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Janice Shaw Crouse

Janice Shaw Crouse

Janice Shaw Crouse is the executive director of the World Congress of Families IX. She is a former presidential speechwriter for former President George H.W. Bush and is author of “Children at Risk” and “Marriage Matters” — both books showing the harms from the decline in marriage and breakdown of the family.

Articles by Janice Shaw Crouse

In 2016, the average price of a U.S. wedding hit $35,329, excluding honeymoon.

Families drowning in wedding costs

According to the 10th annual The Knot 2016 Real Weddings Study, the average wedding now costs $35,329. The average venue cost has gone to more than $16,000 and the average cost of a dance band is close to $5,000. Published December 1, 2017

Touch me in the morning? Depends, young adults say

I found myself humming the tune and first phrase of "Touch me in the Morning," made famous by Diana Ross. I couldn't remember the rest of the words, but the melody kept echoing in my mind. Published November 8, 2017

Faith and family values: Using our voice for good not evil

Country music star Chris Young's 2011 #1 hit song, "Voices," is still popular on country station play lists. From his album, "The Man I Want To Be," the lyrics resonate with those who grew up learning from family. Published October 19, 2017

Holy Bible

Faith, family, traditions amid the election

After all the anger and bitterness of this election, it's a respite to think about the eternal verities and ponder the importance of family and the traditions that unite us. Aunt Alice, age 98, died last month. Published November 18, 2016

Illustration on core beliefs regarding marriage by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Giving love and marriage longevity

Recently, my husband, Gil, and I celebrated a major anniversary. Milestones are a good time for thinking back and learning from the past. Young people today seldom see a long-term marriage. Published September 20, 2016

Why millennials are not marrying

Neil Clark Warren, the Internet matchmaking guru, interviewed 500 college students and found that over half of them had never observed a happy marriage. Is it any wonder that Millennials are rejecting marriage in favor of serial cohabitation in record numbers? Published February 24, 2016

Actress Cameron Diaz has said she never felt drawn to motherhood.  (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Have we reached a tipping point with childlessness?

The dramatic increase in childlessness is related to the equally dramatic decline in marriage (and increase in cohabitation and sexual "hook ups") as well as to the lagging income growth and economic recessions of this century Published April 30, 2015

In this Dec. 30, 2014 photo, Shylo, a six-year-old pit bull, who is available for adoption, steals a kiss from Lexi Stringfellow, behavior coordinator at the Human Society of Utah, in Murray, Utah. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Steve Griffin) DESERET NEWS OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; MAGS OUT

Can a dog substitute for a husband and children?

The great education divide that Brad Wilcox, Mark Regnerus and others have described as negatively affecting college women's marital prospects is now affecting the canine population. Published March 23, 2015

"Largely as a result of family breakdown, about 20-25 percent  of American children live in poverty," writes Logan Delany, Jr. (Associated Press)

Chicken and egg dilemma about the decline in marriage

Just as relentless, powerful winds and waves pounding against a strong sea wall can over time bring it down, the institution of the family today is beset by a perfect storm of hostile cultural influences and bad policies that threaten to cripple it, even destroy its existence. Published March 5, 2015

Men not working

Given the media buzz about declining men’s labor force participation, it is common knowledge that the employment situation for men today is less than ideal. Published February 19, 2015

Actress Keira Knightley and her "baby bump" at the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Politics and women's fertility

We are used to public discussions about contraception and abortion; in those areas, there are strong opinions and often vehement disagreement about women's decisions. There is, however, much less information and discussion in the public square about declining fertility; in fact, there is appalling ignorance about women's "window of fertility." Published January 20, 2015

Desiree Hartsock, a fan favorite on the ABC series "The Bachelor" and star of "The Bachelorette," will reportedly wed "Bachelorette" co-star Chris Siegfried this weekend. (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP)

Marriage: Different strokes to different folks

Recently, ABC launched season 19 of "The Bachelor" reality television show with 30 beautiful young women eagerly (some desperately) vying for the chance to become the wife of a handsome Iowa farmer. Published January 15, 2015