Category: Marriage/Family

The Birth Dearth

While Italy, Spain, Iran, and other countries have been overwhelmed, South Korea seems to have flattened out the spread of the coronavirus. South Korea, though, has a deeper trouble: Its culture no longer supports the formation of families and the virtue of having children. The country currently has the lowest fertility rate of any in the world. Its rate of .88 is less than half of the 2.1 needed to maintain a stable population. In other words, while South Korea is busy slowing the spread of COVID-19, she is on the path to national suicide.

Overstatement? Not according to The National Interest, which ran this screaming headline: “Korea’s Future Is Dying (Thanks to Demographics).” South Korea’s rapidly aging populace, plus her alarming suicide rate and paltry fertility rate, will trigger a rapid population decline in 2020.

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Soulmate Marriage, R.I.P.

“Psychologists believe that emotional connection is the key to long-term marital success, not physical attraction,” says Nick Lachey, introducing Netflix’s hit series Love is Blind, the newest reality TV show to move into the dating-with-an-eye-towards-marriage space. The show’s conceit is that love is best forged blindly, with men and women meeting and talking through a wall that conceals the physical appearance of the contestants and allows them to discern with whom they have the best emotional connection before deciding to propose marriage. Real-world experiences and concerns—with money, work, family and friends, not to mention the “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune”—don’t figure into the contestants’ marriage decisions.

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Amid Coronavirus Lockdowns, Neighborhoods Are Coming to Life Again

Something unexpected has happened to neighborhoods across the country in the wake of coronavirus lockdowns and business closures: they’re coming to life.

With schools and restaurants closed, and a huge swath of the workforce stuck at home either working remotely or not working at all, usually quiet and empty neighborhoods are suddenly bustling. Patterns of life and work that have become entrenched in American society over the past half-decade—kids in school and both parents away at jobs during the day—are being upended practically overnight.

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Inslee signs new law requiring public schools offer sex ed

A controversial bill requiring every public school in Washington to provide comprehensive sexual education became law Friday.

Now, opponents will begin their effort to try to repeal it.

Gov. Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5395 which mandates a curriculum be available for instruction to students in grades six through 12 in the 2021-22 school year and then all grades, including kindergarten, beginning in the 2022-23 school year.

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Children as young as six are sexting suspects, Met Police reveal

Hundreds of children as young as six have been deemed suspects in sexting offences, a police force has revealed.

The Met Police has warned of the risks of sharing sexual photos and videos of and by under-18s, with reports to police on the rise.

A total of 353 children aged between six and 13 were considered suspects between January 2017 and August 2019.

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Plant a ‘victory garden’ with your kids, and other family projects, during ‘war’ against COVID-19

March 27, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – How our priorities and wish lists have changed in just a few weeks!

Moms and dads who were worn out from packed schedules and stressful jobs, who longed for more time with their children, are now … worn out from a houseful of antsy kids and the stress of trying to stay calm, stay positive, keep peace and create constructive activities.

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Family planning: The antidote to ‘co-DIV

Having an A&E doctor living in our house, I know all too well how this thing is going to get a lot worse.

But you have to laugh in the midst of what feels like living in a zombie movie.

This week I rang a friend for a chat. Yes, it doesn’t happen often I know!

The first thing he asked was the Marriage Foundation view on how couples should deal with the 2 metre separation rule?

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Protecting Your Marriage From Becoming Another Coronavirus Victim

The COVID-19 pandemic represents a combination of two types of stress that can harm a marriage: acute (event-related and often time-limited) and chronic (or long-term) stress. Every sniffle, cough, and unwashed pair of hands has us on edge, and prolonged periods of time-sharing scarce resources, including space, can get to anyone, but especially to couples. In fact, in China, one province has already seen an increase in petitions for divorce immediately coming out of their community quarantine efforts. “Underlying conflicts” that came up as a result of being confined together for a month straight was given as the reason for the increase in divorce requests.

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