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Why being desperately poor was the best thing for my childhood

I don't need to look at a socio-economic graph or statistics about the 1970's poverty rate to know that my family was poor. There were a lot of us: 5 kids and 2 parents living in tight quarters. In fact, quarters that used to house horses. (Our home was a converted horse stable.) My Dad was the primary wage earner, and he worked long, hard hours at a dangerous job that was prone to lay-offs when business got slow. As kids, we were no strangers to free lunch tickets, "Government Cheese" and the occasional food stamps when times ...

September 01, 2014 | Shannon Kelly Badger Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Cook’n Recipe Organizer, Cook’n Recipe App a treat for planning family dinners

Is that recipe for dinner in a cookbook, pinned to a Pinterest board, printed out from a website or tucked away somewhere else?

September 01, 2014 | Alexis Jones Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Screen time tampers with preteens' ability to read the emotions of others

Sixth-graders who turned off the TV and stepped away from other screens for a few days were much better at reading other people's emotions than those engaged with media during that same time, according to a new study published in Computers in Human Behavior.

September 01, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Family Reunion - What's That?

At a recent family reunion held on a small academic campus, we shared a breakfast table with three teenage students. During our conversation, one of them asked hesitantly, "So, why are you here?"

August 31, 2014 | Laura Bunker Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Here are 10 common disabilities that American kids are diagnosed with

A 10-year analysis found that disabilities among American kids are on the rise, especially mental and developmental issues, according to The Associated Press. In 2012, 8 percent of American children were reported to have disabilities, compared to 7 percent in 2000.

August 31, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News National | Hot Topics

How to Learn Online for Free

Henry Ford said that "anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty." Technology today provides many opportunities for learning at any age, whether apps for preschoolers, podcasts for parents on the run, or certificate courses for the busy professional. Here are four ways to learn online for free.

August 31, 2014 | Emily Christensen Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Why 'Harry Potter' may really be about mental health

Harry Potter's spell on the American public may never find its end.

August 31, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News National | Hot Topics

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One girl's conversation with foster parents will leave you speechless

Being a member of a family is a tremendous blessing that, unfortunately, many of us take for granted. We all have bad days with our family. We have children who we may want to run and hide from, a spouse that makes us angry and even extended family that may just drive us nuts.

August 30, 2014 | Courtnie Erickson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

What you do before marriage has everything to do with having a happy marriage

It starts early. There are things we need to teach our children, especially our teenage and young adult children, about marriage that sometimes gets lost in what seems to be acceptable behavior in today's world. More specifically, sexual involvement before marriage. Our teens and young adults seem to be clueless about the seriousness of their sexual behavior and how it will affect their future marriage.

August 30, 2014 | Gary and Joy Lundberg Deseret News National | Hot Topics

ValueSpeak: To mow, or not to mow?

It wasn't that I didn't want to mow the lawn that late summer afternoon when I was 13.

August 30, 2014 | Joe Walker Deseret News National | Hot Topics

14 best-ever ideas for busy parents

When the new school year kicks life into high gear, it's important to remember this: Do not bang your head against the wall or yearn to burrow yourself into a deep hole. Balancing work, school and activities with an organized, well-oiled household is feasible.

August 30, 2014 | Megan Gladwell Deseret News National | Hot Topics

TV series galore on Blu-ray, DVD this week

"Newhart," "The Good Wife" and both "NCIS" shows lead TV series season sets on Blu-ray and DVD this week.

August 30, 2014 | Chris Hicks Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Cyberspace battle ensues in Dashner's 'The Rule of Thoughts'

"THE RULE OF THOUGHTS: Mortality Doctrine, Book 2," by James Dashner, Delacorte Press, $18.99, 325 pages (f) (ages 12 and up)

August 30, 2014 | Mike Whitmer Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Book shares story of woman in the Mona Lisa painting

"MONA LISA: A Life Discovered," by Dianne Hales, Simon and Schuster, $28, 257 pages (nf)

August 29, 2014 | Michelle Garrett Deseret News National | Hot Topics

What the city you live in says about your relationship status

Your relationship status may depend a lot upon where you're living.

August 29, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News National | Hot Topics

All aboard: Winning the budget battle with a reluctant spouse

A good marriage doesn't mean the spouses agree on everything, but different views on budgeting can lead to problems that a husband and wife might not expect.

August 29, 2014 | Michael De Groote Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Mom designs app to force kids to call their parents back

HOUSTON - A Texas mom frustrated that her son never returns her texts has designed an app that takes control of a child's phone until they text or call their parent back.

August 29, 2014 | Tracie Knabe Snowder Deseret News National | Hot Topics

City honors World War II vets

The city of Rincon honored another group of World War II veterans Monday, recognizing Wilfred Davis Sr., Edwin Exley, Eustace Ford, M.C. "Monk" Jaudon, Hubert Outler Sr., Thomas Owens and Louis Scott.

August 28, 2014 | Staff report | Around Town

Fanning pleads guilty, awaits completion of sentencing

An Effingham County man who was charged with sexually abusing a minor and videotaping the incident has pled guilty to one count of sexual exploitation.

August 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Crime Reports

Hospital, county to attempt to resolve pay disagreement

With the Department of Housing and Urban Development scheduled to visit in a few weeks, Effingham Health System leaders want to resolve an issue on how much money the hospital is owed from the county.

August 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Rincon approves service rate hikes

Rincon residents can expect to pay more for water, sewer, sanitation and fire fees.

August 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Viewing ‘The Notebook’ leads to brother, sister sex act

An Effingham County woman and her half-brother were arrested Tuesday on charges related to them having sex in a church parking lot in the man's truck.

August 28, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Crime Reports

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