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Carolyn Moynihan

Carolyn Moynihan is a New Zealand journalist with a special interest in family issues. She began her working life as a secondary school teacher but always fancied the life of the scribe. Too late, she realised that the latter is even more work than teaching Shakespeare to 15-year-olds and the pay is generally less. Being a reluctant geek, she has never quite got over the surprise of finding herself the deputy editor of an online magazine—a pleasant sensation for the most part.

She once wrote a book—the history of New Zealand’s own anti-porn movement in its heyday—for which she got mixed reviews and no awards. She lives in the country’s largest city, Auckland, which is three hours by plane from Sydney—the hub of MercatorNet—and too far for comfort from anywhere else of importance. Still, it is a very nice vantage point from which to meddle in the affairs of the world.

Family capital, the key to development
9 Jul 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: family, Millennium Development Goals, United Nations
A new book, Families and the The Millennium Development Goals, puts the family front and centre of this programme.

Short, sharp and to the point
6 Jul 2012 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Ireland
Same-sex marriage and related claims, such as adoption of children, are fast becoming flavour of the month among Western politicians. Irish pollies are among the latest, so the family-oriented Iona Institute has prepared an excellent, short,briefing paper on the subject.

The harm of same-sex marriage - in a nutshell
6 Jul 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Ireland, same-sex marriage
Iona Institute has prepared an excellent, short, briefing paper on the need to preserve marriage as it is currently defined.

Home educators to meet in Berlin
5 Jul 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: homeschooling, Sweden
The world's first global home education conference will take place at the beginning of November in Berlin, writes Swedish home educator Jonas Himmelstrand.

Between divorce and Scientology: the fate of a child
4 Jul 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Hollywood, Scientology
Hollywood, we all know, is not the home of lengthy marriages, but if celebrity couples are going to divorce they could at least offer a solid reason. Katie Holmes appears to have one.

Family dinners don’t work magic
3 Jul 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: adolescents, family meals, parenting
Research over the past decade showing a significant link between the wellbeing of teenagers and family dinners makes a lot of sense.

What has to change before women can “have it all”
26 Jun 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: feminism, motherhood, work-life balance
Sheryl Sandberg is now on the board of Facebook -- but there's a bigger buzz this week about an article in The Atlantic entitled, "Why Women Still Can't Have It All".

Pictures in a cave
22 Jun 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: anthropology, cave paintings, prehistory
Are the earliest rock paintings older than we think? And does this mean Homo sapiens owes his ancestors more respect?

Cherie Blair to full-time mums: “Get to work”
22 Jun 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: careers, motherhood
It seldom comes out quite as blatant as this, but the UK’s ex top mummy, Cherie Blair, has been scolding young women who want to be full-time mothers for their lack of ambition and independent spirit.

Mothers: young, old, married, unmarried
21 Jun 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: pregnancy rates, USA
A US government report shows that pregnancy rates for women in their early 20s dropped nearly 18 per cent between year 2000 and 2008 while rates for women in their 40s have jumped 65 per cent.

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