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Marriage & Parenting

Making your marriage work doesn't have to be hard

A new book about the virtues of the single life has some wondering if marriage is simply too difficult to manage.

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Linda & Richard Eyre: 5 big issues that can strengthen — or doom — a marriage

The five things that are most commonly blamed for divorce are the very five things that have to be the topics of open, constant communication if a marriage is to be strong and lasting. Read more »

Feb. 11, 2015

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Michelle Lehnardt: Valentine's Day is for everyone

I'm always sad when I hear people grumble, "I hate Valentine's Day!" If Valentine's Day centers on what others do for you, you'll always be disappointed. Switch your focus to spreading love around... Read more »

Feb. 11, 2015

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10 picture books for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day celebrates relationships, whether of the romantic variety or with family and friends. Here are 10 delightful picture books that have crossed our desks recently and are about... Read more »

Feb. 10, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: Letting your teenager read, watch 'Fifty Shades of Grey' is a terrible idea

In general, I’m a live and let live kind of girl. But allowing your children to watch or read “Fifty Shades of Grey” can cause significant damage to your child and their future... Read more »

Feb. 10, 2015

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Serving kids fruits and vegetables is not a waste of time

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Exposing children to healthy foods increases their liking for those foods in adulthood, according to a new study. Read more »

Feb. 6, 2015

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'Seventh Son': 3 points for parents

Information for parents about the film "Seventh Son." Read more »

Feb. 6, 2015

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Five for Families: ‘Narnia’ is an inspiring family film

Here are five movies from various platforms that families may want to consider, as recommended by the Deseret News Features department and OK.com. Read more »

Feb. 6, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: 10 good reasons to stop the house-shaming

I was going to write a post today called, “The Chore Chart that Saved My Sanity," but it felt a little disingenuous as I looked around my house and realized I was living in a hot mess. Read more »

Feb. 5, 2015

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Erin Stewart: A letter to the cool moms

It's probably time I make some more apologies to explain my appearance and behavior at the morning preschool drop-off. Read more »

Feb. 2, 2015

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Just because your child is struggling doesn't mean you're not a good parent

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Parents read to their kids, monitor their screen time and engage them in extracurricular activities, but poverty is a tricky challenge to overcome, according to a briefing paper released Wednesday... Read more »

Jan. 29, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: What do you focus on?

We can find beauty and happiness in just about any situation if we look hard enough. Read more »

Jan. 29, 2015

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Child adversity, mental health challenge may speed up physical aging process

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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 »

Jan. 23, 2015

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Young adults hope to share chores and child-rearing, but it may hinge on workplace policies

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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 »

Jan. 22, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: To grouchy moms everywhere

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 »

Jan. 21, 2015

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How to talk to your child about the negative effects of porn

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With pornographic images and videos just a tap away on any smartphone, laptop or tablet these days, experts say it's not just a matter of if kids see porn, but when. How parents address the problem... Read more »

Jan. 17, 2015

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My life is going to be so much bigger than my wedding day

My wedding day was beautiful, but I’m not convinced it was the biggest day of my life. Read more »

Jan. 12, 2015

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Erin Stewart: Having 'the talk' with my daughter awkward but worthwhile

I recently took my rightful place in the chain of awkward sex talks that have been passed down from mother to daughter for generations. Read more »

Jan. 9, 2015

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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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The 10 marriage commandments: How to make daily choices to love your spouse

Create a lasting and fulfilling marriage by adopting these 10 guiding principles. Read more »

Oct. 24, 2013

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Wake up and smell the sexting, parents

Technology blinds us to danger, a danger of kids growing up a little fast, knowing more than they should at a young age, and exchanging inappropriate information for it to only POOF disappear... Read more »

July 15, 2013

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