Working Parents

The dual-income family now accounts for 60% of all two parent families with children under 18 years old, according to a new Pew Research study. With the stay-at-home parent planted firmly in the minority, the impact of this shift is being felt. Even though both mothers and fathers are spending more time on child care than they did in 1965, 46% of fathers say they aren’t spending enough time with their children (23% of mothers). Additionally, 56% of working moms and 50% of working dads say they find it very or somewhat difficult to balance work and family life. Continue reading “Working Parents”

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Making Babies

There are approximately 4 million live births in the U.S. each year, but getting there isn’t easy. Each year there are 600,000 miscarriages and 26,000 stillbirths. Additionally, 875,000 Americans experience one or more pregnancy complications. Of the babies born, 467,000 are born prematurely. Sadly, 27,864 infants die before their first birthday. So what can you do to improve your chances of making a healthy baby? Continue reading “Making Babies”

The Changing Face of the American Family

Over the past 50+ years the U.S. has seen more female breadwinners, more single mothers, more divorces, more college degrees, more births out of wedlock, but less religion. In 2012, for the first time since records began in 1940, less than half (48.4%) of all households contained a husband and wife. The turn of the millennium marked the first time that less than a quarter (23.5%) of households had a married man and woman with one or more children. We’ve come a long way from a country where 45% of households were these nuclear families in 1960. Continue reading “The Changing Face of the American Family”

Bullying

In Carroll County Georgia, an 8-year-old girl was literally bullied into the emergency room. Third grader Aolani Dunbar wanted hair extensions, which she got. Then, at school, other students pulled on her hair to the point where her scalp ripped. She then ended up in the emergency room, and had to shave her head to prevent infection. Continue reading “Bullying”

Adoption

Each year, there are 120,000 children adopted in the U.S. Of these, 100,000 are adopted domestically. Adopted children make up roughly 2% of the total child population. There are unique emotional and psychological challenges that adoptive families must face. Instead of the usual bilateral relationship between parent and child, adoptive families have what is called the triad of adoption: the relationship between birth parents, child, and adoptive parents. Continue reading “Adoption”

Spare the Rod…

With mega church Pastor Creflo Dollar being arrested over an alleged dispute with his 15-year-old, the concept of child discipline has been catapulted to the forefront of public consciousness. Serious questions have been raised, such as how to control an unruly child, what forms of punishment are acceptable and how children can manipulate the situation to put themselves into the power position. Continue reading “Spare the Rod…”

Teens Do Not Need Parental Consent for Abortions

In the State of Georgia, minors under the age of 18 do not need parental consent before receiving an abortion. They do, however, need to notify their parents before the abortion in most cases. In some cases, they can seek a judicial waiver on the notification rule. Such a waiver was granted recently by a Georgia Court of Appeals. Continue reading “Teens Do Not Need Parental Consent for Abortions”

Miserable Moms? Recent poll shows stay at home moms more likely to have negative emotions

There is approximately 5 million stay at home moms in the U.S., according to the U.S. Census Bureau. A recent Gallup poll suggests that they may not be as happy as their working counterparts. Continue reading “Miserable Moms? Recent poll shows stay at home moms more likely to have negative emotions”