Candidates for IFS Friday Five

1. Family meals are more frequent, last longer during pandemic

 Chris Melore

2. Family love is the foundation of civilization

Kimberly Ells

3. Mapping America’s diversity with the 2020 census

William H. Frey

4. Explaining US income inequality by household demographics, 2020 update

Mark J. Perry

5. Research digesting why children, vegetables don’t always mix

by Chuck Green | CYFS

6. Deputy Directors, Research

Australian Institute of Family Studies

7. Caron shares 30 years of data in third edition of ‘The Sex Lives of College Students’

8. Hi, my name is...

You say your name thousands of times. What does it say about you?

By Fendi Wang

9. The week's best parenting advice


10. Educational decline among males puts institution of marriage at risk

11. What Experts On Kids’ Social And Emotional Health Are Overlooking

Natalie Wexler

12. Six Ways to Deal With Parental Burnout


13. Pat and I will be biking in Canada next week...

How Bicycling Along a Dusty Moroccan Country Road Helped Save My Marriage



Candidates for IFS Friday Five #390 (over the last 8 years)


Understanding How Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Programs Can Approach Intimate Partner Violence with Spanish-Speaking Hispanic Participants

This new brief from the Responding to Intimate Violence in Relationship Programs (RIViR) project summarizes findings from a case study designed to gather initial information on approaches to intimate partner violence education, screening, and referrals among healthy marriage and relationship education programs serving Spanish-speaking Hispanic participants. 

Read the Brief >

‘We’ve got to get this right’: Army looks to improve base assignments for special needs families



3. 5 Reasons You Need a Getaway Without Kids

4. Why “Fatherhood” is more than a movie

Daniel Clayton, opinions contributor

5. Science-Backed Tips for Maximizing Play Time With Kids

Brenna Hassinger-Das, assistant professor of psychology at Pace University-NYC, and Jennifer Zosh, professor of human development and family studies at Penn State Brandywine

6. Four in 10 young people fear having children due to climate crisis

Fiona Harvey

7. Pastoral Framework for Marriage and Family Life Ministry

Read the document here

9. Stop Waiting for Your Soul Mate

Love isn’t destiny. That’s what makes it so sweet.

By Arthur C. Brooks

10. Two-Thirds of Recent First-Time Fathers Took Time Off After Birth




Candidates for the IFS Friday Five

1. Call for Authors Spring 2022 Issue: A New “Normal”

2. Co-Regulation in Practice: Strategies for Practitioners Who Serve Youth Aged 14-24


Update: What We’re Learning About the Pandemic-Related Experiences of ACF Programs and the Children and Families they Serve

Nicole Deterding

3. Root of teen empathy begins with secure relationships at home, study finds

By Sarah Molano, CNN

4. The Ultimate Key to Vision, and Relationship

John Cuddeback

5. Braver Angels Helps Couples See Past Politics to Strengthen Their Relationships

Amber Brooks


Are you and a loved one struggling with your political differences? So many families have been divided by politics. Get help with your relationship from BA cofounder Dr. Bill Doherty.
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6. 30 Days of MD: Interdependence Enhances Our Marriage

8. Why loneliness is increasing, and how to fight back


9. Films showing the reality of marriage

Caryn James

10. Does marriage protect mental health? Evidence from the COVID-19 pandemic

Clara E. Jace, Christos A. Makridis

11. Educated Women Increasingly Likely to Have 1st Baby Before Marriage

 Jill Rosen

12. Is marriage for white people? The US racial marriage divide

Dr Rauh, a University Lecturer at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Cambridge

The full paper by Elizabeth M. Caucutt, Nezih Guner, Christopher Rauh “Is Marriage for White People? Incarceration, Unemployment, and the Racial Marriage Divide” is available at:

13 The Marriage Icon



Candidates for Friday Five

1. Study aims to provide insights into the dynamics and trajectories of distressed couples

Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.

2. Kindness toward others can boost our own physical and mental health. Commit to 21 days of kindness this September with Born This Way Foundation’s #BeKind21 campaign

Zara Abrams


A pedagogy of kindness: the cornerstone for student learning and wellness

Fiona Rawle, University of Toronto Mississauga


New Series of Practice Briefs for Implementing Co-Regulation Strategies in Youth-Serving HMRE Programs

Explore our new series of practice briefs designed specifically for youth-serving programs. This actionable, illustrated series provides step-by-step instructions for implementing six evidence-informed and theory-based co-regulation strategies.

Read the Briefs >

4. Free parenting and relationship support across London

5. HMRE Evaluation Data Tool

6. Mind & Body: Marriage, City Living May Help When Heart Disease Strikes

Ernie Mundell and Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

7. Handling Back-to-School Anxiety in a Pandemic

 Erin Digitale

8. Building Upon the Resilience of Hispanic Families During COVID-19

9. What Is a Convalidation Ceremony?

10. We studied 100 years of Australian fatherhood. This is how dads changed

Kate Murphy Alistair Thomson



Candidates for Friday Five

1. Center Coordinator, Center on Children and Families

2. Pick 1

Understanding How Court Practices and Court System Resources Relate to Judicial Decision-Making and Hearing Quality in Child Welfare Court Cases

A product of our Understanding Judicial Decision-Making and Hearing Quality in Child Welfare project, this brief describes research on court practices and court system resources that relate to judicial decision-making and hearing quality in child welfare court cases.

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Using Adult Learning Theory in Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Workshops

Explore this paper, which examines how adult learning theory might inform healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood (HMRF) programming so it can be more successful in supporting family well-being. The paper describes key principles of adult learning theory and suggests strategies based on these principles that HMRF programs can try to support participants’ engagement and learning. 

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Strategies from Adult Learning Theory That Program Developers and Facilitators Can Use in Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Workshops

This brief highlights five strategies based on adult learning theory that Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood (HMRF) program developers and facilitators can use to support participants’ engagement and learning, exploring specific ways programs can implement these strategies, along with concrete tips and examples.

Read the Brief >


3. How Dads Can Build a Network of Parenting Allies at Work

by Han-Son Lee and Hugh Wilson

4. Couples’ Daily Lives Study seeking participants

5. Pandemic prompts Sunday chicken roast revival as Aussie families rediscover sit-down meals

6. Parents want work-life balance, but they don’t agree on what it looks like

Lois M. Collins

7. Latest Figures Show China's Millennials Aren't The Marrying Kind

By Qiao Long and Chingman


China changes law to allow married couples to have up to three children

Nicole Acevedo

 and The Associated Press

8. Delay and Grandparenthood

Matt Bruenig

9. The staggering, exhausting, invisible costs of caring for America’s elderly

By Anne Helen Petersen

10. We will be attending our nieces' wedding on Sat. See