Family Values

Video: Hilary Swank turns down roles to care for her sick father

Tamara El-Rahi | 15 July 2015
We need more role models like this!

South Carolina church shooter comes from a broken family

Nicole M. King | 26 June 2015
Shouldn’t family background also be part of the conversation?

The red and blue of family stability

Carolyn Moynihan | 16 June 2015
New US research shows that traditional family values are an important source of stability for kids.

7 tips for a happier home

Tamara El-Rahi | 20 March 2015
Superfast wifi? Nice neighbours? A lock on the bathroom door?

The Obama girls are bored

Tamara El-Rahi | 03 December 2014
Do they deserve a reprimand?

Global family values and Spanish schizophrenia

Carolyn Moynihan | 19 March 2013
The World Family Map -- a final report, in which we find that 80 percent of adults in Spain support the idea of a woman deciding to have a child on her own, while 78 percent think a child is happiest with a mother and a father. Go figure.

Are close family ties bad for the economy?

Carolyn Moynihan | 20 June 2012
Today’s post provides a sort of commentary on our last one about Italy. It’s about the relationship between family culture and the labour market.

Hope for the Italian family

Jane and Alessandro Marini | 18 June 2012
Things are not looking so great in Italy. But the seventh World Family Meeting held a week ago in Milan showed a way forward.

Aren’t babies good?

Mariette Ulrich | 30 April 2012
My youngest child (7) is crazy about babies.

Cartoonist captured “family moments” fondly

Carolyn Moynihan | 17 November 2011
Not living in America, I had never heard of family values cartoonist Bil Keane until this week, when someone alerted me to his death. Seems like I have been missing a great tradition all these years.

Boomer parents: the good news

Mariette Ulrich | 29 September 2011
A couple of weeks back when I posted a piece about the baby boomers who don’t plan to leave any inheritance to their children, I came down rather hard on that generation.

Asian marriage in trouble

Carolyn Moynihan | 24 August 2011
Asian marriage is in the news, with The Economist reporting on “the flight from marriage” in that part of the world and the London Telegraph noting the materialism which is delaying marriages in China.

The price of progress in China?

Carolyn Moynihan | 10 August 2011
Some see it as a sign of greater freedom in China and therefore progress, but not all Chinese are happy that the divorce rate is burgeoning, reports China Daily.

Children change climate for the better

Mariette Ulrich | 08 December 2009
As the climate change summit opens in Copenhagen, the UN Population Fund’s recent message is still ringing in my ears: more babies will undermine attempts to stop global warming.

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@

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