Easy Love: Is it Easier for Some People to Love than it is for Others?

from ScienceOfRelationships.com

The other day, I asked my kids (7 and 8 years old) to sign a birthday card for a relative that they had only met a few times. I expected that their misspelled words and child-like handwriting would be appealing to the card’s recipient. What I didn’t expect was for their messages to be full of love: “I love you,” “xoxox,” and hearts dotting each letter “i”. Where were these demonstrative notes for a relatively unknown person coming from?  Should I be worried about my overly affectionate children?

Opting Out of Parenthood: How Couples Navigate the Decision to Not Have Children

from ScienceOfRelationships.com

"But what about couples who make the conscious decision to not have children? Given the various pressures and expectations that conspire to encourage procreation, opting out of parenthood is a big decision for relationship partners to make.  ”

Stuck in the Middle: When Kids Feel Caught Between Parents

I would like to say that my daughter and I had a deep conversation about death and dying after Grandma H’s viewing…that I was able to talk to my daughter in an age-appropriate and snappy way. It was fall after all, a seemingly good time to talk about dying, given the decay around. I could hear myself now, “Grandma was like a leaf…” 

But, I let the moment pass. The month before Grandma’s funeral, I fast-forwarded through the part in the Lion King when Mufasa dies. How do you explain that to a three-year-old?

Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems: How Having Money Can Make You a Worse Parent (from ScienceOfRelationships.com)
Common Punishment Techniques: Do They Work?
Diagnosis: Children
Estrogen Levels Influence How Many Kids Women Want
Marriage Equality: Let’s Ask the Kids
Why You Should Never Compare Your Kids
(reposted from Parenting. Illustrated with Crappy Pictures.)
2011 Editors’ Choice Awards: #5 - The Birds and The Bees: As Early as Age 3?
2011 Editors’ Choice Awards: #9 - High Costs of Parenthood
The Birds and The Bees: As Early as Age 3?
Ticking Biological Clocks and Career Aspirations: Managing Incompatible Goals
The High Costs of Parenthood

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the costs of raising kids. To be clear, I’m not talking about the money ($118k to $250k in the U.S. by the time the kid reaches age 18, and that’s not counting college). Rather, a lot of the popular press writing on the topic has focused on the drop in marital and/or life satisfaction individuals experience following the birth of a child. [read the full article here]