Educated women increasingly likely to have first baby before marriage
A trio of recent studies show a profound shift in attitudes to parenthood and marriage and the effect of increasing inequality in the US on both.
Evidence against physically punishing kids is clear
63% of children between the ages of 2 and 4 worldwide—approximately 250 million children—are regularly subjected to physical punishment (such as spanking) by caregivers. 62 countries have banned the practice, with compelling evidence that physical punishment does not improve behavior and instead makes it worse.
A quarter of adults don't want children-and they're still happy
Parenting is one of life’s greatest joys, right? Not for everyone, with more than one in four people identifying as "child-free"—someone who chooses not to have children.
Climate change is driving people to skip having kids
When deciding whether to have children, there are many factors to consider: finances, support systems, personal values. For a growing number of people, climate change is also being added to the list of considerations.
What makes a happy couple, a happy family, or a happy workplace?
Being emotionally flexible may be one of the most important factors when it comes to longevity and overall health of your romantic, familial and workplace relationships.
Why experiences are better gifts for older children
All I want for Christmas is ... a gift that provides enduring happiness. New research compares the level of happiness children derive from material goods with the level of happiness they derive from experiences.
Some friends make you feel more supported than others
It’s good to have friends and family to back you up when you need it—but your sense of being supported is even greater if they belong, in a sense, to the same tribe.
Childhood maltreatment linked to higher risk of multiple health conditions in later life
There is a growing body of research looking at the impact of childhood adversity on future health and social outcomes. One of the most worrying things about the current pandemic is the alarming increase in the incidence of child abuse.
Study links attraction to 'tyrannical' leaders to dysfunctional family dynamics
Researchers have identified a correlation between adolescents who reported a high level of conflict at home and those who later identified socially undesirable traits as ideal leadership qualities.
A satisfying romantic relationship may improve breast cancer survivors' health
Seeking relational support when you’re stressed is one of the more beneficial things that you can do—even if you’re not ill.
How couples weather the COVID-19 financial storm
It’s all very well to “be there” for your partner, but unless you know that that means for them, you’re not going to get very far. We assume we know and, statistically, 90% of the time we don’t.
Can't buy me love - or friendship
When people’s self-worth is contingent on money, they view their financial success as being tied to the core of who they are as a person. But much of what’s required to achieve success in the financial domain comes at the expense of spending time with family and friends.
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