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October 14, 2018

Recent family-related news included research on how monetary earnings affect a marriage, a graphic novel addressing the author’s difficult childhood, the effort to highlight the need for more diaper changing stations in men’s bathroom, a victory for same sex marriage in Romania, and an AP expose uncovering the fact that custody of some migrant children is being granted to Americans without knowledge of the children’s parents.

Are You a Breadsharer or a Breadwinner? Stacy Rapacon, U.S. News & World Report, September 26, 2018 How men identify their roles in their families can be defined — and changed — by their money mindsets. Despite that expectation, 60 percent of the men interviewed identified as “breadsharers,” whom Reid defines as husbands who approach their marriages as egalitarians, valuing their spouses’ work as equally as important as their own. The rest identified as “breadwinners,” which is the traditional role assigned to men and prioritizes his career over both her career and his time with the family.

In Hey, Kiddo, Jarrett Krosoczka Sketches Childhood, A Mom’s Addiction Jarrett J. Krosoczka, NPR, October 5, 2018 Hey Kiddo is a graphic memoir that tells the story of the author’s unconventional childhood… His mom is a heroin user who ends up incarcerated and gives up custody of her son to his grandparents, Joe and Shirl — who drink, smoke two packs of cigarettes a day, yell at each other, and adore him.

A Father’s Photo Reignites the Conversation about Diaper Changing Stations Melissa Gomez, The New York Times, October 5, 2018 In 2016, President Barack Obama signed the Bathrooms Accessible in Every Situation Act, known as the Babies Act, which required federal public buildings to be equipped with baby changing facilities…. A dad’s post and movement, #squatforchange, reignited the conversation about how changing stations are more commonly found in women’s restrooms than in men’s.

Romanian Referendum To Ban Same-Sex Marriage Fails Joanna Kakissis, NPR, October 8, 2018 A referendum in Romania on whether to narrow the constitutional definition of a family to a man and a woman failed spectacularly over the weekend, with just 20.4 percent of the voting population taking part… Romania did not decriminalize homosexuality until 2001 — and only then because it was a precondition for entering the European Union.

AP Investigation: Deported Parents May Lose Kids to Adoption Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza, AP News, October 9, 2018 Federal officials insist they are reuniting families and will continue to do so. But an Associated Press investigation drawing on hundreds of court documents, immigration records and interviews in the U.S. and Central America identified holes in the system that allow state court judges to grant custody of migrant children to American families — without notifying their parents.

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