Week of March 3, 2013
Courtesy of Bill Coffin
1. A Choice Between Feeding Your Children or Getting Married, The Huffington Post
Experts estimate that, for most couples receiving public assistance, getting married will reduce their benefits by 10 percent to 20 percent of their total income.
2. First-Ever Data Comparing Rural, Suburban, and Urban Teen Childbearing, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unwanted Pregnancy
The teen birth rate in rural counties in the United States is nearly one-third higher compared to the rest of the country.
“We live in a world where we are constantly admonished to take exercise, eat healthily, wear a cycle helmet, study the side of the package, stop smoking, recycle, combat global warming, brush our teeth, control our drinking habits and have health checks. . . But when it comes to the one issue that does more harm to the next generation than any of these – the absence of a father in the family – there is a conspiracy of silence.”
4. State of the Union Address: Fatherhood on the Agenda, The National Fatherhood Initiative
“[W]e’ll work to strengthen families by removing the financial deterrents to marriage for low-income couples, and doing more to encourage fatherhood – because what makes you a man isn’t the ability to conceive a child; it’s having the courage to raise one.”
5. Preschool Debate Obscures Core Problem: Our View, USA Today
Researchers at Princeton and Columbia, following 5,000 children born to married and unmarried parents, have found that the effects of single parenthood seep into every aspect of kids’ lives.
6. Recent Marriages Are Lasting Longer, The Heritage Foundation
Nearly 75 percent of the women married for the first time in the early 1990s reached their 10th wedding anniversary, a 3-percentage-point increase compared to women married in the early 1980s.
7. Money, Marriage, Kids, Harvard Gazette
“Married people are happier than unmarried people. They are healthier, live longer, have more sex,” and do better on nearly every indicator of happiness, Gilbert noted during his lecture titled “Happiness: What Your Mother Didn’t Tell You.”
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