UFI Blog

Maddie Gillel There’s a great story in children’s literature about a grasshopper who loves to play his fiddle and dance the whole summer away while watching the busy little ants harvesting everything in sight so that they will have the necessities throughout the coming winter.  Alas,...

“Choose your religious conviction or choose your livelihood.  But, you can’t choose both.”  That, in effect, is what the New Mexico Supreme Court has told the owners of Elane Photography.  Jonathan and Elaine Huguenin now face over $7,000 fine and court costs because they held...

Day Care and School Maternal employment in the first year impacts a child’s socio-emotional development. Even when taking into account gender, ethnicity, social class, and mothers’ current employment status, third- and fourth-graders whose mothers worked when they were less than one year old were more likely...

  An analysis of 50 separate studies of juvenile crime revealed that the prevalence of delinquency in broken homes was 10-15 percent higher than in intact homes. In addition, there were no appreciable differences in the impact of broken homes between girls and boys or between...

Diane Robertson The gay lobby has a weapon more amazing than any gun, bomb, or fighter jet ever invented. Without a single shot fired, the gay lobby is winning the culture war. That weapon—manipulation. Through insisting Christians and other religious people are bad, hateful, and even anti-Christian...

Kristi Kane It's hard to watch our children suffer consequences for their poor choices or foolish actions. The older they are, the more challenging the consequences. When my children were little, of course there were times when they were disobedient. I would ask them if their homework...

Kate Harrison This past weekend, in New Jersey City, New Jersey, three teenage boys found a three month premature baby discarded by the trash.  This child was found whimpering, with other trash, in a plastic shopping bag.  This child still had its umbilical cord and could...

Diane Robertson The June 26th ruling from the Supreme Court, while essentially doing nothing other than striking down section 3 of DOMA has had a large effect on forwarding the legalization and recognition of gay marriage throughout the United States. Here’s what’s happening: The US Department of Treasury...

Lorna Bryce and Hanah Parker Children spend more time watching television than in any other activity except sleep.  Fifty-four percent of children have a TV in their bedroom and 44 percent of these children say they watch something different when they're alone than with their parents...

Kristi Kane Over three decades ago, my brother began to make choices that took him away from the path of becoming an outstanding citizen with a future to a delinquent citizen whose life  nearly ended in death several times. He partied wildly, smoked, drank and did...

Diane Robertson Imagine a part of the population believed the only good they could do in the world was to die? Imagine that the rest of population believed this was true too. Imagine if certain people were born simply to harvest their organs for the people...

Kristi Kane Nearly 40 years ago, my Dad (now a retired physician), was called by the attending physician in the city's local emergency room to help with a patient. A woman in her mid-late 40's had been struck in the back of her head by a...

If you haven't already seen Ashton Kutcher's acceptance speech at the Teen Choice Awards, you need to. It's rare that you will see such wisdom coming out of Hollywood.   Tip of the Hat, Ashton...

By Natasha Rasaka Growing Up Babies grow up becoming terrible at two, leave for the very first day of school at five, and can read a book by age seven. Around 12 years of age the baby you used to have is really a young adult and...

Denise Hanson At 27, my good friend “Suzy “had been living with her boyfriend for about five years.  They had a son together, unplanned, but now welcomed into their home.  They loved each other and finally decided to get married.  Yet, less than three years later,...

Kristi Kane When my husband and I had our first child, he was at the very beginning of graduate school. I had worked up to my daughter's birth, and then chose to stay home with her full-time. Needless to say, there was not a lot of...

Chante' Mackintosh In the United States today, out of over two million marriages, 877,000 of those marriages have ended in divorce or an annulment. That is almost half of the marriages that are terminated, and just in the United States.  It’s hard for me to even...

Diane Robertson To protect children in the UK, Prime Minister, David Cameron announced Monday that households in the UK will have pornography blocked by their internet provider unless they choose to receive it. The Prime Minister warned that he would “force action” by changing the law...

Kristi Kane Have you ever had one of your children pout or mope around when they didn't get their way, or even slam their bedroom door when you've told them to go to their room? The answer is probably “yes.” I have dealt with moping and...

Are you in your 20s?  Know someone who is?  This TED talk by psychologist Meg Jay is one that you want to take a few minutes to watch. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhhgI4tSMwc&w=560&h=315]...

Diane Robertson 2013 has been a big year for the abortion debate. The Gosnell trial, originally ignored by the media, took the nation by surprise as the cruel details of late term abortions were divulged. The House of Representatives then passed a bill banning abortions after...

Kali Davis Children can be very resilient, bouncing back from a number of things such as physical trauma, poverty, or chronic illness. Children are able to do this due to their young age and also because they are encouraged, loved and supported through such difficult times....

Kristi Kane Several months ago, one of the researcher's at my husband's company dumped at least a dozen expired chemicals down the drain and left for the day.  A couple of hours later, as other employees left, they heard the fire alarm but just thought it...

Diane Robertson In 1776, Thomas Jefferson penned these words:  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” With the ratification and...