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Insight into why so many U.S. marriages are getting a failing grade

According to information from divorcerate.org, an estimated 41 percent of first time marriages in the U.S. will end in divorce. For second and third marriages, that percentage only increases. Relationships, particularly those between spouses, can be complicated. When you factor in concerns and stresses associated with money, children, sex and life goals; it's no wonder that many marriages are unable to weather the storms of everyday life and ultimately end in divorce.

There are numerous reasons why a couple may choose to divorce. For many couples, disagreements related to childrearing often lead to resentment and conflict. Today, it's drilled into the minds of both parents and child that academic success combined with involvement in extra-curricular activities are essential for a child's future success.

Well intentioned parents may stress about what school their child will attend and which and how many activities a child should be involved in. One marriage counselor, Amanda Deverich, recently discussed how many marriages today are failing as a result of so-called "homework overload".

On average a child may have two to three hours of homework each night. Add in time devoted to sports and other extra-curricular activities and many children and parents are tired, stressed and overwhelmed. In addition to the obvious time constraints associated with homework and after school activities, parents are also often forced to act as both tutor and enforcer when it comes to homework.

In many cases, one parent takes on the role of homework enforcer which can lead that parent to feel resentment and anger towards the less involved parent. Even in cases where both parents attempt to take an active role in ensuring for a child's academic success, conflict over differing approaches and priorities often erupts.

Raising a child is one of the most important and difficult jobs imaginable. While parents are quick to assure a child that he or she is not the cause of a divorce, it's difficult to overlook the tremendous amount of stress and strain homework and school activities can place on a marriage.

Source: The Huffington Post, "How Homework Could Flunk Your Marriage," Amanda Deverich, Jan. 7, 2014

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