Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The M.Guy Tweet, Week of October 25, 2015

1. Why Men Should Also Worry About Waiting Too Long To Have Kids, Washington Post
[N]ew research suggests that many problematic genetic conditions may be more closely linked to the age of the father than the mother.

2. For Richer, Not Poorer: Marriage And The Growing Class Divide, US News and World Report
Researchers estimate that between one-fifth and two-fifths of the growth in family income inequality is due to a difference in marriage patterns between Americans of higher and lower socioeconomic status.
3. Divorce Rate In The U.S.: Geographic Variation, 2014, BGSU National Center for Marriage and Family Research
The divorce rate has dropped by almost a quarter (23%) in the past 35 years--the lowest it has been since 1970.

4. Are Parents Less Happy? Are Couples With Children Less Happy?, Sliding vs. Deciding Blog
Rather, we have pretty thin measures of personal and couple-level happiness that likely don't capture something many people experience when it comes to fulfillment and meaning in life that I'd call happiness as a family.

5. Can Marriage Heal a Broken Heart? Researchers Find Married Patients Fare Better After Heart Surgery, ABC News
According to the study, those who were unmarried had a 40 percent greater chance of dying or developing a new disability two years after their surgery. 

6. Family Structure Matters — Science Proves It, National Review
[S]tates with higher levels of married parenthood enjoy higher levels of growth, economic mobility for children growing up poor, and median family income, along with markedly lower levels of child poverty.

7. A Disadvantaged Start Hurts Boys More Than Girls, New York Times
Boys are more sensitive than girls to disadvantage. Any disadvantage, like growing up in poverty, in a bad neighborhood or without a father, takes more of a toll on boys than on their sisters. 

For more, see here

Monday, October 19, 2015

The M.Guy Tweet, Week of October 11, 2015

1. A Performance Review May Be Good for Your Marriage, The Wall Street Journal
By taking time to regularly evaluate and review their relationship together, partners can recognize what is and isn’t working—and identify goals for improvement—long before problems become entrenched and irresolvable.

2. Performance Reviews For Marriages: Corporate, Desperate And Depressing, The Globe and Mail
“No one should feel like they’re under evaluation like they might with a boss. This is a very collaborative, equal back and forth,” Toronto psychologist Sara Dimerman said in an interview.

3. 40% Of Couples Spend $10,000 Or Less On Their Weddings, USA Today
How to throw a wedding on a small budget: Slash the guest list. . . Skip the wedding planner. . .  Rethink timing. . . Only serve beer and wine. . . Buy wholesale.

4. Help! My Parents Are Millennials, TIME
It surveyed 2,700 U.S. mothers ages 18 to 44 and found that nearly 80% of millennial moms said it’s important to be “the perfect mom,” compared with about 70% of moms in Generation X. . .

5. David Ribar on Marriage and Child Wellbeing, Institute for Family Studies
We know that the average well-being outcomes for children raised by both of their biological parents are better than the average outcomes for children raised in other arrangements. However, we don’t know exactly why this is.

6. Social Inequality Matters As Much As — Or More Than — Economic Inequality, National Review
Children born into the lowest income quintile have almost exactly equal chances of arriving in any of the five income quintiles as adults. There is only one catch: Their parents must be and stay married.

7. Strong Families, Prosperous States: Do Healthy Families Affect The Wealth Of States?, American Enterprise Institute
Join AEI for the release of “Strong Families, Prosperous States,” a new report that addresses this gap by documenting the links between families and the economic welfare of states from across the country.

For more, see here

Monday, October 5, 2015

The M.Guy Tweet, Week of September 27, 2015

1. Digital Romance: The Teens Get It, The Atlantic
Social media, in particular, is extra helpful for boys. While 59 percent of teens overall felt that social media helped them connect to their boyfriends and girlfriends, 65 percent of boys felt this way.

2. These Women Can't Find Enough Marriageable Men, CBS
Given the shortage of college-educated men, highly educated women are likely to either look for men who have fewer qualifications (and likely earn less) than them, or else skip marriage entirely, the researchers said.

3. Is There A Shortage Of Marriageable Men?, Newsweek
We also found that concerns about a shortage of marriageable men among black Americans are likely due to high rates of incarceration and early death among black men.

4. Relationship Breakdown: Family Stability Is Vital For A Thriving Society, The Telegraph
Relationship breakdown currently costs Britain an estimated £47 billion a year, but just £7.5 million of government funding is made available for prevention.

5. Around The Globe, Less Marriage = More Single Parents, Family Studies
Notably, the percentage of adults married in the United States fell from 52 percent in 2005 to 45 percent in 2010.

6. When It Comes To Family Structure, The U.S. Is A Laggard, Family Studies
In these regions, the United States (27 percent), the United Kingdom (24 percent), and New Zealand (24 percent) exhibit particularly high levels of single parenthood.

7. 10 Heroic Things You Can Do To Save Your Marriage, Deseret News National
“The third big takeaway from their research was that those who considered their spouse a ‘best friend’ boasted the highest levels of happiness — in fact, the well-being benefits were twice as large for those couples. . ."

For more, see here.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The M.Guy Tweet, Week of September 13, 2015

Dear Readers,

The M.Guy Tweet will be postponed by a week, due to a bad case of the flu in our family. Thanks!


Monday, September 7, 2015

The M.Guy Tweet, Week of August 30, 2015

1. A New Book Answers Why It’s So Hard For Educated Women To Find Dates, The Washington Post
The dating pool for college-educated people in their 30s now has five women for every four men. For people in their 20s, it's four women for every three men.

2. The Science Of A Happy Marriage, CNN
[P]ast research has actually shown that relationship satisfaction is influenced as much, if not more, by how we react to each other's good news.

3. Republicans Say They Are Happier With Their Marriages, New York Times
Self-identified Republicans are more likely to be married and less likely to be divorced than self-identified Democrats, write he and Nicholas H. Wolfinger, based on an analysis of the General Social Survey, an oft-studied national poll.

4. What God Has Joined Together: Religion And The Risk of Divorce, Family Studies
People who attend religious services every week are 15 percentage points less likely to have ever been divorced than those who rarely attend. Clearly religious involvement matters for one’s chances of a lasting marriage, above and beyond which religious group one is a part of.

5. Why Women Are More Likely To Ask for A Divorce, TIME
Women initiated 69% of divorces, compared to 31% of men. But if men and women were living together without marrying, each gender was equally likely to initiate a breakup.

6. You Need To Tell Your Child's Teacher About Your Divorce, Los Angeles Times
"The more the teachers understand the context of [children's] behavior, the more successful they can be at their jobs," Maxfield said.

7. Why Millennials Aren't Forming New Households, City Lab
According to the latest figures, about a third of Millennials are sharing living quarters with their folks.

For more, see here.

Monday, August 24, 2015

The M.Guy Tweet, Week of August 16, 2015

I'm on vacation this week. Check back for the usual bi-weekly update on September 7, 2015. Thanks and enjoy your holiday!