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Aug
29

Why Parents of Girls Divorce More | Psychology Today

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Yes, it’s true. In generation after generation across many countries, parents of girls divorce more than do parents of boys.

As Steven E. Landsburg put it in his Oct 2003 article for Slate magazine, “All over the world, boys hold marriages together, and girls break them up.”

Economists Gordon Dahl (at the University of Rochester) and Enrico Moretti (at UCLA) discovered the following facts in 2003: In the United States, the parents of a girl are nearly 5 percent more likely to divorce than the parents of a boy. The parents of three girls are close to 10 percent more likely to divorce than the parents of three boys.

via Why Parents of Girls Divorce More | Psychology Today.

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Feb
09

No, You Shut Up!

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A coleague recently e-mailed me a link to this Slate Magazine article about responding to your kids’ disrespectful behavior.  It seems to me that this is one of the toughest issues for parents to deal with.  This article goes through multiple options for reacting to disrespect, and the pros and cons of each.  The suggestion they end with may not be an easy solution, but if research can be trusted, then its the one most likely to work.

If you’re a parent, you are probably familiar with being provoked into a blood vessel-popping rage that instantly overwhelms any resolution you might have made to stay calm. That’s because kids are amazingly good at refining behaviors that they can turn to when they’re upset or angry, especially in public, to make their parents even angrier… read entire article.

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