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First Things First Column

The Family Column is a series of articles providing helpful information on families and marriages. It is published every Sunday in the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Subscribe to our  Family Column RSS Feed.

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Arielle Kuperberg, a sociologist at the University of North Carolina- Greensboro claims that her findings in a study on premarital cohabitation debunk 30 years of research. According to Kuperberg, her study shows that couples who cohabit before they marry are no more likely to divorce that anyone else.
After the winter that was, everybody is looking forward to spring break! Well, sort of. If the plans are made and the trip is confirmed, the impatience and excitement are probably palpable. However, if you aren't planning on going anywhere, you might have a knot in the pit of your stomach from the anxiety of trying to come up with fun activities to do during your “staycation.”
Have you ever awakened in the middle of the night and checked for new email or text messages? Chances are, if you have done this, your kids have too.
LeBron James recently posted a picture of himself on Instagram along with an open letter to his father: “Like wow dad, you know what, I don’t know you, I have no idea who you are but because of you is part of the reason who I am today. The fuel that I use – you not being there- it’s part of the reason I grew up to become who I am. It’s part of the reason why I want to be hands on with my endeavors…So me in a position allowing people around me to grow that maybe wouldn’t have happened if I had two parents, two sisters, a dog and a picket fence, you know?”
According to Michael and Amy, they could not have been more in love than they were when they walked down the aisle. Their relationship was filled with passion and romance. In their own words, ‘they were completely blinded by chemistry.’