Arise, Sir Adequate Father.
The idea of family is still undergoing fundamental change, but progress towards an egalitarian era may be hamstrung by class and wealth.
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The 'apostolic exhortation' calls for greater understanding of divorced couples, but falls short of allowing them a full life within the church.
Cameron has insisted his parenting programmes are the revival of the ‘nanny state’.
The history of the government's push for parenting classes.
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Across Europe, there has been a rise in the number of women earning the most in their family.
A familiar shoulder to lean on, despite hardship.
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Children growing up with other relatives are more likely to be from an ethnic minority.
Anne Tyler’s Booker short-listed novel is an exquisite meditation on family life.
Some countries make it easier than others for women to have a family and keep on working.
The abolition of inheritance tax in Norway is having repercussions on their cabin culture.
After a hard day at work, children still expect their mom to spend quality time with them.
How successful a mother or career scientist one can become depends on how one's available time is divided between the two activities.
Religious arguments in opposition to same-sex marriage have been less explicit in Australia’s current debate.
Prominent arguments against same-sex marriage have been based on history, tradition, human rights, and social scientific research into health and welfare. The role of religion has been less explicit.
Trouble on the way.
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By limiting financial support to smaller families, the government is doing its best to stop undesirables from reproducing.
Asif Kapadia's documentary shows what it means for a life to be up for public consumption.
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A bloc of conservative countries is mounting a new push to enshrine "family values" in the UN's Human Rights Council. What they really want is rather more sinister.
A family is a family.
Gay marriage opponents argue that children need a mother and a father. The law says otherwise.
Just like you and me.
How the royal propaganda machine tries to make hereditary millionaires seem just like the rest of us.
People continue to marry less – and later – in life.
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The Southern Baptist church is making a strong push to buck a societal trend. Should others follow suit?
Feeling snubbed at the lack of invite?
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Benedict Cumberbatch is related to him – as are many others. But very few helped us identify the car park king.
People are living longer, yet the systems to provide care for older adults are informal and inadequate.
In Australia, the question of how to provide care for ageing family members is largely an individual one. Most care is provided by family members. In 2012, 2.7 million Australians were providing some type…
Sharing stories around the dinner table fosters greater self-esteem and resilience in young people.
Families and friends share memories all the time; “You’ll never guess…”, “How was your day?”, and “Do you remember when…” are rich daily fodder. Sharing memories is not only a good way to debrief and reminisce…
Observers may be quick to declare social trends “good” or “bad” for families, but such conclusions are rarely justified. What’s good for one family – or group of families – may be bad for another. And…