I Use the TV as a Babysitter

By Amy and Adena There. I said it. I said the thing that most mothers do every single day but that we're too afraid to admit. You can thank me later for taking one for the team, ladies. I stand before the jury and plead guilty on all counts of recklessly jeopardizing the lives of my children by exposing them to harmful radioactive rays. Not only that, but my crime goes beyond the lesser misdemeanor of doing so in the name of  housework or necessary tasks. No, I confess to the full felo...
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Five Phases of Infertility

by Adena and Amy When I was young, oh, I had plans. I was going to have six kids: three boys, three girls, each two years apart. I even had names picked out. I was going to be a stay-at-home mom and love every second of it, have the most organized house, cook the best meals and I even had a long list of things I would never do as a parent. Well, life doesn’t always go quite according to plan, does it? Let’s take a look at my list and count how many of those things actually happened. Le...
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Successful Single Parenting

Divorced and widowed parents with small children have an overflowing plate - often feeling their daily life is overwhelming.  This program from BYUtv shows the lives of several single parents, and gives sound insight into how to cope with such huge challenges by demonstrating how these people did it: Successful Single Parenting    
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The Common Journey

I usually try to avoid the heavy subjects, but they are always confronting us, and can’t be avoided, really. When you’re young you think you’ll live forever. Occasionally something will happen to jolt that unwarranted perspective, but for the most part, the thought of death is fleeting. It happens to other people, not to you. As your life marches on, however, that drumbeat gets louder and louder. I dated a girl in high school (just a couple times actually) who recently passed away, and...
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Capturing Opportunities

Anonymous I have found there are always opportunities in life, there for the taking.  The only difference is that in some time periods there are more opportunities than in others.  The question is, when opportunities come along, will I be able to recognize them, and take advantage of them?  Usually not, but I can change that. This is my fish story about the one that got away.  One fine afternoon I went to a rock show, looking for geodes my girls could crack open- black volcanic hollow ...
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Family Strengths – Spirituality

Among the keys to a successful family life mentioned in The Family: A Proclamation to the World are the spiritual values of faith, repentance, forgiveness and prayer. Strong families share a belief in something greater than themselves. They agree about what is right and wrong and what is really important to them. These shared values give families purpose and help them unite on goals. Spirituality is thus a powerful source of strength for these families. Different families define spiritual...
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