Marriage & Parenting

Government estimate says you can raise a kid for just under a quarter-million

It costs $245,340 to raise a child to age 18, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture reckoning.

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Insights from the Behavioral Science Guy: Here's one of the most powerful ways to improve the moral character of our world

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The most powerful way to improve the moral character of our world is not policing but talking. We can help one another stay morally engaged by simply talking more often about the values embedded in... Read more »

Aug. 6, 2014

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Erin Stewart: Boycott the play date? Why not just do it right?

We, as parents, are the ones trying to make play dates fit with our lives. We want them to be orderly, planned and well-supervised. But the best play dates are messy, completely chaotic and have... Read more »

Aug. 6, 2014

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The most important class divide in America

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When it comes to helicopter parenting, the well-to-do and educated could probably tone it down a bit. But the less educated, poorer parents would do well to step it up a notch. Read more »

Aug. 6, 2014

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Linda & Richard Eyre: Why much of what our media say is a lie

Most entertainment media are represented as a reflection of typical or majority lifestyles, values and conduct. However, media is more in the business of creating trends, suggesting lifestyles, and... Read more »

Aug. 5, 2014

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Amy Choate-Nielsen: When it comes to family, blood is thicker than fighting over a toy

As I watch my kids play, pester each other and play some more, I'm just glad they have each other. Read more »

Aug. 5, 2014

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At granny's house: More children raised by grandparents than before

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The number of children being raised by their grandparents shot up, doubling from 2000's 2.4 million to 4.9 million in 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Read more »

Aug. 5, 2014

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How the cult of overwork keeps women out of the workforce and hurts families

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Working the standard 40-hour week isn't enough for many employers, who expect workers to spend an extensive amount of time in the office, at the expense of family time. Read more »

Aug. 5, 2014

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10 of the most influential baby names in history

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There's a lot of importance in a name. But who has made their name work for them throughout history? Here's a list of the most powerful names from throughout history. Read more »

Aug. 4, 2014

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Steve Eaton: Why are there giant robot footprints in your backyard?

Whatever you do, don't go outside tonight. Trust me. If you have to go out, just stay away from the University of Utah. Read more »

Aug. 1, 2014

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ValueSpeak: Finding peace in 'shocknado'

I have a problem — something that deeply concerns and troubles me. It was like being in some kind of shocknado, with all of this trauma swirling around me, and no real solutions to which I... Read more »

Aug. 1, 2014

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Linda & Richard Eyre: Utah’s interesting, divided society

We love Utah. We love the mountains and the desert. We love the people. We even love the interesting and unique culture. But on some levels, a kind of divided, two-sided,... Read more »

July 31, 2014

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Tips for living: Author provides a guide to 'Choosing Your Eternal Companion'

In 1995, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a document called "The Family: A Proclamation to the World." Robert K. McIntosh uses this to instruct the reader in how to choose... Read more »

July 30, 2014

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Motherhood Matters: 3 ways to support children in their interests

Do your children have interests and talents in areas that are new to you? How do you encourage them? Read more »

July 30, 2014

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All families need to have the financial 'talk'

It's the conversation that many families put off. And then put off some more. Read more »

July 28, 2014

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Motherhood Matters: How to control a teenager

How do you continue to have control over your teenager while still maintaining a positive relationship that will last into adulthood? Read more »

July 28, 2014

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Allies With Families a lifeline for families with children with mental illness, behavioral disorders

Allies with Families, a Utah nonprofit organization, offers support and resources to parents and their children with emotional, behavioral and mental health needs. A community-based program,... Read more »

July 26, 2014

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Bilingual parents: Talking to your child in your native language makes it easier for them to learn English

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Studies have found that parents who aren't native speakers of the majority language in their community should still talk to their child in whatever language they know best. Read more »

July 26, 2014

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Sherry Young: Moving — a life changing event for all

Many hands make light work and that can be said about much of our lives especially when good friends show up to unload an ABF truck on a hot day in Gilbert, Arizona. Read more »

July 23, 2014

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The best and worst states for working parents

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In a study that examined how well employers in various states protected working fathers and mothers, most states didn't score very well. Few states have generous policies that allow moms and dads... Read more »

July 23, 2014

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Linda & Richard Eyre: What we can all learn from arranged marriages

Most Americans react negatively to the idea of an arranged marriage. The thought creates a mental picture of a young couple forced to wed by controlling families. But much of the world sees it... Read more »

July 23, 2014

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Leaving your child alone in public? Better be careful you don't get in trouble for neglect

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Parents need to be careful with their children these days—not for the safety of the children, but for the well-being of the parent. More parents are facing arrests and court battles for... Read more »

July 23, 2014

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Dear daughter, I hope you never conform to the perverse standards of a disordered world

For the times when the pressures of the world become a little too heavy to shoulder. Whether it’s 7 years from now, or 17, or 70 — whenever you need a reminder, here it is. Read more »

July 22, 2014

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Dad begins parenting experiment focused on compassion

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Kozo Hattori tells the Good Men Project that he's committing his life to a social experiment: He's going to raise boys to be, first and foremost, compassionate. Read more »

July 21, 2014

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Motherhood Matters: 3 unbelievably simple parenting ideas that work

Did you know that children need a minimum of eight touches during a day to feel connected to a parent? Read more »

July 21, 2014

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Understanding and responding to the increase in teen depression

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For some American children, the struggles of adolescence are more serious than high school drama and hormones. Depression poses a serious health risk for a growing number of teens and should be... Read more »

July 21, 2014

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