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Alexandria Christensen and Kendra Mayo Parenting is an important part of how society functions. Parents rear the rising generation that will become the political leaders, the work force, and the consumers of tomorrow. Parents raise children to become successful adults. Laurence Steinberg (2005) states, “Good parenting is...

Elise Ellsworth When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke at a college commencement this past year he chose an interesting topic to address – marriage.  He urged young people to actively pursue marriage: “Combining your life with another person … is tremendously challenging and enormously rewarding...

Alexxus Kochel                                                      After a long week, I was very excited for a date night with my husband. Something about a stress free Friday night to unwind is soothing to me. My husband picked me up from work, and we headed to a movie. We had...

Diane Robertson The Pilgrim Separatists fled their homes in England, endured starvation and hardships and the deaths of many of their loved ones in order to establish a colony in the New World free from religious intolerance. The sacrifices of these first settlers began a tradition...

Attempting to scare people is part and parcel of the Halloween season, but the “zero-population growth” folks have really kicked it into gear the last few weeks.   “Scary stories” abound, especially since the new report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was...

Shelle Mask Soelberg With “Mask” for a last name, Halloween was bound to be special, and my mom made sure it always was.  Our tradition for extravagant and individualized costumes made us anticipate Halloween all year long. Our costumes were always homemade and always thrilling in...

Kassie Anderson I was talking with my good friend Eden, who had been talking with her 90 year old aunt, about how women are losing their instinct to mother. I am 100% on board with this. My theory is that there are so many books and...

In the United States, October is the month for pumpkins and trick-or-treaters. It also National Breast-Cancer Awareness Month, a nationwide campaign “dedicated to educating and empowering women to take charge of their own breast health.” Judging by the multitude of pink ribbons from sea to...

Diane Robertson After the New Jersey Supreme Court rejected a stay on same-sex marriages, local officials began issuing marriage licenses to homosexuals at midnight Monday, Oct 21st. Governor Chris Christie rather than carry through with a promised appeal to the state dropped the legal motion. In effect,...

Bethany Larson & Jenny Cooper Do you want your child to be honest, genuine and to form meaningful relationships with others?  Of course you do!  As parents we want our children to be the best they can be and to become successful in their lives.  However...

Diane Robertson Leave it to California to take one crazy law and turn it into an even crazier law. Children in California can now have three or more legal parents. Some may find it helpful for sharing parental responsibilities with things like doctor appointments and school...

Ann Bailey Two women can now “have a baby together.”  Yup, it’s a brave new world.   And guess what, if you live in California, lesbian couples now will get financial assistance to acquire that baby and it will be underwritten by you.  I’m still not sure...

Ann Bailey Blair McMillan of Guelph, Canada, has grown a mullet in a bid to return to the year 1986 – the year he was born.  He and his girlfriend, Morgan, have also put away their tablets, smart phones,  computers, DVD players, X-box, coffee machine –...

Diane Robertson A study published last week in the journal Review of the Economics of the Household analyzes data taken from the 2011 Canadian Census in which young adults are asked the question: “Are you the child of a male or female same-sex married or common...

Kristi Kane The word adult is a funny one to me only because in today's society it seems to have such a wide variety of definitions, most of which contradict each other.  To me an adult is supposed to be someone who is mature and who...

Maddie Gillel Have you ever heard the  phrase ”don’t let a camel get his nose under the tent”?  Apparently, once he does that, it will not be long before his whole body is inside the tent, and he will be wreaking all manner of camel-havoc. Two subjects...

Diane Robertson New Jersey judge, Mary C. Jacobson, has become the first judge in the United States to cite the Supreme Court’s ruling on DOMA as a reason a state must legalize same-sex marriage. Judge Jacobson said that not doing so deprives same sex couples of...

Ann Bailey Searching for happiness for yourself and for your children?  Evidently, it’s as simple as relocating to Iceland. “What We Can Learn from Iceland,” an online article that made the rounds recently, offers a provocative premise and a collage of lovely photos that make some rather...

Alyssa Samuelson & Jessika Tweedy Technology is such a powerful tool. We’re able to communicate with someone clear across the globe, send texts instantly, provide a means for understanding what is happening worldwide, and learn new information with just a click of a button.  It has...

Maddie Gillel When we were teenagers, and even younger, my brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends would go outside our small town in the winter and ice skate on ponds and small rivers.  We did this often enough that we knew how to tell by looking at...

Kristi Kane Last week, one of my daughters told me for the tenth (it could be more), time that she never plans on getting married. When I ask her why, she tells me that her generation does not understand how to love or trust or how...

Sarah Owen So much of our culture has been revolutionized by the spread of cell phone and on-line technology.  Most of us can't imagine our lives without it.  Despite the benefits that can come through technology, it also facilitates a major problem: pornography. Pornography is not new...

Commitment, loyalty, responsibility. These are all things that we want in ourselves and in those around us. Social scientists have long discussed how we live in a social world.  We are not born into a social vacuum; rather our lives influence others, just as their...

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,...