THURSDAY, 2 OCTOBER 2014

Marriage linked to income increase

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The News Story - Marriage rates keep falling, as money concerns rise

Pew Research Center Report released Wednesday reveals that a record 20% of adults over the age of 25 have never married, and that number is expected to rise to 25% by 2030. 
 
The New York Times reports that at least a part of this marriage decline is due to “the country’s deepening socioeconomic divide.”  Women, it seems, still prefer to marry men who are stably employed.  “Educated, high-income people are still marrying at high rates and tending to stay married,” reports the Times.  “Remaining unmarried is more common among the less educated, blacks and the young . . .” The report also reveals that lack of financial preparedness is one of the main reasons that young adults are foregoing marriage.
 
But if current research is correct, these couples may be sacrificing the very economic stability they seek… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

MONDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER 2014

Happy personal life or hefty paycheck?

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One of the biggest regrets that successful people have is not spending enough time with family and loved ones. Which is why California-based CEO, Mohamed El-Erian, is a very smart man.

El-Erian resigned as the chief executive of two-trillion-dollar investment fund, PIMCO, in May 2013. Why? Because, as revealed in his recent essay, his 10-year old daughter wrote him a list of 22 special moments that he’d missed due to work - from her first day at school to parent-teacher meetings. And family is irreplaceable, unlike money.

First things first: I find it a sad thing that this occurrence is rare and even newsworthy. It just goes to show the priorities of our society, if it’s so uncommon for a man to choose family time over a hefty paycheck. But at the same time, El-Erian did make this choice, which is a hopeful thing – at least we know… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

THURSDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER 2014

Raising boys to respect women

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I, like most young women, will admit that I’ve spend many a day bemoaning the quality of men these days. Yes, I’m lucky enough to be engaged to an amazing man myself, but what about my sisters? My friends? And my future daughters? They also deserve a man who will consistently treat them with love and respect.

Most parents will assume that they’ve taught their boys to respect women, or that all they need is a conversation or two. And yes, the example of a dignified mother who is well-respected by her husband is the best possible start. But is that enough, in this day and age where all the negative opinions of the world are just a mouse-click away?

That’s why I really liked this article that was published in Time. Penned by mother of three and human rights lawyer, Jennifer Prestholdt, she makes an excellent point – even when… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

WEDNESDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER 2014

How family meals deter obesity

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The News Story - Study: standing desks could help cut childhood obesity rates

With childhood obesity rates still soaring, researchers at Texas A&M believe they’ve hit on at least one potential solution: a new type of desk that requires children to stand in class.
 
The desks, reports CBS Philly, “are positioned higher than a regular desk and come equipped with a stool for when children want to sit.”  In a study of 500 schoolchildren in the College Station, Texas, school district, researchers followed the students’ step counts and energy expenditure over a period of five days.  The researchers reported that those students who used the standing desks burned an average of 15 calories per minute more than their peers at traditional desks.  Obese children burned 25% more calories than peers at traditional desks.  “The hope,” reports CBS, “is that standing desks could help to cut… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

FRIDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER 2014

Teaching your kids to be happy

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Let’s face it – kids are meant to be happy and full of life, but all too often these days we come across little ones that are sulky, moody, and just keen to get back on their mum’s iPad. Not ideal! So when I came across this Time article about happiness, I thought it had some good ideas that could be worth taking on and instilling in your children. There are the usual ones like learning to give, but here are a few more:

Gratitude

Teaching your kids to say a simple “thank you” might just seem like teaching manners, but you’re actually teaching happiness. Why? Because people who are grateful and appreciative are a lot happier – they see the good in life, it’ll help to improve their relationships, and they learn to make life better for the people around them.

Play to your strengths

Doing what you’re good at… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

WEDNESDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER 2014

Setting a wage for homemaking

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HOUSEWIFEHousewife in her mobile home in Minnesota. Photo: Horatio Villalobos / Wikimedia

 

Should the state – one way or another – pay home-makers for housework? Nothing new in that question. Family campaigners have said so for years. But it is potentially of note that the idea is now being advocated – I use the word advisedly m’lud – by two prominent lawyers.

Both have arrived at their conclusions independently and, interestingly, the points they advance in favour of reimbursement, are really quite different.

One of these attorneys is Noah Zatz, a professor at the University of California School of Law who joined a debate on the subject at the New York Times last week. Part of his critique of the domestic status quo is legalistic – that it involves a diminution of the rights enjoyed by other productive citizens.

He is concerned that:… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

TUESDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER 2014

Married at First Sight

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The News Story - 'Married at First Sight' and our attitude towards marriage

Today’s depressingly high divorce rate prompts more queries than ever before on what makes a marriage stick.  More money?  More education?  A bigger wedding?  Cable’s FYI Network has speculated on just this question in its new hit reality series, “Married at First Sight,” in which three couples who have been matched based on compatibility tests meet on their wedding day, then spend the next month figuring out if they want to stay married.
 
This week’s conclusion led to more media chatter on making marriage work.  Stacia L. Brown of the Washington Post speculates that the show’s success is due to its appeal to a deeper societal loneliness.  “[A]s you root for the couples to work through their issues and ‘beat the odds,’” she writes, “you become increasingly aware that the experience isn’t really about them. It’s about… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

WEDNESDAY, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014

The link between divorce and mortality

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The News Story - Famous Wedding Resort to Offer "Divorce Packages"

An upstate New York hotel famous for its lavish weddings is about to get into a new side of the marriage business—divorce.
 
Reports the New York Post, “For a flat $5,000 fee, the divorcing parties are put up in separate rooms at Saratoga Springs’ Gideon Putnam Resort for a weekend and work with a mediator to finalize the details into a signed agreement.” Some of the divorcing parties will even broadcast their negotiations via a reality television show.  Rob Sgarlata, a spokesperson for the hotel, does not believe that providing a venue for both weddings and divorce proceedings in the same weekend will “tarnish the hotel’s reputation as a wedding venue.”  According to Sgarlata, the organizers of these divorces “want people to get into an environment that minimizes the stress of the situation and that’s… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

THURSDAY, 4 SEPTEMBER 2014

Working mothers: to everything, a season

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mum and babyMyles Grant - Flickr via Wikimedia

 

The much celebrated rise of women in education and the workforce has given rise to the much debated second shift syndrome, in which mothers who work full time come home to do most of the childcare and other domestic work (cooking, shopping, laundry…), and to why women can’t have it all tracts from high-powered career women who want to see more of their children. However, Neil Gilbert at Family Studies notes a recent trend that may see more mothers and couples finding a better work-life balance.

According to the Pew Research Centre, for three decades starting around 1967, the proportion of stay-at-home mothers in the United States fell steeply – from 49 percent to 23 percent in 1999. That includes both married women with a working husband… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

TUESDAY, 2 SEPTEMBER 2014

The first divorce selfie

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This divorce selfie might not actually be the first, but at any rate it has happened. And that’s certainly enough to sadden the heart. Here’s what gets me about this photo:

It normalises divorce

Once again, our society is managing to normalise something that shouldn’t be normal. It’s making a huge, life-changing and heartbreaking choice look like an everyday, run-of-the-mill event. Sadly, people already go into marriage with the option of divorce in the back of their head – selfies like this are only going to fuel that attitude.

It makes divorce look pain-free

As happy as they might look in this selfie, divorce is not a happy business. Couples might convince themselves that everything has ended in a peaceful and amicable manner, and yet there are layers of hurt underneath. You can’t just commit your life to a person and then let it go with a smile and a happy… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

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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


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