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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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Obama launches 'take your child to the lab' week

President Barack Obama is launching a version of "take your child to work day" that's focused on America's science laboratories instead of its corporate workspaces. Read more »

Feb. 28, 2016

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Carmen Rasmusen Herbert: Remembering to reach out to other moms

Can I issue a challenge to women everywhere? The next time you see another mom at the park, in the library or at an open gym who maybe looks like she came there alone, will you reach out? Just say hi. Read more »

Feb. 28, 2016

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Motherhood Matters: To moms with brave faces

More often than not, the people around us, those we love and those we don’t love yet, are wearing brave faces. It’s likely that you’re doing the same in at least one aspect of... Read more »

Feb. 26, 2016

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Bill proposes to remove mother, father from Utah paternity law

The Utah Office of Recovery Services has no legal standing to collect child support from a lesbian parent who is no longer with the child under the state's current paternity law, the agency's... Read more »

Feb. 25, 2016

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Sherry Young: It's not simply things but caring and thoughtfulness that count in life

The experience reminded me of how little we really need in life to make us happy, especially as we age. We collect fame, fortune and possessions, but it’s caring and thoughtfulness that... Read more »

Feb. 24, 2016

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Motherhood Matters: Life doesn’t get easier; it just gets different

I used to have more mom-related demands in some areas and a lot less in others. As my mom always says, life doesn’t get easier; it just gets different. Read more »

Feb. 24, 2016

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Utah House panel rejects gay couples adoption, foster care bill

A bill intended to ensure all married couples are treated equally in adoption and foster placements of children in the state's care failed in a House committee Wednesday. Read more »

Feb. 24, 2016

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Linda & Richard Eyre: Questions to consider about oneness in a relationship

Here are some relationship questions to think about. How you answer them — and how you want to answer them someday — may determine how romantic your relationship is and how romantic it... Read more »

Feb. 24, 2016

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Arianne Brown: Structured sports are not for everyone

My 6-year-old daughter, just like her older siblings and parents, thrives in being physically active. But, unlike the rest of us, structured sports is where her flame begins to die, making me... Read more »

Feb. 24, 2016

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Pete Thunell: What if my wife lost her memory, like the woman in 'The Vow'?

What would happen if my wife lost her memory like the woman did in "The Vow"? Read more »

Feb. 23, 2016

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'Keep pushing forward': Utah family battles medical challenges with optimism

The Hernandez family of Clearfield faces an inexplicable load of medical challenges with hope. Read more »

Feb. 23, 2016

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Erin Stewart: Is kindness making your child a victim?

I realized recently that my daughter equates kindness with being a pushover. We wanted to teach her to be a kind person who could help others, not a victim who can't even help herself. Read more »

Feb. 23, 2016

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Italian PM Renzi won't fight for limited gay adoptions

Bowing to fierce opposition, Italy's Premier Matteo Renzi will drop a proposed measure that would have let gays adopt the biological children of their partners. Read more »

Feb. 23, 2016

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What's the marriage capital of Utah — and every other state?

Where do married couples thrive once happily ever after begins? See which U.S. city in each state has the highest percentage of married adults. Read more »

Feb. 22, 2016

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How exercising together makes your family stronger

Families that exercise together get stronger in more ways than one. Here's why parents should get off the treadmill and exercise with their kids — and some expert advice on the best way to... Read more »

Feb. 21, 2016

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Poll: Nearly two-thirds of Utahns want comprehensive sex ed

The House Education Committee will soon debate a bill that would allow parents to sign up for comprehensive sex education for their children. Read more »

Feb. 20, 2016

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Polygamists speak against bill reviving Utah plural marriage ban

Several polygamists spoke against a House bill Friday that would revive Utah's ban on plural marriage in a way that a state lawmaker says would end a lawsuit filed by the family from the reality... Read more »

Feb. 19, 2016

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Tech toys abound at New York Toy Fair

From a preschool toy designed to teach pre-coding skills to a hands-on molecule-building set for older kids that works with an app, technology abounded at this year's Toy Fair. Read more »

Feb. 19, 2016

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Linda & Richard Eyre: The 5 C’s of a strong marriage

In our four decades of working with families and observing all kinds of marriage situations, we have become convinced that there are five elements that maximize the chances for a marriage to be... Read more »

Feb. 18, 2016

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Bill to require anesthesia for a fetus before some abortions

A Utah senator is working on legislation that would require doctors to administer anesthesia to a fetus before an abortion based on the premise that the fetus can feel pain. Read more »

Feb. 17, 2016

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Motherhood Matters: Teaching children to honor their (grand)parents

It’s never too early to start teaching my kids that the generations in our family are linked, even if it’s mostly through choppy video calls. Read more »

Feb. 17, 2016

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Student immunizations bill held in committee

A bill that would require parents to renew their children's immunization exemptions every year was held in committee. Read more »

Feb. 16, 2016

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Brooke Romney: How to show gratitude for a working spouse

After my perspective shift, both my life and marriage became much sweeter. My husband and I found joy in both our individual and shared roles, and we now do our best to support each other. Read more »

Feb. 16, 2016

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Erin Stewart: Why the size of my family is no one's business but mine

A new study saying smaller families are better for children is just one more excuse for people to judge each other's reproductive lives. Read more »

Feb. 15, 2016

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Motherhood Matters: Why I write love letters to my children

I decided to start my own Valentine's Day tradition, writing love letters to my children. Read more »

Feb. 14, 2016

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Lawmakers postpone vote over gay couples adoption bill

The House Judiciary Committee adjourned Friday without taking a vote on a bill the sponsor says is intended to ensure all married couples are treated equally in adoptions and placements of children... Read more »

Feb. 12, 2016

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Carmen Rasmusen Herbert: Happy Valentine's Day, indeed: My 7-year-old son's crush on an 'older girl'

All day long I was dying to know the name of this mystery girl who had my son spending his Tooth Fairy money. I had never seen him act so sneaky before, and I couldn’t wait to hear who the... Read more »

Feb. 12, 2016

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Foster Care Foundation 'to remain open' thanks to legislative help, CEO says

Utah Foster Care Foundation will "remain open," thanks to a $400,000 recommendation by budget subcommittee of the Utah Legislature, its CEO says. The funds still require the OK of the Executive... Read more »

Feb. 12, 2016

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Bill to alter state's guardianship laws moves to House on 6-5 vote

A bill that backers say relieves loving families of unnecessary expenses of hiring attorneys for their disabled children in guardianship proceedings is before the Utah House of Representatives.... Read more »

Feb. 11, 2016

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Foundation's failure would set back foster care two decades, Leavitt cautions lawmakers

Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt cautioned this week that failure of the Utah Foster Care Foundation would set back foster care two decades. The foundation could shutter on June 30 unless it receives... Read more »

Feb. 10, 2016

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Arianne Brown: Spring will come

The joy of outdoor winter play has officially worn off, and kids and adults alike are ready for the next season to emerge, and it can't seem to come soon enough — but it will come. Read more »

Feb. 9, 2016

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3 Utah mothers to compete in U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials

On Feb. 13, three Utah women — Merrilee Blackham, Amber Green and Cynthia Folwer — will be competing in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles. All three cite motherhood and... Read more »

Feb. 9, 2016

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Walking kids through a winter wonderland

With the right preparation and some creativity, playing outside and participating in snow sports can be an enjoyable time for the family. Read more »

Feb. 9, 2016

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Motherhood Matters: How to manage mealtime madness

If you’re one of those discouraged parents who has all but given up on family dinner, I’d like to encourage you to try again. Read more »

Feb. 8, 2016

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Carmen Rasmusen Herbert: Parenting around the globe — are other countries doing it better?

I know there are as many theories to raising children as there are people in this world, and I guess what it comes down to is we are our own children’s experts. Read more »

Feb. 4, 2016

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What it's like for a dad to raise a fencing prodigy

One dad's struggle to find a niche for his son leads him to fencing classes. Read more »

Feb. 3, 2016

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Linda & Richard Eyre: Losing weight with the 'Cruise Ship Diet'

A cruise is the perfect environment for weight gain: food everywhere, huge dining rooms and buffet lines, long hours at sea with nothing to do but eat, and limited time and opportunity for... Read more »

Feb. 2, 2016

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Erin Stewart: On loan from heaven — saying goodbye to a child

I tied pink ribbons around trees with my two little girls to honor another little girl who returned to heaven this week. Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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Motherhood Matters: You don't need to plan magical, outrageously fun activities every day

As mothers, we do not need to burn ourselves out with expectations that we will plan outrageously fun and magical activities for our children every single day of their lives (or even every single... Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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Carmen Rasmusen Herbert: Discovering a way to raise my kids without raising my voice

"Picture how lovely it will be in your home when you don’t yell. Imagine yourself responding calmly, maybe even empathetically ... to the things you yell about today. Keep revisiting that... Read more »

Jan. 29, 2016

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How many children should you have? Experts offer tips when deciding

Family size research can yield interesting and sometimes contradictory findings. Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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