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I was judged for taking paternity leave...

Jef Beckley - Chicago Tribune, 20 March 2017.
Because a large swath of the American workforce is unkind to men who seek work flexibility for family life, many men confine their roles as fathers to after-work hours. This isn't entirely men's fault. Most companies fail to offer paid paternity leave at all, which is a problem.

How many kids is too many kids?

Lauren Apfel - The Week, 20 March 2017.
If larger families are being normalized (or seen as the province of the rich), other couples are more likely to set their sights on having them. If three children can become the new two, in other words, four might very well become as socially acceptable as three. And so on.

What factors drive child marriage in Afghanistan?

Sayed Masood Sadat - The Asia Foundation, 22 March 2017.
Afghanistan is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a woman. Contributing factors include different forms of gender-based violence, poor education, limited access to healthcare, and not being allowed outside the home. Sadly, many Afghan women also face forced child marriage—despite it being illegal.

Nearly 600 million children will lack water resources by 2040

UNICEF, 22 March 2017.
Some 600 million children –or 1 in 4 children worldwide– will be living in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040, according to a UNICEF report released on World Water Day. The report looks at the threats to children’s lives and wellbeing caused by depleted sources of safe water and the ways climate change will intensify these risks in coming years.

To the parents of children who stare at my disabled daughter

Valerie Strauss - The Washington Post, 22 March 2017.
A professor of psychology at the University of Virginia and successful writer of several books tells us about his family and offers an unusual lesson for everybody.

Finding a balance between school and parenting

Bianca Mujica - North Texas Daily, 22 March 2017.
“I feel like I’m occupying space in two different worlds that don’t meet all the time,” a young mother says. “I’m an outsider in parenting groups because I’m so young and I’m an outsider as a student because I can’t do a lot of the things that are part of college culture.”

Grandparents have help for parenting

Paul Brooks - Wanganui Chronicle, 22 March 2017.
The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust Awareness Week in New Zealand is a chance to analyze the growing trend where grandparents, through necessity, are having to raise their own grandchildren. The children's parents could be absent, incapable, unwilling or violent, leaving the grandparents to step in and assume responsibility, often at great cost.

What not to say to couples who don’t have children

Maria McHale - Irish Times, 22 March 2017.
One in six Irish couples is childfree involuntarily. Even family and friends make hurtful comments, they say. When you’re facing a lifetime living childfree against your wishes, you need guidance and support to accept and develop new dreams and a new life.

How to help children with autism make, and keep, friends

Arlene Karidis - The Washington Post, 20 March 2017.
To be successful, these kids need to begin exercising their social and emotional muscles early, and in different settings, with children who have similar issues, and with those who do not. There are plenty of opportunities to gain experience in special programs designed for them, such as autism group meetups where they may engage with people their age who have similar needs.

Uganda: The role of parenting in higher education

Kiapi K. Frederick - New Vision, March 2017.
As the country, readies itself to middle income status 2020 and its realization of Uganda VISION 2040, high education needs to be redefined to meet the changing times of the job market and this can only be if and only when a species called a parent gets into the picture.
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