You've heard that marriage isn't easy, that there are going to be trials, surprises and changes of plans along the way. People also tell you it's a blast and the best decision they've ever made. But did anyone tell you being married is also awkward? And sweaty? Being married is a lot of things, some of which no one tells you about ahead of time. Here's a head's up of a few things you probably haven't heard before.
October 21, 2014 | Katie Nielsen Deseret News National | Hot Topics
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Liza Jeswald took awhile finding her stride in college.
October 19, 2014 | Nathan Wuorio Deseret News National | Hot Topics
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
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
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
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
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
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
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According to a recent analysis done by USA Today, the American Dream carries a price tag of $130,000 a year. The annual breakdown includes essentials like groceries at $12,659, a 4WD SUV and other associated vehicle costs at $11,039. Extras include things like vacations, entertainment, internet and cellphone for a combined total of $17,009. Based on the U.S. Census Bureau, as quoted in the USA Today article, only 16 million U.S. households - one in eight altogether - earned enough to qualify.
August 16, 2014 | Ben Luthi Deseret News National | Hot Topics
One blogger dad is calling for a boycott of playdates, at least for what the playdate has become among modern parents.
August 16, 2014 | Erin Stewart Deseret News National | Hot Topics
When you've been at this as long as I have - writing about movies, that is - you occasionally find yourself on a treadmill of repetition. This is one of those times.
August 16, 2014 | Chris Hicks Deseret News National | Hot Topics
Every couple fights. Most of the time these fights don't last too long, and you get back to a happy relationship soon enough. But sometimes these fights last longer. A lot longer. It can last for so long that it even seems like you fight more than you actually get along.
August 15, 2014 | Aaron Anderson Deseret News National | Hot Topics
Throughout my career, I've had a love/hate relationship with one unavoidable part of the average office worker's life: meetings.
August 15, 2014 | Greg Kratz Deseret News National | Hot Topics
A convicted felon who fired shots at two Effingham County deputies was indicted by a grand jury Thursday on attempted murder and other charges.
August 15, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Crime Reports
The nature of the relationship between my two oldest children might best be described by the words of Charles Dickens in "A Tale of Two Cities": "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."
August 15, 2014 | Amy Choate-Nielsen Deseret News National | Hot Topics
August 15, 2014 | David Rappleye Deseret News National | Hot Topics
The number of children being raised by their grandparents shot up, doubling from 2000's 2.4 million to 4.9 million in 2010, according to U.S. Census figures.
August 15, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News National | Hot Topics
Mary's Gourmet Diner is now famous for more than stone-ground grits and its Apple Butter Baby. The North Carolina restaurant made the national news over the weekend after a picture of a receipt showing the diner's prayer discount went viral.
August 15, 2014 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News National | Hot Topics
The recession isn't lingering everywhere. Some cities have shaken it off and are back or better than they ever were in the pre-recession salad days.
August 15, 2014 | Lane Anderson Deseret News National | Hot Topics
Don't worry when your kids play the newest video game. It can actually be good for them.
August 15, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News National | Hot Topics
A church. A gravesite. A funeral home. Those are the places you'd expect to find images or statues of Jesus.
August 14, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News National | Hot Topics
Jimmy Helmly and Brian Mundy have no shortage of stories of local drivers not following the rules for a stopped school bus.
August 14, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Education
Effingham County commissioners approved a slightly lower millage rate and also voted to keep fire and sanitation fees the same during a special called meeting Wednesday evening.
August 14, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local