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Erin Stewart: Should you teach your kids to hit back?

An Irish psychologist is making waves with his suggestion that parents teach their kids to fight back.

The skills needed to thrive as an independent adult

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Marcus Webster is getting ready to head off for college. As his life unfolds, he and his mom wonder if he's learned what he needs to know and what skills he must still develop in order to thrive as... Read more »

April 7, 2016

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Erin Stewart: Why 'the talk' should be an ongoing dialogue with your child

Why those awkward conversations are necessary and totally worth it. Read more »

April 4, 2016

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GOP legislative leaders stirring up support for veto override session

GOP legislative leaders are stirring up support for an override session to restore $4.5 million in funding for early education programs vetoed by Gov. Gary Herbert. Read more »

April 1, 2016

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Youth Protection Parent Seminar is April 11 in Provo

The Provo School District invites all parents and students in seventh through 12th grade to attend a Youth Protection Parent Seminar at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 11, at Provo High School, 1125 N.... Read more »

April 1, 2016

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Carmen Rasmusen Herbert: From 'Hampsterdance' to hallelujah: Primary songs save the day one car ride at a time

I’ve thought about how my boys can learn songs so fast, and they are often singing them word for word. How much of a positive impact do the words in “Scripture Power" have on their day? Read more »

March 31, 2016

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Gov. Herbert vetoes bills, early education funding

Gov. Gary Herbert waited until just before his midnight Wednesday deadline to veto three bills and budget line items in three others passed by the 2016 Legislature. Read more »

March 31, 2016

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Motherhood Matters: Learning to love the process, not just the result

I need to work on enjoying the “doing” and accepting the process as part of the goal. Read more »

March 31, 2016

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Linda & Richard Eyre: 'Will you still need me when I’m 64?'

You remember the Beatles' song "When I'm Sixty-Four" — and the legitimate questions it asks. But way back when we first heard it, the questions seemed so hypothetical, so far in the future.... Read more »

March 30, 2016

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An open letter to my kids' school

Each year, my kids come at me with school fundraisers, and I hate it. This is my suggestion as to how we can both come out ahead. Read more »

March 30, 2016

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Cookbook review: 'Kitchen Meets Girl' shares recipes for 30 simple, delicious dinners

Food blogger Ashley Whitmore's cookbook "Kitchen Meets Girl" is a great resource for new cooks and experienced hands looking for inspiration. Read more »

March 30, 2016

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Tricks or treats? Both are in this April Fools' Day dessert garden

These individual dessert gardens are a pretty and tasty April Fools' Day delight with a surprise. Read more »

March 29, 2016

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Amy Choate-Nielsen: Kids' papers and mementos are more valuable to parents, grandparents

My dad mailed me a stack of ribbons I won at an elementary school event I don't remember — but they still mean something special to me. Read more »

March 29, 2016

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Motherhood Matters: How to help siblings adjust after baby's arrival

One day, I asked my 5-year-old why he was angrier with me lately and quicker to throw a fit. He thought for a while and said, “You are always feeding the baby, and he always needs something... Read more »

March 29, 2016

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Erin Stewart: Turning bedtime mayhem into magic

How I'm trying to turn mayhem into magic during the all-important bedtime routine. Read more »

March 28, 2016

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Carmen Rasmusen Herbert: Justin Bieber cancels meet-and-greets, says they're driving him 'to the point of depression'

I guess you could argue that it just comes with the job and all the perks make up for the inconveniences, but being famous isn’t necessarily as joyous and incredible as it’s promoted to... Read more »

March 25, 2016

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Pete Thunell: Being the cheese that stands alone

One man's struggle to decide whether to buy a gun. Read more »

March 25, 2016

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Barbecue hamburgers are a traveling Easter treat

A pot full of barbecue hamburgers is sure to keep a family of avid Easter rock hunters happy and full. Read more »

March 22, 2016

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Linda & Richard Eyre: 'Teaching Children Values' and the day we met Oprah

The idea of our six youngest children sitting in close proximity for a full hour on live TV in front of 25 million people was, to say the least, terrifying. We could imagine dozens of embarrassing... Read more »

March 22, 2016

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Tackling fear: A child's age should govern what you say in aftermath of unspeakable acts

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It's getting harder to shield the younger kids from disturbing images of international disasters, manmade or natural. But a child's age should govern how you address what happened and the steps you... Read more »

March 22, 2016

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Motherhood Matters: Look back and laugh

The ability to look back and laugh can make all the difference in how parents approach new challenges and put difficult times behind them. Read more »

March 22, 2016

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Ally Condie's 'Summerlost' explores themes of loss, friendship in Shakespeare festival setting

Utah author Ally Condie's middle grade novel "Summerlost" shares an emotional story dealing with a personal loss and finding friendship, as well as a mystery to be solved in a setting that pays... Read more »

March 21, 2016

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Carmen Rasmusen Herbert: Pirates, shark attacks and rambunctiousness: Rooting for boys

Boys need to be physical, to be loud and adventurous, to take risks and explore the world around them. May we all celebrate and root for the exuberance of boys. Read more »

March 21, 2016

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Erin Stewart: Why I said no to leprechauns and mommy guilt

From mischievous leprechauns to that demanding Elf on the Shelf, moms don't need to jump on every Pinterest bandwagon to give their kids a happy childhood. Read more »

March 21, 2016

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Utah ranks last in school breakfast participation

Utah ranks last in student participation in school breakfast programs, as only about a third of eligible, low-income students take part. Efforts are under way to change the perception of such... Read more »

March 19, 2016

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5 ways to help teenagers focus on Jesus Christ at Easter

Easter was fun, cheap and easy when my children were toddlers. But life with teenagers isn't always easy or cheap. Here are five ways to help involve tweens and teenagers in celebrating the meaning... Read more »

March 18, 2016

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Research says adding this to family life can boost your child's well-being

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Experts say that adding this type of activity to family routine can have lasting positive impact on a child, from improving relationships to boosting relaxation, calming anxiety and helping school... Read more »

March 18, 2016

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Linda & Richard Eyre: A retrospective on our book 'Teaching Children Values'

Parents have a huge challenge in helping their children to adopt the values of their family culture rather than the values of their peer culture, or the internet culture, or the media and celebrity... Read more »

March 16, 2016

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A St. Patrick's Day dinner with a leprechaun garden, tiny vegetables and Irish Soda Bread

Treat your own leprechauns to a fun St. Patrick's Day dinner featuring a leprechaun garden, Irish Soda Bread and other tasty treats that will magically disappear. Read more »

March 16, 2016

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Motherhood Matters: 5 tips from 22 years in the motherhood trenches

It is the most challenging and yet rewarding job in the world: motherhood. I am a mom of six children, and someone recently asked me what advice I would give to other mothers. Read more »

March 15, 2016

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Motherhood Matters: Chore charts, reality and the heart of the home

If our resources and energy are limited and there’s a choice, it’s almost always better to follow our hearts rather than our own highfalutin plans. Read more »

March 14, 2016

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Erin Stewart: Do Utah moms compete for perfection?

I was terrified of the mommy competition among Utah women until I realized the rivalry was my issue, not theirs. Read more »

March 14, 2016

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Five for Families: Films to celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Leprechans, rainbows and mythical creatures abound in Irish tales. Put on your green, grab some corned beef and cabbage, and enjoy St. Patrick's Day with some fun Emerald Isle stories. Here are... Read more »

March 10, 2016

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Lawmakers pass bill requiring fetal anesthesia for abortions

The House voted Thursday in favor of a bill that would require women to receive anesthesia for any abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, ostensibly to prevent the fetus from feeling pain. Read more »

March 10, 2016

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Motherhood Matters: Growing pains

My sentimental heart is holding on so tight to what is left of my children's babyhood. Read more »

March 9, 2016

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Tiffany Gee Lewis: 4 ways to simplify our family's lives and push the pause button on chaos

Here are four ways to simplify our family's lives and push the pause button on chaos, as shared in Kim John Payne's “Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise... Read more »

March 9, 2016

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Luck of the Irish brings fun for the family

Family bonding is about creating memories, and nothing creates memories quite like holiday traditions. St. Patrick's Day is a festive holiday made for family merriment with playful leprechaun pranks. Read more »

March 8, 2016

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Brown rice salad is flavorful, hearty, easy side dish

This recipe is both a salad and a side dish. It is full of flavor and very simple to make. Read more »

March 8, 2016

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Arianne Brown: Running is not my religion

With seven young children, I often find my long runs on Saturdays much more peaceful and gratifying than the hours I spend juggling kids at church on Sunday. But running is not my religion, nor are... Read more »

March 8, 2016

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More than cookies: Mother, daughter share experiences of selling Girl Scout Cookies

The 2016 Girl Scout Cookie season has started, keeping up a nearly 100-year tradition. Mary Heslop and her daughter Gloria share their experiences selling cookies and participating in the... Read more »

March 8, 2016

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Senate passes bill allowing state to collect child support from gay parents

A controversial bill to allow the state to collect child support from divorced same-sex parents no longer removes the words mother and father from Utah's paternity law. Read more »

March 7, 2016

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Erin Stewart: Lessons from Disneyland help to 'bring magic' home

I'm having a little Disney withdrawal after a trip with my kids, but I'm hoping to bring some of the magic home. Read more »

March 7, 2016

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Utah Senate passes bill to require fetal anesthesia before elective abortions

The Utah Senate passed an amended bill Monday that would require Utah doctors to administer anesthesia to a fetus before an abortion based on the belief that the unborn child can feel pain. Read more »

March 7, 2016

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TED becoming rich source for families seeking new direction, increased skills and understanding

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Alison Gopnik says in a TED Talk she thinks when small children are "getting into everything," they're actually conducting experiments that teach them more about the world. The mini lectures do the... Read more »

March 5, 2016

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Motherhood Matters: What yoga taught me about motherhood

Lately I've been wondering if a particular yoga philosophy could be applied to everything, including my interactions with my children. Read more »

March 4, 2016

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The most popular baby name of every year since 1915

Each generation cycles through its own set of popular names, but some have stood the test of time for decades. If you want to give your child a name that will seemingly never go out of style, there... Read more »

March 4, 2016

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Amy Choate-Nielsen: From the terrible 2s to the traumatic 3s, generations of parents have something in common

Sometimes I think back to how my grandparents did things, and I'm pretty sure I don't quite measure up. Then I hear an honest story about how my Grandma Fleeta handled a challenging situation, and... Read more »

March 1, 2016

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Linda & Richard Eyre: A renewed respect for parents of preschoolers

Our son Eli and his wife, Julie, left their two little ones with us for a long week, which reminded us of both the joys and the fatigue of being the full-time caregivers of energetic preschoolers. Read more »

March 1, 2016

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Motherhood Matters: The safest place

I learned that focus is what cultivates safety and love, while distraction breeds the sting of rejection and insecurity. Read more »

March 1, 2016

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Utah Senate panel rejects bill banning discrimination against public breastfeeding

A fear of lactating women baring their breasts in a public protest helped doom a Tuesday bill that would have banned discrimination of breastfeeding in public. Read more »

March 1, 2016

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Erin Stewart: 5 ways to raise a child with grit

If grit is central to success in life, how do our kids get it? Read more »

March 1, 2016

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