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3 Utah mothers to compete in U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials

All three women cite motherhood and their faith in God as key factors in their success.

Motherhood Matters: A happy mother is a very nice gift

Sometimes in an effort to do what I think my family needs, I forget that the very nicest gift I can give my children is a happy mother. Read more »

Dec. 23, 2015

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Linda & Richard Eyre: Shifting kids' attention from getting to giving, and from Santa to Jesus

We are facing it this week: the annual battle to instill the true meaning of Christmas into our young children and grandchildren. Read more »

Dec. 22, 2015

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Michelle Singletary: Economic interdependence is the new normal

It's OK if young folks live with their folks. It's not a sign that they are financial failures. Given the current economic reality for so many, the new normal is economic interdependence. Read more »

Dec. 22, 2015

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Erin Stewart: Move forward with faith: A Nativity message for mothers

Christmas can be a rough time for mothers, but we can look to Mary for an example of faith in the face of trials. Read more »

Dec. 21, 2015

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Survey says parenting experience largely formed by financial situation

Pew Research Center has released a new survey showing "outlooks, worries, aspirations" are formed in large part by what a family's financial situation looks like. Read more »

Dec. 17, 2015

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Sherry Young: Beware of your Christmas card Grinch

With this information, hopefully we can keep in the proper spirit of the season, which is remembering the life of the Savior who wants us to love one another. It will help us beware of our... Read more »

Dec. 16, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: Why you should consider celebrating the winter solstice

Just when you think you’ve had enough of winter celebrations, consider one more: the winter solstice. Read more »

Dec. 16, 2015

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How to save a marriage, avoid mealtime battles and more advice from the most-read Family stories of 2015

Authors sharing personal insights on issues such as parenting, online security, resolving marital conflict, meal preparation, fidelity and others make up our list of the most-read Family stories of... Read more »

Dec. 16, 2015

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Arianne Brown: Body image is not just a girl thing

When I hear the term “body image,” my thoughts most often go to young girls. Recently, however, something broadened my view. Body image is not just a girl thing. Read more »

Dec. 15, 2015

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Linda & Richard Eyre: Focusing on a candidate's 3 D's: Dignity, decorum and discipline

As we enter a presidential election year that looks to be filled with divisions and extremism, many parents are looking for a way to give children a more positive attitude about public service. Read more »

Dec. 15, 2015

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Brooke Romney: No elves, no leprechauns, no Valentine's Day boxes and why that is OK

Holidays could easily make me feel like a “mom fail.” As I scroll through Facebook and Instagram, it is obvious my little ones are getting the raw end of the deal. Read more »

Dec. 15, 2015

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Lois M. Collins: Too old for Santa, but not ready to be left out of Christmas giving

Santa ignores them. Programs typically don't include them. So when the adults in their lives don't have the resources to give, they simply get left out during the holidays. Read more »

Dec. 15, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: Why I don’t need to 'get my body back' after pregnancy

I’m ashamed that I was so fixated on such silly things, but like the pubescent girl adjusting to her developing physique, I find all the changes pregnancy brings to my body difficult to swallow. Read more »

Dec. 10, 2015

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More children getting screened for autism at a younger age, study says

More children are receiving screenings for autism at a younger age, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Wednesday. Read more »

Dec. 10, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: Savoring the sweet moments of motherhood

The joys of life, and particularly of motherhood, come and go in the moments. Read more »

Dec. 9, 2015

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Linda & Richard Eyre: How much to talk to kids about terrorism

Generally speaking, kids are better protected by knowledge than by fear. Read more »

Dec. 8, 2015

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How a lack of parental care can disrupt brain development in children

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Research from China says that children whose parents don't provide direct care for long periods develop more gray matter — and that's not good news for the child. Read more »

Dec. 8, 2015

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Erin Stewart: What not to say to adoptive parents

When you’re not in the driver’s seat, you don’t need advice. You don’t need suggestions or questions or opinions. You just need a hand to hold and an ear to listen to you so... Read more »

Dec. 7, 2015

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Continuing a legacy: Dancers in Ballet West's 'Nutcracker' follow in their mother's footsteps

Jessica Harston Thompson danced the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy with Ballet West more times than she can count. Now, she enjoys watching from the wings as her daughters dance. Read more »

Dec. 5, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: When your child isn't OK

I’m tired of this being a lonely battle. I know there are other moms out there who face the same situation, and I think that it is time for more understanding about the seriousness and... Read more »

Dec. 3, 2015

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Video of pediatrician's tips for calming crying babies gets 2 million views

A video featuring one pediatrician's technique shows parents how to calm a crying baby. Read more »

Dec. 3, 2015

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Rewriting 'No Child Left Behind' — House passes easily

After years of failed efforts, the House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to sharply scale back the federal role in American education. But the bill would retain the testing requirement in the 2002... Read more »

Dec. 2, 2015

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Develop your child’s brain with simple advice from this app

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Nonprofit Vroom app brings cutting edge brain development insights to parents in digestible form. Read more »

Dec. 2, 2015

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Linda & Richard Eyre: A call for tolerance for all faiths, races and ways of life

A person may be less likely to discriminate against gays if that behavior gets him labeled as homophobic, or more careful about belittling Jews if his speech brands him as anti-Semitic. Do we need... Read more »

Dec. 2, 2015

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Carmen Rasmusen Herbert: Getting things 'done' vs. spending time with children

I saw a picture on Instagram of my friend holding her brand-new twin baby boys with a caption that read, “I haven’t gotten a single thing done today. ... I’m holding my babies and... Read more »

Dec. 1, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: 3 strategies for keeping your cool

Patience is a virtue, and unfortunately it is not at the top of my list of virtues. I have always struggled with keeping my cool when things become chaotic or stressful. Read more »

Dec. 1, 2015

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Zuckerberg and wife, in letter to new daughter, announce they are giving away most of their money

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife announced the birth of their daughter Max as well as plans to donate most of their wealth, or roughly $45 billion, to a new organization that will tackle a... Read more »

Dec. 1, 2015

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Can you put a price on parent-child quality time? This son did

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Annoyed that his mom didn't give him her full attention when on the phone, this son issued his mom a ticket, demanding a large sum of money to make up for lost quality time. Read more »

Dec. 1, 2015

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The Clean Cut: Ikea commercial reveals kids' true Christmas desires

A simple experiment revealing a heartwarming Christmas message is contributing to the appeal of one Ikea commercial. Read more »

Nov. 27, 2015

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Linda & Richard Eyre: 'Throwing Thanksgiving' is our Thanksgiving poem

For four decades, our holiday greeting has been in the form of a Thanksgiving poem and family picture. We wanted to share this year's rendition and express our thanks to you, the readers of our... Read more »

Nov. 25, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: Turning cooking chaos into family fun

At the beginning of my mothering journey, my attitude was that the kids needed to stay out of the kitchen so cooking would be easier for me. The spills and splatters from our everyday meals were... Read more »

Nov. 24, 2015

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Parents: Bunchems is perfect gift for 'child you hate'

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Bunchems is a trendy toy that consists of plastic balls kids can connect together to make different shapes. However, they will also wreak havoc on kids' hair, and many frustrated parents are taking... Read more »

Nov. 23, 2015

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Erin Stewart: Turning gratitude into action this Thanksgiving

This year, I’m hopeful that we can truly give thanks with our hearts and our hands as we transform our attitude of gratitude into action. Read more »

Nov. 23, 2015

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Book review: 'The Gift of Failure' points to shifting parenting strategies to help children handle life's challenges

In "The Gift of Failure," author Jessica Lahey shifts parental paradigms by encouraging the quest for competence rather than confidence. Read more »

Nov. 21, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: Making it through the heartbreak of infertility with grateful eyes

I made it through the heartbreak of infertility and came out the other side with grateful eyes that were more open to every good thing that life had to offer me. Read more »

Nov. 20, 2015

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Marriage remains a reliable indicator of health, happiness

LDS Church News

BYU family studies professor encourages members to view their spouses with an eternal perspective. Read more »

Nov. 19, 2015

Gift Guide: Kiddie tech beyond video games, tablets

What to get a tech-savvy kid who's tired of the same old tablets and video games? New toys this year range from easy-to-use sets for building circuits to a talking dinosaur powered by IBM's Watson... Read more »

Nov. 19, 2015

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How to talk to kids about terrorism and other hard-to-explain acts

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In a world where kids can't always be sheltered from images of terrorism, like the murders in Paris, parents face the daunting task of explaining what happened in ways that won't traumatize the... Read more »

Nov. 19, 2015

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Where grandparents, parents and kids agree — and disagree — on family life

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The eight living children of DeAnne and Eric Williams have scattered geographically — two in Maryland, one each in Idaho and Colorado and four along Utah's Wasatch Front. They've scattered in... Read more »

Nov. 18, 2015

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Fall picture books share stories of letting go, growing up and fun adventures

Among these recently released picture books, some by authors with local ties, are stories that use autumn themes to share lessons on letting go and growing up along with deepening relationships... Read more »

Nov. 17, 2015

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Showing gratitude: Authors, blogger share tips on how to help children be thankful

Thanksgiving falls between the candy craze of Halloween and the wish-list frenzy of Christmas, making it challenging for children to maintain an attitude of gratitude. Here are some suggestions for... Read more »

Nov. 17, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: 9 easy ways to fill November with thanksgiving

Here are nine simple traditions my family has developed over the years that help us turn November into a month of gratitude and joy. Read more »

Nov. 17, 2015

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Linda & Richard Eyre: 9 areas to help plan the autumn of life

We find that the easiest, simplest, least scary and best way to start planning the autumn of your life is simply to set up some folders in which to collect information and ideas. Read more »

Nov. 17, 2015

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What changing screen time research means for young kids and families

National Edition

Technology is more rooted in parenting than ever. Since making its "no screens before age 2" recommendation in 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics finally has the science it needs to update... Read more »

Nov. 14, 2015

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Old laws collide with digital reality in teen sexting cases

Educators in a small Colorado town say they had no choice but alert police when they discovered that many high-schoolers were using a cellphone app to collect and hide hundreds of naked photos of... Read more »

Nov. 13, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: Do you struggle to have fun with your children?

What was it that made me feel free and playful? Why is it so hard for me to feel that way every day? Why do I struggle to have fun with my children? Read more »

Nov. 12, 2015

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Utah moms seek help for postpartum depression before it's too late

She could be your sister, your co-worker or your best friend. One in 7 women experiences perinatal mood disorders, and most don't seek treatment. The result can be devastating. Read more »

Nov. 12, 2015

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What a mom-daughter duo is doing to help people struggling with infertility

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Pamela Hirsch watched her daughter, Nicole Lawson, endure fertility issues, and the two decided to do something to help others, according to The Huffington Post. Here's what their organization,... Read more »

Nov. 12, 2015

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Here's why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes

National Edition

With high U.S. infant mortality rates compared to the world's other high-income countries, experts propose American parents take a tip from those living in Finland. There, they have their babies... Read more »

Nov. 11, 2015

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To moms of one or two children, from a mother of five

There are some things I want you to know about me. About children. About this journey through motherhood that we're both on. Read more »

Nov. 11, 2015

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