Single Motherhood

Could 1 in 5 boys have ADHD? And why?

Carolyn Moynihan | 02 April 2013

Alarming figures for ADHD in the United States were published over the weekend.

Does “the end of men” begin in fatherless homes?

Carolyn Moynihan | 21 March 2013

A new study indicates fatherless boys do worse than girls in the labour market.

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.

Single motherhood: hard row to hoe

Michael Cook | 19 July 2012

Being a single mother is no fun, the New York Times discovers in this video report. Maybe marriage is a good idea, after all.

JK Rowling and the Family Secrets

Carolyn Moynihan | 04 August 2011
JK Rowling, the UK’s “most influential woman” according to one magazine company there, was also at one time Britain’s most famous solo mum. Now she has discovered that she comes from a long line of single mothers -- and finds it “reassuring”.

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.

Are tots really OK when mum goes back to work?

Carolyn Moynihan | 04 November 2010
One of the most studied aspects of childhood in recent decades is early, non-maternal childcare. Research tends to show benefits for a child’s cognitive development but not for emotional wellbeing and behaviour. Now a study has found that youngsters are less likely to succeed at school if their mothers return to work within a year of their birth.

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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