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Vibrant Families and Vibrant Religions go Hand in Hand

Vibrant Families and Vibrant Religions go Hand in Hand

By every measure, Europe has become increasingly secular since the 1960s. Even in the far more religious United States, the percentage of adults regularly attending church or synagogue fell from 41 to 31 percent, or roughly by a quarter, between 1972 and 2002.

How to have a Happier Family

How to have a Happier Family

What is the greatest weakness in most families? According to Dr. James H. Bossard, a former professor of sociology, it is the way parents talk in front of their children. He wrote, “I had no idea I would discover a real pattern in the [mealtime] conversation of families. I just wanted to learn what families talked about, but to my amazement I have found that family after family had definite, consistent conversational habits, and that the critical pattern was the most prevalent.

What Kindergarteners Think About God (Video)

What Kindergarteners Think About God (Video)

I asked my kindergartner what he thinks about God and engaged in a fascinating discussion about our Creator, love and heaven with him. When I asked what our Heavenly Father looks like, my son answered, “He’s really big. But not big like a giant. Just big like a man.”

Reactions to ‘Godless Mom’ Essay

Reactions to ‘Godless Mom’ Essay

Deborah Mitchell, a mother of two teenagers, expresses why she doesn’t want to raise her children with religion via an essay published on the CNN iReport. Her essay soon gained popularity, and many have responded to her beliefs.

Daring Teen Behavior may be the Key to Success in Later Life

Daring Teen Behavior may be the Key to Success in Later Life

Why are teenagers such impulsive, temperamental, sensation seekers? Some of their most exasperating traits may be necessary to success later in life, experts find.

Relationship, Marriage Classes to Help Low-Income Families

Relationship, Marriage Classes to Help Low-Income Families

Marriage and relationship classes are a promising public policy tool to strengthen families, particularly those that are disadvantaged or otherwise vulnerable. But they are not an option that is well-known and not everyone can access them.

Parenting: 4 Common Financial Mistakes

Parenting: 4 Common Financial Mistakes

As good as intentions may be, some parents’ methods of teaching finances can be misguided. The four most common and how to avoid them are pointed out in a mint.com article.

‘Life According to Sam’ Lends Itself to Thought Provoking Introspection

‘Life According to Sam’ Lends Itself to Thought Provoking Introspection

Via an inspirational teenager and his tenacious mother, the new documentary ‘Life According to Sam’ introduces audiences to the rare disease of progeria.

Disciplining Children: What is the Right Thing to do?

Disciplining Children: What is the Right Thing to do?

Experts say parents most often react when a child misbehaves, a “negative bias” that doesn’t encourage children to do what they should. Instead, they suggest tactics pros use with “difficult” children, including consequences for misbehavior.