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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

Parents: Stop pushing your children to be the best

I received a horrifying email from a test prep company today that basically told me that my children are destined to be unemployed slobs if I don't buy an academic enrichment program immediately.

September 01, 2014 | Erin Stewart 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Daniel getting into the action

Rincon residents have one female candidate running for city council as Ann Daniel has thrown in her hat for one of the three seats available.

October 27, 2007 | Ralna Pearson | Local

Bennett-Smith

Milton R. and Dyanne Bennett of Angleton, Texas, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Bonnie Janece Bennett, to Stephen Michael Smith, son of Rev. Ronald G. and Helen Smith.

October 27, 2007 | Staff Report | Engagements

Gateway to College could open new doors

Not every high school student wants to go to college. Not every student wants to finish high school.

October 27, 2007 | Patrick Donahue Editor | Opinion

GSU's Continuing Education Center offers learning without leaving home

Georgia Southern University has virtual-reality students.

October 27, 2007 | Staff Report | Education

Sand Hill Elementary partners with 165th's maintenance unit

Sand Hill Elementary has a special partnership with the Maintenance Squadron of the Georgia Air National Guard's 165th Airlift Wing.

October 27, 2007 | Staff Report | Education

Rincon resident among 13 STC scholarship winners

Thirteen Savannah Technical College students have been selected to receive the STC Faculty and Staff Scholarship for the 2007-08 academic year.

October 27, 2007 | Staff Report | Education

Dunking for cancer research

Students from Effingham County High School Youth Advisory Council members aided in running the dunking booth in order to raise money for Light the Night.

October 27, 2007 | Staff Report | Education

Ausbury UMC stages 'God on Broadway'

Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church is proud to announce "God on Broadway 2007," scheduled for Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28.

October 27, 2007 | Staff Report | Church

Down syndrome Buddy Walk set for Forsyth Park

The Low Country Down Syndrome Society is preparing to hold its second annual Buddy Walk on Oct. 6 at Forsyth Park in Savannah.

October 27, 2007 | Ralna Pearson | Lifestyle

Eagles Nest all-access show

See the Eagles Nest all-access show.

October 27, 2007 | Staff Report | College sports

A house that is truly a home

For years, Shirley Milton has opened her door to children who really didn't have anywhere else to go. Now, Milton, her children and the children she has taken in and cared for as her own have a new home of their own.

October 27, 2007 | Patrick Donahue Editor | Lifestyle

State's glass is half empty

Just a few years ago, I pointed to some friends of mine in county government back in Hinesville that one of my former stomping grounds in metro Atlanta passed a new SPLOST.

October 27, 2007 | Patrick Donahue Editor | Opinion

SCHIP funding a smokescreen

In Washington, one thing you can always count on is that all legislation is passed for "the children, the seniors, the poor, the family, the environment, mama, and puppies." Politicians are very altruistic with your money. That's why Nancy Pelosi, when lecturing Congress about SCHIP, used the word "children" 44 times.

October 27, 2007 | U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston Guest Columnist | Opinion

Where are the flags to honor 9/11 victims?

Dear Editor,

October 27, 2007 | Staff Report | Letters to the Editor

PAC to welcome Philadanco

A professional dance company that has been praised as "a miracle of skill and energy" is coming to the Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern University.

October 26, 2007 | Staff Report | Connect

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