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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...

Kristi Kane It has been almost six months since New Years Eve when all of us made those New Year's Resolutions that probably didn't last more than two months, if that.  And in six months time, it will be time to make another resolution that will...

Emily Green and Christiana Phillips Do you remember being in the halls of your high school, or, more commonly, in the locker room, with some friends and hearing about what others have learned, heard, or experienced relating to sex?  What about the first time you watched...

Diane Robertson “Same-sex marriage presents a highly emotional and important question of public policy—but not a difficult question of constitutional law. The Constitution does not guarantee the right to enter into a same-sex marriage. Indeed, no provision of the Constitution speaks to the issue. . ....

This morning the U.S. Supreme Court announced their ruling on two important marriage cases.  In the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) case,  one provision was struck down which now allows same-sex marriages (in the states who legally recognize same-sex marriages) to receive federal benefits.  In...

Diane Robertson For all of the people in the U.S. who have anxiously been awaiting SCOTUS’s ruling on marriage, tomorrow is the day. The Supreme Court will issue opinions on the three remaining cases of the spring session.  After announcing today's rulings, Chief Justice John Roberts...

Emily Barney and Micah Brock Imagine that your child is severely ill, and you have no idea what her diagnosis is. Consider the anxiety, frustration, and helplessness that you would feel day after day trying to figure out what is the matter. What might it feel...

Diane Robertson In the wake the Gosnell trial, the US House of Representatives passed a law that would ban abortions after 20 weeks gestation. The bill called, "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act," includes exemptions for pregnancies that threaten the life of the mother, and documented cases...

Ann Bailey “[P]arents should view the costs of child care as an investment in their career,” stated an article on Time-Management Strategies for Working Parents.  This was the final sentence in an article from a major media source that offered “advice for fostering a healthy work-life...

Tom ChristensenIn the days surrounding Father's Day, people reflect on the qualities of their fathers that contribute so much to their lives.  As I think back on my own father who passed away ten years ago, I think of his integrity.  He was not a...

Kristi Kane Years ago, during a summer break in between college semesters years, I took a job as a certified nurse's aide. I had never worked so hard in my life. My job entailed bathing elderly patients, changing their diapers, dressing them, feeding them, brushing their...

Who is better at handling pain – men or women?  And the question that often accompanies that one:  If men were the ones who had to be pregnant and then go through labor and delivery, would there be far fewer children in the world? We know...

Carol Soelberg The headlines have been blaring the news: “Majorities Say Same-Sex Marriage is inevitable.”  People who opposed same-sex marriage are “on the wrong side of history,” they claim. I’ve heard claims of “inevitability” before; history is laced with them. But I can think of no...

Diane Robertson It’s June! In June many minds turn toward flowers, sunshine, swimming pools, and summer vacation. Others think of marriage. June is the most popular month for couples to tie the knot. This June is an especially important month for marriage. Before the end of...

Kristi Kane Several years ago, I heard a wise man proclaim to an audience of parents, “Parents, you cannot afford to be tired.” His statement surprised me. I asked myself, “What's he talking about!?  As a parent, I am almost always tired.”   His statement is true...