Parenting

May 12, 2021 12:00 PM MDT
With a million things to pack before your missionary leaves, don't forget these 15 essentials they should have before hitting the mission field—and even once they are there!
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March 25, 2021 05:28 PM MDT
The birth of Cameron and Rebecca King’s second daughter isn’t the birth story that most young parents imagine, but it is a story of how the hand of the Lord is always visible, even during hard times.
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February 10, 2021 02:47 PM MST
This article was originally published by LDS Living in May 2019. Find more from Elder Craig A. Cardon in his new book Growing Up Unto the Lord: Recognizing and Responding to the Voice of the Spirit, Living in Peace, and Blessing Generations.
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A new feature on ChurchofJesusChrist.org makes it easier for Latter-day Saint parents to create and manage their children’s Church online accounts.
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By  Amy Adams
October 29, 2020 01:39 PM MDT
When my pre-teen son asked for a phone, I wondered if President David O. McKay had imagined the small devices we all carry around each day when he prophesied of scientific “discoveries latent with such potent power, either for the blessing or the destruction of human beings, as to make man’s responsibility in controlling them the most gigantic ever placed in human hands” (in Conference Report, Oct., 1966, 4). Could I hand my innocent son a little phone with more power than the first supercomputer, with all the knowledge of millions of books and world-class entertainment to put in his pocket? Would this bless him? It could. But it could also destroy him.
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August 11, 2020 03:58 PM MDT
Editor's note: “Resources to follow Him” curates study resources, teachings, and thoughts to deepen your study of this week's Come, Follow Me.
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August 05, 2020 10:49 PM MDT
If you have read or had a lesson on the New Testament, chances are you encountered something related to the Pharisees and their rigid adherence to 600+ rules based on the Law of Moses. We often talk about the religious leaders’ unwillingness to accept a higher law and how their litany of laws interfered with their ability to truly live the gospel. But as emeritus General Authority and former Sunday School General President Tad R. Callister points out in a recent article for Church News, Pharisees didn’t just exist in the time of the Savior. Even today, we are at risk of becoming Pharisee-like in our lives and especially in our parenting, when we become too focused on rules instead of principles and don’t give others an opportunity to exercise agency first.
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June 03, 2020 08:55 PM MDT
When children find shiny pennies on the street, they likely aren’t thinking of applying it to their mortgage payment or rent for next month. So how do children learn about financial principles needed as adults?
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March 20, 2020 09:00 PM MDT
This story was originally published on LDS Living in October 2018.
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February 12, 2020 07:00 PM MST
Editor's note: This week's Come, Follow Me study includes 2 Nephi 9 which teaches about the Atonement. We wanted to reshare this article from our 2015 archives that gives more insights on this important topic.
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January 07, 2020 06:00 PM MST
As someone who has been observing the development of the curriculum for the Children and Youth program, I have been impressed with its focus on transitioning children into responsible adults. I believe all parents want to see their children evolve into responsible adults, though there are as many varied opinions as there are parents on how best to accomplish that goal. Achieving the goal of transitioning youth into adults appears further complicated by the fact that children with different personalities may actually require a parenting approach tailored to their unique strengths and weaknesses. Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary general president shares, “Leaders and parents, keep in mind that you help children and youth best when you support their efforts instead of tracking them.” It’s my hope that all parents will be able to see how the new program encourages children to take personal responsibility for their development and can be easily adapted to the specific needs of each individual child.
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October 03, 2019 03:20 PM MDT
Indeed, as the popular catchphrase says, “porn kills love,” but let’s also remember that love kills porn. That doesn’t mean that our love for someone else can change their addiction or even their behavior. But love can motivate us—how we prepare, how we respond, how we listen—particularly with our children. If we are going to have any hope of eradicating this plague from the world, love must be both at the forefront and the foundation of all our efforts.
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September 26, 2019 10:55 PM MDT
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September 07, 2019 12:16 AM MDT
“No matter how much I do for my children, no matter how much I give, they always want more. They’re demanding and rude if they don’t get their way. There’s no gratitude.”
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September 02, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
The following story originally ran on LDS Living in September 2012.
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August 14, 2019 09:07 AM MDT
I have a sweet 20-year-old son who has low-functioning autism. Two years ago, when many of the boys from our ward near his age were opening their mission calls, I remember attending one "letter opening" with mixed emotions.
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August 13, 2019 09:25 AM MDT
For more resources to help individuals and loved ones impacted by pornography use, visit ChurchofJesusChrist.org/addressing-pornography.
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For more resources, videos, and tools to help you speak to your children about pornography, visit the Church's website ChurchofJesusChrist.org/addressing-pornography.
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While the following excerpt addresses understanding children and their motivations for pornography use, many of these principles apply to other loved ones. For more resources, videos, and tools for individuals, spouses, and families, visit the Church's website ChurchofJesusChrist.org/addressing-pornography.
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July 19, 2019 03:08 PM MDT
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By  LDS Living
July 04, 2019 11:55 AM MDT
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a series of powerful videos about overcoming pornography, supporting loved ones with a pornography problem, and finding healing from pornography or betrayal trauma. We will be highlighting these valuable resources over the ensuing weeks.
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July 02, 2019 10:12 PM MDT
The following article originally ran on LDS Living in September 2014.
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By  LDS Living
June 29, 2019 12:18 PM MDT
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a series of powerful videos about overcoming pornography, supporting loved ones with a pornography problem, and finding healing from pornography or betrayal trauma. We will be highlighting these valuable resources over the ensuing weeks.
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By  LDS Living
June 26, 2019 03:08 PM MDT
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a series of powerful videos about overcoming pornography, supporting loved ones with a pornography problem, and finding healing from pornography or betrayal trauma. We will be highlighting these valuable resources over the ensuing weeks.
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June 14, 2019 01:28 PM MDT
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June 11, 2019 12:59 PM MDT
The following was written by Robison Wells for the June 2019 Ensign.
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June 01, 2019 08:59 AM MDT
The following article originally ran on LDS Living in 2015.
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May 11, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
Most of the stepmothers I know didn't grow up thinking, "Hey, someday I'm going to be a stepmom. I can't wait." Nevertheless, I grew up to be the stepmother to three and my sister—brave sister that she is—grew up to marry a man who is the widowered father of six. And the reality is, my sister and I both have friends who grew up to be stepmothers as well. If you are a stepmother or know someone who is, here are a few suggestions for making the most of blended family life.
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April 30, 2019 09:15 AM MDT
For Tarrin Philpott, years of diagnosed “unexplained infertility” led her and her husband, Tyrell, to adoption. And it was a shift in strategy and heart.
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April 13, 2019 09:29 AM MDT
My husband and I are infertility survivors. After learning that our mortal bodies were not able to create children, our hearts began to turn toward adoption. This decision came with serious prayer, contemplation, and faith. For me, there was even some healthy mourning for the dream of being able to physically carry and deliver a child.
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April 02, 2019 02:12 PM MDT
Disclaimer: The following story provides details about the sextortion of children and minors.
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March 30, 2019 12:00 PM MDT
The great misconception of "free" agency is that one can have the privilege of choice and somehow avoid the responsibility of consequences. Someone has said that a Statue of Responsibility should be erected on the west coast to balance the Statue of Liberty that stands on the east coast. Young people, especially, have an asymmetric view of agency; they tend to focus on the positive outcomes they associate with making their own choices and ignore the potential negative outcomes.
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March 29, 2019 01:52 PM MDT
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March 23, 2019 02:00 PM MDT
The other day I was in a grocery store when I noticed a small child giving his mother a run for her money. As I watched the two of them, I could tell the mother was getting very tired; and in a moment of desperation, she directed a few unkind remarks toward her small son. As she did so, I wanted to say, “Please don’t. You may not mean what you just said, but your little boy will believe you! If he believes you, and such exchanges between you and him continue, I may find him in my office years later as a teenager or a grown man, wondering why he is such a failure and why he is never good enough.” I think sometimes we forget how very powerful words are. For example:
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March 06, 2019 10:00 PM MST
Mindy McKnight didn’t plan to have millions of followers on YouTube—she just wanted to give her daughters cute hairstyles. She began snapping photos of the creative hairdos and putting them in a book so her daughters could choose their look every morning. When ward members and friends asked Mindy to give them tutorials, she decided to start a blog with picture tutorials.
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February 05, 2019 02:09 PM MST
Here’s what Latter-day Saint youth wish their parents knew about what it’s like being a teenager today.
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February 02, 2019 11:00 AM MST
It’s a phrase I’ve said to myself many times before: “With God, you are enough.”
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January 31, 2019 08:56 AM MST
One of the greatest principles the Church teaches us is to be more self-reliant, which includes increasing our education in all areas of life. Once we learn for ourselves, however, we are also responsible for teaching our children. We must give our children a strong foundation for life. What children learn early in life really directs how they deal with the obstacles later on, and we are a great force in helping our children choose strong principles.
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January 15, 2019 07:00 AM MST
More than 50 million remarried people currently live in the United States alone. Two of those people are my parents. In just over 14 months, they went from a couple of 25 years to divorcés to members of new blended families. I and my four adult siblings quite suddenly found ourselves with a stepfather, a stepmother, and five new stepsiblings. And for a long time, I wasn’t really sure where I fit.
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January 12, 2019 02:40 PM MST
Often, in my field of mental health counseling, I am asked by parents, “How do I teach my children about sex as well as morality?” to which I respond, “You don’t.” To such a statement I usually get bewildered looks. I quickly reply, “You teach them healthy sexuality, which is morality.”
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January 11, 2019 01:35 PM MST
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January 07, 2019 10:00 PM MST
Missionaries can deal with a slew of issues, and as a parent, sibling, or friend reading and writing letters from afar, you may feel helpless. But you’re not. Check out some ways you can help them with some of these most common struggles, and some prophetic counsel that may help as well.
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December 29, 2018 01:59 PM MST
There are few moments so touching in the New Testament as that memorable day when the Savior of the world bid the children in the crowds to draw near to Him. Said Jesus, "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God" (Luke 18:16).
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Fun
December 27, 2018 12:54 PM MST
A few years ago I was called to teach the CTR5 Primary class. At the beginning of class every Sunday I would give each child a few moments to share a piece of exciting news or an announcement. Inevitably, at least one of the five-year-olds in the class would announce they had just been to or were about to go to Disneyland—even though it usually wasn’t true. They also would often give detailed accounts of injuries and bodily functions. Best of all were the funny stories they would tell about their parents—the kind of stories I know parents would not want their children to tell.
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December 11, 2018 10:44 PM MST
Throughout his service in the Church, President Nelson has taught through word and example how to build a strong family. Here are a few of his teachings on the topic, excerpted from the new book Teachings of Russell M. Nelson.
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November 28, 2018 04:48 PM MST
Sandra and Steve are a loving Latter-day Saint couple with an ongoing disagreement about Sabbath activities. Sandra likes to listen to sacred music and work on family history projects after church. Steve spends time with their teenage sons, watching football, or shooting hoops in the driveway. Sandra resents Steve for making sports part of their family’s Sabbath routine. Steve feels Sandra is paying attention to dead relatives at the expense of living ones.
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By  LDS Living
November 27, 2018 04:41 PM MST
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland took to Facebook and Instagram this week to remind parents and youth why home-centered, Church-supported gospel learning is so important.
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November 23, 2018 02:07 PM MST
It's the big day you've been waiting for. You and your spouse sit proudly in the church pew. Grandparents and family have traveled miles to attend. A member of the bishopric makes a few announcements and then asks your just-turned 12-year-old son to stand.
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November 07, 2018 07:49 PM MST
Moms of young kids, I know you. I’ve been you. I’ve sat in sacrament meeting with children on all sides, pulling my clothes and my hair, trying to crawl under the pew, smashing Cheerios in the bench.
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November 04, 2018 10:42 PM MST
As the aunt of 10 nieces and nephews, I love to watch my brother and sisters raise their kids. Among the grandchildren in my family, we’ve got two daredevils, two wild-childs, one bossy pants, and the sweetest autistic boy you’ll ever meet. Needless to say, wrangling—I mean, parenting—these kids is never the same for my brother and sisters. So when the children near the age of eight, how do they—and parents everywhere—decide on the best way to teach their child about the importance of baptism? And how much does the child actually understand?
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October 16, 2018 02:36 PM MDT
When children truly feel loved and connected with their parents, home can be a warm, wonderful place. But in addition to showing love on an individual basis, parents can make small choices to foster a spirit of love in their homes between them and their children, between siblings, and in the family as a whole.
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October 05, 2018 04:37 PM MDT
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September 18, 2018 07:05 PM MDT
Speaking to Latter-day Saints in British Columbia over the weekend, President Russell M. Nelson shared specific counsel on a topic he knows very well: parenting. Having raised 10 children of his own, President Nelson, also the grandfather of 57 and great-grandfather of 119, offered insight on the things parents should teach their children, Church News reported.
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August 27, 2018 08:56 AM MDT
I was a stay-at-home mom for seven years. Then I became a full-time working mom with an unemployed husband and two children at home (and I continue to work full-time now as a single mother). Having experienced motherhood from both sides, I understand the challenges each set of circumstances presents. Neither situation is easy, and insensitive comments can make things even harder. So, here it is: my personal list of seven things not to say to working moms.
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August 20, 2018 08:53 AM MDT
I was a stay-at-home mom for seven years. Then I became a full-time working mom with an unemployed husband and two children at home (and I continue to work full-time now as a single mother). Having experienced motherhood from both sides, I understand the challenges each set of circumstances presents. Neither situation is easy, and insensitive comments can make things even harder. So, here it is: my personal list of things not to say to stay-at-home moms.
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August 18, 2018 03:26 PM MDT
I remember many years ago, long before I had children, attending a religious lecture by a prominent religious scholar who taught at BYU. The topic of the lecture was agency. During the lecture, this religious professor indicated that most LDS parents only want their kids to get to a level three in personal faith development and not a level five. As soon as he said this, there was a rumble of protest in the audience, implying, “Of course we want our kids to get to level five.” Then the presenter went on to explain what he meant by a level five: "Level five means that you have the faith to allow your kids to find their own paths, to find their own testimonies, to ask hard questions, to wonder what they feel, struggle with personal beliefs, and on some occasions even choose to believe differently than you do.”
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Fun
By  LDS Living
August 17, 2018 02:36 PM MDT
As Latter-day Saints, we are all about families, so we tend to take parenting and raising children very seriously. But that doesn't mean we can't laugh at all the crazy things or treasure all the sweet moments that come with raising kids.
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July 31, 2018 01:51 PM MDT
A few days ago, a beautiful young person met with me in my office. As we talked, this youth shared with me deep feelings of sadness, feelings of not measuring up, frustrations that they were not perfect, and worries that they were disappointing their parents.
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July 28, 2018 12:47 PM MDT
You are my three little girls, but I know you won’t stay that way for long. I don’t fully realize it yet but somehow I know these are the days I'm going to miss the most.
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For several years now, we have collected hundreds of personal stories from young adults in the Church telling us how they were taught about sexuality. We are particularly intrigued by how frequently we are told by young people that their parents and Church leaders used object lessons to teach them about the law of chastity. Much can be learned from understanding the metaphors and messages that are intentionally—and unintentionally—expressed in these types of lessons.
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