As I was thinking and praying about the people in Newtown, I recalled that I had written something about the Virginia Tech massacre, when it happened back in 2007. Much of it is still relevant to this current mass killing. We still don’t have all the facts about the Newtown killer. As you read this piece from 5 years ago, think about the fact that the Newtown killer shot his own mother.
Perhaps you’ve imagined, over the last few days, what it would have been like if a child of yours were a student at Virginia Tech. Let me take that imagining in a direction you may not have followed.
In those fear-filled hours after you heard the news of the gunman opening fire and killing undetermined numbers of people, your tremble with fear, worrying about your child. You try to assure yourself, “Everything will be fine” — yet it does nothing to rid your heart of the thought that everything is not fine.
You try to call Virginia Tech, but the line is jammed. You call the Virginia State Police, but they can’t tell you anything. You cling to the news, but they aren’t giving any names. You call your spouse. You speak only a few words to each other, but stay one the phone, grasping for some sort of reassurance. Finally, one of you says, “We’d better get off the phone in Read more…
by William West
Research showing problems with homosexual parenting continues to grow with the release of a study showing that the children of heterosexual couples are more likely to progress in primary school than children from a same-sex household. Read more…
by William West
Parents concerned about losing touch with their children as the teen years approach may take some encouragement from a new study indicating that young teens can spend more time with their parents.
The study at Pennsylvania State University tracked nearly 200 families and found that kids in early adolescence spent increasing amounts of one-on-one time with parents and that this only began to change from the age of 15.
The study also found that the period during which teens spent extra time with the fathers can be very productive, particularly in boosting self-esteem and social skills.
Director of the Social Science Research Institute at Penn State, Susan McHale told CNN:
“The stereotype that teenagers spend all their time holed up in their rooms or hanging out with friends is, indeed, just a stereotype. Our research shows that, well into the adolescent years, teens continue to spend time with their parents and that this shared time, especially shared time with fathers, has important implications for adolescents’ psychological and social adjustment.”
The research was carried out over a period of seven years and looked at families with at least two children.
by Carolyn Moynihan
The journal Demography has published a reexamination of a 2010 study that found no significant differences between same-sex and opposite-sex parenting outcomes. William C. Duncan reports:
The journal Demography has just published a very interesting article that reexamines the claims of a 2010 study that suggested (and was widely reported) as showing that children raised by same-sex couples experienced no academic disadvantages. The catch of the earlier study was that it was significantly different from previous studies on same-sex children and their parents since it used a large sample from the Census rather than a small self-selected one which is more typical of this body of research. Read more…
by Mary Cooney
Putting a price on the head of your potential child is applying the wrong set of values altogether.
My husband and I are millionaires. Or at least we ought to be. According to a recent New York Times article The Cost, in Dollars, of Raising a Child “would run close to $2 million by the time it was all over.” So, with five children in the nest, we must either be extravagantly wealthy or utterly broke. That’s according to the Times. Read more…
by Patrick B. Craine
November 28, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – “This new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing.”
Thus Hitler famously declared in 1937 as he ordered the nation’s children into government schools – a law that is still enforced to this very day. The Nazi tyrant knew, as all dictators do, that the home, left to its own devices, is a far worse threat to state ideology than any foreign power. Read more…
by William West
Parents of six children Brett and Kate McKay have drawn up what they call “The Awesome Dad Cheat Sheet“, offering “18 Fatherhood Tips They Should’ve Handed Out at the Delivery Room”.
Even for fathers (and mums) who think they already know it all, the list could prove to be a good refresher. I was certainly reminded of a few flagging resolutions. Read more…
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)
Parents in Ontario, Canada apparently have no right to learn what their children are being taught about homosexuality.
A situation occurred in Hamilton, Ontario during a recent assembly led by the Gay-Straight Alliance — an event which is required in the schools. Laura Wolfson, who identified herself as a lesbian and youth worship leader at a synagogue, was the guest speaker. Read more…
by Carolyn Moynihan
Researchers never stop studying the effects of out-of-home care on very young children, and that is just as well, since governments in many countries are encouraging mothers to farm out their little ones while they go to work. Research results are mixed; some find a link between daycare and better knowledge and language skills (though not always); others find increased levels of stress in young children, and a tendency to aggressive behaviour as the children get older. Read more…
Walter R. Schumm
… and found to have much in common with less controversial gay parenting studies.
In the July issue of the scholarly journal Social Science Research, Professor Mark Regnerus (pictured) published an article detailing initial results from his New Family Structures Study. His results suggested that adult children who had been raised, for at least a brief time, in families with a gay, lesbian, or bisexual parent were more likely to report dysfunctional adult outcomes than those who had been raised in other family structures, especially families with continuously married heterosexual parents. Read more…