One-Minute Parent

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Three Keys to Happiness and Success

Three Keys to Happiness and Success

by Troy Christensen, vice president, Bridgerland Applied Technology College  An elementary school teacher asked her students to draw pictures. She noticed that one little girl, who normally didn’t pay much attention in class, was completely absorbed in her drawing....

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Air Travel Hacks for Kids

Air Travel Hacks for Kids

by Shaelynn Miller, contributing writer  Are you and your family traveling by air this summer? Make your trip easier with these five air travel hacks for kids. Mini felt play mat Small toys can be easily dropped or misplaced, especially during travel. You won’t have...

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Road Trip Hacks

Road Trip Hacks

by Schae Richards, community editor  Is your family getting ready to hit the road? Here are five ideas to help you have a successful road trip this summer. Travel bag: When packing, prepare a travel bag with your kids’ favorite snacks, activity packets and games, and...

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Mommy-and-Me Activities

Mommy-and-Me Activities

by Shaelynn Miller, editorial intern  In need of ideas for fun things to do with your kids? Here are some mommy-and-me activities you can do in Cache Valley or in your own home. Cook-off If you have several kids, here is a fun family activity. Assign a judge or...

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Build a Strong Foundation for Literacy

Build a Strong Foundation for Literacy

by Adam Winger, director, North Logan City Library  As parents, we know reading out loud to our kids has several benefits, yet we may choose to postpone that 15-minute reading time for another night. Here is my pitch: Just do it! Make reading with your children a...

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Simple Steps for Teaching Kids How to Save

Simple Steps for Teaching Kids How to Save

by Kinsey Love, marketing manager, Lewiston State Bank  Kids learn several important lessons at a young age: how to talk, how to eat, how to dress themselves. Many of these lessons are crucial to their well-being throughout life. But there’s one lesson that gets...

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Pre-Planning Funeral Arrangements

Pre-Planning Funeral Arrangements

by James Quigley, funeral apprentice, Cache Valley Mortuary  Thinking about our own deaths is not something most people are comfortable with, so preparing for your funeral might make you feel uneasy. Still, more and more adults are finding that pre-planning a funeral...

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Set the Table for Good Conversation

Set the 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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Five Tax Tips for Parents & Families

Five Tax Tips for Parents & Families

by Paul W. Saunders, CPA, Saunders, Wangsgard & Associates If you’re the type of person who wants total control of their personal finances and feels that you want to arrange your affairs so your tax will be as low as possible, I have some ideas for you: Cut the...

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Four 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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Make Food Preparation a Cinch this Holiday Season

Make Food Preparation a Cinch this Holiday Season

by Emily Buckley, editor-in-chief  Do you love the holidays? Yes, probably. But they can be stressful too. From gift preparation to decorating, you may feel overwhelmed before the big days even arrive. And, let’s face it, many of our celebrations are centered around...

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Creating Magical Indoor Photos

Creating Magical Indoor Photos

by Kylee Ann Maughan, owner and photographer, Kylee Ann Photography  Winter is here! We can kiss those long bright days, warm nights and that beautiful golden hour light goodbye. So many people wait until spring and summer to take those great outdoor photos of their...

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Seven Tips for Decorating Cookies with Kids

Seven Tips for Decorating Cookies with Kids

by 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...

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Be the Hostess with the Mostess

Be the Hostess with the Mostess

by Tara Bone, contributing writer It is time once again to cook the turkey, deck the halls and gather with loved ones: It’s holiday party time! But hosting a holiday shindig can be seriously scary, the hyperventilating, feeling-like-you-are-going-to-pass-out kind of...

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Six Christmas Gift Exchange Ideas

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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Tips and Tricks for Halloween Costumes

Tips and Tricks for Halloween Costumes

by Schae Richards, community editor  Trick or treat! Halloween is creeping its way into town. What better way to celebrate this ghoulish holiday than knocking on doors for a handful of candy? But sometimes there’s that dreaded task: finding or making a costume that...

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How to Make and Keep Friends

How to Make and Keep Friends

by Karen Alison, family educator, Family Place “A day spent with a friend, is a day well spent.” No matter the age, gender, race, religion or distance a good friend is something everyone needs. The best part of friendships is the memories you make with a special...

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