Key Quotes - Family

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Last update: Wednesday 23rd October
 
A survey carried out in 2002 for the report, just a piece of paper? Marriage and cohabitation, found that 59 per cent of respondents viewed marriage as the best kind of relationship. Even more significantly, under one in 10 thought that marriage is pointless, only a piece of paper. Over two thirds thought that too many people drift into marriage without really thinking about it, and in another survey for the Observer newspaper in 2001, 86 per cent said that if they were to marry today, they would expect to stay married to the same person for the rest of their life.
FamilyThe Church of England Newspaper - 8th April 2004
 
Storytelling is a dying art - a recent survey by Fox's CUBS has discovered that almost one third of parents with children up to the age of 10 rarely or never read their children a story! Amazingly, only nine per cent of Scottish parents read to their children every day, whereas in the Midlands, 47 per cent of those questioned tell a story every day.
When it comes to the most important ingredient of a story, 41 per cent of males surveyed thought excitement came out tops (30 per cent of females) and 27 per cent of females thought fantasy was necessary (only nine per cent of males).
FamilyKids Alive - 17th April 2004
 
On an average day the Salvation Army's Family Tracing Service (FTS) receives 150 items of mail and around 240 telephone calls.
In 2003 the FTS concluded 3,803 inquiries, with an 84 per cent success rate, and carried more than 3,000 active cases into 2004. It found that 27 per cent of the population are out of touch with family members.
FamilyThe War Cry - 10th April 2004
 
"When she had her tonsils out, I had to be there - but not for this. The clinic told me it was confidential." (The Mum who found out about her 15-year-old daughter's abortion by reading her diary).
FamilyThird Way - April 2004
 
Less than three per cent of all single parents are under 20, while the average age of a single parent is 35.
FamilyBaptist Times - March 18th 2004
 
According to a report conducted for Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Minis by leading child psychologist Dr Pat Spungin, more than 40 per cent of parents are worried about their children's sharing habits.
The survey found that:
The sharing habits of children are wildly different according to age, but not by gender. Sharing is something which is learnt. Older children are therefore better at sharing than their younger siblings.
62 per cent of parents expect their children to share by the age of three and 22 per cent expect younger children to know how to share, though many psychologists think this is too early.
Most fights about sharing centre on television programmes and toys.
43 per cent of parents think that having more material possessions makes children less inclined to share.
Eight out of ten parents believe it's their responsibility to teach their child about sharing. This figure is highest for the parents of only children, who believe that sharing is not learnt from experience (with brothers and sisters) but is taught by mothers and fathers.
The eldest child often engages in unequal sharing, sometimes because of special pleading.
First-born children often take charge of sharing out.
FamilyThe War Cry - 20th March 2004
 
The tax credit regime is leaving many two-parent households in poverty - i.e. with an income below 60 per cent median (Government target) - in circumstances where a comparable lone parent family would be lifted well clear of poverty.
Of the 3.8 million children in poverty in 2001/02, 1.45 million children (largest single category) were in working, two parent families.
Most families who are in poverty this year will still be in poverty next year if the 60 per cent median is 4-5 per cent higher next year than this.
FamilyNow - March 2004
 
A controversial fertility clinic, which will focus on helping lesbian couples and single women to become pregnant using donated sperm, is to set up in Britian.
John Gonzalez will target his services at lesbians and single women despite the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority Act 1990, which says clinics must take into account a child's need for a father.
FamilyThe Guardian, Monday 8th March
 
Eight out of ten workers want to spend more time with their families, according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
FamilyThe War Cry - 6th March 2004
 
On average, a woman is beaten 35 times before her first call to the police. One woman in four is physically abused by a partner during her lifetime and one woman in nine is severely beaten by her male partner each year, according to research.
Abuse can also have a devastating impact on children, in 90% of domestic violence incidents, children were in the same or next room. It's a total misconception when people say 'He may of abused his partner, but he was a doting father.' It has a direct effect on the children.
FamilyThe Guardian, March 2004.
 
In 1971, 81% of women had married by the age of 25. By 1996 this had fallen to less than 40%. Naturally, this also simply reflects the age at which people marry but it confirms that cohabitation has become commonplace and could be tied in with the Church receding in cultural prominence.
FamilyThe Church of England Newspaper, 12th Febuary 2004.
 
The number of marrages in Britain has fallen to fewer than 300,000 a year, the lowest recolds since records began more than 50 years ago.
Figures issued last month by the Office for National Statistics showed that there were 286,000 weddings in 2001, compared with 408,000 in 1950. The figure peaked at 480,000 in 1972, and since then the trend has been steeply downwards.
FamilyBaptist Times, 12th Febuary 2004.
 
The Massachusetts high court has declared that gays are intitled to nothing less than marrage and that civil unions will not suffice, setting the stage for the first legally santioned same-sex weddings in the U.S.
FamilyThe Sentinel, Thurs Feb 5th 2004.
 
Nearly three quarters of young fathers in full time jobs would like to give up work to stay at home with their children, according to a survey. Research shows 71% of fathers aged 18 to 29 years old would opt to stay at home.
FamilyThe Sentinel, Jan 2004.
 
The number of marriage courses running around the world has more than doubled in the last 10 months. In February there were a total of 143 registered Marriage Courses running around the world, 103 of them in the UK.
By October, the total figure had risen to 300, with 211 of them in the UK a 110% increase.
FamilyAlpha News, Nov 2003 to Feb 2004.
 
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