Topic: Parenting

Policies Against Same-Sex Parenting Not Science-Based

Nov. 19, 2015
Same Sex Parents

One tenet of the debate surrounding same-sex marriage has focused on whether same-sex parents provide poorer conditions for raising children compared with different-sex parents. Political and public dialogue ensures that this notion remains pervasive and persuasive. And it isn’t just talk: Laws exist that implicitly reflect the rhetoric that somehow same-sex parents are different. This is wrong and must stop. The science just isn’t there to back up these policies and laws.

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For Dads, Shifting Roles This Father's Day

June 22, 2015
Dad and Daughter

Fatherhood has always been important — it’s just looking different these days. We must acknowledge all the men who are enacting, discussing and embracing these shifting roles: the good, the stressful and those yet to be determined.

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Middle-Aged Mothers and Fathers Only As Happy As Their Least Happy Grown Child, Research Shows

Aug. 23, 2011

Despite the fact that middle-aged parents are no longer responsible for their grown children, the parents' emotional well-being and life satisfaction remain linked to those children's successes and problems -- particularly their least-happy offspring, research from The University of Texas at Austin shows.

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Don't tug on super-mom's cape

March 31, 2010
More women lose pride in their motherly duties and think less of themselves when their husbands take over the household

Dads are changing diapers, cooking dinner and shopping for groceries more than ever these days as more women enter the work force. Although this may seem like a blessing for many overextended moms, helpful dads can hurt a woman's self-esteem, new research has found.

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Putting the pieces back together

Nov. 9, 2009
Domini Maddox plays with her son.

Domini Maddox had always been a good student. She earned a 3.95 grade-point average at Northwest Vista College in San Antonio before she transferred to The University of Texas at Austin to study biochemistry. Then she learned she was expecting a baby.

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