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American parents sometimes get a bad rap for the way they raise their children.

Linda & Richard Eyre: The grand in being a grandparent

As a grandparent, you are positioned to create the kind of family narrative that can make your grandchildren stronger and more resilient. Read more »

Oct. 6, 2015

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30 questions to ask your kid instead of 'How was your day?'

When I picked my son up from his first day of 4th grade, my usual (enthusiastically delivered) question of “How was your day?” was met with his usual (indifferently delivered)... Read more »

Oct. 6, 2015

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Erin Stewart: Living with less, and loving it

Living out of a suitcase for three months has taught me just how few possessions I need to enjoy life. Read more »

Oct. 5, 2015

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Carmen Rasmusen Herbert: To the mom who feels all her efforts are in vain

I have written this column with a very specific woman in mind. She is the woman who feels that even her best efforts haven’t been enough lately. She is tired. She is worn out. Read more »

Oct. 5, 2015

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Don’t believe this one popular myth about breastfeeding

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New research challenges the notion that breastfeeding boosts a child's intelligence quotient Read more »

Oct. 4, 2015

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Little kids get more benefits when this parent reads to them, research says

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Being read to is important for language development and other benefits to small children. But when a specific adult takes on the task, the benefits are even better, researchers say. Read more »

Oct. 3, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: How my son's routine chart helps me be a better mom

I love my son’s morning routine chart because it holds me accountable for the things that are important to me as a mother. Read more »

Oct. 1, 2015

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Amy Choate-Nielsen: Why clutter is sometimes so hard to clean

As I go through my boxes of old treasures that have lost some of their shine, I wonder what to save, what to toss and what will be worth hundreds of dollars on eBay 10 years from now. Read more »

Sept. 29, 2015

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The new prime of life — 60s and 70s

We live in an obsessive culture that worships youth and disdains age. If you are in your 60s or 70s and have reasonably good health, you are probably, all things considered, better than you have... Read more »

Sept. 29, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: The unseen work of mothers

Being a good, deliberate mother who is not only on top of the visible work of managing a home and family but also the unseen mental and emotional work of raising good human beings is not something... Read more »

Sept. 28, 2015

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Erin Stewart: What qualities do you value in a spouse?

Commitment and optimism are two of my top contenders for the qualities I hope my daughter finds in a future spouse. Read more »

Sept. 28, 2015

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Utah woman sings mommy version of 'Yesterday'; 'Hallelujah' video gets over 30 million views

Shannon Christensen Abbott's mommy "Hallelujah" has been seen over 30 million times, but she isn't just relying on her past success. Read more »

Sept. 28, 2015

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The real reason babies smile

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A study by University of California, San Diego indicated there's a specific reason babies smile, especially at their mothers. Read more »

Sept. 25, 2015

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Guest commentary: How exercise saves my marriage and can help yours too

Exercise saves my marriage by releasing the tensions and helping me have clarity of thought. It can help yours too. Read more »

Sept. 24, 2015

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The pros and cons of giving a child an allowance

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Many researchers, but not all, think that allowances are a good way to teach children the importance of budgeting — but they need to be accompanied by frequent conversations with their parents. Read more »

Sept. 23, 2015

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Linda & Richard Eyre: Appreciating where we live

We are still in Europe as we write this week, and we’ve now been gone long enough that we will soon feel ready to head for home. Read more »

Sept. 22, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: My decade-long quest to feed my family only the healthiest foods

We all want what’s best for our families, but I finally see that what’s best for them isn’t perfection — not in our diets or in any area. Read more »

Sept. 22, 2015

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Erin Stewart: Descheduling our overscheduled kids

Time to "be still" often gets squeezed out by a crammed calendar. Read more »

Sept. 22, 2015

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Utah woman's mommy rendition of 'Hallelujah' gets over 2 million views

Local mom Shannon Christensen Abbott's mommy rendition of "Hallelujah" is viewed more than 2 million times on Facebook. Read more »

Sept. 20, 2015

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Here's how you can get the most of out this fall's parent-teacher conferences

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Some school districts across the U.S. are looking to change the format of parent-teacher conferences. Here's how parents can get the most out of the traditional conferences. Read more »

Sept. 18, 2015

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Why I exposed our family budget to our children

We tried to plan a vacation that we thought was most important for our family, but turned out to be far down the priority list. Exposing our planning and specifics of our household budget to our... Read more »

Sept. 18, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: What a hard hike taught me about motherhood

It’s hard to really see the beauty of it all while we’re trying to keep everyone safe and moving forward on the right track. Read more »

Sept. 17, 2015

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I do not cook two dinners: How we avoid mealtime battles

As usual, I just tell you guys what has worked for my family. If you've got something else that works for your family, please keep right on doing it with my blessing. Read more »

Sept. 17, 2015

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Linda & Richard Eyre: The magic of total commitment

Real, full-on, no-caveat, nothing-held-back marriage commitment actually becomes a kind of magic. Read more »

Sept. 15, 2015

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14 picture books to make back-to-school season more fun for the whole family

Here's a collection of 14 picture books with school and friendship themes to entertain and inform both school-age kids and those who still have a few years left at home. Read more »

Sept. 15, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: Why we have coming-of-age celebrations for our children

In our quest to raise children who become contributors to the world and to help them avoid typical teen angst and destructive behaviors, my husband and I decided this was something we wanted to... Read more »

Sept. 15, 2015

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Erin Stewart: How to nix sibling bickering before it drives you crazy

I was going to lose my mind if I heard one more ridiculous fight between my children. Then, I found a system that restored the peace and my sanity. Read more »

Sept. 14, 2015

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How hand sanitizer can put your child’s life at risk

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Many teens across the United States are using hand sanitizer to get drunk, which puts their life and body at extreme risk. Read more »

Sept. 14, 2015

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Government says students can apply earlier for college aid

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Aspiring college students will be able to apply for federal financial aid three months earlier than now and submit a previous year's tax return, changes aimed at helping more people pay for school,... Read more »

Sept. 13, 2015

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Teens are using this calculator app for something other than math class, and it's worrying parents

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An Alabama district attorney took to Facebook to warn parents of an app that makes hiding photos easy for teens. Read more »

Sept. 11, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: Encouragement for moms who feel they aren't measuring up

It is enough to have a normal day marked by steady repetition, work and even a little craziness. Read more »

Sept. 11, 2015

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Five for Families: Pixar is a pretty sure bet

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 »

Sept. 10, 2015

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Campaign aims to educate parents on importance of car seats

Megan Wright sits with her son Hudson Wright, 3, after demonstrating how to properly use a car seat during a press conference about child safety seats at Fresh Market in Salt Lake City on Thursday,... Read more »

Sept. 10, 2015

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These parents' punishments might help you discipline your kids more effectively

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When a Virginia teen rang up a $540 phone bill, her dad chose a different route in letting her know it wasn't OK. Read more »

Sept. 10, 2015

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Sherry Young: Linking the generations with Grandparents Day

Wise parents will involve their children in their grandparents' lives. Wise grandparents will choose to be involved in their grandchildren's lives to link the generations. Read more »

Sept. 9, 2015

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Erica Layne: Stepping aside and letting our children learn

As parents, we don’t get to follow our child’s every move and ensure that the hard, sad and lonely never make it into the chapters of their lives. Read more »

Sept. 9, 2015

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Carmen Rasmusen Herbert: Stop hating on other mothers

We need to be encouraging and supporting other mothers, not slandering and slamming them for their mistakes. Read more »

Sept. 8, 2015

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Erin Stewart: Flurry of judgments for mother who left baby in shopping cart

Hateful comments condemn distracted mother in typical Internet fashion. Read more »

Sept. 8, 2015

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Linda & Richard Eyre: Looking for real adventure and true excitement? Get married!

Millennials say they want to preserve their options and their excitement and to keep some peace and solitude. And they think they would throw all of them out the window if they “settled... Read more »

Sept. 8, 2015

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Balancing act: How do working parents deal with back-to-school stress?

With Labor Day behind us, summer is officially over. And that means, nationwide, most children should be back to school. If your home is like ours, that also means back to stress. Read more »

Sept. 8, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: How to have mercy when your child's having a meltdown

If, in the midst of a breakdown, I can step back and see all the factors coming into play, it will be much easier for me to have mercy in the moment. Read more »

Sept. 8, 2015

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Erin Stewart: How to handle those #MomFail moments

Every mother feels like a failure at some point, but the trick is to realize our children don't dwell on our mistakes nearly as much as we do. Read more »

Sept. 8, 2015

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Teacher posts chart showing ideal bedtimes for students, and parents explain why it's a 'pipe dream'

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A Wisconsin elementary school teacher posted a bedtime chart to help parents decide what time their kids need to go to bed. Some viewed it as helpful, while others said it was unrealistic. Read more »

Sept. 7, 2015

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What every parent needs to know about their teen driver

Every year, teens die in motor vehicle crashes. In a third, the teen was driving. The adults in their lives can play a big role in keeping them alive. Read more »

Sept. 5, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: Search for small joys

Beans have become my gratitude practice, reminding me to keep searching, leaf by leaf, for small joys. Read more »

Sept. 3, 2015

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Linda & Richard Eyre: Advice for couples: Don’t just be hydrogen and oxygen, be water

Hydrogen, by itself, has unique properties. Oxygen has its own set of qualities. But when they are combined, in a committed, fused sort of way, they become marvelous, clear, flowing, life-giving... Read more »

Sept. 1, 2015

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Motherhood Matters: 4 tips for finding balance as school starts

Here are a few of my ideas for managing and balancing the busy routines of everyday life. Read more »

Sept. 1, 2015

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Parents rejoice after children bring home honest PTA school fundraiser form

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A PTA form went viral for its realistic take on how overwhelming parents' lives are. Read more »

Sept. 1, 2015

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13-year-old keeps dad alive after he was injured by falling boulder

Crushed by a boulder, a Utah dad is lucky to be alive after a wild week in the wilderness with his son. Read more »

Aug. 29, 2015

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As Common Core results trickle in, initial goals unfulfilled

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Results for some of the states that participated in Common Core-aligned testing for the first time this spring are out, with overall scores higher than expected, though still below what many... Read more »

Aug. 29, 2015

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