Home Alone…As a Couple

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Some time ago my son, Tyler, introduced me to “Honest Trailers” on YouTube, silly reviews of popular films. Last night I saw the clip for the 1990 Christmas comedy “Home Alone” and it hit me—this week Tyler will move out, and Ruth and I will be “home alone” without children for the first time in 29 years.

Couples are most susceptible to divorce in the first two-to-five years of marriage, as children enter the picture and begin to change the shape ...

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“The Brainy Bunch”: A review

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Last week I read a book, a whole book.

(Pause for applause.)

Okay, I’m not the veracious and speedy reader that my wife, Ruth, and daughter, Marissa, are. I pretty much stick to professional articles and only dive into an actual book if I anticipate getting some great value from it. It turns out I chose well last week.

“The Brainy Bunch: The Harding Family’s Method to College Ready at Age Twelve” came to my attention after reading a short article about their ...

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Media Matters

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Just yesterday a young man stopped me in the hallway to ask about the effects of media on family life and how children develop. I did not hesitate to state that the media we consume and encourage within our homes has tremendous influence.

For years social scientists have battled to determine how much children’s behavior is influenced by TV, movies, books and music they ingest. In recent years it has become quite popular to state that violent media, including video games, ...

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All Play and No Work Makes for Missed Family Opportunities

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Summer is upon us the time, the time when families load into everything from minivans to 747’s to get away from the grind of daily work and do something just for the sake of fun. In some families great sacrifices will be made to assure that both parents and children avoid any real effort during vacation. For them the dream vacation means endless hours of lounging while being waited upon, expending as little effort as possible. For them a successful ...

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