Parenting

September 23, 2022 04:13 PM MDT
Cory Swapp seemed like he had so much going for him, but on July 10, 2015, the 16-year-old boy took his own life. Here’s why Cory’s mom has been dedicated to teaching other mothers what she wished she would’ve known.
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August 19, 2022 07:00 AM MDT
Millennials are now grown, starting families, working, and settling into their lives as adults. It’s time to focus on learning about a new generation of Church members—Generation Z.
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Fun
August 10, 2022 05:56 PM MDT
In our home, “Bluey” reigns supreme as the favorite TV show. Here are 15 gospel-centered lessons we found on this fun and uplifting program.
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August 05, 2022 10:00 AM MDT
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.
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June 30, 2022 12:00 PM MDT
My toddler makes it hard to have time for spiritual things, but a recent Instagram video helped me feel more confident in my role as a mother and how I’m spending my time.
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June 22, 2022 11:01 AM MDT
It’s not realistic to think your Nursery-aged child will sit still and listen intently for an entire Sacrament meeting. Here are a few ways to help them learn.
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June 17, 2022 01:18 PM MDT
“I knew it would be challenging to raise my daughters without my wife. But I soon found out I wasn’t really on my own.”
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June 17, 2022 09:30 AM MDT
Whether your teen is headed to the school scene, the MTC, or the world of the working, use this list of 10 important skills to make sure they're adequately prepared to fly solo. 
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May 25, 2022 01:08 PM MDT
My 10-year-old pitches a different excuse every week to convince us it’s impossible for him to go to church. And while I want him to be there, the resistance is draining.
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May 23, 2022 08:00 AM MDT
These gifts might not be on your missionary’s packing list, but they sure will come in handy in the mission field!
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Fun
May 03, 2022 02:29 PM MDT
“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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February 22, 2022 09:18 AM MST
“Your strategic plan is guiding you through major decisions instead of ‘my wants, your wants.’”
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February 17, 2022 08:37 AM MST
In their new book, Tad and Kathryn Callister share gratitude for their parents, who were their prime gospel teachers and examples.
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January 31, 2022 10:00 AM MST
This "His Grace" video is a touching complement to our study of Noah and the Flood this week in Come, Follow Me.
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January 11, 2022 06:22 PM MST
We can approach conversations about serving missions with both encouragement and understanding—even when someone decides not to serve.
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January 05, 2022 05:33 PM MST
"You parents and teachers have a great responsibility to teach these children,” President Nelson told Saints in Bolivia. "What are you going to teach your children? I would like to suggest you do what the Savior did.
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By  Emily Abel
August 30, 2021 04:05 PM MDT
Do you have questions about patriarchal blessings? After writing a book on the topic, Keith Erekson might have some answers for you.
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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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January 28, 2021 01:50 PM MST
“Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would have my long-awaited newborn in the middle of the largest global crisis our generation has ever known.”
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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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December 08, 2020 01:00 PM MST
There is certainly a lot to teach a child during their most formative years in the home. Here are ten simple, but important, gospel lessons to help parents along their way.
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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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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
"In both my personal and professional opinion, my dad got this fatherhood thing pretty much figured out. Allow me to share seven fatherhood lessons that I learned from him (along with a few of my own thoughts)."
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June 11, 2019 12:59 PM MDT
It’s not just what our fathers teach us that matters; often it’s what they don’t teach us that can make the difference.
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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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