judges a couple on their marital status is racist nuff said.

  • Joanne says:
    Yes it makes the kids more stable

  • Alana says:
    no not really although I like being married and sharing the same name as my kids.

  • Roxy says:
    Depends on the circumstances. A committed couple is the same as a married couple.

  • Toni says:
    dont know never been married

  • Sue says:
    I guess its personal choice, but i think a married family is more secure, particularly the children and their sense of belonging to a family unit, and knowing their parents are both there for them.

  • Kirsty says:
    No the most inportant thing is that the childern are loved not if there parents are married or not.

  • dawn says:
    no when i had my daughter we were not married, we did get married until she was 5 years old.

  • Candace says:
    not at all. I came from a happily married mom and dad but I know people whos parents werent married and they are good noble people

  • Tiffany says:
    No, as long as the children are loved and taught properly, I don't think it matters at all.

  • Mika says:
    Na, what good is a married family if they're not loving? Tho marriage is meant to be a declaration of commitment and love...

  • Jen says:
    no because I was not married when I had my son. And things ended up just fine.

  • Michelle says:
    Absolutely not

  • Debbee says:
    no i don't, divorce rates are high so there is no guarantee things will be better. as long as the children are loved and not abused in anyway, thats what counts

  • Genia says:
    nope

  • Evon says:
    Not at all...

  • Jessica says:
    no. ether relationship can have the same problems. being married to the wrong person can cause more problems for ur family then not being married at all.

  • Teresa says:
    If the married folks are happy yeah but if not... take your kiddies and run...and don't forget to share.

  • Daralyn says:
    Yes. I'm just old fashoned about it. Children need both thier Father and Mother.

  • Tawnia says:
    It all depends on the person's state of mind and how independent a parent is

  • Sherrie says:
    Although i would have preferred to be married before i had children for traditions sake i don't see how it is any better or worse.

  • Sharon says:
    No I do not. If the parentslove each other enough then a piece of paper is not going to change this

  • pantara says:
    no becuz my and my hunny arent married and we do the same things as a married couple with children

  • Jessica says:
    no not really becaue the love and care for eachother is no different at all

  • Bridgette says:
    No. Marriage ultimately isn't the deciding factor to whether a family works.

  • Kristy says:
    No the only difference is people you DONT KNOW look at you different

  • Kerrie says:
    No, Single or same sex parents can do just as good job as 2....married or not!!!

  • Naomi says:
    no as long as the baby is loved and cared for properly a 'family' can ve anything.

  • charlotte says:
    it doesnt matter as long as child is loved

  • Gemma says:
    Again like Ive said above, the main thing is love and support and this can be done if you are married or not. I am not married and I don't see how a ceremony in one day would change the way I bring up Ben. A marriage is to show love between me and my partner. Ben will still be looked after with all the love in the world whichever!

  • Lora says:
    I definantly do. A mother is much more likely to get help from her husband than from her "baby daddy." And since I don't believe in sex before marriage, this wouldn't really be an issue for me.

  • Alison says:
    no as long as they are loved what does it matter

  • Bertie says:
    Definately!!! I think every child should have the comfort of a home with a mom and dad that love God first, each other second and out of that have been blessed with children that make their lives perfect!

  • Jennifer says:
    No ~ I was a single mom for years before I met my husband and I will cherish those moments. We had our struggles but even married couple have their struggles.

  • Laurie says:
    It doesn't matter..unmarried and single moms can raise kids well.

  • Emma says:
    no way, im not married. I think some relationships are actually better when your not married so provide a better lifestyle when having children

  • Clara says:
    no as long as d children r looked after n loved den dats all dat matters

  • Cristi says:
    I do think that a HAPPY home is better then an unhapp one and I do think that two people are better then one but really isnt that true of everything? I dont think that people should stay together to raise there kids though. Its all in how you handle it.

  • Kenzi says:
    nope

  • debbie says:
    nah

  • Ashley says:
    I dont know I really cant judge that i think as long as the kids arent stuck in between the fights or any of that and they know they are very loved then it should be fine either way God watches his children and keeps them safe

  • Joe says:
    nope, none at all

  • Shelly says:
    That depends. If the married couple is happy and knows how to work their problems out without giving up, then yes I do agree that it is better because it makes it a happy environment for the children to grow up in, it makes the children happier people. If the married couple fights all the time, there is a lot of stress and tension in the household. That makes it a bad environment to raise children in because then there are stressed all the time aswell, even if they don't realise it, so then it starts to effect there grades in school because they can't consentrate or they just start to slack because they feel that no one cares because they don't have enough attention that they need, the parents are to busy disputing over their own issues. Which makes it bad parenting, so then that is where the unmarried relationship would be prefered, to make it a happy environment for their children aswell as themselves.

  • Marty says:
    No. The love is the same, the teaching is the same. It matters if religion is involved but seeing as Im not and neither is my partner. Then married or not, She will be raised the same.

  • Nicole says:
    No as long as that child is taken care of and loved

  • Christine says:
    nope

  • Jenna says:
    Yes as long as the marriage is secure and healthy and loving. If it's not, it's no better than not being married.

  • Sammie says:
    I don't think marriage has any bearing on the children.

  • Taralee says:
    not at all. its more about the relationship itself (is there love, affection, warmth, etc...) between the couple, rather than their martial status...

  • Shannon says:
    Nope

  • Tandah says:
    I do think being married is better just because you have your partners full trust and know he is willing and wants to always be there to support you and your children.

  • Clare Louise says:
    no

  • Michelle says:
    I don't really know. I was married wihtout kids before my current relationship with kids. But they are totally different relationships. I think it depends on the parents. My boyfriend and I always make up in a short time because of how much we both love our son. We can't be mad at each other when we are around our sunshine. And he reminds us everyday how much we love each other. But if we hadn't been great together before we had kids, I don't think it would have mattered whether we were married or not.

  • Jaeb says:
    Haha are you kidding, most the time married couples get divorced and leave their kids heartbroken!

  • Sandra says:
    no............married family can also have problems of any sort.......a marriage certificate does not protect you from that

  • Krys says:
    no, to me its just a piece of paper. Society has changed.

  • Tifani says:
    doesn't matter, however I would be afraid that 1 or the other could walk away too easliy without the legal aspect of marriage.

  • ARNALYN says:
    MARRIAGE IS NOT REALLY IMPORTANT. IT'S THE LOVE THAT SHOULD COUNT.

  • Bernadette says:
    no as long as the love is there who cares

  • Michelle says:
    yes. stability.

  • Jessica says:
    No

  • Samantha says:
    i think it depends on the situation and people and only those people are able to decide that.

  • Laura says:
    I feel that it is what God wants and is a more sound structure to have a family but like I said, my opionion doesn't decide anyones fate.

  • Jaime says:
    no

  • Winnie Takyiwah says:
    there is that security for the children in a married family. And the partners know that, they cannot just get up and leave. And it makes life a little easier for the kids. if you are really committed in a relationship, what is preventing you from getting that legal prof?

  • Lexie says:
    I think different things work for different people. To each their own.

  • LaDonna says:
    No...not every one is cut out to be parents...some are ok being just married, but then there is a small percentage that should not get married for many years if ever. This is not bad, just don't press everyone into a cookie cutter belief that everyone should want and be the same things.

  • mary says:
    no

  • Lyana says:
    Yes. It is hard enough to take care of children with a partner who is able to help out or at least work so you don't have to, but then to have to do it all on your own, I could not imagine having to do things that way.

  • Desurae says:
    no as long there is love that all that matters. Marriage is just a piece of paper

  • Crystal says:
    not really but being marries helps with everything

  • Amanda says:
    no depends on the marriage

  • Christel says:
    Sometimes it depends

  • Virginia says:
    I think it depends on tier situation this question could be a maybe

  • Brandy says:
    Know marraige is just a piece of paper it don't change things much unless you let it.

  • Linda says:
    nope

  • Alexis says:
    no but its important for kids to have two loving parents & if they love eachother then all the better!

  • Laura says:
    no

  • Rachel says:
    no.

  • Carolyn says:
    a family is a family

  • Ashleigh says:
    no. its just a piece of paper doesn't make your relationship better then a non married couple. But the children should always take the fathers last name married or not

  • Laetitia says:
    no, as long as it is a safe loving home dont matter if they are married

  • TIFFANY says:
    no

  • Anna says:
    It depends on the relationship. if you're unhappy, it's not good for your kids.

  • Brenda says:
    yes b/c it is a better way to set an example for your kids and you shouldnt have kids out of wedlock

  • Karen says:
    in my case yes,,, i think it takes 2 to make a child,,,,, and 2 to raise a child, no one has the right to this away,,,,

  • Lorraine says:
    Yes it provides a stable platform to raise the kids in a good environment with propper values.

  • Shannon says:
    No, I think that married or not, the environment that your child lives in is what makes the difference. There are happy and unhappy marriages and happy and unhappy relationships, whatever the case may be it's the environment that will give a child the best chance of a happy productive life

  • Alicia says:
    yes and no. yes because it can be a more stable environment for a child, but no because whether or not the parents are married does not change the amount of love they have for their child.

  • Stephanie says:
    No.

  • Kari says:
    NO BECAUSE I WAS IN THAT SITUATION AND MY DAUGHTER TURNED OUT TO BE A WONDERFUL HARD WORKING YOUNG LADY WITH GREAT WORK ETHIC AND DOING HER BEST IN COLLEGE

  • Katie says:
    I think so cause you being married gives your children that sense of security not having a man in the house or a bf doesnt give that cause bf s come and go most of the time so whats secure about that

  • Danielle says:
    nope. a piece of paper doesnt make a relationship work

  • Andrea says:
    No... again I think it depends on the support and the stability. My partner and I had been together solidly for 2 years before our eldest was born and we were living together, both have stable jobs and we'd saved up money - yet we're not married.

  • Marin says:
    No, I think relationships are very personal and work differently for every family.

  • Allysha says:
    i don't see a difference...i came from a broken home where my parents hate each other but loved me unconditionally...as long as the child is in a loving enviroment, is there really a problem?

  • Tracy says:
    We weren't married when we had our first!!

  • Coral says:
    Well, it depends. The relationships between the family members. I've grown-up in and around foster care stuff, so I know alot about stuff reguarding relatioships. And thats what scares me because I'm afraid to mess up and have this big consiquence. I know what happens in relationship and I don't know what I would actually do if something drastic happens. I know what's right. But knowing what's right and doing what's right is so hard. Idk. If you don't understand what I'm saying... Idk. But honestly, I think for me right now, It's best if I'm unmarried...for now. Some ppl are unhappy with that answer but if i can't trust, why marry?...

  • pyragrl says:
    If you both love each other it shouldn't matter but I prefer and really want to be married

  • Heather says:
    No. Being a single parent or an unmarried couple doesn't make it any easier or harder to raise a child. It's more work though.

  • Kayla says:
    no i don't they each have there pros and cons!

  • Joedee says:
    if they have parents that love them and can provide for them to me it doesnt matter if your married or not. i grew up with a single mom and i turned out fine

  • nelly says:
    Marriage is always better there is a more sense of commitment

  • Jaylena says:
    Depends, every relationship is different, Just because someone is married or not does not mean they are any different from each other.

  • Serene says:
    No, a single woman can take care care of her kids just as much as married couple. Maybe financially supporting them would be an issue for the single women.

  • Autumn says:
    Nope, I just think that a marriage is more stable. But that may not be the case for everyone out there it just worked out that way for me!

  • Brittany says:
    no

  • Nicole says:
    no, i dont think it makes a difference at all.

  • kerry says:
    no dnt think that a married couple is any better

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  • Rachel says:
    No. A happy home makes the difference. Married or not a male/female influence is important. But the most important is a happy secure home, not a married household. If the married couple isn't happy and fighting they will do more damage to the children.

  • Ashley says:
    no i dont i think its how the family is made. if there is love, understanding, boundries, security and is a safe environtment for kids the family will be just fine.

  • Alyssa says:
    I think that all depends on the relationship and the circumstances. The parents need to make that decision, not me.

  • Janis says:
    I think a married family is better so long as the mother and father get along and work things out by keeping the lines of communication open. Children who have both a mother and father who are married grow up realizing how important and sacred the marriage vows are and that they were given by God. It's something they could learn from and gives them a basis for their own life. Children in unmarried relationships may not get the love they need and grow thinking that love may not be that important. But even if they do get that love, they may not see that marriage is an important and sacred thing that is to be cherished. They may not grow up with such a firm ground in relationships.

  • Anonymous says:
    Hell no

  • Kellie says:
    No,I was a single Mum with my first,and am now married with my second,and neither have been any different!

  • Angela says:
    Married relationship better than an Unmarried relationship. No, I don't in most cases. Even a married relationship can become soured and end in divorce. I think that there shouldn't be a lable on relationships when it comes to raising kids. The most important thing is are the parents devoted to the children? Are they doing the best job and making the best decisions for that child.

  • Jill says:
    married is a must, I did it wrong the first time! You really need a husband for this!

  • JASMINE says:
    SLIGHTLY MORE STABLE...I THINK

  • Stacy says:
    No

  • Crystal says:
    no i dont

  • Ashley says:
    no

  • Kimberly says:
    No.

  • amanda says:
    no a married couple can love and care for their family just the same as a unmarried couple

  • Shayla says:
    depends on the parents

  • Hayley says:
    no

  • Angela says:
    no.

  • Mary says:
    No because you still teach your children life values the same as not being married

  • Alissa says:
    its always better to have two parents for the kids

  • Rebecca and says:
    its pretty much the same.

  • Kaz says:
    no, doesnt matter in this day and age

  • Toni says:
    i am married but i would say no why does a peice of paper make you a better family

  • Lindz says:
    nope. everyone is different and in different parts of their lives. what works great for one family might not be right for another. marrige is just a title, what matters is the love and feelings towards each other

  • Kristina says:
    No,being married isn't going to solve all problems.

  • lisa says:
    no aslong as that child/children are loved dearly by there parents

  • Nikki says:
    I think it depends. In my case, it is better to be a single mother than to have Bailey watch her dad beat the crap out of me.

  • Jennifer says:
    no not at all....a married but unhappy couple will make for an unhealthy and unsafe enviroment then say a unmarried but happy strong and commited one could

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  • sherry says:
    no, each has its own merrits

  • Lauren says:
    No, I think in either situation if the people are good and the bond as a family are good it shouldn't matter if someone is married or not.

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  • Sherry says:
    Yes because a married family just shows your children what a family shuld actually look like compared to people who live apart and would cheat on each other any chance they got.

  • Samantha says:
    No I'm married but because I want to be but the think the love and respect is the same either way. u dnt need a piece of paper saying ur in love!

  • vannessa says:
    not really the only thing for me is not having the same last name as my baby

  • Ilse says:
    I do

  • crystal says:
    no

  • Heather says:
    no I don't

  • Dorothy says:
    Mariage is a piece of paper. What stops you from walking away from a relationship just because youre married? Its not easier to walk away when you dont have that piece of paper.

  • sabrina says:
    NOOO

  • sarah says:
    no

  • Nikki says:
    nope

  • Ink says:
    As long as the parents are devoted and providing the children with a safe stable home, I really don't understand how that license is going to alter anyone's lifestyle. Happy attentive parents do NOT come from a marriage license.

  • theresa says:
    no because its hard for when they go though a divorce

  • Aubrey says:
    No. Marriage is just a "piece of paper"

  • Brandy says:
    not always... A single mother/father can sometimes taker better care of a child than a married couple and visa versa. Just depends on the parents and the situations.

  • Charlie says:
    No , I think a loving family is best regardless of marriage status .

  • Andrea says:
    no

  • corhead143 says:
    yes and no i think a married couple and umarried couple are in some cases the same just one has a paper saying they are married... i think its just better if both parents are on the same page and work together is the key... a married couple could argue and be mean just as easy as a unmarried couple.

  • Sarah says:
    don't think it makes a difference as long as there is love for everyone and the children!

  • Angie says:
    Married family with kids is so much better because of the love and compassion you get from one another.

  • Maleah says:
    If the child(ren) have two loving parents that is all that matters and the needs are met

  • Mel says:
    as long as there is love thats all that matters

  • Tanya says:
    Marriage is just a ceremony and certificate - it doesn't make a family any different if there isn't one in place.

  • Stephanie says:
    no

  • Gabrielle says:
    no what is the difference? if there is love between a family then there is love whether there married or not.

  • Jordan says:
    Absolutely. Every kid needs a stable family.

  • Ashleigh says:
    no

  • Jennifer says:
    No. In fact, that is crap. As long as the child is brought up in a loving home, it does not matter.

  • Michele says:
    its better to have a solid secure foundation for your family.

  • Carley says:
    no

  • Cynde says:
    I do...It seems to much more seemless when you have someone to lighten the load...especially if you have more then 2.

  • Kambell says:
    I dont think so ..... I am happy ... being married would be kewl ... but a mortgage is just as official!!!!

  • Danielle says:
    no they re both the same

  • Jessica says:
    No, as long as the children have the love and support of their parents it shouldn't matter.

  • Heather says:
    just cuz your married doesnt make you a family...Love is a family and it depends on how much you have and how much you show it to your kids that make you a family...

  • Keri says:
    yes I do. I think that there is something about marriage that gives stability to the family.

  • ashley says:
    not really as long as both parents are there for the child then marriage shouldn't matter

  • Cherie says:
    NO BCUZ WE ARE AN UNMARRIED RELATIONSHIP WITH KIDS AND WE R DOING LIKE A MARRIED COUPLE WOULD

  • Jenna says:
    No, b/c sometimes there is more love in a family that had unmarried parents. That doesn't matter, what matters is how much love, patience and support is in a home.

  • Rachel says:
    no not at all lol i am living common-law and not much is going to change once we are married in august :P we are getting married mainly cuz we hate our winter anniversary, we have been asked a billion times by other ppl why we didnt originally care much for the idea lol we just didnt think a piece of paper changes anything!!! ad we still believe that, but have decided to pledge our love to eachother, change our anniversary to a summer date :P have my dad walk me dwn the isle and formally approve of my amazing man Chris :) as well as having a special day we celebrate that we chose! we dated and we friends so out original dating anniversary wasnt that special to us since it was just the beginning of something we had no idea of how important it was :) now we know and we want to have a day we look back on as the day we honoured our love for eachother <4

  • Melissa says:
    it all depends.

  • Krystal says:
    Yes, because I know even if we fight, we can't just walk away.

  • Cassandra says:
    No not at all.. a marriage doesnt make a father or a mother..

  • Kimberly says:
    no, i don't as long as the security is still there. parents get divorced all the time, this isn't any better than an unmarried couple having children, and in some ways is even harder because a lot of the time it happens when the children are older and it's just too much for them to have to deal with. there are pros and cons to both!

  • Jennifer says:
    no way, as long as the couple loves each other and they love their kids and show it everyday

  • Amber says:
    In my opinion, yes. Only because I'm old fashioned and I think its shows your children the deep commitment you have towards your spouse through marriage

  • Geni says:
    it depends i am not married but we still live together and are going to get married but if you are asking if sharing custody is a good thing between split up parents i think it would be better if they were together

  • Anonymous says:
    not in this day and age, marrage just doesnt have the same meaning that it did a few years ago! i can understand wanting to get married but raising children is about the partnership of the parents not weather theres a ring on your finger. (but i still would like to get married at some point!)

  • Erin says:
    yes, is starts with a stable platform that the children have.

  • Elizabeth says:
    I think it makes things easier if everybody has the same last name and there isn't as much stigma attached to it, but as long as there are two loving parents, I don't see where it makes much of a difference where it really counts. Most of the couples that are unmarried are married where it matters, in their heart. They just haven't went through with the ceremony yet.

  • Natalie says:
    no

  • Jazmin says:
    No I don't think one is better then the other.

  • Trista says:
    idk

  • Anne Marie says:
    It is none of my business to judge other people's families!

  • Joanna says:
    NO NOT AT ALL!!!!! Half the kids that become something in life come from broke up homes....Its all how you raise your kids and lead them into the right path just because you are married and are raising kids in a married house hold DOENT mean they are better than an unmarried couple... Im a single mom and at times is hard dealing with my teen but im trying my best and thats all that count ;0)

  • Erica says:
    No, I think as long as the kids have unconditional love and understanding of the situation they will be okay

  • Tiffany says:
    nope you can have the same things married as not married except tax deductions lol

  • ElisaBeth says:
    As long as it is a healthy and fun relationship, I could care less if you have that paper or not.

  • Jacquanette says:
    Nah, I come from a divorced family, it all depends on how mature the parents are, whether they're there or not.

  • Jamie says:
    no. My fiance and I have been together almost 9 years and have two kids and w are getting married next year but I think the only thing that would be different is that I would have the same last name as my kids.

  • amber says:
    no.. some ppl dont believe in marriage. but if they are financially stable an want a baby then go for it

  • Amy says:
    I think it has to be easier for 2 parents to raise a kid but I know that one can do it just as well.

  • Danielle says:
    just think married... always told married is better

  • Amber says:
    Nope. I raised my 3 year old myself and I am married to my 3 month olds father and they both are just fine

  • Brandie says:
    being married is alot better on the child but if the parents are set on only their child then there's no problems, you dont have to be together to be amazing parents.

  • Callie says:
    No as long as the parents love each other, again who am I to judge. I know lots of people who are unmarried and have got kids.

  • Victoria says:
    Depends the situation and the people.

  • Marissa says:
    No its not to do with weather or not you are married it is about how stable you are for the kids even a single parent can be enough you just need to show compassion stability and love to them

  • Amonie says:
    no. I wasn't married when I had my first & my kids are normal & have all the love they could want and more

  • Brandi says:
    no to me in this day and age to most it's a piece of paper if you both are in love, committed to one another and the children then who needs that damn piece of paper it's mostly just for tax purposes.

  • Melissa says:
    no, as long as there is love

  • Jodi says:
    No, all you need is love

  • melissa says:
    no

  • Tabitha says:
    No, marriage adds nothing more than a legal document!

  • Ashton says:
    No.

  • Crystal says:
    No, but I will say it's more stable for the child

  • Amanda says:
    No I don't. I was not married to my boyfriend when we had our son and now that we are it didn't change awhole lot. I feel ike we're a little closer as a family but not much else has changed :)

  • Karen says:
    no

  • Erin says:
    i think a married family because you can have someone to rely on all the time and tell someone how you are feeling rather than a single mom b/c then you are just relying only on yourself, but if you can't help the situation then there is nothing you can do about it.

  • Teresa says:
    interesting question. I went from single mom to married mom. I love my husband and it's great having him around to help out at at times.

  • Caitlin says:
    i think theres no difference

  • Amanda says:
    nope...as long as the everyone is happy there isnt anything different but a piece of paper and lastnames

  • Danielle says:
    no way

  • Kenna says:
    Yes, only because it shows a commitment which is important

  • Gloria says:
    I don't know I know good and bad in both situations I think it depends on the people

  • Aimee says:
    yes, I believe God created a family to be married parents.. they get different things from both parents :)

  • Safiyyah says:
    yes i do, i just believe that you should only have children when you are married.

  • Deb says:
    no.

  • danielle says:
    not at all

  • Sarah says:
    no

  • Emily says:
    As long as the relationship is healthy i do think its better. Kids should have 2 parents

  • Eryn says:
    no family can be anything

  • Brittany says:
    Yes, in a way.

  • Kyra says:
    does it really matter aslong there is love a silly certificate sholdnt decide how good a family u are.

  • Shantel says:
    no , it shows you may have your stuff together more if your married , but what if you don't want to be married - is a peice of paper what it takes to be thought of as a "perfect" family ?

  • Melissa says:
    As long as the marriage is a healthy relationship, i believe marriage is the better alternative

  • Lacey says:
    I think that it definitely gives a child a greater level of security if the parents are married.

  • Tamarah says:
    It depends on the dynamics between the couple.

  • Jessica says:
    I don't think it matters. I would prefer to be married but we are a strong, loving team and we are doing all we can together to raise our daughter regardless.

  • nicki says:
    it all depends on the couple's relationship.

  • Sonya says:
    To each their own.

  • Kathy says:
    Not necessarily.

  • Liss says:
    no their is no difference

  • Jennifer says:
    I don't think it makes a difference. I was a single mom for 15 years and my son grew up with lots of love from me and our family.

  • Alexis says:
    no cuz a family is a family no one way is better then the other

  • Alondra says:
    no, some that are married are the ones with more problems

  • Laura says:
    no im young, unmarried and have a baby, a piece of paper doesnt make a diff to the care and love you give your children.

  • Ashleigh says:
    nah

  • Jackie says:
    no...it all depends on the relationship between child and parents and the relationship between the parents too

  • Emilia says:
    no,

  • nicole says:
    not really i think its the same but if ur married n u get a divorce u have to share the kids

  • Alisha says:
    well that depends if the married couple is unhappy and the unmarried is happy with how things are no they are no better or the situation is on the reverse then well reverse the answer. best the couple be happy with either way if the parents are miserable so are the children.

  • Jessica says:
    I don't see it as any better, marriage has no influence on the way you parent

  • Laura says:
    I think either situation could be good or bad depending on the individual situation. If a couple are married but fighting constantly that's not good for the kids but if they are happy apart and can be civil to each other and both are able to take care of their responsiblities as a parent, it could be better for the kids.

  • Carolyn says:
    no

  • Mollie says:
    no as long as you still take care of your kids then being marred dose not matter heck me an my husband did it for over a year

  • Ruby says:
    Well no. No one is better than anyone just different, however kids need the family setting or else it cause insecurities later on in life.

  • Oliver says:
    Either way its the same. If you love each other then it shouldnt matter

  • Brittany says:
    No, I don't, as long as it is a committed relationship

  • ROSANGELA says:
    no i think it will be the same

  • Nicole says:
    No. As long as the relationship is solid it is pretty much the same.

  • Loni says:
    No. Thing always work out

  • Brooke says:
    Is it more stable? Yes. Is it showing and teaching your children about commitment? Yes. Is it better, more loving, more nurturing? Not necessarily. Some married couples aren't happy being married, and the children recognize this and sometimes even blame themselves. I believe that as long as two people love and support each other and include each other in their life and goals and love their children, who am I to say whether or not they should be married?

  • Tara says:
    No. All families should be able to connect and love each other just as much as any married couple.

  • Tiffany says:
    No, because I am an unwed mother and I love my children just the same than as if I were married...

  • Ashley says:
    No, I don't think u should get married just b/c u have kids together.

  • Kayla says:
    Nope marrige is just a peice of paper.

  • Brianne says:
    2 people can raise a child as long as they think of the childrens needs first. Together or apart...

  • Rebecca says:
    No! A family is a family. A piece of paper doesn't say which one is better than the other.

  • jennie says:
    no. i think there the same.

  • Natalie says:
    yes because it's better for a child to have both parents in the house hold unless they argue all the time then it's better to be in an unmarried relationship... as Dr. Phil says, it's better to be in a broken home then a dysfunctional home...

  • Rebecca says:
    Ummm, tuff question, married I guess your doing right by God?!

  • Zawanda says:
    nope, just as long as both of parents have a relatioship with the child(ren) that is healthy, it doesn't mean anything if they are married or not!

  • Faith says:
    NO

  • Angela says:
    its good to be in a two parent family, but if one parent isn't as committed, may as well be in a single family home.

  • Malissa says:
    no i don't i think it could be the same i don't plan on getting married any time soon my bf and i give my son everything he needs

  • Alyssa says:
    I think that as long as the person is ready to be a parent, it doesn't matter their age, or if they are married or not. Loving parents don't need to be married or older.

  • christin says:
    HAPPY MARRIED COULPLE WITH KIDS

  • Ariel says:
    My husband and I didn't get married until our first set of twins were 10 months old, so I think that married or not married is better. It depends on the family.

  • Sonya says:
    Depends on the situation, yes married but some families work well not married.

  • geneva says:
    no

  • felicia says:
    no

  • Wendy says:
    No, because me and my fiance have been together for six years and we feel that all we are missing is a cerificate saying that we are a couple. We are husband and wife to one another and that's all that counts.

  • Summer says:
    no. not at all. if its a healthy happy and safe family than thats great!

  • Bridgette says:
    Well its easier when hes home to get milk or things when i want to make a quick run to the store alone.

  • Mandie says:
    NO

  • Ashley says:
    No. I'm not marriedm getting married later this year. As long as you take care of your child, have their best interest are heart and love them fully, then that's all that matters. A piece of papwer stating your married doesn't change a household and how it works.

  • belinda says:
    no its not its both the same

  • Angela says:
    No, I do pretty good not married its just a piece of paper

  • Lakeysia says:
    I can say yes I think its better to be married and its a difference you should be happly married so you can instill values in your children. Also unmarried couples are cool 2

  • Anonymous says:
    I think in a married family there is a bond, you feel sercure. And you always have someone there to talk to.

  • Janine says:
    no ... makes no diff as long as they are loved

  • Amanda says:
    Yes. It means security for everyone. It also shows the children that mom and dad are in this for the long haul and gives the children a sense of pride and belonging. Everyone has the same last name.

  • Maria says:
    no, it does not depend from married or not, it depends on the people involved, marriage is sometimes just a status

  • Saba says:
    no,not at all

  • LaToya says:
    No.

  • Karabeth says:
    no, a piece of pap-er the announces your married dont chAnge anything. it all in family values.

  • tasha says:
    no i dont see the difference, my son was nine months old when my husband and i got married. dont marry just because you are pregnant

  • Shannin says:
    no. Two bad parents are worse than one good one.

  • michelle says:
    not at all

  • Pamela says:
    yes, intact family

  • Savady says:
    no

  • Megan says:
    No, I think they're pretty much the same. A marriage can break up just as easily as any relationship.

  • Dale says:
    Yes, and I don't have any particular reason, I am old fashioned at heart. There is more of a sense of security in that circumstance I suppose.

  • Anonymous says:
    i can see nice and difficult parts of each

  • laura says:
    no

  • Kinzang says:
    yes. more affectionate and attachment

  • nicky says:
    well marriage provides stability so better in a marriage

  • sasha says:
    nope

  • Erica says:
    No, because a child can be loved and taken care of whether the parent is married or not.

  • Jacquie says:
    no because you dont really need to be married if you love that person

  • Ryam says:
    of course,because if we married we have a real status n our kid have letter of they birth

  • Crystal says:
    well less likely to split if married so married w/ family is better....

  • amanda says:
    no

  • Heather says:
    no because you are still a family even if not married.

  • Nikki says:
    not at all. Children are not loved any less and are not given any less

  • Victoria says:
    absolutely!

  • Amity says:
    I think they are equal.

  • Maxine says:
    Don't it both ways, both have their challenges!

  • Melanie says:
    no

  • Tasha says:
    yes, more support..

  • Desiree says:
    No I feel that is an old way of thinking and in today's society there are so many types of families (single moms and dads, gay relationships etc.)who are we to judge a family based on whether they are married. There are plenty of families that work whether married or not. As long as you love your children and do your best as a parent that is all that really matters.

  • Sarah says:
    yes coz u have someone to share the responsability with and wen i want time out from my kids i can coz dad is there

  • Lisa says:
    Married or not, if a child is involved, both parents should be present to care for that child. Relationships end everyday whether you are married or single, it can happen. Not married families can be just as stable as a married couple...

  • Jonquil says:
    no as long as the child has both parents at home

  • Leighanne says:
    No

  • rachel says:
    no, it all depends on how you raise your kids. you can have the perfect looking family, and have the worst experience, or you can have a single mom and have the best. or you can have 2 moms, or 2 dads, and as long as they love you, and dont hurt you, it dosnt matter

  • Sarah says:
    No I think if the could is mature and is able to provide love, food, clothes and a home, its all good.

  • Mindy says:
    i dont think its any different

  • Tina says:
    doesnt matter

  • tracy says:
    no, as long as its a loving family it shouldnt matter. there are a lot of disfunctional families either married or not so it shouldnt matter.

  • Hope says:
    Yes. The stability of the marriage helps with childrens' sense of security.

  • Summer says:
    No they both are good in their own way

  • abigail says:
    x

  • Mandy says:
    i can't answer that my parents are still married my husbands parents aren't and from what he describes he had a hard childhood

  • SIVAKANTHINI says:
    Yes.

  • Kelli says:
    nope

  • Anonymous says:
    no

  • Lori says:
    Not necessarily.

  • nayuribe says:
    no, no difference

  • Caydie says:
    nope sure dont...marriage is just a paper. if the kids are well takin cared of in a great environment whats it matter

  • Jennifer says:
    I think a married family has more stability and it isn't confusing for the kids. My husband comes from a broken home and I know it was hard for him and wants more for his kids.

  • Roxanne says:
    I don't know.

  • Jayde says:
    i dont think a ring on a finger defines anything if you have love for your child and strive to raise them to your best i think that is all that matters

  • Kimalee says:
    No.

  • alicia says:
    I think as long as the relationship is healthy, a piece of paper does not matter.

  • Helen says:
    No

  • Tasha says:
    no

  • Paula says:
    hell no

  • Pamela says:
    Married can be better - commitment is the key.

  • Ashely says:
    no married or not i believe u are still going to be the same

  • Donna says:
    No

  • Marlisa Nicholas says:
    no

  • Desiree says:
    no

  • michelle says:
    i dont think being married or not is gonna make you a better family. if you have the love and support and you and your partner are in a committed relationship and financially stable and feel you are ready then thats all that matters.....i just always wanted to be married first

  • Laura says:
    no i don't think it is because if u have a boyfriend who loves you it doesn't matter

  • rebecca says:
    no

  • Samantha says:
    No. I think as long as you can take care of your kids it don't matter.

  • Audrey says:
    it doesnt matter

  • Amber says:
    No. Either way you love your family and children the same amount.

  • LaBranda says:
    I don't think it matters as long as the child is loved and taken care of. All parents are different and can take care of kids married or not. I have been the traditional family and also the struggling single mother of 3 and my kids were first at all times.

  • Tayla says:
    ive seen many marrages break up with or without kids involved, come to think of it i ca think of more unmarried people with children than married people! at the end of the day if you love your partner and your child why should a piece of paper be what you need to show that??

  • Petro says:
    yeah, just believe that

  • Pooja says:
    no

  • sian says:
    Yes,children needs security. And both parents

  • jessica says:
    no as long as you have the will and want too you can be a great single parent

  • Kim says:
    I think being married is a big part of a childs life. Being unmarried is not so much a bad thing, you just want to show your kids a good example. If an unmarried or married life is great and there's no problems, I would say do what works!!

  • Jen says:
    just depends on the relationsip

  • Katherine says:
    Nope. I always knew I wanted children but I was never really that girl that dreamed of her wedding day. I never wanted to get married until I met my hubby

  • Michelle says:
    no, I have been a single mom for more than 15 years and my children never wanted for any of my time or love. We were actually happier and had closer relationships than married couples w/ children we knew.

  • Claire says:
    i dont think it matters if you are married or not

  • Caroline says:
    definitely not - Ive been a single parent for 16 years

  • Jay says:
    no, cuz either has the potential to be detrimental to the wellbeing of the child

  • priscilla says:
    no

  • Meilee says:
    yes, if its healthy knowing mum and dad is the best obviously

  • brittany says:
    no

  • Evelyn says:
    I don't think so, a piece of paper shouldn't determine what type of parent you should be or how to love your children

  • Stephanie says:
    I think it's according to the parents... Two people who care for their child are way more important than a piece of paper... I know couples who were married who stayed together 'for the kids' and their kids are miserable because they fight constantly...

  • Alda says:
    There are too many good. And bad things from either sides

  • Vickey says:
    no b/c i got married while pregnant but wish i hadn't rushed it as long as the child(ren) grow up in a stable environment it doesn't matter

  • Rachel says:
    Yes, being married makes things more solid for the kids. It is like saying yes I love you and your mother but not enough to jump in with both feet. just in case something better comes along.

  • Dee says:
    it can be...if they have the support of both parents and see the love and learn from it. I think it is hard for kids going back and forth but all kids are different and in some situations it is better to be a single parent than married.

  • Donna says:
    no i wasnt married and only wed brandons dad when he turned 5, asnt changed anything

  • Laura says:
    No, we're not married. Yet we have been together for nearly 7 years and have lived together for 6 years, we're as good as married just without the debt a wedding brings :)

  • Jessica says:
    yes! I think marriage ties the whole family together with love and commitment!

  • Isreal Jean says:
    No as long as you have each other and even if you are by yourself it still doesn't matter. Just make sure you do what you have to do.

  • Tanna says:
    I've seen both work out very well

  • ASHLY says:
    no

  • felicia says:
    not much if you live together and they help with bills...

  • Amber says:
    I don't really have an opinion on this. I know people who are unmarried with kids and those who are married. I think that as long as you are trying to make a positive future for your kid(s) it shouldn't matter what you marital status is

  • Jamie says:
    normally I would say yes, but I know a few mothers who are single and are amazing parents

  • Rebecca says:
    I don't know, I havent experienced both sides.

  • Carolyn says:
    no because I wasn't married the first time and had 2 children and I find it the same now with being married

  • Tiffany Michelle says:
    i think a married family MIGHT be more stable, but that's not always the case . . .

  • Jordan says:
    no because it is just the same to me.

  • Tera says:
    not at all!

  • gladys says:
    yes, becoz the kids will have both parents

  • Antoinette says:
    no, was unmarried with kids for a few years.

  • Iesha says:
    NO NOT REALLY IT SHOULD BE THE SAME

  • Lindsey says:
    no i don't..cuz we ain't married and are doing great..

  • Lisa says:
    The family dynamic with both parents is a rarity in this day. Its a treasure, but not necessarily is it better. Especially if the spouse does not support the other.

  • Amanda says:
    Not necessarily. A married family is not always a better environment for raising children.

  • Michaela says:
    no

  • amy says:
    i depends on what the family is like

  • Crystal says:
    no.

  • Elizabeth says:
    I think married parents are better as long as they are happy and not always fighting. dealing with juggling between 2 homes is hard... step parents are hard!

  • angela says:
    a marriage certificate (or lack of) doesnt decide whether or not the person would make a good or bad parent its the person themselves it doesnt matter so much these days

  • Christina says:
    No.

  • Amy says:
    no

  • Kirsty says:
    absolutley not. am i biased tho?

  • Jamie says:
    No! Yes the world these days says a mom dad and kids are the perfect life but sometimes its a healthier situation for the whole family if its not everyone together!

  • Lauren says:
    no, a family is a family.

  • alison says:
    it depends on the relationship! there are unmarried couples who are fabulous parents, as well as those who really just don't get it. And there are good and bad parents who are married.

  • elizabeth says:
    no i dont think so but their are good in either married cople with kids or single familys

  • Brittany says:
    It can be. I think children need stability. They need to know that mom and dad are not only committed to the child but also to each other. It is scary to a child when mom and dad cannot get along.

  • Kayliecia says:
    Doesn't matter.

  • Lora says:
    Not really. I've seen married couples have so many problems and havn't got a clue to fix their problems. I've also seen unmarred couples that adore each other and love their children very much.

  • dana says:
    It depends on the person. I personally think that children deserve the best of both worlds, a great mom and wonderful daddy is such a great blessing to kids> :)

  • cheryl says:
    No not at all of course having daddy there would be great but a mom can do everything the child wants or needs all by herself.

  • Mandy says:
    No. not at all. Love is Love!

  • Margaret says:
    Yes--there's more of a sense of commitment. But there are exceptions to the rules.

  • Melanie says:
    nope, my husband left me while I was pregnant with our second

  • Melissa says:
    Yes. Because when you are married things are half. But when you are in a relationship its not always half.

  • Kimberly says:
    No. I see how my in laws are now due to staying married because of the kids. They have a love less marriage and are more room mates than husband and wife. I would rather my children see happy parents, together or not.

  • Barbara says:
    no

  • Rae says:
    No, I just think a healthy family is what is important. Raise your kids to know they are loved and what is right and wrong.

  • Ann says:
    no.cause less married people hgas each other to help raised a child togather.and a single mom can raised a child also.like i am doing i raised my sercond child with out his father ever being in the picture.i think i doing a good job at rasied him...but it hurt sometime with out a male figure in his life...

  • Karen says:
    yes. you share life a whole as god intended.

  • charlotte says:
    in a way yes. I have raised my son as a single parent and now as a married, he can have things I couldn't give him on my own

  • PEGGY says:
    no

  • june says:
    Yes, you have the support some to back you up

  • Valerie says:
    Not at all. A loving parent is all a kid needs. I do think that a family unit, whether that be mom and dad or mom and mom or aunt and uncle or whatever variation, a loving parent is all a kid needs.

  • Desiree says:
    yes! and because thats what i believ e in

  • Christine says:
    no, I don't think marriage means anything these days, and as long as they all love each other thats all that matters

  • kirstie says:
    no i dont

  • Jenna says:
    No, as long as the parents love one another and the children and its stable i dont see any difference

  • Lisa says:
    Absolutely. There are two parts to parenting and no parent can do both. When kids have both parts they benefit. However, this isn't saying that single parents can't raise wonderful children. They do all the time! :)

  • michelle says:
    Yes means more stability

  • Rebecca says:
    no people have good times and bad times doesnt matter if your married or not

  • Aletta says:
    I believe being married is important, it gives a child a sense of belonging to a unit. But I don't condemn people who aren't married and have children at all. Everyone has their reasons an beliefs and that should be taken into consideration

  • Shannon says:
    no it all depends on the parents

  • Christa says:
    no i don't. i am not married. but i can say this. i love my partner & he loves me & we both love our child & soon to be child. we are a family & we all love each other.

  • ANNA says:
    no.

  • Rene' says:
    I think kids with bot mom and dad have a much bigger advantage if they are good parents, but one good paret is better than 2 bad.

  • Caroline says:
    No.

  • michelle says:
    no i don't you are either happy or sad being married isn't going to make a difference

  • Jennifer says:
    no

  • Lynnette says:
    no. when we talk of married i get pregant lol

  • Laura says:
    no

  • katie says:
    yes because then it be a real family

  • Nicole says:
    not always

  • Aisling says:
    No

  • Karie says:
    I think if you love someone you love them you dont need to be married and you dont need to be not married what ever you choose is your chose!

  • charlotte says:
    no i dont it makes no difference if your married or not as long as you both love the child and will be there for it too

  • Holly says:
    nope. all you need is love :)

  • Elizabeth says:
    no

  • Kayla says:
    alsong as the kids has both parents i dont think it should matter

  • Aneta says:
    It really doesn't matter. if your going to be the parents that your child needs and has that security why be married.

  • Sarah says:
    Of course not. any family has its good and bad sides. my husband cheated on me with anyone he could find. but he's my son's dad so i will always love him but i could never trust him again.

  • Shelz says:
    well im unmarried but would like to be married so we share same last name, but i think we have to ensure happiness before just jumping into it for the sake of it

  • Amy-Lee says:
    no - im not married and i have been with my partner for 7 1/2yrs. i piece of paper doesnt change what type of parents/family you are

  • Sammy says:
    not at all.... whos to say any family's situation is beter than theirs... thats just egotistical

  • Ariana says:
    No all the same to me

  • Nosiphelo says:
    Yes. An unmarried couple most of the time don't live in the same house therefore most of the responsibility lies on one parents hands and the partner gets to help out here and there. Of course when married both parents can be hands on.

  • Samantha says:
    No.

  • Tigra says:
    NO, IT DOESN'T MATTER. AS LONG AS YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR CHILD/CHILDREN, THE WILL GROW UP TO BE DECENT YOUNG MEN & WOMEN.

  • kelsey says:
    no. as long as the parents/parent love the child

  • Victoria says:
    I don't think one is any better than the other. I am not married and I am in a happy relationship.

  • Danielle says:
    No. I feel that if a couple is ready to have children then their marital status should not affect them.

  • Joelle says:
    No, we started out as unmarried with a child and now we are married with a second child almost here. We don't do anything different or act different , thats just the way we chose to do things. but people do look at you differently!

  • Larisa says:
    it is nice to have a family that gets along

  • Anonymous says:
    Yes, you can share the responsibilities

  • Amanda says:
    nope don't think its any different a married couple can have problems and not work just like and unmarried couple and and unmarried couple can raise kids and be as happy as a married couple...depends on the couple i think.

  • Sjahrne says:
    Im not sure I think either can be just as effective they both have their good qualities.

  • antonia says:
    yes. because if i believe if we didnt get married then that would have shown that we werent really set on making a life together as one and we wouldnt have gotten this far in our lives together, i love you john

  • miah says:
    no

  • Monique says:
    Just the same, just like last question, You just need to give them love and respect!

  • Danielle says:
    not necessarily, just because you are married doesn't automatically make a family better

  • Leeann says:
    no, my sisters are all single mothers. while it is harder they are excellent kids.

  • Michelle says:
    I think family is family. As long as you're happy & your children are happy... that's the most important thing.

  • Clare says:
    No

  • Suset says:
    nope.

  • fiona says:
    no.we all love our children at the end of the day doesn matter if married or not..im not married.

  • Becci says:
    no it doesnt matter what does is that u give ur child the best life possible and lots of love they need

  • Truus says:
    depends, if it isn't a steady marriage no

  • Marie-Lynette says:
    Yes - being married tends to mean that the children will grow up with parents in a stable relationship

  • Bobbieann says:
    no i dont a family is a family at the end of the day a ring and a bit of paper dont make it any better then any other family

  • Rachel says:
    Not necessarily but as a Christian, I believe we should marry first before having sex, then children.

  • Sharisa says:
    depends on the relationship, children rather be from a broken home then raised in one. I do think children need a mother and father.

  • Sarah says:
    no

  • Elizabeth says:
    no, families come in all shapes and sizes and can be successful and loving in many different forms.

  • stacey says:
    not really marrige is just a piece of paper at the end of the day. i am from a single parent family and i did just fine me and my partner live together but are not married it really does not make the slightest difference

  • Jessica says:
    no all the same

  • Faith says:
    No... all of it happens and no condemnation can be given

  • Caron says:
    no as long as the children are brought up in a loving home.

  • april says:
    no im unmarried and doin just fine

  • Maura says:
    I think that in this day and age, families are so different, if the parents are loving and treat their children well, that is what matter the most, not what their marital status is.

  • Amanda says:
    I think it depends on the role of each parent. It's possible to feel like a single parent in a 2 parent home.

  • Tonya says:
    no I don't

  • wilna says:
    no not really have a friend like that but they will get married one day

  • Laura says:
    No i don't think it makes much difference. There are good and bad parents married and unmarried.

  • Leanne says:
    no a family is a family if parents are married or not

  • Helena says:
    no ..no diff

  • sarah says:
    Not necasserily

  • Kelina says:
    Sure it's easier to raise well adjusted kids if their parents are well adjusted and loving. The best way to teach our kids how to do things is by doing them ourselves. We can teach our kids to love by loving, we can teach them not to run away from problems by facing ours. We can teach them conflict resolution by allowing them to see our disagreements and working them out. And I've often found that people owrk harder once they say their vows. If they don't then there's always teh fear that the other person can walk away and that screws things up. But that's just my experience. And any relationship with kids married or not can be screwed up by the parents.

  • Erika says:
    no

  • Sharlene says:
    no way!! it can work either way depending on the parenting!!

  • Chandi says:
    I don't think there is any difference.

  • Tanya says:
    no i dont think its different its all the same

  • vanessa says:
    No

  • mickey says:
    no

  • cristina says:
    i think its the same

  • brenda says:
    no,

  • purvi says:
    yes off course, cause then you know you are not alone for you and your kids somebody is with you.

  • Donna says:
    no

  • Joanne says:
    Yes, a child needs both parents to guide them. A mom can't be a dad even if she wants too and vice versa.

  • Kathleen says:
    No comment

  • jenny says:
    I don't think is better in a sense of happiness or treatment. but I definitely think a married family could be more stable and is a good example for the kids. I know a lot people won't agree with me because of the times that we are living but that is my opinion.

  • Nesa says:
    no. Everybody has problems

  • susan says:
    no it is allway pland

  • Brenda says:
    No...I had my oldest before getting married and it really didn't matter whether we were married or not...I felt a little pressured into the marriage and by the time got married number 2 was on the way

  • rochelle says:
    no most often when things go wrong when u are married it makes it harder to get out of it

  • Straw says:
    i dont know

  • Carol says:
    Yes, I have seen the effects of broken homes. I believe in the power of a strong family

  • Casey says:
    no its the person

  • Elisha says:
    only for stability im married to the man of my dreams who treats me awesomely n i want that for my girls a married couple has so much more rights than unmarried couple again its circumstance

  • Tisa says:
    no, who cares

  • Harliah says:
    No comments

  • Nelly says:
    No, i don't think there's any difference, as long as they're loved, and showed what is to have a family, you don't need to be married.

  • Natalie says:
    No I don't. Being married doesn't make you a better parent or anything else, it only shows that the parents loves each other and wants to stay together forever... or at least try.

  • Laura says:
    No, I am unmarried and in a relationship with kids and my children are amazing little people!

  • Vera says:
    It depends, if the married family fights then it is worst than an unmarried relationship if they do not. Depends on how each household treats each other but I do believe in marriage

  • Courtney says:
    not at all

  • Deata says:
    I think it all depends on the mother and father or the child. My husband and I were not married when we had our daughter, we waited until she was two. I believe you have to marry for love not because you have a child together.

  • Raechel says:
    no different the love is still the same

  • Loni says:
    no i dont, I think it all depends on the people involved

  • Jemma says:
    personally its about having another person at your side wanting the best for the child, when you have someone to take charge when you feel drained from the responsibility. marrage or in a relationship doesnt matter. thats personal to the individual.

  • Wynter says:
    I think it strongly depends on the relationship, I do not think a unhappy marriage is better for kids then a happy single mother or father would be. I think children need to see happiness and love... if that is not present in the marriage, the kids might be better off with the parents seperating.

  • Janese says:
    No! Being a good parent does not rely on your marital status. What matters is that both parents find common ground to get along, whether they are in the same house or not. It is time for parents to stop doing for them and do for their children. TAKE YOURSELF OUT OF THE EQUATION.

  • Helen says:
    Yes, because it is the way God planned a family to be.

  • kagisho says:
    nope; what's important is the extent of the respect between the parents. married or not as long an there's companionship, love and respect i think it's a good model to show the kids that parents' relationships are important

  • Sarah says:
    No, as long as they love their kids who cares, might be a bit confusing for the chlldren though as parents have different surnames

  • Kirsten says:
    no

  • Jayne-Marie says:
    as long as the child has family around them that are loving and supportive of the mother i think you can make anything work

  • Neesa says:
    im unmarryed and im doing just fine

  • Charlotte says:
    I dont think it makes any difference. I believe it is better for a child to have both parents in their lives, but they dont have to be together to be there for the child. Sometimes, if a couple are just going to argue and be unhappy in front of their child, it can do more harm then good.

  • Stella says:
    No

  • Jessica says:
    no, as long as there is love and boundries then a piece of paper has no meaning!

  • kristen says:
    Marriage is just a piece of paper and just a conformation on what you already feel for you partner. Marriage Equality for the GLBTIQ community for the win!!!

  • Cheryl says:
    In this state, a father has to be married to the mom to make decisions about his child. There are great families on both sides, and horrible ones too.

  • beckie says:
    no i dont think it is any better to be a married family as long as the childrens parents married or not can converse and make desisions about there children together that is best for the baby even if mum and dad are not together there is no reason ppl should not be civil when the concern is the children

  • amanda says:
    nope no difs

  • Elisha says:
    No.

  • Justine says:
    yes

  • Kerin says:
    It has its upside n its downside. My 4 children all have 1 mum n 1 dad. I am very old fashioned in the sense 1 mum 1 dad 4 kids a home a dog n a picket white fence as the sayin goes.Half or step kids parents just adds more stress to the mix. I do have 2 older children on my partners side, the eldest daughter has the most problems out of the whole family. I call them my kids from another mother. We make it work, but lately jealousy is a big problem n ive barred our eldest son 25yr old from stayin over night as he just abuses the situation n then WAR erupts

  • Anonymous says:
    yes. I think when things get tough in raising kids it is so much more stable if the children and the parents know that the other one is going to be there. The commit that marriage brings gives children a much more stable environment and gives them that comfort of knowing that those they love will always be there.

  • Stephanie says:
    No its no better..jst because a couple are married does not make them better..they still are both there for their kids..they can stl have the same problems as an unmarried couple.

  • Sharifah says:
    Yes because a married one would be more secure and have the commitment from both partners to make it work .

  • Deborah says:
    Nope. Kids are kids, a piece of paper doesn't make a child more valuable. I wanted a 'after marriage' baby but I won't have one and I"m okay with that.

  • Celine says:
    No I don't

  • Jessie says:
    Not really, so long as there are at least 2 people caring for the child. It would be so hard doing it alone!

  • Clare says:
    No, my son was miserable when we were together as a family, he is much happier now

  • Mandi says:
    I think as long as there is love, marriage doesn't matter.

  • Deanna says:
    depends on the situation. in my case it would be better if we were not married.

  • Tracey says:
    No

  • Hana-Lily says:
    no

  • ashley says:
    Yes, 2 married parents are better. Its hard on the kids for a family to split up.

  • yvonne says:
    never

  • Brittney says:
    unmarried relationship show the children that you love each other more than just saying 'i do', married with a family shows them you are in a stable environment

  • Kristin says:
    YES! You need the whole family unit. If it's impossible due to circumstances beyond you're control...God will provide all you need to be the parent your children need,

  • Jessica says:
    sure

  • shani says:
    no its not any better as long as there is no abuse but lots of love and understanding instead.

  • Kanan says:
    Cent percent

  • Laura says:
    No.

  • natalie says:
    No

  • rebecca says:
    no

  • jessi says:
    no,because every family has its ups and downs

  • Sarah says:
    no

  • Tiffany says:
    It makes absolutely no difference wether your married or not I say shame on those who think it does I have been with my fiancee for 10 yrs now we were young when we started abd have gone through alot I feel better that we arent married for all the ups and downs we have gone through... to me makes no difference you would still be the same parent either way