Week of June 4, 2011
Courtesy of Bill Coffin
1. The Single-Mom Catastrophe, Los Angeles Times
The embrace of “lone motherhood” — women bringing up kids with no dad around — has been an American specialty.
2. 20 Years Later, It Turns Out Dan Quayle was Right about Murphy Brown and Unmarried Moms, The Washington Post
But in the end, Dan Quayle was right. Unless the media, parents and other influential leaders celebrate marriage as the best environment for raising children, the new trend — bringing up baby alone — may be irreversible.
Although many college students are committing to marriage at an even younger age than the national average, it seems those going for it have strongly considered their personal and professional goals before doing so.
4. The Economic Inequality of Unwed Births, The National Review Online
What research does imply, however, is the central importance of marriage in general. Married couples — at all education levels — are significantly less likely to be poor.
5. Marriage And Happiness: Does Marriage Make People Happier?, The Huffington Post
Our data suggests that married people are happier than they would have been if they didn’t get married. Marriage protects against age-related declines in happiness.
Previous research has found that genuine expressions of sadness during a conflict can sometimes draw partners closer together, and it potentially can enable couples to break out of a climate of anger.
7. Gay Parents and the Marriage Debate, The New York Times
But a growing body of research indicates that no other parental arrangement, from single motherhood to cohabitation to shared custody, affords as many social, economic and emotional advantages as being raised by two biological parents joined in a lifelong commitment.
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