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Child Well Being

The Opportunity Costs of Absent Fathers

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Christopher A. Brown

When fathers are absent from their children's lives -- physically, emotionally, or spiritually -- it costs them dearly. They give up the benefits of being involved, responsible, committed dads -- such as the love of their children and the joy of seeing their children grow into adults -- and the benefits of mothers' love in raising children together.

Is it Finally Time to Put Marriage in the Dustbin?

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
Christopher A. Brown

The answer to addressing the rise in single parent homes and all of its consequences, not just child poverty, is not to give up on marriage. The answer starts with acknowledging where the problem lies.

6 Steps to Deal with Fears for Your Children

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 01.13.2015 | Parents
Christopher A. Brown

I'm generally not a fearful parent. Even though I fear accidents the most, I rarely think about whether they might happen. But every once in a while, the scar that Jillian still has from that awful day reminds me how much I love my children and don't want any harm to come to them.

How Your Vote in November Could Harm or Help Children

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 11.28.2014 | Politics
Christopher A. Brown

As we approach the culmination in November of yet another election cycle, I decided to stake stock of what so many people these days are voting against -- marriage.

To Working-Class White Mothers: Just Say Yes to Father Involvement

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 06.25.2014 | Parents
Christopher A. Brown

Our focus should be on what is best for children. And frankly, when fathers are encouraged and educated about being involved, responsible, and committed fathers, children, moms, and dads are better off. Isn't that what creating strong families is all about?

Shouting 'Fire' in a Room of Scientists: Breastfeeding and Sensationalism

Melissa Bartick | Posted 05.05.2014 | Parents
Melissa Bartick

This week, a widely reported sibling study by Colen and Ramey concluded that breastfeeding has "no effect" on "child well-being." But, what's the truth here?

Ordinary Americans May Know Best

Laura Stepp | Posted 01.03.2013 | Politics
Laura Stepp

So a shootout in school between a bad guy with a gun and a good guy with a gun will result in fewer kids being shot? Please, show some good sense. Numerous studies have shown that more guns in circulation result in more shootings, deaths, and serious injuries.

Child Wellness State By State

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 10.18.2011 | Healthy Living

The kids are alright -- but some more than others, according to a report released August 17. The 2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book, put out by The Annie E. Ca...