Posts Tagged ‘family’

In a world of family change, how are children faring?

April 22nd, 2014 No comments
A new report provides a unique global picture of family factors affecting child well-being.

Families around the world are changing dramatically. The newly released World Family Map 2014 from the US research centre Child Trends provides an evidence base for strategies to improve child wellbeing. In this Q&A with MercatorNet the project’s co-director Laura Lippman notes some of the major findings. Read more…

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Focus On The Family Presents: Irreplaceable

April 17th, 2014 Comments off

Focus On The Family Presents: Irreplaceable

Fathom Events, Focus on the Family™ and Pine Creek Entertainment invite you to explore “What is family – and does it still matter in today’s society?” in the one-night cinema event Irreplaceable. Broadcast to select movie theatres nationwide on Tuesday, May 6 at 7:30pm (local time), join host Tim Sisarich as he meets with experts around the globe to explore this fascinating subject in a documentary and panel discussion that will discuss views on family and its role in society. Read more…

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This week! ITAF regional…..

April 9th, 2014 Comments off

The unspeakable link between family stability and prosperity

April 8th, 2014 Comments off
The first step to solving a problem is recognising that one exists.

Sara (not her real name) wouldn’t wish single motherhood on anyone. When she and her partner split, it was hard. She remembers the days of shifting emotions and shifting locations. And of course it was hard financially – which, she adds, it still very much is. Read more…

Happiness is … dinner with the family

April 2nd, 2014 Comments off

by Joanna Roughton

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Nobody can be sure who said this first – Mark Twain or Benjamin Disraeli – but the quotation remains as valid as ever.

Where government policy is concerned, statistics matter hugely. Not just in presenting policy favourably. Data is also used to inspire strategy. But, of course, as any statistician will tell you – the result you get out, depends on the numbers you put in. Read more…

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The new silence which is destroying our kids

January 31st, 2014 Comments off
Why are politicians and the media ignoring the cause of most child abuse: the breakdown of the traditional family?

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been heralded a new epoch in Australian life that will finally ‘break the silence’ surrounding child sexual abuse.

Sceptical commentators, however, have questioned how the royal commission will ensure children are better protected in the future when its restrictive terms of reference (which only authorise an inquiry into how institutions such as churches, schools and sporting bodies respond to child sexual abuse) ignores the 70 percent to 80 percent of cases of child sexual abuse in which the perpetrator has a ‘familial relationship’ with the abused child. Read more…

Fewer siblings changes personality

January 28th, 2014 Comments off

by Shannon Roberts

It has long been known that birth order affects personality to some extent.  I remember observing that quite a few of the people I worked with in a corporate firm seemed to be oldest children.  Their younger siblings often enjoyed more relaxed careers, happy to cruise through life a bit more (although they were often very successful at whatever they cruised into, while somehow avoiding all the achievement angst of their older sibling!).   Read more…

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Saving Mr. Banks and the Greatest Story Ever Told

January 17th, 2014 Comments off

By Jennifer Roback Morse

This article was first published on January 10, 2014, at

Why do we love Saving Mr. Banks? We have been flocking to see it. Not a single frame of the film is wasted. But what makes it a masterpiece? I think we love this story because the redemption story it tells is one we never tire of hearing.

The word “Disney” has become synonymous with cutesy, sugarcoated escapism. But that is not what Disney studios have offered us here. Nor is it the image the film paints of Walt Disney himself. Read more…

Protect trees – but not the family tree?

January 10th, 2014 Comments off

by Helena Adeloju

Strange as it might seem, I would count wandering the graveyards of the evergreen Irish countryside with my best friend as one of my fondest memories of 2013. A trip, which possibly had its roots in our Irish dancing childhood, finally became a reality when we made it to the Emerald Isle together in July last year. Our shared fascination with our Irish heritage is what took us there, as well as a love all things Irish. Read more…

Having Siblings Reduces Risk Of Divorce Later In Life: When It Comes To Big Families, 7 Is Definitely Lucky

December 13th, 2013 Comments off


Sure, they may take your stuff or spend too much time in the bathroom. But in the long run, having siblings while growing up increases your chance for a successful marriage later in life, one study finds. Read more…

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