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Get Your Kids Excited for Summer Reading

Get Your Kids Excited for Summer Reading

Melanie Christensen, contributing writer Around this time of year, articles and news stories start appearing about the “summer slide,” forebodingly proclaiming that children who don’t read during the three months that school is out of session face a serious loss in...

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Five Reasons Kids That Do Theatre Can Save the World

Five Reasons Kids That Do Theatre Can Save the World

Megan Clements, Palace Playhouse Imagine your child flying into the school, their muscles rippling from the recent toxic spill from which they have been exposed. Their laser vision blows apart lockers, scares away bullies and even melts away acne. OK— let’s get back...

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Planning Your Easter Celebration

Planning Your Easter Celebration

Emily Buckley, editor-in-chief  Easter can be a fun day to celebrate with your family, but it also takes a lot of work. Whether it’s planning your egg hunt, coloring eggs with your children, or preparing your family meal, it can be a huge undertaking for one person....

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Make Valentine’s Day a Family Day

Make Valentine’s Day a Family Day

Breanne Miller, contributing writer  Valentine’s Day is a holiday dedicated to showing our love to others by showering them with flowers, chocolates, stuffed animals and fancy date nights. While I’m not one to turn down chocolate, we could do better on showing our...

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The Power of Music

The Power of Music

Emily Buckley, editor-in-chief  The options of things you can enroll your child in are endless. Between dance or soccer and scouts or robotics club, your school-age child’s schedule is overflowing. If you are on the fence about wanting to add music lessons to the mix,...

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10 Things to Do Inside this Winter

10 Things to Do Inside this Winter

Melanie Christensen, contributing writer  Snowman building and sledding sound like ideal winter activities, except for one problem: It’s cold outside! When temperatures start dropping into single and negative digits, your kids may end up running back inside with...

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Decorating Your Home for the Holidays

Decorating Your Home for the Holidays

Lisa Chukwurah, Marketplace Home Furnishings Holiday decorating! While some may read these words and be filled with excitement and delight, others may be filled with uncertainty and hesitation. Whether you are a seasoned pro filled with confidence, or you are a novice...

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Seven Cookie Decorating Tips

Seven Cookie Decorating Tips

Sarah Romero, recipe contributor Decorating cookies with your kids is a fun activity to celebrate the holidays. It’s also the perfect recipe for sticky faces, frosting-stained clothes, a messy kitchen and complete chaos. Here’s a list of seven things to help minimize...

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Give the Gift of Reading this Christmas

Give the Gift of Reading this Christmas

Kim Bryant, children's library supervisor, Idaho Falls Public Library Many parents follow this adage when selecting Christmas gifts: something they want, something they need, something they wear, something they read. As a children’s librarian, it makes me happy to see...

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Neighbors and Teachers

Holiday Gift Ideas for Neighbors and Teachers

[two_third_last]Jordyn Haroldsen, contributing writer With Christmas just around the corner, you may start to realize how many people you would like to do something for. While it may seem daunting, it is possible to give gifts without overwhelming  yourself. Here are...

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Six Christmas Gift Exchange Ideas

Six Christmas Gift Exchange Ideas

Schae Richards, managing editor  When it comes to gift exchanges, do you ever fall short on ideas? Chances are, you start a tradition and stick with it. This Christmas, step out of that “safe” zone and consider these six activities to play when trading gifts with your...

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Four Tips for a Picture Perfect Christmas

Four Tips for a Picture Perfect Christmas

Rebekah Norton, contributing writer  Is there anything more magical than Christmas morning? As an adult, Christmas can lose some of it’s magic, but once you have kids the magic comes back in full force. I love seeing my son’s face light up as he opens his presents and...

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Realizing the Family Mission Statement

by Jenny Mathews, contributing writer  I’ve said it before: Families are a lot like businesses. Most families use a waterfall business model, where the instructions and objectives are dictated from the parents down to the children. Interestingly, today, many...

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Four Ways to Improve Family Relationships

by Trent White, independent certified coach, teacher and speaker, The John Maxwell Team  Our lives are a story. Each of us have something to write, but the most important subject we write is how we treat those around us — our relationships. Think of it: There isn’t a...

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20 Ways to Incorporate Music Into Your Home

Heather Overly, music therapist I have seen music transform lives! I believe music can help parents teach, and provide a fun and loving environment at home. 1. Music provides a fun way of bonding with your children of all ages. Infants love to be sung to. They also...

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Communication ‘Hacks’ for Millennial Families

by Jenny Mathews, contributing writer  I remember many of the basic lessons taught in my USU Interpersonal Communication class: make eye contact, use feeling statements, pay attention to body language or non-verbal communications and be “present.” Since I took that...

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Set the Dinner Table for Good Conversation

by Schae Richards, community editor  Can you recall the last pin-dropping moment at the dinner table? Either you don’t know what to say, or the conversation comes to a halt. You could ask those obvious questions like “How was your day?”— or you could just keep quiet....

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Six Christmas Gift Exchange Ideas

by Schae Richards, community editor When it comes to gift exchanges, do you ever fall short on ideas? Chances are, you start a tradition and stick with it. This Christmas, step out of that comfort zone and consider these six activities to play when trading gifts with...

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