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July 2, 2018

Recent family-related news included how real estate figures into the divorce, tips on how to be resilient after divorce, a look at the issue of separating children from their parents from the perspective of Japanese Americans, how smart home technology is being used as a controlling and abusive tool by some domestic partners, and research on what makes a happy relationship.

Divorce Hurts Retirement Wealth, but Not for Single Women Kathy Kristof, Moneywatch, June 14, 2018 When it comes to retirement readiness, single women who were divorced are in just as good shape as those who never married — bucking the trend for all other groups, including single men and married couples. The reason behind these surprising results: real estate.

Turning a Break Up Into a Positive Experience Marissa Miller, The New York Times, June 19, 2018 Center your recovery on yourself. Bad-mouthing your ex might feel cathartic, but it’s not going to help you heal in the long run. Instead, Dr. Bobby suggests alternate outlets like exercising or writing. Finding a physiological release through experiential activities helps make sense of confusing emotions like anger, grief and guilt.

For Some Japanese Americans, Border Separations Are Déjà Vu Karen Grigsby Bates, NPR, June 20, 2018 Third grade teacher Tony Osumi says he, like a lot of Americans, watched the recent news from the Southern US border with growing dismay. The images and sounds of wailing children being pulled from their tearful parents’ arms and taken away to temporary shelters made him wince — and reminded him of the first day of school for children who hadn’t been before.

Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse Nellie Bowles, The New York Times, June 23, 2018 Their stories are part of a new pattern of behavior in domestic abuse cases tied to the rise of smart home technology. Internet-connected locks, speakers, thermostats, lights and cameras that have been marketed as the newest conveniences are now also being used as a means for harassment, monitoring, revenge and control.

The Science Behind Happy Relationships Sarah Treleavan, Time, June 26, 2018 A growing field of research into relationships is increasingly providing science-based guidance into the habits of the healthiest, happiest couples — and how to make any struggling relationship better. As we’ve learned, the science of love and relationships boils down to fundamental lessons that are simultaneously simple, obvious and difficult to master: empathy, positivity and a strong emotional connection drive the happiest and healthiest relationships.

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