The News Story - Florida legislator wants to repeal cohabitation law
In Florida, it is still technically illegal for an unmarried man and woman to live together, but that might be about to change.
Senator Eleanor Sobel recently filed a bill to repeal the outdated law, which CBS reports “has been on the books for decades,” in spite of a 2011 attempt to change it. Ms. Sobel’s bill “would also remove a provision that allows a judge to prevent a parent from having contact with their child if they are convicted of breaking the cohabitation law.”
As many view cohabitation as the new marriage, this story made few headlines. But new research indicates that many states and municipalities have more of a reason for interest than they might realize in this seemingly innocuous behavior of their constituents.
(Warning: There are a few clips from 50 Shades shown in the video that could be a trigger for some. Watch with caution.)
Russell Brand: English comedian, actor, and what do you know – anti-porn advocate. That’ll teach you not to judge a book by its cover.
But seriously – he might not have been the first person I expected to come out about the harmful effects of movies like 50 Shades of Grey, but I’m glad he did. In this short video he calls it soft-core pornography, and outlines the dangers as well as his personal realisations about the dangers of porn. Have a watch or check out this summary of his main points:
Films like 50 Shades of Grey is the “mainstreaming and commodification of soft-core porn”
So we hear a lot about raising smart kids and raising successful kids. But what’s more important than that? Happy kids! Which is why I loved yesterday’s article from Time which listed 10 science-backed ways to teach your kids happiness. Here are my favourites, and my take on them:
Get happy yourself
Example is the best way to teach, right? Plus it’s no secret that a parent’s way of being has a massive impact on their kids. In keeping with this, I recently heard that one of the best ways to ensure that a child is secure is for them to see that their parents love each other – and I can personally vouch for this. In our household, my siblings and I knew that divorce was never an option, and even though we did see Mum and Dad have the occasional tiff, it was never anything more than that –…
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The News Story - Why you're still paying for birth control even though it's "free" now
Susie Poppick writes for TIME this week about her near-miss at having to fork over a $50 copay for her birth control.
“Strange,” she thought, since she was sure that “preventative” health services like contraception were supposed to be free under the Affordable Care Act. She promptly went home, got on the phone with her insurance provider, and was told that only generic medications were free. The problem is, her particular brand didn’t have a generic yet. She dug a little deeper, and she was quickly told that all she had to do was to tell her physician to call her pharmacy and assure them that she needed this brand.
In less than six months, I’ll be getting married. And being open to the possibilities, who knows how soon after that I could have children?
I’ve always wanted kids but in drawing closer to the reality, there are a lot of questions to consider. Would I want to keep a full-time job? Could I work from home? I’d want family to take priority, of course, and with that is it even possible to maintain another job?
Every woman and situation is different, of course. I’m confident that I’d like to be at home once children come along, but still writing as much as possible. Even so, it’s wonderful to read how other family-oriented women have created balance in their lives – creating a beautiful home still working hard outside of the home.
The News Story – Six ways you can lower your risk of heart disease
February—the month of love—is also American Heart Month, and stories on what makes for good cardiac health abound.
CNN reported this week on a new study out of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology on the “six simple things” that go a long way in promoting a healthier heart, particularly for women. What are these magical steps?
The list is a typical one: Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise, eat healthily, limit television, and drink a moderate amount of alcohol.
What didn’t make the list, of course, is marriage, even though study after study has shown that being married does more than perhaps any other single factor in keeping us healthy and happy.
The New Research - The healthy heart—and the broken one
I have a bone to pick with you. Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love – not to degrade and thoroughly undermine it. But through your books, and now with the film’s release on February 14, that’s exactly what you are doing. You are conveying to women that certain characteristics in a man are attractive when they are really not. You are telling women that your book has something to do with love, whereas I can hardly think of anything that’s further away.
Until 1993, for 16 years I taught international relations at Georgetown University. In the concluding lecture of the year I used to share with my students some personal reflections to help them as they embarked upon their careers. Many were especially grateful for my advice about how to have a successful marriage. In this regard, I have always advised people to heed only marriage advice from those who are happily married. I consider myself especially well qualified as I have been exceedingly happy with my wife Joan for over 30 years. Here is what I told my students.
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Above all, you must deeply feel that this is truly the person for you. In addition to all the marriage criteria mentioned below, mutual physical attraction and overall compatibility are essential.
Marital satisfaction tends to take a dip once that first baby comes home from the hospital (or out of the bathtub, birthing centre, etc.). This shouldn't be surprising to anyone. Let's face it - kids, particularly newborns, are difficult. Anyone who says otherwise is either lying, or a grandparent. But you can maintain a happy marriage despite the strains and difficulties on your new life as parents. Here are ten tips for a happier marriage — with children.
1. Remember that love is a decision, not a feeling.
It’s impossible to keep warm fuzzy feelings for your spouse constantly, especially when you have children taking up so much of your time and energy. Just remember that your relationship with your spouse comes first. Period. If you want the best for your children (and who doesn't), the success of your marriage is paramount. A Google search will render you a dozen different studies all…
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The News Story - “California high school had sex ed teachers with interesting sidelines"
Sometimes what the media fails to report is more interesting than what it does.
Fox News was the only major American news outlet that picked up a story out of California this week that should have made national headlines. In Acalanes Union High School in LaFayette, parents have been demanding for months to know more about a sex education course operated by Planned Parenthood. The answers they finally received shocked them. Reports Fox, “At least two of the instructors had questionable day jobs, with one conducting sex toy workshops at a local porn shop. Another, who dubbed herself a ‘pleasure activist,’ had attended pornography conferences with other Planned Parenthood employees.” “It was not immediately clear" if the sex toy saleswoman “told students of the store’s offerings.”
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