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October 23, 2017

Recent family-related news included thoughts on the new world of parenting with an electronic device, a look at the division of work for new moms and dads, decisions that have to be made about the house when divorcing, current divorce statistics for the United Kingdom and finally a deep dive into the complex emotional world of motherhood.

Co-Parenting With Alexa Rachel Botsman, The New York Times, October 7, 2017 It’s these kinds of intersections – like this small collision between robot “helpfulness” and a latent commercial agenda — that can make parents like me start to wonder about the ethical niceties of this brave new bot world. Alexa, after all, is not “Alexa.” She’s a corporate algorithm in a black box.

Health Buzz: On Days Off, Dads Relax More Than Moms David Oliver, U.S. News, October 10, 2017 On their days off, men were more likely to be … relaxing while women were taking care of the kids or performing housework. The finding comes from a new study, published earlier this month in Sex Roles, that analyzed the three months after parents had their first child… Couples need to be having conversations, ideally before their baby is born.

Divorcing? Should You Divorce Your Home, Too? Geoff Williams, U.S. News, October 11, 2017 After you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse conclude that a divorce is inevitable, you’ll instantly realize that a new decision needs to be made. Assuming you own a house, somebody is going to move out of it, and you’re going to have to decide whether to sell it – or not.

Divorce Numbers for Opposite-Sex Couples Highest Since 2009 BBC, 18 October 2017 The number of divorces last year in England and Wales was the highest since 2009, official figures show. Charity Relate said rising levels of household debt and stagnating wages could be putting a strain on marriages.

Motherhood Is Hard to Get Wrong. So Why Do So Many Moms Feel So Bad About Themselves? Claire Howorth, Time, October 19, 2017 A survey of 913 mothers found that half of all new mothers had experienced regret, shame, guilt or anger, mostly due to unexpected complications and lack of support. More than 70% felt pressured to do things a certain way. The majority of mothers in the survey, as well as those I talked to in dozens of additional interviews, pointed to “society in general” as the source of the pressure, followed by doctors and other mothers.

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