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Are teachers getting behind Common Core? Conflicting polls muddle the question

According to new poll data from Scholastic, teachers are overall positive about Common Core, are more positive than they were last year, and are much more positive the more thoroughly it has been implemented in their schools.

October 21, 2014 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Expensive wedding ring results in higher divorce rate, study says

ATLANTA - They say diamonds are a girl's best friend, but they may not be a marriage's friend. Spending a large amount of money on a wedding ring or ceremony is linked to a higher divorce rate, according to a new study.

October 20, 2014 | Faith Heaton Jolley Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Are you wasting your money?

Ever since I was a child, I have been tight with money. I learned from an early age to work hard for my living, and I became very cautious about what I spent my hard-earned money on. I would drive my parents crazy by walking through every store in the mall to ensure I was getting the best deal and to make sure there wasn't something better out there. I knew what I wanted, and I didn't want "buyer's remorse." This trait has served me well into adulthood. I am not an expert with money, but I ...

October 20, 2014 | Megan Shauri Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Mom’s guide to apps your teens are using

t's hard enough to keep up with the social lives of teenagers, but now parents need to keep track of their teens' digital lives too. New apps and social media platforms arise as quickly as fashion trends. It's hard to know which ones are appropriate for kids and teens and which ones pose risks. Here's a quick guide to 7 apps your kids might be using.

October 20, 2014 | Amy Peterson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Robust remodeling: Bigger isn’t always better

When it comes to home remodeling, we stand by the saying: "Bigger isn't always better."

October 20, 2014 | Annie Schwemmer and Ann Robinson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Pizza Hut brings back Book It program, enticing more adults to read

For children growing up in the late '80s and '90s, Pizza Hut's Book It program was a win-win: Read books, collect stickers, earn a free pizza.

October 19, 2014 | Chandra Johnson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

How to get ready for flu season

Grab the tissues and cough drops-flu season is almost here! Influenza is a contagious respiratory disease caused by viruses. If your family has ever been hit with the flu bug, you know how awful it can be. I don't know whether it's due to good luck or preparation, but it's been several years since my family has been stricken. Get your family in fighting mode against the flu and other germs by doing these 6 things.

October 19, 2014 | Amy Peterson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Trimming the bite off of college costs

Liza Jeswald took awhile finding her stride in college.

October 19, 2014 | Nathan Wuorio Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Why America is waiting to get married (Hint: It's not because we don't value relationships.)

American families aren't as prominent as they used to be, according to Michael Wear of The Atlantic, who says the amount of families, as well as the importance of them in the American mindset, has dropped significantly in recent years.

October 19, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Get your kids to say sorry—and really mean it!

How many times have you uttered the words, "Say you're sorry!" only to get a lame "Yeah... sorry... whatever" in response? Telling our kids to apologize to their siblings, friends and to us often feels like an exercise in futility. We know they don't really mean it. They know they don't really mean it. The person who's been wronged knows they don't really mean it. There has to be a better way.

October 18, 2014 | Heather Hale Deseret News National | Hot Topics

3 reasons college-educated women are embracing marriage and family

Highly educated, more economically successful families are prioritizing and committing themselves to marriage and parenting more than ever before, even as society as a whole seems to be turning away from family commitments.

October 18, 2014 | Linda and Richard Eyre Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Social media sites offer safety tips for parents

Before social media hit the scene, most teens used to spend time every day talking to their friends on the phone. With the rise of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, kids and teens now have a host of mediums through which they can communicate with their social groups.

October 18, 2014 | Robynn Garfield Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Why you should be skeptical about the government's national unemployment rate

As of Sept. 30, the unemployment rate in the United States was 5.9 percent - the lowest since 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

October 18, 2014 | Deborah Sutton Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Early voting under way for general election

In-person early voting for the Nov. 4 general election is under way in the state and will run through Oct. 31. Mandatory Saturday voting will be made available across Georgia on Oct. 25.

October 17, 2014 | Staff report | Local

Every Jesus has a Shamgar: 5 biblical figures who deserve more credit

According to Religion News Service, about one in five people read the Bible on a regular basis, and 77 percent of Americans see the work, and the lives of popular biblical figures, such as Jesus, Peter and David, as important for daily life.

October 17, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News National | Hot Topics

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How books can help good kids turn into great adults

Matthew de la Peña knows what a profound impact literature can have on kids. As an author of young-adult fiction, he can talk all about how books like "The House on Mango Street" made him a reader by showing him diverse, non-white characters he identified with.

August 24, 2014 | Chandra Johnson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Infographic: Google building a modular cellphone for those who can’t afford one

Project Ara is Google's idea to bring smartphones to billions of people around the world who cannot currently afford them. The accompanying infographic shows how its modular construction allows for individual components such as a camera or battery that can be swapped out when broken or out of date rather than the current predicament of having to purchase a whole new phone.

August 24, 2014 | Ben Luthi Deseret News National | Hot Topics

5 tips on teaching loyalty among siblings

For the most part, siblings fight over every little thing. Perhaps a little boy wants to play basketball with his older brother but is ignored or pushed away. Siblings want to join the same club at school, but only one is chosen. One sibling spends more time in the shower holding up the others. Even though arguments among siblings are common and inevitable, it is important for kids to understand how imperative loyalty is within their relationship.

August 24, 2014 | Mayra Bitsko Deseret News National | Hot Topics

The Empty Candy Dish

My grandmother lived in an upstairs attic apartment, right across from an old flour mill that clanked continuously day and night. That made conversation hard, because she was old and growing deaf and I was young and too impatient to ever say anything twice. And she never put any candy in her candy dish.

August 24, 2014 | Tim Torkildson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

A Look at Updated Test Questions for Your Driver's Exam, or All of the Above

During school hours, when children are in class, how loud are you allowed to honk your horn? A. Not above the drone of the teachers. B. Not at all. C. It doesn't matter; the kids are all playing on their iPads and won't notice a thing around them.

August 24, 2014 | Tim Torkildson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Infographic: Death toll, tensions soar in eastern Ukraine

In the last two weeks, the civilian death toll in the Crimea conflict has almost doubled from the previous four months. The accompanying infographic shows the most recent state of the rift.

August 24, 2014 | Ben Luthi Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Movies to get you excited for football season

THE GRIDIRON - Football season is right around the corner. NFL preseason is already underway, college football is just over a week and a half away and some high schools have already kicked off.

August 23, 2014 | John Clyde Deseret News National | Hot Topics

12 women to put on dollar bills

Maryam Mirzakhani made history this week. She became the first woman to win the Fields Medal, which has been called the "Nobel Prize of math."

August 23, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Learning from past parenting mistakes

Parenting is a learning process and unfortunately, even the best minds in the world have not produced a manual that encompasses everything a person needs to know. Only through the harsh mentoring of experience can a person learn what it takes to be a good parent and by then, the kids have already moved out. To help you, I've listed a few learning experiences of my own that have helped me be a better parent.

August 23, 2014 | Sean Fletcher Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Best exercise for older adults

Maintaining a healthy exercise routine is a fundamental part of life for all ages. Each age group stands to benefit from the advantages regular exercise can bring to one's overall health. This is especially true for older adults who are 50 years and older.

August 23, 2014 | Amy Cook Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Infographic: Islamic State extremists group continues to expand its territory

Reports about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have been quieter lately, but the extremist group is continuing to expand its territory in both Iraq and Syria. The accompanying infographic shows how the militants have gradually expanded their presence.

August 23, 2014 | Ben Luthi Deseret News National | Hot Topics

7 reasons why prayer is good for you

If you pray, you may be opening yourself up to some unknown benefits.

August 23, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Getting last-minute financial aid.

Fall semester for college students starts up in just a couple weeks, but if you haven't figured out exactly how to pay for tuition, don't worry. Here are three last-minute financial aid options.

August 22, 2014 | Nicole Shepard Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Have You Seen This? 'World record' soccer punch

ALAND ISLANDS - Soccer - or futbol - fans understand the difficulty of goalkeeping.

August 22, 2014 | Rachel Konishi Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Preparing for your second marriage? Here are some tips

Your first marriage was great - for a while. But then things turned south and you divorced. Maybe there were things that you wished you had seen from the beginning or maybe you just didn't know quite what to expect. Either way, you're all the wiser now and you feel like you're ready to get married again. Good for you! There's nothing that takes more courage than remarrying after you've seen some of the bad things that can happen in a marriage.

August 22, 2014 | Aaron Anderson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

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