Is the nuclear family the problem?

Has Penny Wong got it more right than wrong? 

I have read with interest comments in the press following the announcement by Penny Wong Finance Minister, Commonwealth Government of Australia and her partner Sophie Albouache that they are expecting a child.   Instead of the congratulations most parents-to-be receive, this happy couple have also been subjected to questionable criticism…as is evident in an article by Miranda Devine in the Sunday Herald Sun, August 14 with the header Nuclear units still best for children.

According to Devine many of today’s problems – and in particular the current rioting in the UK – are a consequence of women raising children without a father. It is her view that only a married heterosexual couple in a nuclear unit household should bear and raise children and that any variation on this model is not beneficial to a child or for our society. Yet the nuclear family that she sees as best for children is a new phenomenon…coinciding with many of the issues apparent in relationships and society today. Continue reading

Why is Gen Y such a lonely crowd?

What might this mean for the future of relationships?

Given my concern for the future of relationships, my blogs will often explore reasons I see for the apparent breakdown in the bonds that once held us together. I was therefore Interested and disturbed – but not surprised – to read in the Sydney Morning Herald, July 20, that in a recent survey conducted by Relationships Australia, 30% of those aged 25 to 34 indicated they were frequently lonely, far more than any other age group. The second most lonely were those aged 18-24, 19% of them stating they were frequently lonely.

 

 

 

 

Source   SMH July 20, 201

It is ironic that a major reason for so many who are under 35 feeling lonely today is the connectivity that the internet and mobile technology makes possible!  As the survey revealed there are strong links between a tendency to connect online with loneliness. Continue reading