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6 birthday ideas for teen girls



Once the pink frills and princess themes are outgrown, how can you make a teen girl's birthday special? Much of her enjoyment comes as she plans her party herself, down to the littlest details, so ask your daughter how she wants to celebrate and get her involved. My oldest daughter loves planning her birthdays. She even likes to bake and decorate her own cake with gobs of colors, swirls and sprinkles.

August 20, 2014 | Leah DeCesare, FamilyShare | Hot Topics


3 family movies to spice up the last days of summer

With August being over half way done, many people are making their way back to places of learning. For those that are heading back to school in the near future, here are three family movies to help you soak up the last few days of summer.

August 20, 2014 | Dylan Cannon, KSL | Hot Topics


10 questions every engaged couple should discuss

The choice to get married is filled with excitement. It is the culmination of uniquely intense feelings of emotional, physical and spiritual connection.

August 15, 2014 | Dave Specht, KSL | Hot Topics


Musical talent may be largely genetic, twin study says

Practice will only get one so far when it comes to music, according to a Swedish study of identical twins that suggests talent may be largely genetic.

August 14, 2014 | Lois M. Collins, Deseret News | Hot Topics


How to handle bullies

Bullying has been a common issue for kids throughout their lives in high school.

August 14, 2014 | By Herb Scribner Deseret News | Hot Topics


Stressed? Then volunteer

People who regularly serve in their community rate their well-being higher and say they are less stressed or worried than those who do not, a Gallup poll says.

August 13, 2014 | By Celeste Tholen Rosenlof KSL | Hot Topics


Procrastination at work

Question:

August 11, 2014 | By Kim Giles KSL | Hot Topics


10 ways the Internet has changed your life

The Pew Research Center reported in January that 87 percent of the American public uses the Internet. But the Internet is not just something for Americans. Thirty-four percent of the world also finds its way online.

August 08, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Hot Topics


Looking for the rainbow after a storm

Most days I read a newspaper and, on convenient nights, my husband, Grit, and I watch the news. Lots of bad stuff happens. The bigger the "wow" factor, the more coverage stories get. The more shocking the stories, the more we watch and think, "Wow, sure glad that wasn't me!"

August 07, 2014 | Sherry Young, Deseret News | Hot Topics


Shoes give directions with vibrating soles

With a new pair of shoes, looking down at your smartphone for directions while walking could become unnecessary.

August 06, 2014 | Natalie Crofts, KSL | Hot Topics


Number of children being raised solely by grandparents doubled

The number of children being raised by their grandparents shot up, doubling from 2000's 2.4 million to 4.9 million in 2010, according to U.S. Census figures.

August 05, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Hot Topics


9 tips for picking a baby name

It's an enormous decision: the choice of what to name your new baby. It seems too big of a decision to make when you don't even know them yet. So how do you decide? There are no rules governing names (as evidenced by celebrities naming their children everything from Apple to Northwest) so the sky is literally the limit. But if you'd like some guidelines to help narrow down your choices, take the following 9 suggestions into consideration.

August 04, 2014 | By Katie Nielsen FamilyShare | Hot Topics


Money vs. passion

When it comes to choosing a career path, each person is presented with two questions: How can my career help me lead a fulfilling life? And can I be happy with an unfulfilling job?

August 01, 2014 | By Ben Luthi Deseret News | Hot Topics


5 secrets for getting rid of debt

Debt comes in many shapes and sizes. Some types are more easily justified than others. Some are planned and others are a result of giving in to an impulse. One thing is for sure, though. Debt is the enemy. Of course, it wasn't always that way. In the beginning, debt acts like it's a friend, allowing you to buy that extra outfit or a television with just a swipe of a card, or that much-needed SUV down at the car dealership; or a solid education. It isn't difficult to get into debt, but once you want out ...

July 31, 2014 | By Ben Luthi FamilyShare | Hot Topics


Parenting styles to avoid

Parents want their children to grow up happy, healthy and perfect. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, unless it means putting unfair expectations on children or not holding them accountable for their actions. And while all parents try their best to make sure their children have good childhoods, aren't overindulged and have appropriate amounts of discipline and rewards no one is perfect. Parents will make mistakes (I know, I have) and they'll learn how to be better as time goes by. (Ever notice how differently parents tend to raise youngest children as opposed to oldest children ...

July 29, 2014 | By Katie Nielsen FamilyShare | Hot Topics


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Heading for divorce?

"My husband told me that, if things don't change, he's thinking about a divorce."

November 18, 2014 | By David Simonsen FamilyShare | Hot Topics


App addictions

Ask any parent of a teenager about their child's use of apps connected to the Internet and you will probably receive some jaw-dropping comments.

November 17, 2014 | By Amy Williams FamilyShare | Hot Topics


Bullies can change

If you are a bully, you can take action now to stop bullying, make amends with those you've hurt and turn to positive solutions.

November 12, 2014 | By Wendy Jessen FamilyShare | Hot Topics


5 ways to be retirement rich

It's not all that surprising that, according to Gallup, Americans' No. 1 financial worry is whether or not they'll be able to afford retirement.

November 06, 2014 | By Linsy Hunsaker Deseret News | Hot Topics


Avoiding cyberbullying

Every child knows about school stress. And one stress that is becoming increasingly common is cyberbullying. But because it's relatively new, many children and parents don't know how to handle it and don't know how to talk about it to help their child address it if it comes up. So below are four common types of cyberbullying, and tips of what you and your child can do to help combat it before becomes a problem.

November 03, 2014 | By Aaron Anderson FamilyShare | Hot Topics


Workplace fears

What's the scariest thing you've ever faced at work?

October 28, 2014 | By Greg Kratz Deseret News | Hot Topics


Survival parenting

After my close call with lightning on a mountain climb this summer, my younger sister suggested I read one of her favorite books: "Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why," (W.W. Norton & Company, 2004) by Laurence Gonzales.

October 22, 2014 | By Tiffany Gee Lewis Deseret News | Hot Topics


Facebook responsibilities

The Georgia Court of Appeals has ruled that parents may be held liable over what their children post on Facebook. The case involved a fake and demeaning Facebook page allegedly created by a seventh-grade boy and a friend to target a girl at his school.

October 17, 2014 | By Lois M. Collins Deseret News Service | Hot Topics


Delaying retirement

Despite the media's grim projections about the dismal future of a graying America, MarketPlace's Chris Farrell remains optimistic about the economic benefits of an aging workforce.

October 13, 2014 | By Deborah Sutton Deseret News | Hot Topics


10 weird interview questions

What important truth do very few people agree with you on?

October 08, 2014 | By Herb Scribner Deseret News | Hot Topics


Secrets to long, happy life

Most of us want to live long and happy lives, but there's so much stuff that happens between our beginnings and our ends that we're not always sure how to make that happen. Below are 6 secrets to living a long and happy life. Unlike some secrets, these secrets are meant to be shared, not kept.

October 03, 2014 | By Susan Swann FamilyShare | Hot Topics


5 tips for working moms

As a working mother, it may seem that the days of peace and serenity will never come again. Whether it's packing lunches, rushing kids to the bus stop, rocking your day job, or making dinner and putting kids to bed, you are constantly on the go, and you are amazing. But you may not always feel amazing. In fact, you probably feel like you can never do enough for your kids, and you never get enough time or yourself. Well, here's a few tips that can hopefully save you some trouble.

October 01, 2014 | By Ben Luthi FamilyShare | Hot Topics


Work: the best medicine?

Your job may cause you stress or frustration, but it could also be the best medicine. New research has shown that those with anger and depression can benefit from a stressful work environment.

September 25, 2014 | By Linsy Hunsaker Deseret News | Hot Topics


A letter to my son

Hi Son,

September 22, 2014 | By Aaron Anderson FamilyShare | Hot Topics


Traveling on a tight budget

My family makes it a point to take at least one, if not several family vacations a year. We love the bonding that is created by spending several hours in a car together, exploring a new city and staying up late chatting in a hotel room. Now, with that being said, it is not easy, nor cheap, to travel. It takes a lot of planning, a lot of saving and a lot of budgeting to make it happen. Here are some tips when it comes to traveling on a tight budget.

September 19, 2014 | By Megan Shauri FamilyShare | Hot Topics


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