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.
💌 Apply for Helping Loved Ones Divided by Politics
✅ Sign up to Attend Helping Loved Ones Divided By Politics
Sept. 25 at 5 p.m. ET

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.

Read the Brief >


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. 

Read the Paper >


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 



Candidates for Friday Five

1.Providing Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Programs Virtually: Lessons from a Case Study of the ELEVATE Program in Florida


2. History and Implementation of the Federally Funded Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education (HMRE) Grants

Mindy Herman-Stahl, Mindy E. Scott, Kendy Cox, and Sharon Vaughn

3. ‘Let them be kids!’ Is ‘free-range’ parenting the key to healthier, happier children?

Candidates for Friday Five

1.  CoupleTalk Live

Marian O’Connor

3. Brazil-based research empowering vulnerable families, communities amid COVID-19

by Chuck Green | CYFS

4. More Money for Families

 Linda Boyer, Acting Commissioner, OCSE

5. A course for girls in preparation for marriage

Mildred V. Estes

6. Secrets To Working Together As Married Entrepreneurs

Neal Taparia

7. Wedding bells have to ring loud and long to make up for large pandemic decline

 Lois M. Collins

8. 7 Social Security Spousal Benefit Rules Every Married Couple Should Know

Robin Hartill

9. Unpaid caregivers: How America treats women caring for paralyzed partners

Amber Ferguson

10. Study: Wisconsin marriage penalties hurt families and businesses

By Gailon Totheroh



Candidates for Friday Five

1. The Push for Paid Family Leave Had Stalled in America. Then Men Bought In.


2.RECS 2022 Call for Proposals

3. Work-to-Family Conflict and Children’s Problems with School, Friends, and Health: Household Economic Conditions and Couple Relationship Quality as Contingencies

Lei Chai, Scott Schieman

4. What ‘gentle parenting’ can teach us about care, relationships, and communication


5. Financial Playbook for Married Couples -

6. EXTENDED DEADLINE: Apply for the 2021 MAST Center Graduate Internship Program

7. Launch of cross-sector group to help strengthen marriages and family relationships

Grace Yeoh


Candidates for Friday Five

1. Using Text Messages to Learn about Participants’ Experiences

2. This time, DoD wants to hear from every active duty military spouse

Karen Jowers


Field-Test New Protective Factors Survey to Help Military Families
A new survey which aims to measure protective factors among military families is seeking military and non-military participants for field-testing. The survey is an adaption of the Protective Factors Survey, 2nd edition (PFS-2), and is called the MPFS. While the tool is designed for military families, researchers need it tested by as many families as possible, including non-military families. The MPFS is anonymous and should take between 10-15 minutes to complete. Your participation will help researchers identify the best ways of supporting military families in the US and abroad. The survey was developed by Greentrike, in collaboration with FRIENDS National Center on Community-Based Child-Abuse Prevention and the University of Kansas Center for Public Partnerships and ResearchComplete survey here.

3. 36 Questions That Can Help Kids Make Friends

Jill Suttie


James White


7. When family stress is high, teen depression can follow


8. Professor Heidemarie Laurent shares tips on managing stress and building resilience

9. UArizona Psychologists Receive $2.9M to Study Neural Mechanisms of Emotions in Couples

10. Differences in Financial Risk Preferences Can Make or Break a Marriage

 Christine Clark

11. Marriage and Divorce Decline during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Case Study of Five States

Wendy D. Manning and Krista K. Payne

12. All kids lie: How to handle it, and when you should worry

Connie Chang



Candidates for Friday Five

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

Tue, Jul 27, 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families

2. Both Sides of the Critical Race Theory Debate Are Abandoning Black Children | Opinion



Donna K. Ginther, Astrid L. Grasdal, Robert A. Pollak 


Learning About Hardships, Financial Strain and Social Support Among Parents with Children in Head Start from the FACES Fall 2019 Data Collection

This brief, using nationally representative data from the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES 2019), explores how families experience and perceive available resources and whether the measurement of constructs such as material hardship, financial strain, and social support provide better predictors of family and child well-being than measuring household income alone.

Read the Brief >



Learning About Head Start Children and Families from the FACES Fall 2019 Data Collection

This report provides a national picture of the children attending Head Start in fall 2019 and their families. It shares information about the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES) study, including the background, design, methodology, assessments, and analytic methods, as well as detailed descriptive statistics in a series of tables on children and their families.

Read the Report >

6. This is a reminder that the Call for Proposals for the Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS) 2022 is open!

Submitting a proposal for the first time or want a refresher?

Join OPRE for a virtual information session on Thursday, July 22 from 4:00–5:00 pm ET to hear more about the conference, conference tracks, proposal types, and tips for a successful proposal. After registering, you will receive a confirmation from and a calendar invitation from with the session login details. The information session will be recorded. Register Here

7. From like to love: Two-thirds of romantic couples start out as friends

OR the journal article

The Friends-to-Lovers Pathway to Romance: Prevalent, Preferred, and Overlooked by Science



9. One in five women say COVID impacted on plans for having children

By Jewel Topsfield

10. Relief Foundation provides marriage counseling to 222,000 youths

  • Key Programmatic Elements of Father Engagement to Promote Self-Sufficiency (KEEP Fathers Engaged)



  • 12. 
  • China making marriage easier, divorce harder


    13. What introverts married to extroverts need to know

    Mitchell Qualls