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Family capital, the key to development

Carolyn Moynihan | 09 July 2012
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

Michael Cook | 16 August 2011
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”

Carolyn Moynihan | 16 August 2011
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

Carolyn Moynihan | 08 August 2011
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

Carolyn Moynihan | 08 June 2011
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

Carolyn Moynihan | 25 May 2011
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

Carolyn Moynihan | 23 February 2011
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

Carolyn Moynihan | 13 January 2011
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 “rejection”.

Princess Mary of Denmark has twins

Carolyn Moynihan | 09 January 2011
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

Carolyn Moynihan | 19 November 2010
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 eventful.

Sharia law, women’s dignity and the family

Carolyn Moynihan | 19 October 2010
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 tolerated?

What ‘family’ means in America now?

Carolyn Moynihan | 15 September 2010
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?

Carolyn Moynihan | 09 September 2010
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

Carolyn Moynihan | 02 August 2010
Not infrequently one reads stories about babies accidentally switched at birth, but they do not always have a happy ending like this one from Brazil.

Musical mom has kids and career

Carolyn Moynihan | 27 July 2010
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.

One-child America?

Carolyn Moynihan | 19 July 2010
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 published online.

Canada’s top family-friendly cities

Carolyn Moynihan | 23 June 2010
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?

Carolyn Moynihan | 17 June 2010
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.

The borrowers

Carolyn Moynihan | 01 February 2010
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?

Matthew Mehan | 27 January 2010
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 limit.

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