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Men Do Not Grow Up Until They are 43 New Study Says

By Leslie Fineberg on June 18, 2013

No wonder the divorce rate is so high today. Men do not grow up until age 43. As reported by The Daily Record and published by, that age is 11 years later than when most women mature. According to research commissioned by Nickelodeon UK, both men and women agree that those ages are accurate. Study participants, both male and female, believed that women reach maturity several years sooner than men. Most agreed that, for women, 32 was the grown-up age.

Thirty percent of women participating in the study said that they had ended a marriage or a relationship due to their male partner’s lack of maturity. Forty-six percent of women said that they were involved or had been involved in relationships in which they felt they had to be a mother to their male partner. One-fourth of the women participating in the study said that they, not their male partners, made all the important decisions. Women believed they were the mature ones. They were two times as likely to feel as if they were the grown-ups in their relationships.

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Divorce at Graduation?

By Leslie Fineberg on April 10, 2013

According to the University of Virginia’s Director of the Center for Children, Families, and the Law, Robert Emery, Ph.D., parents of young people who are nearing graduation should wait until a better time to tell them that they plan to divorce.  Announcing your plans to divorce in the months prior to your children’s high school graduation may not be healthy for them.

High school graduation is a time to celebrate your children’s accomplishments.  For young people, it is a thrilling rite of passage.  Your children have matured in a healthy environment, but making the choice to tell them of your plans to divorce is not the healthiest decision.  Dr. Emery advises couples to wait for graduation season to end before they announce their plans to separate or divorce.  Remember how excited you were when your senior prom season arrived followed shortly by graduation?  Don’t ruin that experience for your children by burdening them with your problems at this time.

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