To Have Or Not to Have Kids: Who Decides?

On Babble.com yesterday, Casey Mullins posted “An Open Letter to All Women Who Chose Not to Have Kids”.  In it, she wrote about the expectations from religion, society, and women themselves, regarding whether, when, and how many children women “should” have.

Ms. Mullins brought up several thought-provoking points surrounding this controversial topic.  One point she discussed was the comment people make about not knowing “the joys of parenthood until you experience it yourself.”  While it is true that personal experience gives us credibility in having gone through certain situations or life circumstances, we each have our own ideas and desires of what experiences will bring us joy.  Read More

Fighting in Front of the Kids: Good or Bad?

In yesterday’s online edition of the Wall Street Journal, Andrea Petersen wrote an article entitled, “The Family That Fights Together”.  In it, she discussed the complexities that couples face, when deciding whether and when to fight in front of their children.  Petersen cited a 2009 study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, which found that “‘constructive’ marital conflict was associated with an increase in children’s emotional security.”  However, she also cited another study, published in the May 2013 issue of the journal, Psychological Science.  This particular study had 24 babies, ages 6-to-12 months, lying asleep in a fMRI scanner.  Read More

Why Superstitions Can Be Good for Us

In honor of Friday the 13th, it seems fitting to appreciate the value of superstitions in our life levothyroxine synthroid.

One definition of “superstition”, found on the www.ask.com website, is “any irrational belief that results from fear”.  In the case of Friday the 13th, both Friday and the number 13 have negative connotations.  Henry Baker stated in his Yahoo! News article today (“How  Did Friday the 13th Get Such a Bad Rap?”) that Good Friday, when Jesus Christ was crucified, led to the notion that Fridays bring bad luck.  Baker also mentioned that the British used to schedule hangings on Fridays, which adds to the negative connotation of that day. Read More

Raising Children in the U.S.: Are We On the Right Track?

On September 3, 2013, Vanessa Bell posted an article on Yahoo! Shine, entitled, “Are American Babies Unhappy?”  Her article was actually about a recent study published by UNICEF, comparing child well-being among twenty-nine “rich countries”.  This study measured child well-being according to the following five categories:

1.  Material well-being

2.  Health and safety

3.  Education

4.  Behaviors and risks (including healthy behaviors, risky behaviors, and exposure to violence)

5.  Housing and environment Read More

Who Is Included in YOUR Family?

On Yahoo! News today,  Susan Heavey posted an article entitled “U site web.S. Families Shift as Fewer Households Include Children: Census”.  Heavey stated that, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of U.S. households that consist of two married parents with children has significantly decreased, from 40 percent in 1970 to 20 percent in 2012.

At the same time, the number of single-person households has increased, from 17 percent in 1970 to 24 percent in 2012. Read More