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Family Storytelling as a Parent

Parenting 101



"In spite of the six thousand manuals on child raising in the bookstores, child raising is still a dark continet and no one really knows anything.  You just need a lot of love and luck - and, of course, courage."


- Bill Cosby, Fatherhood



Raising a family is not a job for the faint of heart!  We all want to be the "perfect parent," but most of us feel like we fall short of the mark.  Whether you are a new parent, raising teens, dealing with college-age children, or enjoying your grandchildren, we will share ideas for keeping your family close and safe while keeping your sanity intact.  Consider this a Parenting 101 class where we will explore all aspects of raising a family in today's world.  It can be a scary prospect, but we'll do our best to help you write a family story that you can be proud of!



"It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings." - Ann Landers

Thursday, 28 January 2016 00:26

Are you listening?

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As a mom, don’t you always wonder if they’re listening? “Son, look at me. Are you listening?” The birth of my first grandbaby gave me a moment when I heard whispered back, “Mom, I am. I always have.”

November 18th began as a normal enough day – but even before noon – it would prove to be anything but routine.

Monday, 31 August 2015 17:45

Some UPlifting News

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Whose feeling the need for some good news? I am! After a few weeks filled with news about Ashley Madison, abortion videos, horrific live shots, and campaign season starting – I'm ready to spend some time immersed in something UPLIFTING! If you're with me – come with me!

Jeanette Herbert, Utah's First Lady, is holding a conference here in Utah, in just a few weeks – and YOU are invited. (although there is limited seating, so as soon as you read all the info, get registered ASAP). A conference called, UpLift Families Parenting Conference will be a fabulous night out for anyone interested in strengthening their family. Imagine sitting with your friends/spouse/new friends and enjoying a yummy dinner, watching a host of presenters talk about all things parenting and family. Short, uplifting snippets of presentations (think TedTalks) will play across the stage for a couple of hours while you enjoy a meal in a beautiful setting like Thanksgiving Point. You can see it, right.

And guess what... all of this for ONLY $25/per couple. Not per person. PER COUPLE. Ok, like hamburgers at Crown Burger will cost you that much, right. But even better, I've got a coupon code for you that will save you $5.00 (and when you use this code it will let the organizers know you're with me so we can be seated close to each other – AH!) Let's do it guys!

We love our families, we love date nights, we love inspiring messages! Let's go!

Here's all the details:

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Thanksgiving Point Show Barn, Lehi, Utah

Use Coupon Code: Storytelling2015

Register Here

For more information about Uplift Families, click here

Monday, 26 January 2015 14:30

Maintain Contact

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Family Storytelling, Old-Fashioned Phone, ConnectingHanging on the wall of my kitchen is an old farmhouse phone.  This phone used to hang on the wall of my grandparents home.  Back in the day, this was high-tech stuff!  When my great-grandfather had it put in, this was top of the line!  Kind of makes you think, doesn't it?

Saturday, 18 October 2014 17:07

Fall Traditions

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Family Storytelling, Fall Traditions, October, MemoriesPumpkins, apple cider, and crisp air… Some see Fall as leaves dying, cold and the step before the snow comes. For others, it is a favorite time of year. A season full of beautiful warm colors, family and love.

Tuesday, 09 September 2014 19:29

Happiness at Home

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Family Storytelling, Happy Families, Happy HomeThere are countless articles written about “being happy”. Is there a secret to happiness? It seems that the root of joy starts in the home. We’ve always heard that eating dinner as a family is one way to bring a family closer. In these days it is easier said than done with both parents working, soccer practice or dance. Here is a list of five other ways to make your house a happier home.

Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:00

Bedroom Makeover - Fit for a Teen

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Family Storytelling, DIY Bedroom Makeover, Teen GirlLanell and I wasted no time. We stood up, found a corner of the wallpaper that would lift a little, and just started tearing. Some of it came off in big, chunky strips, others were tiny shreds we picked at. I didn't think about it as tearing away my childhood. I was just making room for the emerging young adult.

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 16:00

The Other Days

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Do you ever feel bombarded with unrealistic expectations for parenthood? Pinterest, Mommy Blogs and carefully crafted Facebook posts can make us feel a bit inadequate at times. Or worse, like we're failing all together! It's nice to have a breath of fresh (and real!) air to clear our heads and remind us that parenting is messy! We're only human. And what our kids need most is not perfection, but US. 

Guest blogger Ari Terry joins us today to tell us her story of one of the "other days". 


Thursday, 15 May 2014 15:21

Oh, What Do You Do In The Summertime

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Family Storytelling, Summertime Activities"Oh, what do you do in the summertime, when all the world is green?

 Do you fish in a stream, or lazily dream on the banks as the clouds go by?

 Do you swim in a pool to keep yourself cool, or swing in a tree up high?

 Do you march in parades, or drink lemonades, or count all the stars in the sky?

 Is that what you do?  So do I."   - Dorothy S. Andersen


Friday, 09 May 2014 23:02

My Mother Was No Angel

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Family Storytelling, Mother's Day, Angel MotherJust because its Mother's Day, I'm not going to pretend my mom was perfect.  Because seriously, she was no angel.

Friday, 11 April 2014 22:10

A Sugary Promise

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Family Storytelling, Panorama Egg, Family MemoriesYears ago I inherited some Panorama Sugar Eggs made by my mother.  I remember them proudly displayed in my childhood home every Easter.  I was thrilled to have them for my own home, where my kids could see them, and have a tangible reminder of their grandmother.  Nice theory, right?  And it worked, too, until last year when my 13 year old son brought a baseball bat into the house.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 17:14

Let It Go

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Family Storytelling, Frozen, Family Memories, StorytellingDisney movies all have a lesson that we can learn in the end. Cinderella helped us believe in true love. Aladdin  taught us that money doesn’t buy us happiness, but we provide it ourselves. Merida showed us that we hold fate inside ourselves; we have to be brave enough to find it. Beloved Dori helped us learn that when life is hard, just keep swimming.

Saturday, 22 February 2014 15:49

Why I love rocks

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Family Storytelling, Rocks, Life Lessons, JudgingI was doing laundry one day and a rock fell out of my eight year old daughter’s pocket. When she got home from school I asked her why she always has rocks all over. Why she love collecting so many rocks. Her answer amazed and inspired me. Brooklynn has many goals; one is to be a writer. I asked her to write down her answer, because it needed to be heard. The following is what she wrote.


Family Storytelling, Ice Castle, Family TripFinally a reason to love the cold, snow and ice!

As a Utah girl I spent most of my wintery weekends on the slopes. But somehow over the years, I've slowly become a fair-weather Utahn.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 21:08

Holiday Air Travel With Children

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Family Storytelling, Holiday Trip, Traveling with Children, Tips and TricksTraveling with children can be the BEST of times or the WORST of times.  Travel has always been a passion of mine.  We've travelled with our 5 children all over the staes and even overseas, so I've gained a few insights from those experiences.  

Family  Storytelling, Raising Children, MotherToday marks 15 years since the passing of my dear mother-in-law, Donna Hill.  She was an amazing woman – maybe not by the world's standards, but certainly by mine...