Marriage & Parenting
I've compiled a list of questions that my kid will answer with more than a single word or grunt.
Give your teenager the environment he needs to experience full, human development. Don’t let him lose his identity in a silicone prison. Read more »
Quick, festive pumpkin treats — just in time for the holidays. Two cake mixes, a can of pumpkin and chocolate chips. Chances are, every cook has these in the pantry. Short on time? Need a... Read more »
All too often parents will side with their young athlete when conflict arises. While there are times when this is necessary, doing so when smaller conflicts arise will undermine the coach,... Read more »
As a grandparent, you are positioned to create the kind of family narrative that can make your grandchildren stronger and more resilient. Read more »
Living out of a suitcase for three months has taught me just how few possessions I need to enjoy life. Read more »
I have written this column with a very specific woman in mind. She is the woman who feels that even her best efforts haven’t been enough lately. She is tired. She is worn out. Read more »
Being read to is important for language development and other benefits to small children. But when a specific adult takes on the task, the benefits are even better, researchers say. Read more »
As I go through my boxes of old treasures that have lost some of their shine, I wonder what to save, what to toss and what will be worth hundreds of dollars on eBay 10 years from now. Read more »
We live in an obsessive culture that worships youth and disdains age. If you are in your 60s or 70s and have reasonably good health, you are probably, all things considered, better than you have... Read more »
Being a good, deliberate mother who is not only on top of the visible work of managing a home and family but also the unseen mental and emotional work of raising good human beings is not something... Read more »
Commitment and optimism are two of my top contenders for the qualities I hope my daughter finds in a future spouse. Read more »
Shannon Christensen Abbott's mommy "Hallelujah" has been seen over 30 million times, but she isn't just relying on her past success. Read more »
A study by University of California, San Diego indicated there's a specific reason babies smile, especially at their mothers. Read more »
Exercise saves my marriage by releasing the tensions and helping me have clarity of thought. It can help yours too. Read more »
Many researchers, but not all, think that allowances are a good way to teach children the importance of budgeting — but they need to be accompanied by frequent conversations with their parents. Read more »
We are still in Europe as we write this week, and we’ve now been gone long enough that we will soon feel ready to head for home. Read more »
We all want what’s best for our families, but I finally see that what’s best for them isn’t perfection — not in our diets or in any area. Read more »
Time to "be still" often gets squeezed out by a crammed calendar. Read more »
Local mom Shannon Christensen Abbott's mommy rendition of "Hallelujah" is viewed more than 2 million times on Facebook. Read more »
Some school districts across the U.S. are looking to change the format of parent-teacher conferences. Here's how parents can get the most out of the traditional conferences. Read more »
We tried to plan a vacation that we thought was most important for our family, but turned out to be far down the priority list. Exposing our planning and specifics of our household budget to our... Read more »
It’s hard to really see the beauty of it all while we’re trying to keep everyone safe and moving forward on the right track. Read more »
As usual, I just tell you guys what has worked for my family. If you've got something else that works for your family, please keep right on doing it with my blessing. Read more »
Real, full-on, no-caveat, nothing-held-back marriage commitment actually becomes a kind of magic. Read more »
Here's a collection of 14 picture books with school and friendship themes to entertain and inform both school-age kids and those who still have a few years left at home. Read more »
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