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August 20, 2019

Recent family-related news included two articles highlighting the importance of paternity leave, a look at the occurrence of remarrying the same person after divorce, reasoning behind why universal day care is not widely available in the United States and the traumatic effects of family separation.

Paternity Leave Has Long-Lasting Benefits. So Why Don’t More American Men Take It? Nathaniel Popper, The New York Times, June 11, 2019 Over the last two years two University professors have co-authored a series of papers which demonstrate that paternity leave provides lasting benefits, not only to relationships between fathers and their children, but also to mothers and to relationships between the parents… Further, the sociologists found that even relatively short periods of paternity leave caused married couples’ divorce risk to drop and to remain significantly lower for as many as six years to come, even as their children reached school age.

Alexis Ohanian: Paternity Leave Was Crucial After the Birth of My Child, and Every Father Deserves It Alexis Ohanian, The New York Times, August 12, 2019 Nearly one in four employed women giving birth in the United States is back at work within two weeks and 76 percent of fathers are back to work within a week after the birth or adoption of a child. The author argues that: “We need a federal bill that mandates quality paid family leave for everyone — birth parents, adoptive parents and caregivers alike.”

A second chance at first love: meet the couples who marry, divorce – then remarry The Guardian, August 13, 2019 Marrying the same person twice isn’t just for celebrity couples such as Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, but it is rare. What brings a broken union back together?

Why the U.S. Has Long Resisted Universal Child Care Claire Cain Miller, The New York Times, August 15, 2019 Most Americans say it’s not ideal for a child to be raised by two working parents. Yet in two-thirds of American families, both parents work… In the United States, people have long had conflicted feelings about whether society and government should make it easier for mothers to work outside the home, and these are complicated by attitudes about race and poverty.

Repercussions Of Family Separations Continue Carrie Kahn, NPR, August 17, 2019 The children in one Guatemalan family who spent three months in detention last year under President Trump’s family separation policy have returned home but they are still dealing with repercussions.

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