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October 9, 2017

Recent family-related news included marriage advice from a science writer, the phenomenon of sporting a “new look” after divorce, ways to support children who have experienced ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and finally one woman poses the question — is it always better to get married?

How to Have a Better Relationship Tara Parker-Pope, The New York Times, September 22, 2017 Tara Parker-Pope answers readers’ questions about love and relationships, based on what science teaches us about successful couples. “Remember, I am not a therapist, but I am a long-time science writer who has spent a lot of time talking to marriage researchers about the science of a good relationship.”

After Weiner’s Sentencing, Abedin Opts for ‘Divorce Jeans’ Hayley Krischer, The New York Times, September 29, 2017 Ms. Abedin seems to be taking the path of the divorce makeover, a fairly common ritual in the painful breakup process… Going for a new look allows you to take the white-hot glare off a difficult part of your life and focus on something else. It can signal who you’d like to become.

How Teachers and Schools Can Help When Bad Stuff Happens Anya Kamenetz, NPR, October 5, 2017 The National Survey of Children’s Health consistently finds that nearly half of American children experience at least one adversity such as physical abuse or divorce or separation of a parent, and 1 in 5 experience at least two. While the young brain is impressionable to trauma, it can also be resilient, says Pamela Cantor, the founder of a nonprofit called Turnaround for Children.

For Traumatized Children, An Offer of Help from The Muppets Anya Kamenetz, NPR, October 6, 2017 The science of adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs for short, is beginning to transform education and social services. ACEs include poverty, abuse and neglect, domestic violence, divorce, and mental illness or substance abuse on the part of a caregiver. The new trauma material focuses on simple coping skills for what many in the field call “big feelings” — like anger, anxiety and sadness. The goal of the new Sesame Street project is to provide positive ways to connect children and the adults around them regardless of what the situation is.

The Secret to Marriage Is Never Getting Married Gabrielle Zevin, The New York Times, October 6, 2017 Sometimes I think the secret to a long and happy marriage is never to get married in the first place, although there are surely married couples that are as happy as we are.

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