The practice of cohabitation has increased by about 2,000 percent since 1960. AEI’s Brad Wilcox argues that, while cohabitation may seem attractive to adults, it seldom works out well for kids of cohabiting parents. Parental commitment is a key part of maintaining a warm, stable home life. Marriage sets that commitment, and cohabitation just doesn’t cut it.
Wilcox states that there is a role for policy in reversing this trend, from safety net to tax reform. But the answer isn’t just about public policy; culture has a role to play. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Lauren Hashian recently announced that they are expecting their second child. They and others should set examples to encourage a marriage mentality and should put marriage before the baby carriage.