Jenet Jacob Erickson is a fellow of the Wheatley Institution and a professor in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University.

With abortion on demand, cohabitation, single parenthood and child poverty have increased.
Genuine compassion demands that we see mother and child together, addressing the challenges facing the mother while honoring the developing life she carries.
There is a reason that 400 years later we continue to honor and remember our Pilgrim forbearers.
With political opponents vilified in cataclysmic terms, talk of love may seem naïve, even treacherous
Someday, you will tell your children about the year of the coronavirus. It has been filled with upheaval, uncertainty, suffering and strife. But it has also been instructive.
Fathers’ Day also honors the transformative gift of fatherhood in men’s lives, and how it invites the development and change that makes them true heroes.
For most of us, Mother’s Day evokes complex feelings. What it celebrates, though, is a gift worth sharing.
While America’s enemies abroad are real, there is an increasing sense that the greatest danger to our Republic is the slow, corrosive weakening from within
A study of history deepens our sense of connection and identity because it requires us to acknowledge our dependence on the work, sacrifices and devotion of others.
The World Family Map survey, along with previous research, found that for women, the happiest marriages were those in which both spouses shared more traditional views about marriage and attended church together.
What do we do when it appears we have created a culture that sabotages the capacity to experience those deepest sources of meaning and happiness?
Anxious to make sure we don’t handicap our children emotionally in a world where anxiety and depression seem to be their destiny, we work at being their “emotion coaches.”
The truth is children do need Christmas. But not for the reasons they may be led by a hyper-consumerist culture to believe.
We must resist the pull toward contempt, the pull to assume that those who see things differently must either be “stupid” or “evil.”
Whether abortion means terminating a developing life is no longer debated. That is clear. The debate now centers on what abortion means for women.
This tragic loss of fatherhood had one silver lining. We were forced to learn how important the nurturing of fathers is in the lives of children.
I knew mothers matter. I was just not prepared for how often I’d fail at it.
Children are more than just human capital. The ultimate beneficiary of children is society itself.
Unless that national dialogue begins to address Hollywood’s broader addiction to objectification and sexualization, we risk perpetuating many of the far-reaching effects of Hollywood’s sexual harassment.
Abandoning norms of sexual behavior held for millennia has robbed men and women of the social structures essential to guide them toward the “sacrifice” and devotion that actually begets love.
My experience with our daughter teaches me that the capacity to engage “with the other,” to withhold judgment and to show empathy is learned first, and practiced best, at home.
Children, then, are not only a compass for parents, but for society as a whole. For without that precious but fragile life there is no future society.
In everything from the daily rituals of family dinner and bedtime stories to the annual rituals of birthday traditions and holiday celebrations, we enact the family connection that binds us and the meaning that connection holds in our lives.