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May 6, 2019

Recent family-related news included a look at gender roles and parenting, research on financial infidelity, reasons why adultery may be less common among millennials, arguments why intimate partner violence should not be prosecuted differently than other crimes and an opinion piece about the father’s role in the modern home.

Melinda Gates on Marriage, Parenting and Why She Made Bill Drive the Kids to School Michel Martin, NPR, April 28, 2019 Melinda Gates: “…We are the only industrialized nation in the world that does not have paid family medical leave. Gender roles change when you start to have children. You need to question them, and you also need to say what should we do, public policy-wise, to support women.”

Keeping Money Secrets From Each Other: Financial Infidelity on the Rise Yuk Noguchi, NPR, April 29, 2019 Marital infidelity is well-known, but financial infidelity might actually be more common. The few academic studies have estimated that as many as 41% of American adults admit to hiding accounts, debts or spending habits from their spouse or partner.

Do Married Millennials Cheat on Each Other? Olga Khazan, The Atlantic, May 1, 2019 Beyond lingering economic worries, many Millennials and Gen Xers are scarred by their parents’ divorces. Millennials are much more likely to be the children of divorce than their children will be, if current trends continue. “The specter of divorce looms large,” said Manning of Bowling Green State University. “And it seems like it’s a big reason why a lot of young adults want to live with someone first. They want to divorce-proof their marriage.”

We Prosecute Murder Without the Victim’s Help. Why Not Domestic Violence? Rachel Louise Snyder, The New York Times, May 4, 2019 “The barrier to evidence-based prosecution is not about evidence,” states Casey Gwinn, a prosecutor in San Diego… “It’s about how we understand, or more often fail to understand, the intersections between family violence and nearly every other social issue we face in this country — homelessness, poverty, mental health, gender equality and yes, mass shootings.”

What ‘Good’ Dads Get Away With Darcy Lockman, The New York Times, May 4, 2019 The amount of child care men performed rose throughout the 1980s and ’90s, but then began to level off without ever reaching parity. Mothers still shoulder 65 percent of child-care work. In academic journals, family researchers caution that the “culture of fatherhood” has changed more than fathers’ actual behavior.

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