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How pets take care of children

Pets benefit children in unexpected ways.

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Picture books with animal plushes available through Kohl's Cares this spring

Four books with coordinating plush toys from the author/illustrator team Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead are available at Kohl’s stores through June 27 as part of the Kohl’s Cares... Read more »

April 17, 2015

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There is no such thing as a bulletproof marriage

Falling in love is spontaneous, unexpected, surprising, a little reckless and oh so easy. Rising in love is deliberate, thought-out, scheduled and sometimes very, very hard. Read more »

April 17, 2015

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Ask Mr. Dad: How to handle stress of going back to work too soon

Dear Mr. Dad: We really need my salary to make ends meet, but the prospect of leaving my baby is making me miserable. I have no idea what I can do to feel better about this situation. Read more »

April 15, 2015

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Linda & Richard Eyre: How to slow down time

When we were children, we often wanted to speed up time — so that our birthday or Christmas would arrive sooner. But as we age, we find ourselves wishing we could slow down time. Read more »

April 14, 2015

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Erin Stewart: Saying goodbye to a mommy era

My girls will always be my babies, but they are growing up as I say goodbye to an era of my motherhood and remind myself to soak it all in. Read more »

April 14, 2015

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Maryland couple investigated again after 'free-range' kids allowed to play unsupervised

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The Maryland couple who made national headlines for letting their children walk home unaccompanied from a park are in potential trouble with Child Protective Services again after the kids were... Read more »

April 14, 2015

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Hang on through those difficult stages: 3 lessons for overwhelmed mothers everywhere

Mothers everywhere, hang on through those difficult stages, and know that you are not alone. Try to enjoy life where you are by looking for beautiful moments of joy that are sometimes hidden behind... Read more »

April 13, 2015

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The problems grandparents face when parenthood starts all over again

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When Cynthia Kersey brought her grandchildren home to raise, she wondered how she'd pay for the medications and diapers and food. A study says some kids living with grandparents don't get vital... Read more »

April 13, 2015

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A letter to my boys: The real reason I say no to electronics

This world needs more selflessness. This world needs more connection. This world needs more love. We can’t learn these behind a screen. Read more »

April 12, 2015

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One reason a parent's workload increases

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Research suggests that parents who figure soon the baby will be old enough to help out around the house may be in for a surprise. Between school and extracurricular activities, children remain... Read more »

April 11, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: I'm not sorry

It began innocently enough. A new friend was coming over in 20 minutes so I could show her how to use a baby wrap. When I got off the phone with her, I looked around my house and panicked. Read more »

April 9, 2015

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The Clean Cut: Mother of six boys discovers gender of baby

In a video the family put up, Cher Lair could hardly believe her eyes when she cut into the cake and saw the color pink. Read more »

April 9, 2015

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Erin Stewart: Post-baby bodies may never be the same, and that's OK

Two children and eight years after my first foray into childbirth, my body is still not exactly what it was pre-baby. And it probably never will be. The truth is, childbirth changes your body in... Read more »

April 9, 2015

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What I learned the hard way: How I protect my family on Instagram

I feel its important to share my experiences with the messed up side of Instagram. I am not writing this to scare anyone, I just wish that I would have been more educated before I had to learn the... Read more »

April 8, 2015

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Linda & Richard Eyre: Will baby boomers save the world?

What responsibility does the baby boomer generation have to the rest of the world? It’s a question all of us in that generation should ask ourselves. Read more »

April 7, 2015

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BYU study debunks 'pregnancy brain'

After finding no significant differences between the cognitive functioning of pregnant and post-partum women and that of non-pregnant women, neuroscientists at BYU recently released a study... Read more »

April 7, 2015

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Linda & Richard Eyre: This Easter, start a plan for knowing Christ better

In the busy, secular world in which we spend our days, a deeper spiritual focus rarely happens without consistent, conscious effort. It doesn’t happen without a plan for coming to know Christ... Read more »

April 1, 2015

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Dear mom on the iPhone: Let me tell you what you donít see

You've shown your children, all these moments, that the phone is more important than they are. Read more »

March 31, 2015

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Amy Choate-Nielsen: Letter to my posterity: Keep going even after you fall down

Family history research is all about the stories that bind us together. Here is one from my life. Read more »

March 31, 2015

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Erin Stewart: Prom dress modesty raises deeper issues

In all the controversy over appropriate prom attire, are we missing the chance to teach kids about true modesty? Read more »

March 31, 2015

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Moms, take a breather – 'intensive mothering' isn’t necessary

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More time spent parenting doesn’t necessarily lead to better outcomes for children, according to a recent study. Read more »

March 31, 2015

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A father's bucket list: 10 things I want to do with my son before he goes to college

Just being aware of time passing isn’t enough. I need to be doing it differently, not just thinking about it differently. Living it more, not dwelling on it more. I’m a father who needs... Read more »

March 29, 2015

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Parenting programs leave father out, to kids' detriment, researcher says

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A Yale researcher has found seven barriers to including fathers in parenting programs. Leaving them out is bad news for children, according to studies. Read more »

March 29, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: When there is nothing left to do but love

I’ve read books and articles and listened to podcasts and presentations, and I feel like I have a pretty good sense of how to nurture my children, but there are still circumstances that catch... Read more »

March 27, 2015

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What makes marriage hard? These 5 things (among others)

“Marriage is hard.” I had heard that statement all my life. But I suppose because I was young and my head was full of qualities that I just knew I’d find in a spouse, I never... Read more »

March 26, 2015

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