Week of April 16, 2011
Courtesy of Bill Coffin
1. Readers React: Putting Off Marriage to Pay Off Loans, Wall Street Journal
This week’s Work & Family column on how young adults burdened by student-loan debt are postponing marriage, child-bearing and auto and home purchases hit a nerve, drawing 290 reader comments on WSJ.com.
2. GUEST EDITORIAL: Married with Kids Decreasing, The Leaf Chronicle
In addition to single-parent households, there are a growing number of firstborns in the United States with unmarried parents, reflecting dramatic increases since 2002 in births to cohabiting women, according to government figures. The percentage of first births to women living with a male partner jumped from 12 percent in 2002 to 22 percent in 2006 to 2010 — an 83 percent increase.
3. Marriage Education Conference in Baltimore this July, Marriage and Family Courts
The National Association for Relationship and Marriage Education, NARME, is holding its second annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland on July 19-25, 2012. This is the leading marriage skills education conference in the U.S., largely filling the role of the Smart Marriages conferences that were held from 1997 to 2010, including many of the same people — family therapists, educators, clergy, and others interested in helping people improve their marriages, including a few from the legal professions.
Americans’ wellbeing differs greatly by marital status, according to data from the Gallup-Healthways. . . The findings are based on 2011 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index data, including subgroup sample sizes ranging from more than 6,000 separated U.S. adults up to more than 190,000 married adults. The difference in wellbeing between married and non-married populations is highly statistically significant given the large sample sizes.
5. Fathers Important; Marriage Even More So, Ruth Institute
But here’s something that’s not often talked about: Children of unmarried, cohabiting parents are at higher risk for most of these same problems as well. That means the real problem isn’t so much the absence of a father in the life of a child; it’s the absence of a husband. More specifically, it’s the absence of a marriage.
6. The Marriage First Household, Huffington Post
My husband and I existed as a couple long before we decided to have children. And on the day (God willing) when all four of our kids make their way as independent citizens of the world, Bryan and I will once again live in a household of two. In the meantime, we don’t like the idea of waiting until the year 2034 to make our marriage a priority. . .
7. Marriage Education: Is Your Toolkit Sufficient?, Psychology Today
For instance, studies in 2008 and 2009 by Hawkins, Blanchard, Baldwin, & Fawcett found that marriage and relationship education courses reduced aggression between partners, lowered divorce rates, and increased marriage satisfaction and communication. [Noteworthy: Consider the seven types of skills couples need.]
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