UFI Blog

Contributed by Marie Walker During the COVID 19 pandemic, many people are surprised by a vast array of emotion, and by their body’s physical reactions to stress. Part of the reason for the severity of many people’s reactions is that they are dealing with several forms...

United Families International: Dedicated to informing you about the issues and forces impacting the family. Contributed by Kari McEvoy In 2013 Hans van Leeuwen of Leiden University set out to find just how powerful a domino chain reaction could be. Through a mathematical model, Leiden found...

United Families International: Dedicated to informing you about the issues and forces impacting the family. Contributed by Tori Black It was my husband’s work schedule that proved to be the last straw. He had just started work as a pilot at a major airline, and, in the...

United Families International: Dedicated to informing you about the issues and forces impacting the family. By Jenet Erickson on behalf of United Families International I’ll never forget sitting amid a group of family scholars, community leaders and parents and hearing one stand and say, “What we need...

by Sarah Justensen When individuals consistently eat nutritious foods, they will promote their own health and wellness. Alternatively, when people have a diet consisting of primarily junk food, they will eventually find themselves dealing with health problems. As Anthelme Brillat-Savarin once said, “Tell me what you...

Contributed by Tori Black Four weeks ago, I was skiing* down a hillside when my phone started dinging from multiple texts. The United Nations event that United Families International attends every year, and to which we bring university students eager to strengthen and defend the family,...

United Families International: Dedicated to informing you about the issues and forces impacting the family. Sign up for the latest from United Families International here. Contributed by Tori Black With news of an imminent coronavirus pandemic filling the airwaves and internet, you may have missed an important discussion...

by KayLynn Wheeler We have all heard the terms shark week, Aunt Flo, and the crimson wave. Many of us hear these terms and know instantly that someone is referring to her period. Even the word period is slang for menstruation. Yet, even with the acceptance...

Contributed by Tori Black Leap years are such an interesting phenomenon. The idea that there is this extra day once a year fascinated me as a child. I wondered if I would ever meet someone who was born on February 29th. It turns out one of...

United Families International: Dedicated to informing you about the issues and forces impacting the family. Contributed by Joey Sheppard Bell Thorne hit stardom with preteens and young teenagers alike when she starred in the record-breaking 2010 Disney TV show Shake It Up. After parting ways with...

By Tori Black In the first of the Harry Potter books, The Sorcerer’s Stone, the headmaster, Dumbledore, shares this bit of wisdom: “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” JK Rowling, the author...

Contributed by Tori Black Every December for the last three years, I have participated in a community event in San Diego celebrating the season in inspired word and song. Every year is a witness of hearts and lives changed just by spending an hour and a...

This image is from the Florida Memory Project hosted at the State Archive of Florida and is released to the public domain in the United States under the terms of Section 257.35(6), Florida Statutes.   By Tori Black On her first day of work, Amelia Bedelia, the main character in the Amelia Bedelia children’s...

By Tori Black Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays: a day to gather with those we love and focus on all that we have to be grateful for. It also tends to feel a little squeezed though: the four-day break that separates the costumes...

By Eleah Boyd According to statista.com, there are somewhere between 500,000 and one million newly published book titles every year in the United States. With the cost-effectiveness of small print runs and digital book publishing, self-publishing is easier than ever. Anyone with an idea and a computer...

Contributed by Tori Black United Families International: Dedicated to informing you about the issues and forces impacting the family. Author Mary Day Winn once said, “Sex is the tabasco sauce which an adolescent national palate sprinkles on every course of the menu.” Adolescents are highly responsive to...

United Families International: Dedicated to informing you about the issues and forces impacting the family.  Contributed by Tori Black There are two ideologies vying for the hearts and minds of our children and families. One says that humans are sexual beings and that they should be encouraged...

United Families International: Dedicated to informing you about the issues and forces impacting the family. Contributed by Tori Black It has no teeth, but it is sending a message. In June of this year, the California Assembly passed ACR 99, a resolution that condemns so called “conversion...

United Families International: Dedicated to informing you about the issues and forces impacting the family. Contributed by Tori Black While many families were busy sending their children off to begin a new school year, I spent much of my time August 26 through 28 at the United...

United Families International: Dedicated to informing you about the issues and forces impacting the family. Contributed by Tori Black If you watched the 2019 Oscars, maybe you saw the inspiring Nike ad, “Dream Crazier,” which was part of its “Just Do It” campaign highlighting female athletes breaking...

United Families International: Dedicated to informing you about the issues and forces impacting the family. Contributed by Jenet Erickson, Sammi Trujillo and Jeff Dew We’ve all seen the headline: “Money is the leading cause of divorce.” In fact, it isn’t money itself, but disagreement about it that...