Week of April 2, 2011
Courtesy of Bill Coffin
1. How to Maintain a Healthy Marriage (in Good Times and Bad), heallovebe
A reporter asked the couple, “How did you manage to stay together for 65 years?” The woman replied,” We were born in a time when if something was broken we would fix it, not throw it away. . .”
2. Defining the Relationship, The Quinnipiac Chronicle
A study done by the Institute for American Values’ 16-member Courtship Research Team, which surveyed 1,000 college-aged women nationally over an 18-month period, agrees.
“Because they can hang out or hook up with a guy over a period of time and still not know if they are a couple, women often initiate ‘the talk’ in which they ask, ‘Are we committed or not?’ When she asks, he decides,” the study says.
3. The Myth of the Disappearing Middle Class, The Washington Post
[A]dults who graduated from at least high school, had a job, and were both at least age 21 and married before having children had about a 2 percent chance of living in poverty and a better than 70 percent chance of making the middle class — defined as $65,000 or more in household income. People who did not meet any of these factors had a 77 percent chance of living in poverty and a 4 percent chance of making the middle class (or higher).
4. Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010, Heritage Foundation
Drawing on five decades of statistics and research, Coming Apart demonstrates that a new upper class and a new lower class have diverged so far in core behaviors and values that they barely recognize their underlying American kinship – divergence that has nothing to do with income inequality and that has grown during good economic times and bad.
5. Taking Mystery out of Marriage, The Houston Chronicle
During a fight, for example, it is not a good idea to stretch out the talking points or to deliver them with extra-special emphasis. “One of the counterintuitive rules in the midst of an argument is to say it shorter and to dial down the volume and intensity,” Lerner says. “Make your point in three sentences or less.”
In that spirit, Lerner shares some of her favorite tips: [10 Points]. 10. Go small. Pick one or two rules and work on them for three months. That’s how long it really takes to change your behavior.
6. Can Women Raise Boys to be Men?, Queens Chronicle
Opening the discussion for the opposition, clinical social worker Rodney Pride, who serves as vice president of youth development at United Black Men of Queens, said, “Eight out of 10 boys are without a positive male role model in their families and that ain’t good. So many boys are walking around with a level of anger.”
Raising children is a challenge for parents from all walks of life. However, parents who experience social and economic disadvantages face particular challenges in trying to meet the needs of their children. Some of these parents have support in rearing their children, but many do not. This Research Brief takes a close look at the link between the emotional support that mothers receive—or do not receive—in raising their children and their children’s development.
For more, see here.