The Family

by Nathalie Bowman I write what’s in my heart. I don’t study statistics or research papers. I write what I know to be true. As this is my last blog post for United Families International, I want to share some thoughts from my heart about families...

by Gary Boyd A recent change in the wording of a question on the United States citizenship test did not go unnoticed by Senator James Lankford (R-OK). The test now shows “Freedom of Worship”, rather than “Freedom of Religion”, as one of the basic rights of...

by Chuck Malone Indeed one of the most fascinating, albeit frustrating, challenges facing any family unit is trying to understand and adjust to changing roles. The constant challenge to the definition of family in today's changing environment makes that challenge even more difficult. In a nutshell, let...

Tashica Jacobson Laura Bunker’s recent UFI alert struck a cord with me, and I haven’t been able to get her message out of my mind. Not only did it bring up this year’s trip to the UN, which brought up wonderful memories for me, she quoted...

Rachel Allison A sense of entitlement, which is the polar opposite of a sense of responsibility, is endemic among many of the 1st World's children today. It is fostered by our demanding, narcissistic society wherein wants are confused with needs and everyone seems focused on the notion...

Nathalie Bowman I glanced at my mail and read the headline of a local advertising magazine: “7 Reasons why high quality preschool matters for your child.” Among the 7 things were “Get Ahead”, “Success”, and “Test Scores”. Why would I be worried about my 3 year old “getting ahead”?...

Caitlin Woolbert Families are becoming busier and busier in their schedules and are involved in more activities outside of the home. Researchers have studied children of all ages and looked at whether age influences the amount of time a child is willing to spend participating in...

Chuck Malone Time is Limited! As co-parents of 5 active children, my wife and I determined early on that we would only have a limited time to create lasting and hopefully character building experiences as a family. We watched older children of other family’s, age and leave...

Kristen Jan Cannon An important parenting lesson that many parents often fail to learn is helping children understand the major difference between shame and guilt. Unfortunately, adults often don’t understand this concept themselves, and mixing these two very different emotions up can be detrimental to one’s...