Sharia law, women’s dignity and the family

Carolyn Moynihan | 19 October 2010 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: family, Islam, sharia courts
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?


Jennifer Minicus | 09 October 2010 | READING MATTERS |  
tags: adolescence, family, fantasy, girls

Women, children, poverty…

Carolyn Moynihan | 24 September 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: child mortality, family, maternal mortality, Millennium Development Goals, poverty
What’s missing from the Millennium Development Goals programme?

What ‘family’ means in America now?

Carolyn Moynihan | 15 September 2010 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: best interests of the child, family, same-sex marriage
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 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: character, drugs, family
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.

Red Families v. Blue Families

Jennifer Roback Morse | 02 September 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: blue states, family, red states
Two academics stoke the culture wars by claiming that blue states have the correct recipe for making families.

Not quite ready for Diary of a Wimpy Kid? Try Alvin Ho!

Clare Cannon | 25 August 2010 | READING MATTERS |  
tags: adventure, boys, family, humor

All families are equal

Carolyn Moynihan | 20 August 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: children's rights, diversity, family, reproductive technology
From the halls of academe to the hills of Hollywood the cry of 'family diversity' rings out ever more confidently.

Switched babies make one big, happy family

Carolyn Moynihan | 02 August 2010 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: birth accidents, 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 Brazil.

The Seven Silly Eaters

Jennifer Minicus | 31 July 2010 | READING MATTERS |  
tags: family, humor, picture books

Prairie Winter

Jennifer Minicus | 29 July 2010 | READING MATTERS |  
tags: family

Musical mom has kids and career

Carolyn Moynihan | 27 July 2010 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: family, work-life balance, working mothers
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.

My Sister, Alicia May

Leticia Velasquez | 24 July 2010 | READING MATTERS |  
tags: family, picture books

One-child America?

Carolyn Moynihan | 19 July 2010 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: family, fertility, one-child policy
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.

The dream of an austere and frugal Britain

Joanna Bogle | 24 June 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: family, social cohesion, United Kingdom
How are Britain's voters going to weather the new government's tough budget if they can't darn socks or make a casserole?

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