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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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By now many have heard about the Sayreville, New Jersey high school football team whose entire season was suspended after the school superintendent learned of hazing incidents in the team locker room. Seven teens were arrested and charged with participating in hazing rituals that allegedly included raping freshman players.
Amy Boulware walks alongside caregivers as part of her job. When she found herself caregiving for her grandmother and mother, she thought she had the tools she needed.
A new PEW Research Center analysis of census data reveals that the number of Americans who have never married is at an all time high. In 2012, one in 5 adults age 25 and above had never been married compared to one in 10 in 1960.
The family is supposed to be headed to an extended family gathering. Dad is waiting impatiently in the car. Mother is running through the house yelling at the kids to hurry up because they are running late.
There has been enormous outcry recently over a video showing Ray Rice knocking his wife Janay unconscious, then dragging her off an elevator. In the midst of the coverage, Ray and Janay appear at a press conference side by side, and it became clear she seemed to have no intention of leaving him, which set off a whole new barrage on social media asking why in the world she would stay.