Putting off Parenthood

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Dear Mr. Dad: By the time my parents were my age (I’m 27), they already had three children. But I’m not married, don’t have any children, and don’t have any plans to. I know there’s been a trend over the past few decades towards having kids at a later age, but in talking with my friends—many of whom feel the same way I do—it seems that there might be a trend towards not having a family at all. Am I right?

A: You are absolutely right. Young people of your generation (Millennials—those born between 1982 and 2002) have some very different ideas about family than their parents and grandparents. Back in 1992, 78% of college grads (79% of women and 78% of men) had plans to either adopt or have children. Twenty years later, in 2002, just 42% (41% of women, 42% of men) intended to become parents. I honestly find that a little scary. With so many people choosing not to have children, who’s going to be making the Social Security contributions that will support those Millennials when they retire?
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Childhood Depression Increases Heart Risks Later

childhood depression increases health risks in teens

It’s no big news that for adults, depression increases heart attack risk and increases the chance of having complications or dying from a cardiovascular problem. But some fascinating new research points to the fact that childhood depression—in kids as young as 9—increases a host of health risks when those kids become teenagers. And that, in turn, carries into adulthood.
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Making Your Ex an Ally + Helping Your Kids Thrive after Divorce

[amazon asin=160882277X&template=thumbnail&chan=default]Guest 1: Judith Ruskay Rabinor, author of Befriending Your Ex after Divorce.
Topic: Making life better for you, your kids, and yes, your ex.
Issues: How to befriend your ex; the art of creating an ally from an opponent; when anger prevents befriending; how children benefit when exes cooperate.


[amazon asin=B006QZ789E&template=thumbnail&chan=default]Guest 2: Lisa Rene Reynolds, author of Parenting through Divorce .
Topic: Helping children thrive during and after the split.
Issues: Anticipating children’s emotions and reactions; practical advice to guide children through divorce while retaining a strong, healthy, caring environment.

Befriending Your Ex + Kids Thriving after Divorce + Remarried with Children + Talking about Sex

[amazon asin=160882277X&template=thumbnail&chan=default]Guest 1: Judith Ruskay Rabinor, author of Befriending Your Ex after Divorce.
Topic: Making life better for you, your kids, and yes, your ex.
Issues: How to befriend your ex; the art of creating an ally from an opponent; when anger prevents befriending; how children benefit when exes cooperate.


[amazon asin=B006QZ789E&template=thumbnail&chan=default]Guest 2: Lisa Rene Reynolds, author of Parenting through Divorce .
Topic: Helping children thrive during and after the split.
Issues: Anticipating children’s emotions and reactions; practical advice to guide children through divorce while retaining a strong, healthy, caring environment.


[amazon asin=0553382004&template=thumbnail&chan=default]Guest 3: Barbara LeBey, author of Remarried with Children .
Topic: 10 secrets for successfully blending and extending your family.
Issues: What are blended families? Debunking myths and misconceptions; learning how to navigate the stresses, anticipate the pitfalls, and build a brand new family that works for everyone.


[amazon asin=155704810X&template=thumbnail&chan=default]Guest 4: Debra Haffner, author of From Diapers to Dating.
Topic: Talking about sex.
Issues: Raising sexually healthy children from infancy through middle school.
Issues: identifying and communicating your values about sexuality; helping kids deal with the glut of sexual messages in the media; sensible strategies for teaching the facts of life; internet safety.

Why Buy Life Insurance?

Should you buy life insurance? Whom should it cover–you, your spouse, your kids? Term vs. whole life vs. annuities. In this guest post, Daron Skibosh sheds some much needed light on what can be a complicated muddle for a lot of us. 

 

No one knows how long they will live. What is certain is events will happen which are positive and negative. Any type of change costs money, but the tendency in life is for negative events to cost more. That reason alone is why everyone should have some type of life insurance policy.

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Divorced in Arizona? There’s a Vocabulary Test

Starting January 1, 2013, the state of Arizona is changing the terms of divorce—and that’s a good thing.
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