Teen Runaways

“You won’t live under my roof unless you cut your hair.” What happens when your 15-year-old takes you up on the offer? Each year in the U.S. one in seven teenagers between the ages of 10 and 18 run away, according to the National Runaway Switchboard (NRS). Currently, between one and three million teenagers are living on the streets in the U.S. Continue reading “Teen Runaways”

Marrying Outside Your Group: Romeo and Juliet

For an institution about joining two people together, marriage puts a pretty big spotlight on the differences between the husband and wife. Are you getting married in a temple, a church or a courtroom? When you look at the bride and groom’s sides, can you tell where you are supposed to sit as soon as you walk in the door? And once kids get thrown into the mix, the tug of war really starts. Continue reading “Marrying Outside Your Group: Romeo and Juliet”

Are They Adults or Children? The Boomerang Generation.

Due to tough economic times, more kids are returning home after college to live with their parents. Even before the economic crunch, a larger trend of women returning home after school existed. From 1960 to 2005, the number of 18-24 year old females living at home grew from 35% to 46%. Some postulate that this is due to more young adults delaying marriage. Continue reading “Are They Adults or Children? The Boomerang Generation.”

He Gets It from Your Side of the Family

Do you know your spouse’s medical history? Some states require that you take a blood test before obtaining a marriage license. Why? Partly to check for venereal and other STDs, but also to check for potential genetic diseases that could be passed on to children. This practice is on the way out, however, due to advances in medical science. Continue reading “He Gets It from Your Side of the Family”

When the Wife Wears the Pants

In 2010, 41.4% of American women were the primary breadwinners for their families. When considering only married American women over 30, the number drops to 22%, which is still much higher than the 4% in 1970. Opportunity-cost effects are causing more women with higher education, and therefore higher earning potential, to choose employment over staying at home with kids. Across several countries, women with more education are more likely to be employed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This trend has been inching upward for decades, and it raises the question: what is this doing to family dynamics? Continue reading “When the Wife Wears the Pants”

Dead Beat Dads, Moms and Football Stars

Terrell Owens will stand trial on Thursday, July 19th, for failure to pay child support. He could even face jail time. Owens was previously ordered to pay $5,000 per month to Melanie Smith, the mother of Owens’ 7-year-old daughter, who contends that Owens has been remiss in payments to the tune of $20,000. Continue reading “Dead Beat Dads, Moms and Football Stars”

Attachment Parenting: Are we strengthening or weakening our children?

The practice of attachment parenting has made a large impact in the 20 years since its founding text, The Baby Book, was published. Dr. Bill Sears, the book’s author, champions close relationships with parents, especially mom, and their children. Continue reading “Attachment Parenting: Are we strengthening or weakening our children?”

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”