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by Erin Weist I ran across some interesting statistics on the Centers for Disease Control website about teens and it seemed like important information to share.  These statistics come from studies done from 1991-2013 as part of a Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance and cover both high...

By Kay Hill It is my belief that we women can be one of the biggest factors in the fight against ISIS.  Our wonderful troops are fighting on one end, but we women can fight on the other end too — before our youth join ISIS! ...

At United Families International, we are so grateful for our volunteers and college interns. They help carry the load of researching social science for our Family Issues Guides, writing articles for our UFI Blog, and posting daily current news articles to World Family News, as...

by Tashica Jacobson My biggest shock when telling people of my recent marriage is the negativity that comes in response to this life event. They want to know if I am happy, and when I respond in the affirmative they respond with “just wait…” Just wait...

by Diane Robertson Promiscuity has consequences. Since the 1960’s people have been trying to avoid the consequences by destigmatizing sexual choice. Social and school programs have been set up to support children born without a married mother and father. Free medical care is available to the...

by Jessica Westfall It's not new news that there are explicit sexual education programs being implemented throughout the western world. It's hard as a parent to know what to do. In May, Toronto held a boycott against the curriculum, almost 35,000 students didn't go to school in protest....

by Erin Weist I am not Jewish but when I found that the celebration of Hanukkah began yesterday evening (the 6th of December) I was prompted to search more regarding the history and symbolism of this Jewish holy holiday.  My own Christian roots are inseparable from...

by Mekelle Tenney My daughter is five months old today! This will be her first Christmas. Yesterday I took her with me to do some Christmas shopping at the mall. As we walked in and out of the different shops and boutiques I was observing the...

by Rebecca Mallory Imagine this little scenario. Your 17 year old son comes to you with a notebook in hand. "Mom and dad, I have some demands I'd like to review with you. First, I'm done doing chores around the house. House work is just too menial for...

by Diane Robertson Parents need to be aware of the heavy expectations that are heaped upon high school kids today. I have 3 High School children and I have been worried about all that is required of them. I’ve had to step back and look at...

It has been my unique opportunity to serve as the Chairman of the Board for UFI for the past two years.   The mission, history and talent within UFI are unlike any organization I have witnessed.  The selfless dedication that consistently comes from every UFI volunteer...

by Vincenzina Santoro On November 11th the Christian calendar marks the celebration of St. Martin of Tours. He is best remembered for sharing half his cloak with a freezing beggar he met along the road. The saint is usually pictured in military garb, sitting on a...

by Jessica Westfall Last week was Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday. I love Thanksgiving not only because of the pumpkin pie and time with family, I love the focus on gratitude. There is so much in life to be thankful for!  I want to share this exert from The...

by Elise Ellsworth Would you want to participate in an activity which made it more likely you would be depressed? Commit suicide? Live in poverty? Fail in school? Have an unhappy marriage? Contract uncomfortable diseases? These are some of the outcomes that have been linked to...

Carol Soelberg I love November and December and that they bring with them a joyous season of “THANKS” and “GIVING”.  With a grateful heart to each of you for your continued support in strengthening the families of the world, I offer a few personal thoughts on...

by Jessica Westfall The book, Unnatural Selection by Mara Hvistendahl, outlines the history of population control, abortion, and sex selection from a pro-abortion standpoint. Using this information, I will outline 3 issues regarding this movement: recurring ideas, unrestrained parental control, and the power of unique life. These issues...

by Ally Fife Nazi’s didn’t start out by killing Jews. But eventually they killed millions and the average German had allowed themselves to be drawn into the lie. Somehow, the hope of a stronger Germany helped them believe in Hitler. He convinced them they needed to...

by Teralynn Nordgren On November 3rd this year, residents of Houston turned down the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), also known as “The Bathroom Bill”, in a landslide vote. The next day, transgender activists began their response. Since then, hundreds of online articles have been written...

by Jessica Westfall Editor's notes:  See Part 1 of this  series here The book, Unnatural Selection by Mara Hvistendahl, outlines the history of population control, abortion, and sex selection from a pro-abortion standpoint. Using this information, I will outline 3 issues regarding this movement: recurring ideas, unrestrained parental control,...

by Mekelle Tenney It’s easy for us to get caught up in all that is wrong in this world. Last week our Friday night was met with reports of terrorist attacks in Paris where over 200 people were killed. ISIS continues to make the news with...

by Erin Weist Last week a series of attacks by Islamist extremist groups took over news waves as death tolls rose and reports of the gruesome destruction left in the wake of these cowardly terrorists grew by the hour.  First, these attacks in Lebanon were reported...

By Deborah Wene The Ninth annual World Congress of Families was packed with people from all over the world who came together to talk about the importance of families, the threats that families are facing, and how to go about addressing those threats. In my opinion, it...

Tashica Jacobson Basic, while typically thought of as simple or easy, it is the most crucial to an outcome. For example basic math, which is elementary material is what makes up our ability to solve calculous and trigonometry problems. Replacing that basic understanding with something else...

by Jessica Westfall The book, Unnatural Selection by Mara Hvistendahl, outlines the history of population control, abortion, and sex selection from a pro-abortion standpoint. Using this information, I will outline 3 issues regarding this movement: recurring ideas, unrestrained parental control, and the power of unique life. These issues...

by Christie Masters There is something serendipitous about the household being in a bit of turmoil when writing an article on conflict resolution. Peacemaking is constantly being discussed. When I asked my twelve year-old what she thought was the best way to resolve an argument, her...