Marriage & Parenting

5 things I'd go back and tell my 21-year-old self about what makes marriage hard

“Marriage is hard.” It takes a lot to meld two lives — not the least of which is overcoming expectations.

Smartphone apps that can help stressed teens

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New tech tools can help teens cope with stress, using what is often a teen’s favorite possession: a smartphone. Read more »

Jan. 21, 2015


Linda & Richard Eyre: New Year’s resolution No. 3: A yearlong focus on Jesus

A study of Christ can be approached as a resolution of the mind and as an attempt to model our thoughts more closely on the nature and personality of Jesus. This is often useful and appealing even... Read more »

Jan. 21, 2015

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Want your child to eat more fruits and veggies? Here's how

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New research finds that waiting until after recess to feed students can increases a their fruit and veggie intake by about 54 percent. Read more »

Jan. 20, 2015


Why it's important to be sensitive to your child's needs

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A new study explains why parents should make sensitivity a focus during a child's early developmental years. Read more »

Jan. 18, 2015

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Student testing: Deciding when enough is enough

Do students take too many tests? Read more »

Jan. 17, 2015


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


Erin Stewart: Is it possible to be a great mom and a great wife?

I began to doubt if I could be both a great mom and a great wife until I took a closer look at my marriage. Read more »

Jan. 16, 2015


1 trait that will destroy your marriage

There's a trait that research has shown destroys relationships. Avoid it, or your marriage will suffer. Read more »

Jan. 16, 2015


Don't want materialistic children? Avoid these parenting tactics

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A new study found that when parents include material goods as part of their parenting techniques it can potentially create problems for their children as they grow up and become adults. Read more »

Jan. 14, 2015


Amy Choate-Nielsen: Grandpa's gesture comes in handy after all of these years

My path along motherhood is full of mistakes — but I'd like for my kids not to remember any of them. Read more »

Jan. 13, 2015


Here's how to talk to unwed parents about the benefits of marriage

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Marriage rates are down and out-of-wedlock birth rates are up — way up — in the United States. What are the consequences for America's families, and what are creative solutions to the... Read more »

Jan. 13, 2015


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


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


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


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


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


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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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


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


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


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


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


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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