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Study: Celebrities influence out-of-wedlock births

Family | Researcher looks at popular pop culture magazine for clues to rise in single-parent families
by Julie Borg
Posted 11/03/16, 11:26 am

Fifty years ago, only about 8 percent of babies in the United States were born to single women. Today that figure is over 40 percent. Although sociologists point to many reasons for the disturbing trend, a new study just presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, indicates the huge increase of babies born out-of-wedlock may, at least in part, be due to the way in which mainstream media portrays the lifestyles of the rich and famous.

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A smartphone parent-teen contract

Parenting | Advice from a pastor to his son
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 10/03/16, 11:15 am

Many moms and dads are conflicted about giving their children smartphones. On the one hand, they are useful for keeping families in contact and also getting information. On the other hand, they can distract their holders from personal interaction and become vehicles for sexting and other evils. What’s a parent to do?

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Virginia man set for trial in lesbian child custody case

Courts | Philip Zodhiates helped Lisa Miller and her daughter flee the country after a court granted her former partner full custody
by Samantha Gobba
Posted 9/12/16, 03:07 pm

Almost exactly seven years from the day Philip Zodhiates allegedly helped Lisa Miller flee the country with her young daughter Isabella, he is set to stand trial for “international parental kidnapping.”

Miller became a fugitive in 2009 after being embroiled in a custody battle with her former lesbian partner, Janet Jenkens. Zodhiates is charged with driving Miller and Isabella, then 7, to Rainbow Bridge in New York, where the mother and daughter escaped through Canada to an Amish Mennonite group in Nicaragua.

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