Posts Tagged ‘Family Life’

Workplace policies and having children Comments 0

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Brookes Ebetsch took only a long weekend off work after giving birth to her daughter in Texas in 2011. Her employer didn’t offer paid leave, and she and her husband couldn’t afford to take the financial hit of having her take weeks off. Her daughter, Sabina, arrived on a Thursday and Ebetsch was back at Read more

The 3 biggest myths about marriage today Comments 0

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Most married couples with children are satisfied with their relationships. There is only one problem with the dour and dismal portrait of heterosexual marriage painted by Liza Mundy in this month’s Atlantic cover story. It’s wrong. In her bleak rendering, contemporary marriage comes across as unequal, unfair, and unhappy to today’s wives. Wives are burdened Read more

It’s a girl – the three deadliest words in the world Comments 0

Friday, May 10th, 2013

In 1985, Mary Anne Warren coined the term gendercide to refer to the ritual eradication of women and girls throughout the world. More recently, the heartbreaking film  It’s a Girl documents the effects of this practice on the numbers of girls and women in China and India. It makes for difficult viewing, particularly when confronted with the Read more

Time with dad good for self-esteem Comments 1

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Kids need a dad and a mum, not just “parents”, because, as a new study shows, dad does different things for the growing child than mum does, at least some of the time. I know this will not impress die-hard gender egalitarians, but most mums and dads will quickly see the point. The study tracked Read more

Families only a means to an end Comments 0

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

This year’s Australian Catholic Bishops Social Justice Statement focuses on the family. It is put into useful perspective by the publication the Bishops’ Pastoral Research Office September E-News Bulletin headlining the 2011 Census statistic that only 50 per cent of Catholics aged 15 and over are married. The often talked about nexus between marriage, the family, and the Catholic Read more

The gift of family in difficult times — Australian Catholic Bishops Comments 1

Friday, September 28th, 2012

The family is the first and fundamental school of social living: as a community of love, it finds in self-giving the law that guides it and makes it grow. The self-giving that inspires the love of a husband and a wife for each other is the model and the norm for the self-giving that must be practiced in Read more

Our Lady of Guadalupe has 13 tiny images in her eyes Comments 0

Friday, August 31st, 2012

A Peruvian expert who has been studying the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico for 34 years, says 13 microscopic figures that appear in her eyes hold a powerful pro-life and pro-family message. Jose Aste Tonsmann said the tiny images in the eyes include an entire Aztec family and are a sign from Read more

Families make all the difference: helping children grow and learn Comments 0

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

A study published recently shows that many children in Australia think that their parents work too hard. The Australian Institute of Family Studies points to a growing lack of balance between work and home. Parents’ concerns about work, and about bringing work-related stress into their families, were similar to their children’s concerns. Professor Alan Hayes, Read more

Pasifika youth need voice in traditional family life Comments 0

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Pacific parents need encouragement to acknowledge and listen to teenagers by negotiating which traditions best support their wellbeing, says a Samoan sociologist. Fiva Faalau, who graduated with a PhD from Massey University’s Albany campus last week, says while her study of 45 Samoan teenagers revealed diverse family structures and parenting styles, some parents need to Read more

Paid Parental Leave Bill -successive governments undervalue mothers Comments 0

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Family First  says the Government is undervaluing mothers by not allowing a bill, proposing to extend paid parental leave, to proceed to a first reading. In the week before Easter a member’s bill which aims to extend paid parental leave in New Zealand from 14 to 26 weeks came up in the ballot. It is being proposed by Labour’s Sue Read more