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(March 21 to April 19)

Passions are more ardent this week, as well as a desire for someone you cannot have or who resists you. Love that does arise shudders with uncertainties, but it is all-encompassing; let it go, you have no choice. Longtime couples may take big strides in their relationships. In terms of work, beautiful changes are underfoot: The beginning of a new task or project, a change in direction, an overhaul that cuts with the past.

Tempo: vivacissimo transformando

(April 20 to May 20)

Here's a week that's all about work, and it's a good one! Although finances are now at historic lows for many, there will be an excellent opportunity to get back on track and see new collaborations and opportunities. There will be a kind of test: an interview, an exam, but it won't be long until you can cash in on a contract or confirmation for the future. Love takes a back seat especially for singles, but for couples the prospect of reconstruction is there.

Tempo: marcia ottimista

(May 21 to June 21)

The beginning of this week has an extra boost with the Moon in your favor. You understand that job prospects must change and, above all, that you need to act. Unfortunately, opportunities are not falling from the sky so change must be sought with determination. In love, you need to have more patience, discussions will be deep and for some the foundations of relationships will be tested: proceed cautiously this weekend. For singles still hibernating, get ready for next week.

Tempo: adagietto stringendo

(June 22 to July 22)

A moment of strength comes into the lives of singles looking for love. Interesting meetings come mid-week, and those who have already met someone could get a confirmation from them. The important thing is to be sure of who you spend time with. New tracks will be outlined at work — a boss or colleague has been undermining you for some time, and now you're thinking about how to solve the issue. Around Feb. 11 a new proposal or confirmation is possible.

Tempo: allegro brioso

(July 23 to August 22)

For your sign, February has a bracket that falls right into this week. Some blame their fatigue on a very intense work period, others are forced to deal with long-standing family or financial issues. Nothing to worry about though, the stars are on your side. There's not much time for love, in some ways it is "far away" to external events, but it recovers well over the weekend.

Tempo: marcia affaticato

(August 23 to September 22)

The day to mark is Friday Feb. 13. Beyond the beliefs of its bad luck, or iella as we say in Italy, it's a day that will bring high levels of anxiety. You have the feeling, especially at work, that you're taking one step forward and two backwards. In love, new acquaintances do not go beyond friendship, but in the future they could turn into something more. Watch out if you're a couple in crisis.

Tempo: largo calando

(September 23 to October 23)

The end of this lunar cycle shows greater optimism on professional issues. Finances continue to be your primary source of concern, but already there's something more coming into your pockets. The amount of work is increasing, as well as a proposal that will open new horizons for the future. It's a good time to love and, in some cases, to find yourself. Stubborn singles go out rather than stay at home: not just for work, but also in your love lives.

Tempo: allegro marcato

(October 24 to November 20)

A moment of strength will be noticed this week with the last quarter of the Moon in your sign. Though recently there have been professional discussions about an agreement or eventual collaboration, now it's possible to work it out. In general, good news will be coming your way — especially on Tuesday Feb. 10. Couples in love can sow future plans, while singles will tumble into passion's preys.

Tempo: allegretto appassionato

(November 21 to December 22)

The message from the last quarter of the Moon refers to a revisional phase of feelings. If you have just gotten into a relationship, it is possible that you're having second thoughts: your partner's intentions aren't convincing. In general this is a week in which you will feel torn between their expectations and current reality. Even for those who have been single for a long time. Work will include some agitation or heaviness, especially on Friday 13.

Tempo: lento riflessivo

(December 23 to January 20)

Thinking about doing it alone at this point is impossible. Especially in work, where you know that you will have to get some outside help. The sky, in the long run, is on your side. But already from now on you can open up to new collaborations or tasks that can heal your finances. In this sense, Feb. 11 will be an interesting day. Lonely hearts are in a phase of getting to know someone, even though for now they don't dare go further than that — there's a possibility it will backfire.

Tempo: marcia cantabile

(January 21 to February 21)

Work has become more hectic and this stresses you greatly. For some time now I have spoken to you about a sense of being unfulfilled, but these are the last days of a period that will soon turn positive and have new solutions. Love takes a backseat, but isn't unimportant. There are difficulties in being together or loving from a distance, a lack of time or family responsibilities. Singles will commit part-time.

Tempo: adagio occupato

(February 22 to March 20)

Your eyes are looking towards the distance. It is no coincidence that those of this sign during this period are thinking about moving to another city, starting new career paths or even designing a happy event with your partner. For example, days like Feb. 10 and 11 express this. For lonely hearts, meetings are overwhelming and passionate. Just one piece of advice for all: dream, but with realism.

Tempo: vivace sognante

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What's Spoiling The Kids: The Big Tech v. Bad Parenting Debate

Without an extended family network, modern parents have sought to raise happy kids in a "hostile" world. It's a tall order, when youngsters absorb the fears (and devices) around them like a sponge.

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Children exposed to technology at a very young age are prominent today.

Julián de Zubiría Samper


BOGOTÁ — A 2021 report from the United States (the Youth Risk Behavior Survey) found that 42% of the country's high-school students persistently felt sad and 22% had thought about suicide. In other words, almost half of the country's young people are living in despair and a fifth of them have thought about killing themselves.

Such chilling figures are unprecedented in history. Many have suggested that this might be the result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but sadly, we can see depression has deeper causes, and the pandemic merely illustrated its complexity.

I have written before on possible links between severe depression and the time young people spend on social media. But this is just one aspect of the problem. Today, young people suffer frequent and intense emotional crises, and not just for all the hours spent staring at a screen. Another, possibly more important cause may lie in changes to the family composition and authority patterns at home.

Firstly: Families today have fewer members, who communicate less among themselves.

Young people marry at a later age, have fewer children and many opt for personal projects and pets instead of having children. Families are more diverse and flexible. In many countries, the number of children per woman is close to or less than one (Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong among others).

In Colombia, women have on average 1.9 children, compared to 7.6 in 1970. Worldwide, women aged 15 to 49 years have on average 2.4 children, or half the average figure for 1970. The changes are much more pronounced in cities and among middle and upper-income groups.

Of further concern today is the decline in communication time at home, notably between parents and children. This is difficult to quantify, but reasons may include fewer household members, pervasive use of screens, mothers going to work, microwave ovens that have eliminated family cooking and meals and, thanks to new technologies, an increase in time spent on work, even at home. Our society is addicted to work and devotes little time to minors.

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