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December 9, 2017

Recent family-related news included a look at the revival of a festive pre-wedding tradition, tips on how couples can approach money issues in a healthier way, a personal account of a stepmother trying to fit into her family, research on how childhood trauma can negatively impact adult decision making and finally the people of Australia have spoken — same sex marriage is finally legal.

That’s Amore: Italian Bridal Serenades Alive in Philadelphia Kristen De Groot, Los AngelesTimes, November 26, 2017 Young couples in south Philadelphia are transforming something old into something new with their take on the Italian wedding serenade.

Navigating the Financial Side of a Relationship Maria Teresa Hart, The New York Times, November 30, 2017 Couples can fight about anything, it’s just a fact of relationships. But arguments about money have a tendency to be particularly toxic, since they’re layered with deep emotional and personal history. In fact, researchers have shown there’s a direct relationship between the number of times a couple has argued about their budget per month and their divorce rate.

When Even a Toddler Can Tell You Don’t Belong Katherine Heiny, The New York Times, December 1, 2017 I used to drive the morning car pool with my son, Angus, and another boy, Niklas, and one day Angus gave Niklas a crash course on the blended family. He told Niklas that my husband had been married before, that he had two children who were Angus’s brother and sister, that I wasn’t the mother of those children but I was the mother of Angus and his little brother, and that there was another wife somewhere.

The Long Shadow of Childhood Trauma Mimi Kirk, Citylab, December 4, 2017 A new study suggests that stress experienced early in life damages the ability to assess risk, creating young adults with poor decision-making skills.

Australia Makes Same-Sex Marriage Legal Damien Cave & Jacqueline Williams, The New York Times, December 7, 2017 Australia’s Parliament voted overwhelmingly to legalize same-sex marriage, overcoming years of conservative resistance to enact change that the public had made clear that it wanted. “When it comes to same-sex marriage, some countries have introduced it via the courts, some via Parliament, and others — Ireland and now Australia — by vote of the people,” Mr. Abbott said. “And that is the best way because it resolves this matter beyond doubt or quibble. To suggest articles for inclusion in the FamilyKind Weekly Roundup please email us at

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