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  • Family Fact of the Week: Dimming Aspirations in the Rise of Cohabitation

    Since 1960, the number of cohabiting couples in our nation has skyrocketed from 450,000 to more than 7.5 million. As a motivation to move into cohabitation, couples have cited spending more time together, the ability to combine their financial resources, and the opportunity to “test drive” their relationship, possibly avoiding … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Universal Child Care Does Not Bode Well for America's Children

    Rumblings are once again underway indicating movement on President Obama’s State of the Union proposal to “work with states to make high-quality preschool available to every single child in America,” and to drive forward his agenda to create a “cradle to career” government education system. Increased spending of Americans’ tax … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Parents Contribute More Than School Supplies to Children’s Education

    As the days wane in late summer, so do parents’ bank accounts as they invest in school supplies for their children. In fact, reports show that this year, per-family expenditures to equip their young students has risen 10 percent since last year (second only to holiday spending), and when electronics … More

    Family Fact of the Week: The Transforming Power of Fatherhood

    In their new book Gender and Parenthood, Brad Wilcox and Kathleen Kovner Kline squarely face a current cultural trend that portrays the father as an optional family figure and heralds the concept of gender-neutral parenting. Gleaning the results from the latest research, the authors document the unique role that fathers … More

    Fortnight for Freedom: Religious Liberty and the Obamacare Mandate

    A coalition of religious leaders from a broad spectrum of faith backgrounds gathered in Washington this week to release a letter denouncing an Obamacare health insurance mandate threatening religious freedom. The letter comes during the second annual Fortnight for Freedom. The two-week initiative was created to underscore current threats to … More

    Family Fact of the Week: What the Record-Low Marriage Rate Means for Americans’ Well-Being

    Though the marriage rate in America has reached an all-time low, there is a small sign of hope. Within the next two years, there will be a slight rise in the number of weddings as Millennials hit the marriage life stage, according to a recent study by Demographic Intelligence. Given … More

    Father’s Day and the Tie Dads Give

    Throughout the nation, stores stock up on ties for Father’s Day, but there’s one tie that money can’t buy: the bond that fathers establish with their children through their presence and involvement in their lives. Decades of research show that fathers make a difference in a range of measures of … More

    Delayed Marriage: Knot So Great

    New research on the rising trend of delayed marriage in the U.S. reveals some disturbing details for the next generation. Today, an astonishing 48 percent of first births take place outside marriage. A new study, “Knot Yet: The Benefits and Costs of Delayed Marriage in America,” reveals that the average … More

    Family Fact of the Week: The Feminine Mystique and Feminists’ Mistake

    Among the landmarks in the 2013 Women’s History Month is the 50th anniversary of the publication of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique—a work that was once hailed as the “the spark that ignited second-wave feminism.” Yet Friedan’s dictum that women be “liberated” actually had limiting consequences. A perspective with 50-year … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Promoting the Value of Life and Good Teen Choices

    For many, last week’s 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision was a time to reflect on the value and sanctity of life. In the decades since the Supreme Court’s decision, many civil society organizations have sprung up to meet the needs of women facing unplanned pregnancies and provide … More