Nine Ways to Raise Fearful, Unhappy, and Woke Kids (Without Really Trying)

Most parents want to raise children who take a positive slant on life, who enter adulthood prepared to grapple with new responsibilities, who know in their bones what it means to love and to be loved. They want children who are comfortable with themselves, who look at life as an adventure with obstacles to be overcome, and for whom despair is as foreign a word as kummerspeck, which is German for “grief bacon” and appropriately refers to weight gained while under stress.
But are these healthy goals?

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The Power of the Success Sequence for Disadvantaged Young Adults

The “Success Sequence,” a formula to help young adults succeed in America, has been discussed widely in recent years, including by Brookings Institution scholars Ron Haskins and Isabel Sawhill. The formula involves three steps: get at least a high school education, work full time, and marry before having children. Among Millennials who followed this sequence, 97% are not poor when they reach adulthood. The link remains strong when this cohort of young Americans reaches their mid-30s, according to a new IFS analysis of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY).1

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Raised by the Matrix

The media are awash in stories about things like TikTok encouraging teen girls to obsess about their appearance. Yes, that’s happening, and yes, that’s bad, but phenomena like that are the merest slivers, the most superficial symptoms, of much deeper cultural changes we hardly notice.
This generation may be the most heavily and intensely indoctrinated in history, and the change in how the young are brought up has been taking place since long before they were born.

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Greater Religiosity, More Condom Use?

More religious women, while less likely to be sexually active outside of marriage, are less likely to use hormonal contraception when they do have sex—a finding that fits with the conventional wisdom. The new finding Brooks and Weitzman uncovered is that when not using hormonal contraception, highly-religious women are more likely to use condoms than their less religious counterparts.
Thus, religious women’s “shortfall” in hormonal contraceptive use is compensated by both greater shares abstaining and greater shares using condoms when not using hormonal contraception, which is represented in the diagram by the red background that isn’t covered by something. (Note that religious women are not more likely to use condoms overall, but they are more likely to use condoms in the absence of hormonal contraception. Less religious women have higher rates of dual method use).

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Oklahoma City archbishop encourages ‘culture of life’ after governor signs abortion ban

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City thanked state leaders Wednesday “for supporting pro-life measures” after the governor signed into law the strictest abortion ban in the country.
The Oklahoma law, prohibiting abortion from the moment of conception with few exceptions, comes ahead of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that could leave abortion legislation solely up to the states.

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