Category: Marriage/Family

Confronting the Toll of Hookup Culture

Rather than seeking enduring emotional bonds that result from a supportive and loving partnership, young adults are seeking a “quick fix,” a transient feeling of pleasure and the excitement of feeling “chosen”—even only briefly—by a peer. Gaining the physical attention of someone else has become an exciting game that nobody wins.

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Underregulated and Unaccountable

Commercial surrogacy is a contractual agreement where someone pays a woman to gestate and birth an unrelated child for a fee. In the United States, it’s an underregulated and unaccountable practice. Unlike adoption, the intended parents are not required to undergo a background check or home visit.

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But the goal of marriage is not to avoid conflict. Not by a long shot. If handled correctly, conflict can help build a stronger marriage. In fact, we’ve come to believe that conflict is the price smart couples pay for a deepening sense of intimacy. Conflict helps us peel away the superficial layers of a relationship and discover who we really are.

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Are woke German bureaucrats going to redefine the family to include 6 spouses?

Robert Ripley (1890-1949) was a one-of-a-kind impresario with a fascination for the far-out. He built an empire reporting the weird, exotic and grotesque through his columns, broadcasts and the “Ripley’s Believe it or Not!” museums, called Odditoriums. People the world over goggled at Ripley’s accounts of the flaky and freakish. Germany’s new family policy fits the bill. Were Ripley around today he would jump on it in a heartbeat.

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How to Marry Your Best Friend

The friendship of husband and wife is founded on an attraction or thrill, but that thrill has roots in the goodness of the other spouse. It should grow into a series of actions that make both spouses better, that cement their delight in each other’s good in a life of mutual beneficence and sacrifice.

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How to Help Your City Become More Father-Friendly

Meet the Rapid Ethnographic Assessment of Programs (REAPS) for Fathers. It’s a process created by National Fatherhood Initiative® (NFI) that draws on an anthropological research method that’s particularly helpful when you have limited time and resources and need to act quickly.

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