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November 5, 2017

Recent family-related news included an extensive quiz to help you understand how you define love, a personal account of a college romance followed years later by a divorce, an in-depth study of the dangers of parentification, a look at how some soon-to-be dads are letting loose, and finally a writer expounds about long-term marriage.

What Is Your Love Style? Terry Hatkoff The New York Times, October 8, 2017 This quiz, provided by Terry Hatkoff, a California State University sociologist, can determine how you define love in a relationship. To get the most out of the quiz, take it with your partner and compare results. You’ll learn the similarities and differences in how each of you defines love.

Divorcing My Best Friend Stephanie Farah, Medium, October 23, 2017 For me, the hardest part about divorce is that I can’t pinpoint a singular reason or event or moment that led to it. The decline began slowly  —  though I still don’t know why it began at all  —  and then it moved faster and faster until our marriage came to an abrupt halt.

When Kids Have to Act Like Parents, It Affects Them for Life Cindy Lamothe, The Atlantic, October 26, 2017 Studies have shown that people with adverse childhood experiences are more likely to suffer from mental- and physical-health disorders, leading people to experience a chronic state of high stress reactivity… Individuals who have experienced emotional or physical neglect by a parent are also at a greater risk of suffering from chronic illness as adults.

Expectant Fathers Go Mildly Wild During Their ‘Daddymoons’ Shelia Marikar, The New York Times, October 30, 2017 A sequel to the bachelor party whose star is an expectant father? A “dad-chelor” party? Melissa Biggs Bradley, the founder of Indagare, a luxury-vacation-booking service, has been hearing more about such gatherings.

Marriage is a Dance of Growing Together Judy Woodruff interviews Dani Shapiro, PBS, November 3, 2017 There is something exquisite in sharing life in all its complexity, a common language made between two people who have grown together, apart, together, apart, a dance over time.

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