Ever heard of a school that teaches fathers how to hug? Well weirder things have happened because they do exist, created to teach stoic Korean dads how to be more loving towards their families (as I read in this PRI.org article).
I’ve heard it time and time again – a loving and involved father is so important for raising confident sons and strong daughters. Maybe in generations past, fathers were happy to take a step back and let mothers do the work of parenting. And this evidently still stands in some cultures - Korean fathers work some of the longest hours, and have grown up with Confucian values which praise them for not showing their emotions. The response? The rise of these “Father Schools” in some Korean-dominated areas of the USA, staffed mostly by graduates who are keen to pass on what they’ve learnt, and…
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Here’s some great news from the United States about college communities that are seriously into building a new family culture.
Over 300 students and alumni from nearly 50 colleges and universities across the nation will spend their Halloween weekend learning from leading scholars about the importance of strong marriages and sexual integrity in contributing to a flourishing society.
The annual conference, the largest in its eight-year history, will equip the attendees with the knowledge and arguments they need to be effective witnesses for the message of an authentic understanding of love and fidelity on their campuses. Sexuality, Integrity, and the University will be held on the campus of Princeton University on Oct. 30-31.
For those unlucky enough not to live anywhere near Princeton, N.J. (that is, nearly everyone reading this) the presentations will be live streamed from 7:30 PM EDT on Friday and from 9:00 AM EDT on Saturday.
When I was a kid, we were told not to watch too much television or our eyes would “go square.” Whether an understandable reason or not for a child, we’ve all always known that too much TV should be avoided. But for a few years now, it hasn’t seemed like the biggest issue. There was enough to talk about with the rise of smart devices, and how they impacted kids and families.
But then I saw the topic come up on Time’s “Question Everything” section and I realized – it’s back with a vengeance, thanks to providers like Netflix. Such companies really are facilitating the isolation of individuals and the breakdown of family time.
Economics has its roots in the Greek wordoikonomia, which means the “management of the household.” Yet economists across the ideological spectrum have paid little attention to the links between household family structure and the macroeconomic outcomes of nations, states, and societies. This is a major oversight because, as a new report from the Institute for Family Studies and the American Enterprise Institute shows, marriage and family patterns are important factors in states’ economic performance.
The report, Strong Families, Prosperous States: Do Healthy Families Affect the Wealth of States?, was authored byW. Bradford Wilcox, Joseph Price, and Robert I. Lerman. In it they show that higher levels of marriage, and especially higher levels of married-parent families, are strongly associated with more economic growth, more economic mobility, less child poverty, and higher median family income at the state level in the United States.
Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles at the Synod of Bishops on the family. Photo: CNS/Paul Haring
As the Synod on the Family nears its end in Rome, one of the bishops participating, José H Gómez, Archbishop of Los Angeles, has contributed a commentary to the series Letters from the Synod, edited by Xavier Rynne II. In the following excerpt Archbishop Gomez argues that Catholics need to respond to what is a real crisis of the family with “positive ways to proclaim God as Creator and to show the beauty of his plan for the human person and the family.”
The News Story - Ben Carson says children of single parents get on welfare, become criminals
Ben Carson came under fire recently for daring to suggest that the natural family is still the best family form for the upraising of children.
Reports the Atlanta Daily World, Carson “recently theorized that kids born out of wedlock or raised by single parents are tied to higher rates of poverty and crime.” Continues the story, “Carson has continually railed against what he sees as a decline in traditional values and family structures,” in spite of the fact that “he is a product of a single parent household” and that “the current president of the United States, Barack Obama, was raised by a single mother.”
As pointed out by a recent article in The Federalist, “parenthood is having a cultural moment”. And I think it’s wonderful!
Just in my own context: in the last few weeks, I have found out that two newly-married friends of ours are pregnant, as well as a cousin and a few acquaintances. On social media, celebrities are sharing their excitement about babies on the way (such as Ivanka Trump recently), and more are proud to call their family their number one role (Natalie Portman did this back in 2011 and was criticised for it!), even over very successful careers.
Why is this happening? To be honest, it might be a bounce back from the last decade or so. Perhaps a past generation, where smaller families were more socially acceptable, has left the current generation keen to experience a larger family. Maybe the common decision to delay kids has led to…
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Here’s something we missed in August: large families are the happiest, according to an Australian study.
Dr Bronwyn Harman of Edith Cowan University spent five years interviewing hundreds of parents from a range of family set-ups to ascertain what life is like for different families, and how resilience, social support and self-esteem contribute to parents' happiness.
Parents with four or more children were the most satisfied with their lot, enjoying, rather than feeling overwhelmed by, the chaos of a big family.
Although they said they have to deal with comments such as "are they all yours?" or "do they all have the same father?", large families benefit from lots of support from each other, and are rarely bored. Children learn responsibility from an early age, and older ones help out with their younger siblings.
“Everything thinks that divorce is so common and not a big deal. And yeah it is common, and it is a big deal, and it can completely affect your life…”
That’s one line from this BuzzFeed-produced video and it pretty much sums up what I wanted to say. Divorce may be common, but that doesn’t mean that it should be, or that it has less impact on the people affected.
In this video, I appreciate the raw, real feelings of those affected by divorce, rather than the “yay for divorce parties” or “new relationship time!” angles that we more commonly come across. Have a watch!
The News Story - The birds, the bees, beers, and STDs: Sex 101 begins at Northwestern University
While students settle into their dorms, university administrators worry about their sex lives.
That, apparently, is the motivation behind Northwestern University’s new online class, “Sex 101.” Says Teresa Woodruff, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at NU and creator of the course, “This is everything first-year students need to know about sex and reproduction, and didn’t know to ask.” The course will cover the typical information on STD transmission and unplanned pregnancy, but the Washington Post reports that one reason for the course is to help students understand what precisely constitutes consent. According to the story, “experts worry that college freshmen arrive on campus with vastly different concepts of what constitutes consensual sex and gaps in their knowledge that can leave them vulnerable to assault.”
Family Edge looks at news and trends affecting the family in the light of human dignity. Our focus is the inspiring, creative, humorous, annoying, ridiculous, and dangerous ideas in the evening news. Send tips and brainwaves to the editor, Tamara Rajakariar, at tamara.rajakariar@ mercatornet.com