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October 30, 2017

Recent family-related news included a new board game focused on the concept of “arranged marriages,” insights into why people divorce, a thoughtful look at being single in our society and finally a look at how Disney is approaching gay teen romance.

To Win This Board Game, Keep Away From the Matchmaker Abdul Sattur, NPR, October 9, 2017 The name of the game is “Arranged” and the goal is to avoid at all costs an arranged marriage — and the matchmaker who sets them up. She’s known as Rishta Aunty, slang in Urdu and Hindi for a certain kind of middle-aged, busybody matchmaker who knows all the single men and women.

6 Major Reasons Why People Divorce Bela Gandhi, Today, October, 25, 2017 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, by the first five years of marriage, 22 percent of couples experience some form of “marital disruption,” which refers to separation, divorce or death. After 20 years of marriage, 53 percent of marriages have been disrupted.

7 Things Science Says Predict Divorce Shana Lebowitz, Business Insider, October 27, 2017 Research suggests that couples who marry in their teens and couples who marry in their mid-30s or later are at greater risk for divorce than couples in their late 20s and early 30s. The risk is especially high for teenage couples.

Is There Something Odd About Being Single? Helen Betya Rubinstein, The New York Times, October 27, 2017 Thriving as a single person doesn’t challenge conventions of gender or sexuality, but it does contest the notion that romantic partnerships must take precedence over other relationships.

A Boy With a Crush on a Boy — And for the Disney Channel, a First Eric Deggans, NPR, October 27, 2017 The show is the Disney Channel’s hit tween dramedy, Andi Mack. And it’s the first time the channel has featured a coming-out story for a teen in a live action show. The series hinted that Cyrus might have a crush on Jonah through its first season, but Friday’s episode was the moment when Cyrus finally said it out loud.

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