The value of the marriage bond in times of crisis

The value of the marriage bond in times of crisisHeadlines warn that Canadian family courts will be overwhelmed with couples seeking post-COVID-19 divorces. But Canadian marriages won’t just survive the COVID-19 crisis. They’ll thrive. Here’s why: Most couples will lean into their relationships, not pull back. The lockdown has caused significant stress on families around finances, educating children and caring for family members while…

A healthy marriage culture builds a thriving society

A healthy marriage contributes to family stability so there’s a need for recovery of the institution. But how?

A healthy marriage culture builds a thriving societyBy Andrea Mrozek and Peter Jon Mitchell Cardus You could sugar-coat the newly-released 2016 Census data on families, households and marital status by applauding the rise of family diversity in Canada. Yet family diversity is so often a euphemism for family breakdown, which is something that’s generally painful. A more honest take on the Statistics…

Discomfort with death and grief is a modern ailment

Modern western society could use more, rather than fewer, religious communities integrated into public mourning

Discomfort with death and grief is a modern ailmentThere’s an old story sometimes shared during eulogies about an elderly women planning her funeral. “Bury me with a fork,” she tells her minister. “Yes, but may I ask why?” he inquires. She explains that as a child, when the dishes were cleared from the table, the forks were occasionally left behind. She came to…

One size family policy doesn’t fit all

Families employ various strategies to organize their work and family, so tailoring government programs to help is tricky

One size family policy doesn’t fit allDoes government have a role in raising families and, if so, how large is that role? These questions are being asked on both sides of the border. In the U.S. election campaign's death-spiral race to the bottom, policy issues have gathered little attention. But both candidates have put forward packages of family policies that include…

Healthy marriages remain a public good

Provide the stability and structure that allow for the development of aspirations and the flourishing of family members

Healthy marriages remain a public goodA recent survey conducted by Nanos Research suggests that 51 per cent of millennials age 18 to 29 are unsure about marriage. That includes 29 per cent who think marriage is outdated, full stop. And another 22 per cent aren’t sure. In fact, all Canadians today, more than ever before, feel ambiguous about marriage. Back…

Striving to find the right work-life balance

A survey reveals that three in 10 Canadians are dissatisfied with their work-life balance and technology doesn't always solve the problem

Striving to find the right work-life balanceBy Andrea Mrozek and Peter Jon Mitchell Cardus Family If you are stressed and busy this Labour Day weekend, getting kids ready to return to school and yourself ready to resume post-summer life, you're not alone. A Nanos Research survey commissioned by Cardus Family reveals that about three in 10 Canadians are dissatisfied with their…