Paid care for babies a pale imitation of parental love

Sydney Morning Herald Opinion July 16, 2007 Steve Biddulph is the author of a series of best-selling books on childhood and parenting. …In Britain, the Blair government’s attempt at being mother-friendly consisted of building a vast number of new day-care centres. But the news out of Britain in May was stunning. Almost a quarter – […]

No-Fault Divorce at Fault for Divorce Increase

A REVIEW OF EMPIRICAL RESEARCH, 1995-2006 By Prof. Douglas W. Allen and Maggie Gallagher Douglas Allen is a professor of economics at Simon Fraser University. Maggie Gallagher is President of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy Between 1960 and 1980, most states in the US adopted some version of no-fault divorce – and the […]

The Facts Behind Cohabitation

civitas – The Institute for the Study of Civil Society June 25th 2007, Families have changed in the last several decades. Instead of getting married, many people are living together or ‘cohabiting’. Some of these cohabitating couples eventually get married. Many of them break up. Very few stay together as cohabitants for long. Is cohabitation […]

Bob McCoskrie: Abortion Trends are Tragedy for Our Teenagers

Bob McCoskrie – National Director – Family First NZ (Published in the Otago Daily Times 25 June 2007) The abortion figures for 2006 released by Statistics NZ continue to paint a terrible picture for our teenagers. Since 1991, the number of 11-14 year olds having an abortion has increased by 144%. The number of abortions […]

Who’s rights are we talking about: legalised prostitution 25 June 2007 At the beginning of the 21st century governments worldwide are confronted with an unprecedented escalation of the global sex industry. An intrinsic component of this new world sex market is the trafficking of millions of people, mainly women and girls, for commercial sexual exploitation. The US Government has intimated that after […]

Bob McCoskrie: Benefits of Home Ownership Not Just Economic

Bob McCoskrie – National Director Family First (Published in Christchurch Press) The debate on home ownership has tended to come from a fiscal perspective – whether the cost of owning a home is out of reach for many middle- to low-income families. Since 1991, home ownership rates in New Zealand have fallen from 74% to […]

Nigel Latta: Relax and enjoy kids

Clinical psychologist Nigel Latta’s latest book “How to Have Kids and Stay Sane” – 3 June 07 How did raising kids ever get so complicated? Our parents had it far easier than us. Oh sure, they had little things to worry about – like the Cold War, Rogernomics and carless days – but generally speaking, […]

Facts, not flattery, about same-sex attraction

Ad Hoc Committee on Homosexuality and Scientific Research – Tuesday, 22 May 2007 Blithe assertions about the gay lifestyle are seldom backed up by scientific studies — and when they are, the studies are weak. Who helps you: someone who fails to tell you the truth or someone who does tell you the truth? The former […]

Why Marriage Matters, Second Edition: Twenty-Six Conclusions from the Social Sciences May 1st 2007, Sixteen of the top scholars on family life have re-issued a joint report on the importance of marriage. First released in 2002, the newly revised edition highlights five new themes in marriage-related research. Why Marriage Matters, Second Edition: 26 Conclusions from the Social Sciences was produced by a politically diverse and […]

Choosing Video Games for Kids

Focus on the Family May 2007 As a parent, what do you do when violent video games are atop your child’s list of must-have entertainment? The vast majority of people who play games do so with friends and family. Almost 60 percent of frequent game players play with friends, 33 percent play with siblings and […]