Consciously Curated: Professional Parenting for a Good Life and Love

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"Hold my hand," a photo by Sabine van Straaten on Unsplash
“Hold my hand,” a photo by Sabine van Straaten on Unsplash

The Upshot: The Jobs You’re Most Likely to Inherit From Your Mother and Father

“Children often pursue their parents’ jobs because of the breakfast-table effect: Family conversations influence them. They fuel interests or teach children what less commonly understood careers entail (probably one reason textile spinning and shoemaking are high on the list of jobs disproportionately passed on to children). In interviews, people who followed their parents’ career paths described it as speaking the same language.”

The Economist: A Looser Knot, The State of Marriage

“Study after study testifies that married people are healthier, wealthier and happier than unmarried ones, and less likely to split from their partners. It is hard to tell how much of this is because they are married and how much is a selection effect—happy, healthy people in strong relationships being more likely to get married in the first place. But academics who have tried to control for those things still tend to find a marriage effect. Wedlock seems to increase human happiness even allowing for the fact that many marriages fall apart.”

Design Luck: The Principles for Creating a Good Life

“Align your direction with your innate nature. There are broadly two ways to live well. You can be achievement-oriented, or you can be presence-oriented. While we’re all flexible and incorporate a mix of both, different people are programmed for different things. You should know your place on the spectrum before choosing your goals.” More women with college degrees are marrying men without B.A.’s

“Until the 1980s, if a woman had more education than her husband, the risk of divorce increased, said Stephanie Coontz, a marriage historian at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash. Today, that’s no longer true. In fact, she said, the more earning power a woman has relative to her husband, the more housework he does. And such domestic equality is a “huge predictor of marital satisfaction,” Coontz said.

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