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The effects of spanking children may surprise some parents

Researchers examined 75 studies spanning a half century to figure out what spanking does and does not do.

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A St. Patrick's Day dinner with a leprechaun garden, tiny vegetables and Irish Soda Bread

Treat your own leprechauns to a fun St. Patrick's Day dinner featuring a leprechaun garden, Irish Soda Bread and other tasty treats that will magically disappear. Read more »

March 16, 2016

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Motherhood Matters: 5 tips from 22 years in the motherhood trenches

It is the most challenging and yet rewarding job in the world: motherhood. I am a mom of six children, and someone recently asked me what advice I would give to other mothers. Read more »

March 15, 2016

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Motherhood Matters: Chore charts, reality and the heart of the home

If our resources and energy are limited and there’s a choice, it’s almost always better to follow our hearts rather than our own highfalutin plans. Read more »

March 14, 2016

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Erin Stewart: Do Utah moms compete for perfection?

I was terrified of the mommy competition among Utah women until I realized the rivalry was my issue, not theirs. Read more »

March 14, 2016

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Five for Families: Films to celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Leprechans, rainbows and mythical creatures abound in Irish tales. Put on your green, grab some corned beef and cabbage, and enjoy St. Patrick's Day with some fun Emerald Isle stories. Here are... Read more »

March 10, 2016

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Lawmakers pass bill requiring fetal anesthesia for abortions

The House voted Thursday in favor of a bill that would require women to receive anesthesia for any abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, ostensibly to prevent the fetus from feeling pain. Read more »

March 10, 2016

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Motherhood Matters: Growing pains

My sentimental heart is holding on so tight to what is left of my children's babyhood. Read more »

March 9, 2016

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Tiffany Gee Lewis: 4 ways to simplify our family's lives and push the pause button on chaos

Here are four ways to simplify our family's lives and push the pause button on chaos, as shared in Kim John Payne's “Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise... Read more »

March 9, 2016

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Luck of the Irish brings fun for the family

Family bonding is about creating memories, and nothing creates memories quite like holiday traditions. St. Patrick's Day is a festive holiday made for family merriment with playful leprechaun pranks. Read more »

March 8, 2016

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Brown rice salad is flavorful, hearty, easy side dish

This recipe is both a salad and a side dish. It is full of flavor and very simple to make. Read more »

March 8, 2016

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Arianne Brown: Running is not my religion

With seven young children, I often find my long runs on Saturdays much more peaceful and gratifying than the hours I spend juggling kids at church on Sunday. But running is not my religion, nor are... Read more »

March 8, 2016

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More than cookies: Mother, daughter share experiences of selling Girl Scout Cookies

The 2016 Girl Scout Cookie season has started, keeping up a nearly 100-year tradition. Mary Heslop and her daughter Gloria share their experiences selling cookies and participating in the... Read more »

March 8, 2016

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Senate passes bill allowing state to collect child support from gay parents

A controversial bill to allow the state to collect child support from divorced same-sex parents no longer removes the words mother and father from Utah's paternity law. Read more »

March 7, 2016

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Erin Stewart: Lessons from Disneyland help to 'bring magic' home

I'm having a little Disney withdrawal after a trip with my kids, but I'm hoping to bring some of the magic home. Read more »

March 7, 2016

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Utah Senate passes bill to require fetal anesthesia before elective abortions

The Utah Senate passed an amended bill Monday that would require Utah doctors to administer anesthesia to a fetus before an abortion based on the belief that the unborn child can feel pain. Read more »

March 7, 2016

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TED becoming rich source for families seeking new direction, increased skills and understanding

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Alison Gopnik says in a TED Talk she thinks when small children are "getting into everything," they're actually conducting experiments that teach them more about the world. The mini lectures do the... Read more »

March 5, 2016

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Motherhood Matters: What yoga taught me about motherhood

Lately I've been wondering if a particular yoga philosophy could be applied to everything, including my interactions with my children. Read more »

March 4, 2016

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The most popular baby name of every year since 1915

Each generation cycles through its own set of popular names, but some have stood the test of time for decades. If you want to give your child a name that will seemingly never go out of style, there... Read more »

March 4, 2016

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Amy Choate-Nielsen: From the terrible 2s to the traumatic 3s, generations of parents have something in common

Sometimes I think back to how my grandparents did things, and I'm pretty sure I don't quite measure up. Then I hear an honest story about how my Grandma Fleeta handled a challenging situation, and... Read more »

March 1, 2016

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Linda & Richard Eyre: A renewed respect for parents of preschoolers

Our son Eli and his wife, Julie, left their two little ones with us for a long week, which reminded us of both the joys and the fatigue of being the full-time caregivers of energetic preschoolers. Read more »

March 1, 2016

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Motherhood Matters: The safest place

I learned that focus is what cultivates safety and love, while distraction breeds the sting of rejection and insecurity. Read more »

March 1, 2016

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Utah Senate panel rejects bill banning discrimination against public breastfeeding

A fear of lactating women baring their breasts in a public protest helped doom a Tuesday bill that would have banned discrimination of breastfeeding in public. Read more »

March 1, 2016

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Erin Stewart: 5 ways to raise a child with grit

If grit is central to success in life, how do our kids get it? Read more »

March 1, 2016

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Obama launches 'take your child to the lab' week

President Barack Obama is launching a version of "take your child to work day" that's focused on America's science laboratories instead of its corporate workspaces. Read more »

Feb. 28, 2016

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Carmen Rasmusen Herbert: Remembering to reach out to other moms

Can I issue a challenge to women everywhere? The next time you see another mom at the park, in the library or at an open gym who maybe looks like she came there alone, will you reach out? Just say hi. Read more »

Feb. 28, 2016

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Motherhood Matters: To moms with brave faces

More often than not, the people around us, those we love and those we don’t love yet, are wearing brave faces. It’s likely that you’re doing the same in at least one aspect of... Read more »

Feb. 26, 2016

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Bill proposes to remove mother, father from Utah paternity law

The Utah Office of Recovery Services has no legal standing to collect child support from a lesbian parent who is no longer with the child under the state's current paternity law, the agency's... Read more »

Feb. 25, 2016

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Sherry Young: It's not simply things but caring and thoughtfulness that count in life

The experience reminded me of how little we really need in life to make us happy, especially as we age. We collect fame, fortune and possessions, but it’s caring and thoughtfulness that... Read more »

Feb. 24, 2016

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Motherhood Matters: Life doesn’t get easier; it just gets different

I used to have more mom-related demands in some areas and a lot less in others. As my mom always says, life doesn’t get easier; it just gets different. Read more »

Feb. 24, 2016

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Utah House panel rejects gay couples adoption, foster care bill

A bill intended to ensure all married couples are treated equally in adoption and foster placements of children in the state's care failed in a House committee Wednesday. Read more »

Feb. 24, 2016

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Linda & Richard Eyre: Questions to consider about oneness in a relationship

Here are some relationship questions to think about. How you answer them — and how you want to answer them someday — may determine how romantic your relationship is and how romantic it... Read more »

Feb. 24, 2016

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Arianne Brown: Structured sports are not for everyone

My 6-year-old daughter, just like her older siblings and parents, thrives in being physically active. But, unlike the rest of us, structured sports is where her flame begins to die, making me... Read more »

Feb. 24, 2016

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Pete Thunell: What if my wife lost her memory, like the woman in 'The Vow'?

What would happen if my wife lost her memory like the woman did in "The Vow"? Read more »

Feb. 23, 2016

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'Keep pushing forward': Utah family battles medical challenges with optimism

The Hernandez family of Clearfield faces an inexplicable load of medical challenges with hope. Read more »

Feb. 23, 2016

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Erin Stewart: Is kindness making your child a victim?

I realized recently that my daughter equates kindness with being a pushover. We wanted to teach her to be a kind person who could help others, not a victim who can't even help herself. Read more »

Feb. 23, 2016

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Italian PM Renzi won't fight for limited gay adoptions

Bowing to fierce opposition, Italy's Premier Matteo Renzi will drop a proposed measure that would have let gays adopt the biological children of their partners. Read more »

Feb. 23, 2016

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What's the marriage capital of Utah — and every other state?

Where do married couples thrive once happily ever after begins? See which U.S. city in each state has the highest percentage of married adults. Read more »

Feb. 22, 2016

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How exercising together makes your family stronger

Families that exercise together get stronger in more ways than one. Here's why parents should get off the treadmill and exercise with their kids — and some expert advice on the best way to... Read more »

Feb. 21, 2016

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Poll: Nearly two-thirds of Utahns want comprehensive sex ed

The House Education Committee will soon debate a bill that would allow parents to sign up for comprehensive sex education for their children. Read more »

Feb. 20, 2016

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Polygamists speak against bill reviving Utah plural marriage ban

Several polygamists spoke against a House bill Friday that would revive Utah's ban on plural marriage in a way that a state lawmaker says would end a lawsuit filed by the family from the reality... Read more »

Feb. 19, 2016

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Tech toys abound at New York Toy Fair

From a preschool toy designed to teach pre-coding skills to a hands-on molecule-building set for older kids that works with an app, technology abounded at this year's Toy Fair. Read more »

Feb. 19, 2016

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Linda & Richard Eyre: The 5 C’s of a strong marriage

In our four decades of working with families and observing all kinds of marriage situations, we have become convinced that there are five elements that maximize the chances for a marriage to be... Read more »

Feb. 18, 2016

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Bill to require anesthesia for a fetus before some abortions

A Utah senator is working on legislation that would require doctors to administer anesthesia to a fetus before an abortion based on the premise that the fetus can feel pain. Read more »

Feb. 17, 2016

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Motherhood Matters: Teaching children to honor their (grand)parents

It’s never too early to start teaching my kids that the generations in our family are linked, even if it’s mostly through choppy video calls. Read more »

Feb. 17, 2016

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Student immunizations bill held in committee

A bill that would require parents to renew their children's immunization exemptions every year was held in committee. Read more »

Feb. 16, 2016

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Brooke Romney: How to show gratitude for a working spouse

After my perspective shift, both my life and marriage became much sweeter. My husband and I found joy in both our individual and shared roles, and we now do our best to support each other. Read more »

Feb. 16, 2016

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Erin Stewart: Why the size of my family is no one's business but mine

A new study saying smaller families are better for children is just one more excuse for people to judge each other's reproductive lives. Read more »

Feb. 15, 2016

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Motherhood Matters: Why I write love letters to my children

I decided to start my own Valentine's Day tradition, writing love letters to my children. Read more »

Feb. 14, 2016

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Lawmakers postpone vote over gay couples adoption bill

The House Judiciary Committee adjourned Friday without taking a vote on a bill the sponsor says is intended to ensure all married couples are treated equally in adoptions and placements of children... Read more »

Feb. 12, 2016

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Carmen Rasmusen Herbert: Happy Valentine's Day, indeed: My 7-year-old son's crush on an 'older girl'

All day long I was dying to know the name of this mystery girl who had my son spending his Tooth Fairy money. I had never seen him act so sneaky before, and I couldn’t wait to hear who the... Read more »

Feb. 12, 2016

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