Marriage & Parenting
I'm here to say there is nothing more productive than stopping to reflect, assess, dream and plan.
Christian parents the world over face a Christmas dilemma. We don’t want our young children’s belief in Santa, nor the gradual growth away from that belief, to be confused in their... Read more »
Some days I get tired of it all and just want to be a family — not the adoptive family, not the family with special needs children, not the unique family — just a family. This was one... Read more »
Busy lives may require sacrifices, but forgoing handmade gifts for the holidays doesn't have to be one of them. We only need to plan well to have our crafts and give them away too. Read more »
Worried that toy stores, fast food chains, and other retailers are tracking your kids online this holiday season? A landmark 2013 law aimed at protecting the privacy of America's youngest mobile... Read more »
No "tiger" mom, this "elephant" mom doesn't let her kids cry themselves to sleep. They're not working on developing grit. She wants to be a warm, safe place where her children can be as big or as... Read more »
Whether we tie up our gifts to him in a box beneath the tree or just keep them in our heart, our gifts of love to Jesus and to each other are the best ones. Read more »
Researchers find that nearly 55 percent of U.S. infants sleep with unsafe bedding material that may increase the risk of SIDS. Read more »
You've probably done more than one of these. If you don't watch out, you could be setting your child up for failure. But there is still time to fix it. No child is a completely lost cause. Read more »
If we teach our children nothing else in those first couple years of life, let's teach them these four lessons. Read more »
Life takes its twists and turns and then we must refocus. If a person can refocus, there will be other dreams to follow. Read more »
If parents were given report cards, here are the five subjects our kids might say we're failing. Read more »
Christmas is going digital at the White House this year. Read more »
A child’s odds of breaking out of poverty or gaining a college education are heavily shaped by the father’s income and education level, says Richard Reeves of the Brookings Institution. Read more »
Does the hassle and commercialization of Christmas drive you nuts? I remember one Christmas years ago when I finally decided to be a little more disciplined and deliberate in how our family... Read more »
During National Adoption Month, my thoughts turned to all the men and women who want nothing more than to be parents. Read more »
I will never stop believing that, someday, what we’ve gained is going to feel so much bigger than what we gave up. Read more »
When my kids were young, I would sometimes wonder what I had done wrong when child after child was born into our family with a hefty dose of “strong will.” Read more »
The No Child Left Behind education law could be making a political comeback. Read more »
What's it like to be the sister of Buster Posey, starting catcher for the San Francisco Giants? Or the brother of Steve Young, Hall of Fame quarterback? Or the sister of James Valentine, lead... Read more »
The purpose of fear is to prepare the body to respond to potential threats, but when it is caused by irrational beliefs it can instead lead to stress and paranoia. Read more »
Two stillborn babies in one Utah family led a concerned father to take on the state Legislature and make changes to the state's stillbirth law, but hospitals and funeral homes have been left... Read more »
Linda Robertson did what they believed was expected of them as good Christians. Read more »
Please don’t encourage your child to be cool and popular for popularity's sake. Read more »
The Thanksgiving family stories that I heard throughout my youth are a wonderful reflection of the African-American oral tradition. They allow me to relive my family history with current relatives... Read more »
Here are 15 suggested recent titles that can delight the lover of classics, those who appreciate unique art, the aficionado of ABC and number books and readers who enjoy sharing stories with children. Read more »
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Ashlee Birk was left a widow after the murder of her husband and a single mother to five children at the age of 28 without any forewarning. It left her world seemingly shattered. Birk began to... Read more »
I'm here to say there is nothing more productive than stopping to reflect, assess, dream and plan when it comes to the long-term project of raising human beings. Read more »
I thought I was protecting my children by lying about the death of our dog. Turns out, the truth provides the most peace. Read more »
For several years now, I’ve been trying to live under the guise that I’m one of those fantastic moms whose entire life is made up of silver linings. Read more »
There were pressures, deadlines and hard decisions to make. But for two hours at least, Nile was there for his daughter, right when she needed him. Read more »
Celebrity moms Amanda Peet and Zoe Saldana have publicly discussed their breastfeeding difficulties, calling attention to the fact that breastfeeding challenges are not uncommon. Read more »
Researchers have found that children who experienced childhood adversity or suffered psychiatric disorders when young may age faster at a cellular level. The stress is also linked to health... Read more »
New tech tools can help teens cope with stress, using what is often a teen’s favorite possession: a smartphone. Read more »
President Obama advocated for family friendly workplace policies such as parental leave and paid sick leave in his recent State of the Union address. But often, workers who actually take advantage... Read more »
A study of Christ can be approached as a resolution of the mind and as an attempt to model our thoughts more closely on the nature and personality of Jesus. This is often useful and appealing even... Read more »
A Virginia Senate committee has rejected a proposal to provide adoption rights to unmarried gay couples. Read more »
Young adults prefer to share chores and child-rearing, but it may require support from this unlikely place
Most young men and women would like to balance work and family responsibility equitably, according to a study in the American Sociological Review. But doing so may require supportive workplace... Read more »
Amy Choate-Nielsen: Even kids sometimes wonder who their ancestors are — and what do they look like?
A recent trip to the urgent care doctor's office got my daughter thinking about life, death — and family history. Read more »
New research finds that waiting until after recess to feed students can increases a their fruit and veggie intake by about 54 percent. Read more »
Many families are shocked when they learn how expensive childcare can be. But knowing a few cost-cutting strategies can help keep down the expense. Read more »
The Wheatley Institution of Brigham Young University will partner with the Institute for Family Studies to host the first Home Truths conference Saturday, Jan. 24, where scholars will discuss the... Read more »
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