Is Cohabitation Stable?

Traditional views of marriage have been declining worldwide for decades. This means more children are born outside of marriage or to cohabitating couples. This social change raises two important questions: 1. Are such children less likely to enjoy stable family lives? 2. Is the growth of non-marital childrearing, including the growth of childbearing within a cohabiting union, […]

Heartbeat 2017

Do Celebrities Influence Out-Of-Wedlock Births?

According to World Magazine, 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. A new study presented at the 2017 American Sociological Association meeting indicated the increase of babies born out of wedlock may be due to the way the […]

What is Spontana?

  Teens are now faced with a new way for them to be told exactly how they don’t measure up. A new app called Spontana allows users upload selfies so other users can rate the person’s attractiveness on a scale of 1 to 100. The app is described as a mismatch of Instagram and Tinder. Should you […]

The Link Between Premarital Sex and Marital Stability

In a society that views causal sex as common practice, one must consider the consequences of premarital sex on marital stability. How,if at all, does premarital sex influence marital stability? A study using data from the National Survey of Family Growth looked at changing sexual behavior and attitudes towards premarital sex. The study was based on […]

The Digital Dating Revolution

Dating in a world of digital communication has put a spin on teen relationships. In an article published by Focus on the Family, one mother reported that she was stunned to learn that dating to her daughter meant Facebook messaging with a boy in her class and changing her status to “in a relationship.” According […]

Amazon Offering Hugh Hefner Series

Amazon Prime Video has released plans to reveal a new Amazon original series about the Playboy empire of Hugh Hefner. “We are excited to bring Prime members the untold story of Mr. Hefner’s remarkable life and his contributions to modern American history,” Conrad Riggs, head of programming at Amazon Studios told Variety. There is no […]

Have You Had ‘The Prom Talk’ With Your Teen?

With spring comes the anticipation of prom season for thousands of teens. Formal attire is purchased, hair appointments are scheduled and arrangements to take pictures at a unique location are made in preparation for the big day. Amidst all the excitement, do not lose the opportunity to talk to your teen about the pressures they may […]

How Far Is Too Far?

Quite possibly the most terrifying question a teen can ask an abstinence educator is “How far is too far?”. According to abstinence advocate Chad Etzel, “this question assumes that acts of arousal are only more intense forms of affection, that sexual touching is only a more intense form of holding hands. In reality, we express […]

4 Reminders for Stressed Parents

Parents be encouraged: Someday, you will look back on this difficult period of conflict and be thankful that you stayed on course! Here are four of Dr. James Dobson’s eight reminders for stressed parents: 1. You are not to blame for the temperament with which your child was born.  Your child is simply a tough kid to handle […]