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The most overlooked characteristic of the person you want to marry

When life falls apart, you want someone you can run to, not someone you want to run from.

Erin Stewart: Inane toys you won't find under my tree this year

Retailers are pushing another batch of mind-numbing products this year that top the worst toys for 2014. Read more »

Dec. 22, 2014

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What does a letter grade mean for my child's school?

As educators continue making sense of this year's testing results and an abundance of other performance metrics, parents are wondering what something as simple as a letter grade means for their... Read more »

Dec. 20, 2014

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Some communities suggest penalizing parents for underage drinking at home

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A handful of communities are considering prosecuting or fining parents of underage children who are caught drinking. Read more »

Dec. 20, 2014

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Motherhood Matters: Three steps to helping kids love giving

Here are some simple steps to help you give your kids the gift of giving this holiday season. Read more »

Dec. 19, 2014

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Why you should think twice before punishing your children for lying

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Punishments prove to be counterproductive when a child lies, says a new study. If your children are lying more after you have punished them for being dishonest, one problem may be that you need to... Read more »

Dec. 18, 2014

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Mormon Parenting: A 'Children for Children' Christmas concert

We tried a Christmas tradition many years ago that got traction and stuck, and since then it has grown bigger and bigger and is now practiced by our children in their families and neighborhoods.... Read more »

Dec. 15, 2014

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Erin Stewart: Cutting the Christmas crazy

This year, I'm living by my sister's Christmas motto: “If I can't do it cheerfully and with loving kindness, then I don't do it.” Read more »

Dec. 15, 2014

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Duce's Wild: Hope for parents of tough-to-live-with kids

Here, we offer a holiday gift of hope to those parents who can only imagine coal in the stocking of their tough-to-live-with progeny. Read more »

Dec. 13, 2014

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Motherhood Matters: How to avoid the Christmas craziness and stay sane this season

I really like the idea of taking some of that simplicity and gratitude from the Thanksgiving season and extending it into December. Read more »

Dec. 9, 2014

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Linda & Richard Eyre: Separating belief in Christ from belief in Santa

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 »

Dec. 9, 2014

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What we've lost and what we've gained by having children

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 »

Dec. 2, 2014

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Strong-willed children are a blessing, not a curse

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 »

Dec. 1, 2014

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In the shadow: What life is like having a famous sibling

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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 »

Dec. 1, 2014

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The No. 1 cause of divorce may not be what you think

I’m convinced the No. 1 cause of divorce is not adultery, financial problems or irreconcilable difference. Those are most often symptoms of a deeper problem. Read more »

Nov. 25, 2014

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Motherhood Matters: If Pinterest makes you feel like a failure as a mother

My mother didn't specialize in home decor or gourmet cooking, and she didn't lift weights or run marathons. But she makes me feel like I am the most important, wonderful person ever born. Read more »

Sept. 17, 2014

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Motherhood Matters: 3 unbelievably simple parenting ideas that work

Did you know that children need a minimum of eight touches during a day to feel connected to a parent? Read more »

July 21, 2014

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The six most important lessons my marriage has taught me

Maybe there are some people out there (real people, not people in books and movies) who have easy marriages full of non-stop romance and deep soulmate connection. But I don't know any of them. Read more »

Feb. 18, 2014

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How (and why) to be the meanest mom in the world

When your kids tell you you’re mean, take it as a compliment. The rising generation have been called the laziest, rudest, most entitled kids in history. Don’t give up. They may think... Read more »

Nov. 12, 2013

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How much should you pay the baby sitter?

This weekend, I tried a new approach to the guessing game of paying the baby sitter. Read more »

Oct. 21, 2013

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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 »

Aug. 15, 2013

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My husband is not my soul mate

There is no biblical basis to indicate that God has one soul mate for you to find and marry. You could have a great marriage with any number of compatible people. Read more »

Aug. 12, 2013

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How I know my wife married the 'wrong' person

Singles today (and most married couples too) are searching for super-spouses that simply don't exist. People expect far too much from their spouse in all the wrong areas. Read more »

June 10, 2013

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Dear sweet mom who feels like she is failing

You are a good mom. You matter. You are making a difference. Read more »

Sept. 10, 2012

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