Family capital, the key to development
A new book, Families and the The Millennium Development Goals, puts the family front and centre of this programme.
Australian politician ridicules same-sex marriage
Bob Katter is a member of Federal Parliament from an electorate in North Queensland which is larger than Spain. He is one of the great mavericks of Australian politics. Today he addressed the issue of same-sex unions at the National Marriage Day in Canberra.
“Don’t meddle with marriage”
Australian family advocates and supporters have travelled to the federal capital, Canberra, today to tell politicians, “Don’t meddle with marriage”.
Why policymakers should grow the family
The activities of marrying as well as bearing children, which Adam Smith considered among factors of lasting economic growth and true wealth in capitalist societies like the United States, are not counted in the GDP.
Reject cohabitation! Pope urges young Croatians
During a brief visit to Croatia at the end of last week, Pope Benedict addressed a crowd of over 400,000 people at the country's first annual family day in the capital, Zagreb.
Friends for the hiring
Need a relation or friend to boost your wedding party? A partner for the conference dinner? Someone to show you around a strange city? An audience for your gig? Yes, there comes a time when Facebook is simply no use and you need a real person at your side. But, do not worry; practically any personal gap can be filled today -- for a fee.
Drifting into family chaos
A recent Pew poll found that Americans are broadly tolerant of “non-traditional families” but draw the line at single motherhood.
The American family: torn by a culture of rejection
We hear a lot about family breakdown but not much that throws light on
its true extent, or on the causes. A new study remedies that by
describing the parental relationship in terms of either “belonging” or
Princess Mary of Denmark has twins
Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark are parents
again -- to twins, a boy and a girl, born January 8. That brings the
tally of their children to four.
A Hollywood story, where things turn out (more or less) right
Life seems to have imitated art in the life of child film
star Baby Marie Osborne, according to an obituary for her in the New York
Times. “She was cast as an orphan, a child of social climbers, the charmer of a
crotchety millionaire, a diplomat, a cupid,” but her real life was equally
Sharia law, women’s dignity and the family
An American political candidate has raised the alarm in the US about
sharia law, claiming that two districts were already effectively under
the Islamic legal system. Exaggeration aside, what kind of threat, if
any, does this system pose to American or Western values if it is
What ‘family’ means in America now?
The latest ammunition in the same-sex marriage wars is a New York Times
report about research showing that “a majority of Americans now say
their definition of family includes same-sex couples with children, as
well as married gay and lesbian couples”.
How did a boy from a good family become a ruthless drug lord?
It can happen in the best of families that there is a bad egg. This
seems to be the case with the American high school football star who
became one of Mexico’s most feared and savage drug dealers, La Barbie.
Switched babies make one big, happy family
Not infrequently one reads stories about babies accidentally switched at
birth, but they do not always have a happy ending like this one from
Musical mom has kids and career
A reader in Canada has alerted me to a really great article -- a profile
of a musical mother who is keeping up her career but not letting it get
in the way of having a family. Child number four is on the way and
won’t be the last if she and her husband have their way.
I have never been a fan of Time, so the recent news that the magazine is
withdrawing a lot of free content from its online version did not cost
me one wink of sleep. But this week’s cover story promoting the
one-child family as the new American family model did annoy me -- at
least, what I read of it from other sources as well as the summary Time
Canada’s top family-friendly cities
Here’s an interesting idea: the Institute of Marriage and Family,
Canada, has compiled a report on the country’s top family-friendly
cities, looking at factors such as population growth, lower taxes, a
strong economy, education choice and charitable giving.
Is having a family the way to lose friends?
Have children, lose friends. That’s the message highlighted in some
reports about research on how neighbourly and friendly British people
are. And it is not only parents who are missing out on friendship at a
time when people boast hundreds of friends on social networking sites.
Usually it is adult children borrowing from parents; sometimes it’s
unemployed or sick parents borrowing from children; but either way,
this kind of dependency can put a strain on family relationships. Money
can be the hardest thing to give. But doesn't charity begin at home?
Babies in bars—a singular offence?
A twenty-something New Yorker living in an area of Brooklyn where she
finds “the mommy culture run amok” (most residents have children and
she does not) complains that she is running into infants in -- of all
places -- her favourite bars. Double strollers on the streets and
toddlers in cafes are bad enough, she frets, but “bar-babies” are the
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