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.
Baby name wizardry
Carolyn Moynihan | 26 Feb 2013
When parents choose a name for their baby they are making a decision that may place them right in the mainstream of social history or at the margins. Now you can find out where you are with an online name wizard.
Homemakers Project launches
Carolyn Moynihan | 22 Feb 2013
An international effort to draw attention to and support the unsung but vital work of the home launches in London next week.
Korea's elderly turn to suicide as family bonds fray
Carolyn Moynihan | 21 Feb 2013
Parents who have spent everything on their children find there is no-one around to care for them in old age.
A science lesson about faith and families (cartoon)
Carolyn Moynihan | 14 Feb 2013
Social science provides ample evidence that churchgoing kids flourish. So why are some secularists crusading against religion?
How texting kills language skills
Carolyn Moynihan | 13 Feb 2013
A infographic showing how text abbreviations commonly used by middle schoolers can ruin their grasp of grammar at a critical time.
Mapping the world's family patterns
Carolyn Moynihan | 12 Feb 2013
The first in a series of annual reports shows how the family is faring in different parts of the world. Find out how your own region compares.
Tests, and why some kids stress out
Carolyn Moynihan | 8 Feb 2013
Some people are genetically better equipped to handle stress, but others can learn through less serious forms of competition.
Do babies need their mums more than their dads?
Carolyn Moynihan | 7 Feb 2013
A British government minister says it's time to "shatter" that perception.
Parents should allow kids to fail
Carolyn Moynihan | 5 Feb 2013
These are the parents who worry me the most -- parents who won't let their child learn, writes a teacher.
Home - a vital enterprise
Carolyn Moynihan | 28 Jan 2013
When did you last hear the home mentioned by an economist or politician? Ever?
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