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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...

United Families International: Dedicated to informing you about the issues and forces impacting the family. Contributed by Camille Williams Recent reports that 132 villages in Northern India had not had a girl born during the previous three months appear to have been debunked. However, U.S.-based Invisible Girls...

United Families International: Dedicated to informing you about the issues and forces impacting the family. Contributed by Tori Black “We are more than you, and essentially you need to learn how to become a bit more like us.” That was the message Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile, the Religion...

By Laurel Bishop I let it happen to my kid because I didn’t recognize it. Throughout sixth grade, my son sat at his desk, the brunt of his teacher’s jokes and insults. The worst humiliation was the teacher’s direction to the other students to “not be dumb...

By Tori Black Do you remember hearing as a kid, “Well, if you don’t…then, I won’t be your friend.” There’s a term for using that tactic: relational aggression. Some people learn early in life that threatening people with exclusion is a great way to attempt to...

United Families International: Dedicated to informing you about the issues and forces impacting the family. Contributed by Tori Black Friday I opened up my newsfeed, and this is what greeted me: an account of a six year old girl traumatized by her teacher who insisted on teaching...

United Families International: Dedicated to informing you about the issues and forces impacting the family. Contributed by Jenet Erickson When findings from the World Family Map exploring links between religion and family well-being were published in The New York Times last week, a strong reaction ensued. The study found...

United Families International: Dedicated to informing you about the issues and forces impacting the family. Contributed by Dr. Timothy Rarick Last September, on a Sunday afternoon, my wife and I were walking through “Speakers Corner” in Hyde Park, London. I was amazed by the number of men...

United Families International: Dedicated to informing you about the issues and forces impacting the family. Contributed by Tori Black Like me, you probably have many friends who share their opinions on social media about the important issues our families face. Even so, the current spate of articles,...

United Families International: Dedicated to informing you about the issues and forces impacting the family. Contributed by Tori Black For the United Nations, May 15 marked 25 years of observing the International Day of Families.  This day was created in 1995 to celebrate the importance of families...

United Families International: Dedicated to informing you about the issues and forces impacting the family. Contributed by Tori Black How do you define discrimination? The Merriam-Webster dictionary says that it is being prejudiced or having a prejudicial outlook, action or treatment towards a category of individuals, such...

United Families International: Dedicated to informing you about the issues and forces impacting the family. Contributed by Jenet Erickson At the recent United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women in New York City, a short but powerful film premiered. Its focus was the irreplaceable influence of...

United Families International: Dedicated to informing you about the issues and forces impacting the family. Contributed by Jenet Erickson The first article in this series focused on how societies benefit from an orientation toward nurturing children within families. As that article discussed, not only are children critical...

By Miriam Merrill Your Instagram account may be ruining your marriage. With the number of active monthly users reaching 1 billion, Instagram is more popular than ever. While there are millions of users in every age category, approximately 64% of users are unsurprisingly between 18-34. It seems...

United Families International: Dedicated to informing you about the issues and forces impacting the family. Contributed by Jenet Erickson When renowned Harvard sociologist Carle Zimmerman published his sweeping analysis of the rise and fall of great civilizations, he made a striking conclusion: The defining feature of civilizations at their...

United Families International: Dedicated to informing you about the issues and forces impacting the family. Contributed by Camille Williams Rachel’s cry of longing, envy and despair, “Give me children else I die” (Genesis 30:1) is echoed in our day by infertile couples, by same-sex couples, and by...

Contributed by Tori Black On Tuesday, April 2, 2019, the House Judiciary Committee held a full committee hearing on HR5, the Equality Act. Sponsors and supporters of the act claim that it will extend civil rights protections based on sex, sexual orientation and gender identity. The...

By Marisa Higley As a child I lived a life almost completely without technology. I spent my time outside, climbed trees, played in the mud and dirt, jumped on the trampoline, and picked raspberries from our bushes. Every chance I had I was outside exploring. I...

By Tonya Cox I am a mother in California.  My husband and I spent most of our family life raising our five children in here.  Our youngest child is a senior in high school and our third California high school graduate.  I cannot express how grateful...

United Families International: Dedicated to informing you about the issues and forces impacting the family. Contributed by Tori Black March 20, 2003, my family had joined my parents in Maui for a spring vacation. From our tiny, speck of an island in the middle of the Pacific,...

By Kimberly Williams Each year there are millions of unintended pregnancies. In 2013, I became part of that statistic, which changed my life forever. I had been casually dating a guy for 6 months. It was right before Christmas of 2012 that I decided to take...

United Families International: Dedicated to informing you about the issues and forces impacting the family. Contributed by Tori Black In 1975, Tippi Hedren, the actress best known for her role in the Alfred Hitchcock horror film The Birds, visited a Vietnamese refugee camp in Sacramento, California. Hedren...

United Families International: Dedicated to informing you about the issues and forces impacting the family. Contributed by Teresa Hunsaker For many decades now we have witnessed the progress of the movement for ‘equality’ between the sexes.  In fact, the debate has been going on for almost 100...

Contributed by Camille Williams Coincidentally, on January 22, 2019, the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, National Geographic sent out an email titled in part “World’s largest child sacrifice discovered in Peru.” Of course, I clicked on the link. My husband spent two years in Peru as...