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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


Parents capture unique view of their baby’s world using GoPro camera

COSTA MESA, Calif. - Watch out, Steven Spielberg. A California couple is giving their 10-month-old son a jumpstart on a filmmaking career in a very nonconventional way.

August 28, 2014 | Jessica Ivins Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Have You Seen This? Dog hates alarm as much as you do

We've all been there. The alarm goes off in the wee hours of the morning and you can't think of anything worse that could happen to you in that moment.

August 28, 2014 | Martha Ostergar Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Preparing kids to be kind, strong at school

Summer is drawing to an end and it's all school-supply lists and cleaning out closets at my house. Every year, we make sure the clothes all fit, the lunch boxes made it back into the cupboards and everything is as organized as we can possibly get it before school begins because once it starts, life is a constant hamster wheel until the final bell in June.

August 28, 2014 | Erin Stewart Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Parents guide to 'When the Game Stands Tall'

THE FOOTBALL FIELD - This week sees the release of the true story of the De La Salle High School football team in "When the Game Stands Tall."

August 28, 2014 | John Clyde Deseret News National | Hot Topics


'If I Stay': 3 points for parents

Information for parents about the film "If I Stay."

August 28, 2014 | Shawn O'Neill Deseret News National | Hot Topics


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Solar flares erupt from largest sunspot in decades

For more than a week, the largest sunspot in 24 years has been creating a dazzling show of solar flares.

October 30, 2014 | Natalie Crofts Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Stress, burnout, mistakes top list of workplace fears

What's the scariest thing you've ever faced at work?

October 30, 2014 | Greg Kratz Deseret News National | Hot Topics


3 keys to healing strained or broken relationships

The word "reconciliation" means to become friendly again after a disagreement or argument. We may have family members or even spouses with whom reconciliation seems next to impossible. How can we heal these strained and broken relationships?

October 30, 2014 | Susan Swann Deseret News National | Hot Topics


40% of millennial moms open social media accounts for babies before 1st birthday

A good portion of the more than 1 billion active Facebook accounts bear the name of a person who can't even walk yet.

October 30, 2014 | Jessica Ivins Deseret News National | Hot Topics


3 tips for making and sticking to your plans

Life is full of decision points. Some decisions are fun, such as where to spend a vacation. Others, however, change the trajectory of your entire life. Choices about education, career, where to live, who to marry and whether to welcome children into your family have lifelong consequences. Often, decisions come down to choosing between somethinggood and something better.

October 29, 2014 | Heather Hale Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Many Internet users experience or witness online harassment, study shows

WASHINGTON D.C. - Statistics show online harassment is a growing problem.

October 29, 2014 | Megan Marsden Christensen Deseret News National | Hot Topics


4 key reasons why it matters to put your spouse before your children

There is a natural order in marriage. It begins with two people falling in love, believing that they are the most important person in the world to each other. As children come along they need to be cherished and loved but never more than your spouse. Then when they're grown and gone, it's back to just two people again. When these two remain in love, it provides a stability and a legacy for the children, no matter their age.

October 29, 2014 | Gary and Joy Lundberg Deseret News National | Hot Topics


J.K. Rowling to publish short Harry Potter story online

HOGWARTS - J.K. Rowling is writing a new Harry Potter story that will be published to her website Pottermore on Halloween.

October 29, 2014 | Megan Marsden Christensen Deseret News National | Hot Topics


No impact from Ebola pledges yet, says Doctors Without Borders

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife stepped up with a $25 million donation to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Bill and Melinda Gates gave $50 million. The United States and U.K. have shelled out over $200 million each, and Germany, France and Australia have given millions as well.

October 28, 2014 | Lane Anderson Deseret News National | Hot Topics


10 most unbelievable excuses for calling in sick to work

If you've ever wanted to call in sick to work without a legitimate reason, you're not the only one.

October 28, 2014 | Natalie Crofts Deseret News National | Hot Topics


The personal and economic benefits of delaying retirement

Despite the media's grim projections about the dismal future of a graying America, MarketPlace's Chris Farrell remains optimistic about the economic benefits of an aging workforce.

October 28, 2014 | Deborah Sutton Deseret News National | Hot Topics


The Clean Cut: Georgia football star joins book club

It's not every day you run into a college football star in Barnes & Noble. It is even more rare that the college football player asks to join your book club. But CBS Sunday Morning reports that is precisely what happened to Kathy Rackley when she ran into University of Georgia receiver Malcolm Mitchell.

October 28, 2014 | Morgan Jones Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Egg freezing now a perk of the workplace; what are the ethical and religious dilemmas?

Egg freezing is a new health care benefit for female employees of Apple and Facebook who want children, but not right away.

October 27, 2014 | Deborah Sutton Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Marvel superheroes power up 'Disney Infinity 2.0'

Disney Infinity, a game franchise already massive in scale and bursting with purchasing options, just added a lot more muscle.

October 27, 2014 | Aaron Shill Deseret News National | Hot Topics


10 ways to help your kids avoid candy overload

'Tis the season for candy. Halloween fast approaches, followed by Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter and so on. Even if you don't participate in holidays celebrated in the US and other countries, children are often given candy at birthday parties and as rewards or prizes. It's no coincidence that candy is at children's eye level in most checkout aisles at grocery stores. I've been the frazzled mother who spends a dollar on a candy bar just to get out of the store without a tantrum. Enough is enough.

October 27, 2014 | Amy Peterson Deseret News National | Hot Topics


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