Sociologist Brad Wilcox: The “Elite Wisdom” on Moms & Dads is Dead Wrong reports on a recent lecture by University of Virginia sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox in Canada:

... Sociologist W Bradford Wilcox says that this “elite wisdom” is dead wrong. Moms and dads bring different and essential gifts to the parenting enterprise, as a growing body of social science research findings testifies. In a presentation called “Vive La Difference: Gender and Parenthood” in Canada recently, Prof Wilcox, Director of the National Marriage Project in the US and Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia, said this evidence shows:

*Mothers and Fathers bring distinctive talents to the parenting enterprise; and,

*Children are most likely to thrive and even survive when they are raised by their own mother and father;

*Children long to know and be known by the man and woman who brought

You can find Prof Wilcox’s slide presentation at the Institute for Marriage and the Family Canada website and read a summary of the science behind what you always thought anyway -- namely, that although death and other misfortunes sometimes rob children of a father or mother, being brought up by their own married mom and dad is far and away the best thing for kids.