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July 13, 2022 Roundup

Recent family related news included a look at the importance of healthy communication between partners, as well as a variety of tips to help get there. In other news, China is encouraging married couples to have more children and in the United States some couples are shacking up sooner than expected to help their money go further.

Zachary Zane and Milan Polk, Men’s Health, June 23, 2022

The five love languages are words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service, and physical touch. It seems like the greatest strength of the five love languages is that they give people vocabulary to talk about what they need out of a romantic partner.

Anna P. Kambhampaty, The New York Times, June 24, 2022

As rents across the United States have soared in recent months, many couples are moving in together sooner than anticipated in order to afford apartments, build stronger rental applications or live in their ideal neighborhoods.

Julia Furlan & Sylvie Douglis, NPR, June 30, 2022

Whether you're discussing an issue with your partner related to your day-to-day life, or at a family gathering debating topics like abortion or climate change regulations, conversations can get heated and boil over into full-blown arguments….Kwame Christian, the director of the American Negotiation Institute offers a simple, three-step technique to engage in tough discussions while keeping the conversation cool.

Catherine Pearson, The New York Time, July 1, 2022

The past two-plus years have been universally tumultuous, and couples therapists say they have been dealing with the fallout in their practices every day. The seven discussion questions suggested in this article, help people check in, whether they are in a relationship that is still reeling from the pandemic, or long ago dove back into their old routines without pausing to touch base.

Alexandra Stevenson, The New York Times, July 6, 2022

Beijing is giving incentives to stem a demographic crisis, but its control over childbirth and its suppression of women’s rights are making it difficult for some aspiring parents to start a family. With China’s birthrate at a historical low, officials have been doling out tax and housing credits, educational benefits and even cash incentives to encourage women to have more children. Yet the perks are available only to married couples, a prerequisite that is increasingly unappealing to independent women who, in some cases, would prefer to parent alone.

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