Recent Articles by Lois M. Collins
Published: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 10:38 am MDT
As fewer couples marry, some argue the institution really isn't crucial; kids just need two parents committed to raising them. Others argue that marriage provides stability that's otherwise elusive and provides...
Published: Monday, September 15, 2014 11:49 am MDT
The happier the wife is with long-term marriage, the better the husband's life, "not matter how he feels about their nuptials," according to a study in Journal of Marriage and Family.
Published: Friday, September 12, 2014 1:23 pm MDT
A new study says that children in wealthier families where parents split up are more prone to misbehave than kids in lower-income families — and it's not just a loss of money that does it.
Published: Thursday, September 11, 2014 2:45 pm MDT
When Twitter lit up with #whyIstayed, the tweets were sprinkled with references to religious teachings. But God and spirituality weren't big players in the #whyIleft conversation.
Published: Thursday, September 11, 2014 11:16 am MDT
One-fifth of families could not live on a cash-only basis without overhauling their lifestyle, according to a national poll that found they need a credit card just to maintain their current lifestyle.
Published: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 11:25 am MDT
Several recent reports make clear that the touted economic recovery has helped upper-income folks much more than it has helped those in other income brackets. Low- and mid-income families continue to lag, and c...
Published: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 3:09 pm MDT
Music is magic for children. Learning to play an instrument provides kids with great benefits, from boosted ability to multitask to speech perception and much more.
Published: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 1:43 pm MDT
Sitting on an old stump in a canyon recently, I listened with joy to the warble of a bird and the babble of the creek. There are worse remnants of hearing to have left, but I miss the unamplified joy in my daug...
Published: Monday, September 8, 2014 11:10 am MDT
Research on grandparents tends to focus on either those living with grandchildren or the frail elderly who are in long-term care. That misses most of the 64 million-plus, including "midlife" grands who fit play...
Published: Thursday, September 4, 2014 5:09 pm MDT
In 2014 America, there's no majority family form and no typical mom, according to a new report from a researcher at the University of Maryland.