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The Family Weekly: Delayed Gratification

Revisiting the famous marshmallow test. Plus, the rise of "grandfamilies.”
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This Week in Family

Or, perhaps more accurately, This Era in Family: Two of this week’s stories marked big shifts that have occurred on the scale of generations.

First: For almost a century, being a teenager in America meant getting a driver’s license. But, as the historian Gary Cross , the rising costs of car ownership and new restrictions on teen driving have led more and more young people to forgo that

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