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October 26, 2022 Roundup

Recent family related news included a look at the impact of taking time apart while happily married and the emotional cost of living apart after divorce. The benefits of “special time” with children; announcing your relationship via social media; and the high rate of divorce among members of the US Congress are also explored.

Zoe Williams, The Guardian, September 21, 2022

It’s not a divorce, a trial separation or a chance for a guilt-free fling, just an opportunity for husbands and wives to live apart, forget all the little irritations and realize how much they miss each other. At least that’s the theory…

Laura Pitcher, The New York Times, October 6, 2022

A term used by businesses to slowly roll out products has been adopted by couples who want to avoid putting their relationship under the microscope of social media. Lexx Brown-James, a sex therapist based in Swarthmore, Pa., says “Social media can be a powerful tool of connection and modeling, but it can also be a point of contention.”

Emily O. Gravett, The New York Times, October 14, 2022

The author shares: “It’s impossible to know how you will feel in the aftermath of divorce until you’re experiencing it.”

Becky Harlan & Summer Thomad, NPR, October 17, 2022 Called “special time,” it gives young children a chance to interact with their parents without the stress of having to follow directions. According to a 2017 review of literature, parent-child interaction therapy—which includes special time—has long been regarded as an “effective intervention for a myriad of emotional and behavioral difficulties” since it was developed in the 1970s.

Paul Schwartzman, The Washington Post, Updated October 21, 2022 Washington political life is well known for the toll it can take on its leaders, and the hazards to marital harmony in both legislative chambers have been well-chronicled over the years. Case in point—All five lawmakers who have held the seat of the congressional representative from Oregon’s 5th District, over the past 40 years, have gotten divorced while in office. Will that trend end this time?

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