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February 11, 2019

Recent family-related news included a photographer’s ode to his wife, advice on facing the challenges of a blended family, how money and marriage intertwine for millennials, a look at marriage and parenthood in modern Japan, and research regarding the importance of grandmothers.

Lee Friedlander’s Intimate Portraits of His Wife, Through Sixty Years of Marriage Chris Wiley, The New Yorker, January 11, 2019, The things that got in front of Friedlander’s camera weren’t always out in the wilds of the street. Sometimes, the consummate peripatetic photographed within the quieter confines of his home…

Dear Therapist: I’m Dating a Divorced Man With Kids, and It’s Harder Than I Thought Lori Gottlieb,The Atlantic, January 28, 2019 …Just remember that you two have some navigating to do, too, in figuring out what your life together will look like in this blended family. Now’s the time to be honest with each other about how he envisions you fitting into his life in its entirety — kids and ex-wife included — and how you envision that happening as well…

How Marriage Became a Status Symbol for Millennials Aimee Picchi,, February 1, 2019 Millennials are far more likely to be living with a partner or to be single than their parents at their age, in other words, and their generation’s shift away from marriage may be less a matter of choice and more the result of economic factors that have made the institution less approachable.

Japan’s Working Mothers: Record Responsibilities, Little Help from Dad Motoko Rich, The New York Times, February 2, 2019 …While Japanese women have entered the work force at historic levels, their avalanche of domestic responsibilities is not shrinking and men in Japan do fewer hours of household chores and child care than in any of the world’s wealthiest nations… Despite some efforts to modify the excessive work culture for men, excessive hours remain the norm, helping explain why men contribute so little to housework or child care.

Living Near Your Grandmother Has Evolutionary Benefits Jonathan Lambert, NPR, February 7, 2019 Since the name of the evolutionary game is survival and reproduction, the phenomenon begs explanation — why live longer than you can reproduce? Two studies published Thursday in Current Biology take another look at this hypothesis and add new insights into the role grandmothers play.

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