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Carmen Rasmusen Herbert: Cutting the Christmas crazy

This year for Christmas, my husband and I decided to try the “three gifts only” idea for our children.

What does a letter grade mean for my child's school?

As educators continue making sense of this year's testing results and an abundance of other performance metrics, parents are wondering what something as simple as a letter grade means for their... Read more »

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Some communities suggest penalizing parents for underage drinking at home

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A handful of communities are considering prosecuting or fining parents of underage children who are caught drinking. Read more »

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Why you should think twice before punishing your children for lying

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Punishments prove to be counterproductive when a child lies, says a new study. If your children are lying more after you have punished them for being dishonest, one problem may be that you need to... Read more »

Dec. 18, 2014

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Survey: E-cigs surpass regular cigs in teen use

Electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional smoking in popularity among teens, the government's annual drug use survey finds. Read more »

Dec. 16, 2014

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Mormon Parenting: A 'Children for Children' Christmas concert

We tried a Christmas tradition many years ago that got traction and stuck, and since then it has grown bigger and bigger and is now practiced by our children in their families and neighborhoods.... Read more »

Dec. 15, 2014

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Duce's Wild: Hope for parents of tough-to-live-with kids

Here, we offer a holiday gift of hope to those parents who can only imagine coal in the stocking of their tough-to-live-with progeny. Read more »

Dec. 13, 2014

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Congress relaxes whole grain standards for schools

Congress is taking some whole grains off the school lunch line. Read more »

Dec. 10, 2014

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Family seeks to keep magic of Santa alive through letter service

In 2012, Craig and Crystal Stapley became the messengers for Jolly Old St. Nick after their children kept asking why Santa wouldn’t write back. Read more »

Dec. 9, 2014

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Motherhood Matters: How to avoid the Christmas craziness and stay sane this season

I really like the idea of taking some of that simplicity and gratitude from the Thanksgiving season and extending it into December. Read more »

Dec. 9, 2014

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Linda & Richard Eyre: Separating belief in Christ from belief in Santa

Christian parents the world over face a Christmas dilemma. We don’t want our young children’s belief in Santa, nor the gradual growth away from that belief, to be confused in their... Read more »

Dec. 9, 2014

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To the Trader Joe’s employee who noticed my family in the parking lot

Some days I get tired of it all and just want to be a family — not the adoptive family, not the family with special needs children, not the unique family — just a family. This was one... Read more »

Dec. 9, 2014

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Photo-transfer projects make easy handmade gifts

Busy lives may require sacrifices, but forgoing handmade gifts for the holidays doesn't have to be one of them. We only need to plan well to have our crafts and give them away too. Read more »

Dec. 9, 2014

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Mobile apps still collect information on kids

Worried that toy stores, fast food chains, and other retailers are tracking your kids online this holiday season? A landmark 2013 law aimed at protecting the privacy of America's youngest mobile... Read more »

Dec. 8, 2014

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An 'elephant mom' stands up for the right to parent as she pleases

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No "tiger" mom, this "elephant" mom doesn't let her kids cry themselves to sleep. They're not working on developing grit. She wants to be a warm, safe place where her children can be as big or as... Read more »

Dec. 8, 2014

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Erin Stewart: Keeping Christ in Christmas

Whether we tie up our gifts to him in a box beneath the tree or just keep them in our heart, our gifts of love to Jesus and to each other are the best ones. Read more »

Dec. 8, 2014

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Over half of U.S. infants sleep with unsafe bedding

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Researchers find that nearly 55 percent of U.S. infants sleep with unsafe bedding material that may increase the risk of SIDS. Read more »

Dec. 6, 2014

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7 ways you may be ruining your child

You've probably done more than one of these. If you don't watch out, you could be setting your child up for failure. But there is still time to fix it. No child is a completely lost cause. Read more »

Dec. 5, 2014

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4 lessons your baby needs to learn in the first 2 years of life

If we teach our children nothing else in those first couple years of life, let's teach them these four lessons. Read more »

Dec. 5, 2014

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Sherry Young: Big dreams and real life sometimes collide, but character will always win

Life takes its twists and turns and then we must refocus. If a person can refocus, there will be other dreams to follow. Read more »

Dec. 3, 2014

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5 parenting mistakes you may be making right now

If parents were given report cards, here are the five subjects our kids might say we're failing. Read more »

Dec. 3, 2014

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White House Christmas decorations go digital

Christmas is going digital at the White House this year. Read more »

Dec. 3, 2014

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Like father like child: why your future may be closely tied to your father's income and education

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A child’s odds of breaking out of poverty or gaining a college education are heavily shaped by the father’s income and education level, says Richard Reeves of the Brookings Institution. Read more »

Dec. 3, 2014

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Linda & Richard Eyre: Making Christmas more meaningful

Does the hassle and commercialization of Christmas drive you nuts? I remember one Christmas years ago when I finally decided to be a little more disciplined and deliberate in how our family... Read more »

Dec. 2, 2014

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Erin Stewart: Keeping hope through infertility and adoption

During National Adoption Month, my thoughts turned to all the men and women who want nothing more than to be parents. Read more »

Dec. 2, 2014

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What we've lost and what we've gained by having children

I will never stop believing that, someday, what we’ve gained is going to feel so much bigger than what we gave up. Read more »

Dec. 2, 2014

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