Divorce rates are finally dropping, but that doesn't mean people are forging stronger family units. With fewer people getting married these days, the number of kids living in households with two unmarried parents is on the rise. And, according to new research released today by the National Marriage Project and the Institute for American Values, that may as bad for kids as dealing with a parent's divorce.
In the report, "Why Marriage Matters: Thirty Conclusions from the Social Sciences," researchers say that couples who live together without getting married are far less stable than married couples-and it's the kids who struggle the most. "Children in cohabiting households are more likely to suffer from a range of emotional and social problems-drug use, depression, and dropping out of high school-compared to children in intact, married families," the report says.
"I think there's good news and bad news in this report," says W. Bradford Wilcox of the University of Virginia, the lead
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Tue, Aug 16, 2011 7:07 PM EDT
Divorce rates are finally dropping, but that doesn't mean people are forging stronger family units. With fewer people getting married these days, the number of kids living in households with two unmarried parents is on the rise. And, according to new research released today by the National Marriage Project and the Institute for American Values, that may as bad for kids as dealing with a parent's divorce.Read More »from Not married, with children? Report says cohabiting and kids don't mix
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Thu, Aug 11, 2011 3:23 AM EDT
It's stark and serious, in black-and-white: A beautiful teenage girl sitting on her bed with a stack of index cards in her hand. The first one reads: "Hey, I'm Kenna." She smiles, flutters her fingers at the camera, and shows the next index card. As the cards go by, and without saying a single word out loud, she tells you that she's 18, graduated at the top of her class, and is getting ready for her freshman year in college. But then her face gets grim, and she shares the rest of her story:Read More »from A teenager's story with a powerful message (video)
The video, "You're not alone," was posted on June 4 and, given the way it's touched a chord for people from all walks of life, it's more than just another uplifting chapter in Dan Savage's "It Gets Better" campaign. In another video posted on August 7, Kenna offers an update about what's happened since "You're not alone" went viral. And yes, there is a happy ending...
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Love + Sex – Tue, Aug 9, 2011 11:58 PM EDT
Anthony Morelli and Allison Morelli (Photo: Screengrab from The Today Show)It started out as a way to vent about his acrimonious divorce and bitter custody dispute, but three and a half years later his blog, The Psycho Ex Wife, has turned into a battle over free speech and due process. And while the adults argue over whose rights are being trampled on, the real issue remains: Is publicly bashing a parent ever in the best interests of his or her kids?Read More »from Bashing your ex in public may be free speech, but is it in your children's best interests?
Anthony Morelli, 43, and his girlfriend, Misty Weaver-Ostinato, started their blog in December 2007, and still insist that it's never been about Morelli's ex-wife but about their own experiences with divorce. "We have been through 3 custody evaluations, 6 false contempt petitions, 3 custody schedules, 1 psych evaluation, 1 false child abuse allegation, 2 false calls to the local sheriff's office, 4 years of parental alienation, $80,000, 1 break in, 1 case of stalking, 1 restraining order, and we FINALLY have 50/50 custody of their children," reads the first post, which was written Weaver-Ostinato, a divorced
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Mon, Aug 8, 2011 4:40 PM EDT
People are blaming everyone from Congress as a whole to President Barack Obama in particular for Standard & Poor's downgrading the credit rating of United States from AAA to AA+ on Friday. But what most people still want to know is: How will the downgrade really affect me?Read More »from What does the U.S. credit rating downgrade really mean for your mortgage and credit card rates?
The loss of the United States' AAA credit rating won't affect the average person as much as will Standard & Poor's downgrade of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac early Monday morning. The U.S.-government backed mortgage giants together own or guarantee half of all of the mortgages in the country; Fannie Mae reacted immediately by hiking up the rates they agree to pay lenders by about 0.15 percentage points, to about 4 percent; the increase is likely to lead to higher mortgage rates for new consumers.
People with adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs), home equity loans, and home equity lines of credit (HELOC) may see their rates rise. But there's a little bit of hope, the Associated Press reports: Since many ARMs and HELOCs are
What do Kim Kardashian, Gisele Bundchen, and Katy Perry have in common? Celebrity women who out-earn their matesBy Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Financially Fit – Fri, Aug 5, 2011 11:02 PM EDT
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The balloon dresses aren't just for blushing brides. Check out this video from the 2009 Balloon Fashion Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Tue, Aug 2, 2011 8:37 PM EDT
The U.S. department of Health and Human services announced on Monday that certain health services for women, including prescription birth control and domestic violence counseling, will now be considered preventive care and, as such, must be covered by health insurance companies without charging a co-payment.Read More »from Prescription birth control to be covered without a co-payment: What that really means for you
"Prevention really does pay in the long run," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in an interview with Yahoo! Shine today. "It's better to address issues proactively than retroactively."
The decision follows recommendations made by the Institute of Medicine in July. In addition to prescription contraceptives, the mandate covers screening for and counseling about sexually transmitted diseases and HIV, HPV screenings for women over age 30, screening for diabetes during pregnancy, support and equipment for mothers who are breastfeeding, and annual "well-woman" doctor's visits intended to identify health risk factors and coordinate other preventive services.
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Tue, Aug 2, 2011 3:05 AM EDT
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Democrat of Arizona, returned to the floor of the House of Representatives Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, in Washington, to vote on the debt standoff compromise. (Photo: AP/House TelevisionWith just a few minutes left in which to vote on the debt-ceiling compromise Monday evening, the entire House of Representatives rose in a standing ovation to welcome Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords to floor.Read More »from Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords returns to the House to vote on debt-ceiling compromise
It was the first time the Congresswoman had been back in the House of Representatives since suffering a brain injury during a brutal shooting that killed six and injured 14 people in Arizona in January.
"I have closely followed the debate over our debt ceiling and have been deeply disappointed at what's going on in Washington," Giffords said in a statement. "After weeks of failed debate in Washington, I was pleased to see a solution to this crisis emerge. I strongly believe that crossing the aisle for the good of the American people is more important than party politics. I had to be here for this vote. I could not take the chance that my absence could crash our economy."
"The #Capitol looks beautiful and I am honored to be at work tonight," the Congresswoman tweeted at about 8
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Fri, Jul 29, 2011 10:17 PM EDT
ThinkstockIn an effort to reduce incidents of liver damage from taking too much of the painkiller acetaminophen, the makers of Tylenol today announced that they were lowering the recommended dosage on some of their products.Read More »from Tylenol lowers recommended doses in order to reduce risk of liver damage
The pain- and fever-reducer is available on its own, but is also an active ingredient in many multi-symptom cold and flu medications, including NyQuil and Sudafed, as well as in prescription pain relievers like Percocet and Vicodin. According to information from McNeil Consumer Health Care, the division of Johnson & Johnson that manufactures Tylenol, acetaminophen can be found in more than 600 over-the-counter and prescription medications, and more than 50 million Americans take acetaminophen each week (click here to find out whether other medicines you're taking also contain acetaminophen).
The move comes after an FDA Panel found that 60 percent of adults deaths involving acetaminophen occur when taking a prescription medication. "Acetaminophen is safe when used as