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October 8, 2018

Recent family-related news included thoughts on starting over as a divorced parent, how Millennials are impacting the divorce rate, talking to your kids about divorce (even if you are not getting divorced), a possible shift in voting patterns for married women, and an upcoming vote on a Constitutional amendment in Romania that would make it harder to legalize same-sex marriage.

When I Became a Single Parent, I Lost My Tribe. So I Built a New One Melissa Stephenson, The Washington Post, September 24, 2018 The author shared: “…the thing I did not predict about divorce is something I’d experienced a decade before when my only sibling killed himself: People shy away from grief, especially if the loss triggers their own fears. Even people who are anchored in communities often find that friends and family fall away as they transition into single-parenthood, as if this new, solo stage of life is a threat to others.”

Millennials are Causing the U.S. Divorce Rate to Plummet Ben Steverman, Bloomberg, September 25, 2018 New data shows younger couples are approaching relationships very differently from baby boomers, who married young, divorced, remarried and so on. Generation X and especially Millennials are being pickier about who they marry, tying the knot at older ages when education, careers and finances are on track.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Divorce, Even When Your Marriage Is Fine Katharine Stahl, POPSUGAR, September 28, 2019 Children can ask about divorce even if their parents’ union is secure. This author offers tips to help parents talk about the topic of divorce with their children.

Married Women May Be Moving Away From the GOP Asma Khalid, NPR, October 2, 2018 For decades, research has suggested that married women tend to be more conservative than unmarried women, in part because of social networks, spousal influence and economics. And election results have confirmed that academic research. But recent interviews and polling suggest the traditional marriage gap might shrink this November.

Romanians Vote on Putting Gay Marriage Ban in Constitution Associated Press, The New York Times, October 6, 2018 Romanians have begun two days of voting on a constitutional amendment that would make it harder to legalize same-sex marriage. The vote has raised concerns that non-traditional families will be discriminated against.

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