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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.

Erin Stewart: Let the shopping season begin — 4 tips for gift buying

My go-to tips to keep the holiday shopping under control. Read more »

Nov. 8, 2015

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Mark Zuckerberg: Becoming a father inspires me to make education better

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Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg outlined new education projects in a Facebook post Thursday, according to CNN Money. These won't be his first educational initiatives, but he says having a... Read more »

Nov. 6, 2015

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The new Disney device helping parents keep their children safe online

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Available now: Circle With Disney, a $99 device that will help your child safe on the Internet. Read more »

Nov. 6, 2015

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8 seemingly bad things that are surprisingly good for your child

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Your children are likely to experience something bad during their life. Here's how bad things can actually help them in life. Read more »

Nov. 6, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: Bonding with daughters

I want to show my daughter that women (and men) are more than stereotypes. I want more than that for our relationship. So how do I do it? Read more »

Nov. 5, 2015

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How my children helped me learn to love myself

As women, we all struggle with our self-esteem and our self-image. I struggled to love who I was. If you struggle, you're not alone. Start loving yourself today. Read more »

Nov. 5, 2015

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5 ways you and your spouse can discuss your financial future without risking a break-up

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Finances are often the source of stress, strife and even separation for many relationships and marriages. But the solution is simple, experts say: Clear communication about money while dating... Read more »

Nov. 5, 2015

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Many toddlers have their own mobile device by age 4

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A small survey of an impoverished Philadelphia neighborhood finds startling penetration by and reliance on tablets and smartphones for young children. Read more »

Nov. 5, 2015

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Study: Most states link student learning to teacher reviews

The vast majority of states now require that teachers be evaluated, at least in part, on student test scores — up sharply from six years ago. And in many states, those performance reviews... Read more »

Nov. 4, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: 4 ways to practice gratitude with your children

I now understand that gratitude is a skill that has to be taught and practiced before it is mastered. Read more »

Nov. 4, 2015

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Survey: Nearly half of parents both work, and most find work-life balance difficult

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Both parents work full-time in nearly hallf of U.S. families, giving those households income advantages. But a new Pew Research Center survey finds work-life balance is often tricky, from shared... Read more »

Nov. 4, 2015

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Linda & Richard Eyre: Frustration to euphoria — side effects of parenthood

The side effects of prescription drugs can appear similar to the side effects of raising children. Read more »

Nov. 3, 2015

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24 self-care practices for mothers: Do it for yourself. Do it for your daughter

Over the last couple of years, we’ve noticed the word “self-care” popping up everywhere. Every time I encounter it, I think to myself, "Self-care isn’t just a list of things... Read more »

Nov. 2, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: Why I don't care whether you breast-feed or bottle-feed

I began my motherhood career absolutely in favor of exclusive breast-feeding. Since becoming a foster and adoptive mother, my opinion has changed. Read more »

Nov. 2, 2015

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Erin Stewart: Is your child a bully or a victim?

Don't ignore the warning signs that your child is being bullied or is bullying others. Read more »

Nov. 2, 2015

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Move to spur pint-sized medical devices to treat sick kids

Improvise isn't a word parents want to hear from their kid's doctor. Yet pediatric specialists too often have to jury-rig care because many of the medical devices needed to treat sick children were... Read more »

Nov. 1, 2015

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How to be the meanest mom in the world and 4 other powerful insights on parenting

When can "mean" be good and "fun" be bad? When it comes to parenting, there are no easy answers. But several bloggers have been willing to share their unique and powerful insights on parenting with... Read more »

Oct. 29, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: The best year of my life?

A friend of mine had a baby a few days before Noah was born, and she recently wrote on Facebook that this has been “the best year of (her) life, hands down.” I thought about her... Read more »

Oct. 28, 2015

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Amy Choate-Nielsen: Open letter to my children: This is why we love salt

My children have something in common with their great-grandmother whom they never actually met: a love of salt. It's a thing — I have it too. Read more »

Oct. 27, 2015

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Linda & Richard Eyre: A brief recent history of families

Things have changed a lot during the 35 years we have been writing and speaking about marriage, parenting and families. Across much of the world, the trends away from families have become so... Read more »

Oct. 27, 2015

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Erin Stewart: Candy conundrum: Creative ideas to purge the Halloween loot

From donations to buybacks, find ways to take the sugar high down a notch. Read more »

Oct. 27, 2015

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What's common in parenting magazines? Ads that could fool parents

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A University of Minneapolis study found 1 in 6 ads in parenting magazines include images considered unsafe for children's health. What can the research do to combat this trend? Read more »

Oct. 24, 2015

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Book review: ‘Chasing Secrets’ is a middle grade novel that can charm all ages

When the plague comes to San Francisco, one girl ignores social norms to fight for the right and assist the ignored. She realizes all is not as it seems and those she took for granted are the ones... Read more »

Oct. 24, 2015

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How to help teens find their voice in faith communities

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When middle and high schoolers join interfaith organizations, they can feel more deeply connected to their beliefs, one teenager said. Read more »

Oct. 24, 2015

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Say these 2 words often to keep your marriage strong

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This University of Georgia study showed what phrases couples can use often to keep their marriage positive. Read more »

Oct. 23, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: This is not my dream home

While it is unreasonable to suggest that our environment doesn’t influence us, it is equally unreasonable to suggest that the attainment of our dream homes will magically turn us into better... Read more »

Oct. 22, 2015

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Letter to the Halloween Scrooge in the neighborhood

One Halloween I took my 3-year-old trick-or-treating, and as we walked up to an enormous home in the neighborhood, I was surprised when a grumpy middle-aged man answered the door. Read more »

Oct. 20, 2015

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Amy Choate-Nielsen: Jewelry links families through generations

As I try to keep my kids out of my jewelry drawer, I am reminded of my mother's jewelry box and her mother's jewelry box. Read more »

Oct. 20, 2015

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Linda & Richard Eyre: The essential grandparenting part of families

Children need the encouragement and wisdom of grandparents. And parents need the help and backup that grandparents can give in raising kids. Read more »

Oct. 20, 2015

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The high price of competitive sports

With four children (so far) in competitive sports, I am seeing the costs skyrocket — and not just the monetary cost. With athletics getting more competitive at a younger age, there are other... Read more »

Oct. 20, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: Keeping it clean

I have found most of the time my girls are willing to help, especially when we make it fast, make it fun and work together. Read more »

Oct. 20, 2015

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Erin Stewart: Why happiness is a choice

I can’t control a lot about my life right now, which is a lesson I seem to learn over and over again. But I can control my attitude. I can choose to be happy. Read more »

Oct. 20, 2015

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Roughhousing is good for kids’ brains

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You can ban touching on school grounds with good intentions, and tag and dodge ball go away. But some experts think kids lose more than that with such bans. Read more »

Oct. 19, 2015

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SCERA to stage 'James and the Giant Peach' for young audiences

SCERA Center for the Arts is staging an adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic "James and the Giant Peach" — the story of a boy who loses his family but finds new best friends in a magic peach... Read more »

Oct. 17, 2015

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What do Bob Dylan, Harry Potter and Netflix have in common? They're influencing baby names today

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Data on trends in baby names highlight both predictable and surprising facts about culture. Influencers like Bob Dylan and Audrey Hepburn swaying parents on what to name their children might seem... Read more »

Oct. 16, 2015

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Quality of marriage matters when it comes to your health

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If happy marriages improve health and unhappy ones hurt it, what happens to the majority in the middle where good and bad co-exist? BYU researchers set out to see if the ambivalence raises or... Read more »

Oct. 16, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: Taking a shot on goal

As I listen to the coach encourage my kids, I realize the agony and the ecstasy on the field is teaching me some good parenting lessons. My life is a million small shots on goal. Read more »

Oct. 15, 2015

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How to overcome the damage caused by toxic relationships

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Contempt, put-downs, secrets, abuse, addictions and arguments create toxic relationships that can harm families and scar children, experts say. Read more »

Oct. 15, 2015

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Linda & Richard Eyre: A personal invitation: Attend the World Congress of Families

Beginning Oct. 27, the World Congress on Families convenes for the first time in the U.S. at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City. We will be speaking twice at the congress and invite you to... Read more »

Oct. 13, 2015

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Why is the first word babies say so crucial? It paves the way to building a vocabulary

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Research by Florida State University shows early knowledge of certain words helps young kids "unlock their language skills." So how do they take a word like "mama" or "dada" and learn more from it? Read more »

Oct. 13, 2015

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School cancels Halloween parade, then reverses its decision

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It's about that time of year again. The war on Halloween is back. But is it doing more damage to students and parents? Read more »

Oct. 13, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: Are you willing to suffer?

What would happen if I were willing to rest in the discomfort for a minute? What if I were to acknowledge the aggravating annoyances and live in the suffering of imperfection? Read more »

Oct. 13, 2015

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Erin Stewart: Are you a reactive or a proactive parent?

If we wait for our children to come to us with problems, they may never come. Read more »

Oct. 13, 2015

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Carmen Rasmusen Herbert: Potty training is for the birds

I thought, these sweet innocent babies still need us to praise them, help them, teach them and love them. They can barely construct complete sentences. I resolved then and there to try to keep calm... Read more »

Oct. 12, 2015

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What should parents do when their child wants to join a fraternity?

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News reports from the last year show an increasing amount of fraternities cause controversy across college campuses. But are there any benefits? Read more »

Oct. 9, 2015

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Does your child struggle to focus? Here's why blueberries might be the answer

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New research indicates wild blueberries "could strengthen the performance of primary schoolchildren in class," according to Medical Xpress. Here's what that could mean for children with ADHD. Read more »

Oct. 9, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: Derailing the worry train

To ensure I live in the moment and don’t allow anxiety or fear to spoil a minute of my new life as a mother, I keep a record of our special moments. Read more »

Oct. 9, 2015

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Five for Families: Space films for families to consider

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

Oct. 8, 2015

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Would you let a relative name your child for $10,000? This couple didn't

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A Chicago couple's grandparents offered to give them $10,000 to name their child, according to The New York Times. And this isn't the only case of people, or businesses, putting a price on what... Read more »

Oct. 8, 2015

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The cost of child care trumps rent — and here's what that means for mothers

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According to a paper from the Economic Policy Institute, families in most states spend more on child care than they do on rent. In addition, child care costs more than college in 24 states. Read more »

Oct. 8, 2015

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