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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: Churchgoers Smoke Less

    After all manner of campaigns against smoking, it turns out that civil society has some sway in the matter. A recent Gallup poll found that regular church attendees are three times less likely to pick up a cigarette. While the group that has the highest concentration of smokers—young, single men—is … 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

    How Are We Losing the War on Poverty?

    After trillions of dollars in welfare spending, “we’re losing the War on Poverty,” said Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI) last week. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson launched the famous “War on Poverty,” putting into place a multitude of government means-tested welfare programs and kicking off what has come to a … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Teens Are Putting Off Sexual Activity

    A recent report by the Guttmacher Institute reveals that more teens are choosing to delay sexual activity. The median age for first sexual intercourse is approaching 18 years of age for those born in 1991. The median age for those born in 1978 was 17 years of age. Now, less … More

    The Truth About Breadwinner Moms

    In May, the Pew Forum published a new study on “Breadwinner Moms.” The subtitle made the message more explicit: “Mothers are the sole or primary provider in four-in-ten households with children; public conflicted about the growing trend.” The prevailing narrative in the mainstream media covering the study’s release was that … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Americans Have Religious Liberty Every Day of the Week

    What days should Americans be able to live out their religious beliefs? Is religious liberty limited to church on Sunday or synagogue on Saturday? Or can deeply held beliefs influence the day-to-day lives of Americans? Regular religious observance can have a positive impact on adolescent behavior, teen academic achievement, and … More

    Chart of the Week: Marriage Guards Children Against Poverty

    As a Senator, Barack Obama was right—there are serious disadvantages to being raised without a father. “We know the statistics—that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime, nine times more likely to drop out of schools, and 20 … 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

    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