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Studies show different roles of mothers benefit children in different ways

Both stay-at-home and working mothers can be of benefit to children, teaching different things.

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Want to stand out in cap and gown? Decorate the mortarboard

It's hard to stand out at graduation when dozens, hundreds or even thousands of your classmates are dressed in identical caps and gowns. Read more »

April 28, 2015

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Entrepreneurs hatch hen-rental idea for fans of fresh eggs

The name of Jenn Tompkins' company sends customers into fits of laughter. Read more »

April 28, 2015

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One thing that changed my view of marriage forever

One day I woke up and realized I didn't love my husband. That simple realization forever changed the way I viewed marriage. Read more »

April 27, 2015

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Power of Moms: The 21-day motherhood challenge

Perhaps I’m stubborn. Perhaps I’m foolish. But I believe in the joy and transformation that comes with working hard, really hard, at the right things. I know motherhood is one of those... Read more »

April 26, 2015

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'Little Boy': 3 points for parents

Information for parents about the film "Little Boy." Read more »

April 24, 2015

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'Age of Adaline': 3 points for parents

Information for parents about the film "Age of Adaline." Read more »

April 24, 2015

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Five for Families: 'Monkey Kingdom' teaches positive messages

Here are five movies from various platforms families may want to consider, as recommended by the Deseret News features department and Ok.com. Note: Since not all are appropriate for younger... Read more »

April 24, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: My kids' other parents

Here’s to my kids’ other moms and dads, the men who are happy to kneel in the dust by first base and tie someone’s cleats or the women who pick up a toddler who has fallen on the... Read more »

April 22, 2015

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Erin Stewart: Are trampolines too dangerous for backyards?

If we ban everything that might be risky for our children, how much will be left? Read more »

April 22, 2015

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Linda & Richard Eyre: When kids get in the way of parenting

The trick is knowing when to let things flow in a natural way and when to push your plan through even in the wake of resistance and chaos. Read more »

April 21, 2015

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Just what the cat needed: a hat

It's not enough to knit sweaters for our children and grandchildren — no. Dexterous fingers need more. They need to knit something smaller, faster: They need to knit hats for cats. Read more »

April 21, 2015

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How pets take care of children

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Pets benefit children in unexpected ways. Read more »

April 20, 2015

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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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Schooled by autism: 5 lessons from my special-needs sons

Autism and other developmental disabilities are increasingly prevalent, meaning more and more of us know and interact with people who see the world differently. These are a few of the lessons my... 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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