UPLIFT FAMILIES is my initiative to connect parents with information, resources and programs that help them acquire knowledge and skills to raise loving, responsible, and happy children.

We believe that strong parent-child relationships are the key to providing children with tools and encouragement to make healthy and safe choices in their lives, keeping them free from drugs, alcohol, violence, crime and pornography.   This UPLIFT FAMILIES program includes web-based resources, social media experiences, educational materials and periodic conferences on parenting and family issues.

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Jeanette Herbert
First Lady of Utah




(KUTV) Dr. Paul Jenkins visits Fresh Living to discuss positive parenting. Dr. Paul is an author, speaker, and host of Live On Purpose Radio and Live On Purpose TV, and a positivity psychologist. In this segment he offers strategies to put us is in a more positive position and why gratitude is important in a pandemic!


Positive Parenting During a Pandemic
by Dr. Paul Jenkins

POSTED BY on March 09, 2021

I hear from a lot of moms and dads who watch Live On Purpose TV on YouTube about the problems they are experiencing with their children during the pandemic. How do I get my child to do their schoolwork? How do I help them stop arguing and get along better? How do I get my kids to listen without yelling? I noticed that the questions aren't much different than what was being asked before March 2020 when we went into lockdown, but then we added the pandemic into the equation.You see, these problems have always existed in parenting. Not every parent has all the problems, but every parent has some problems.

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Positive Stepfamily Outcomes by Abbie Vianes

POSTED BY on February 19, 2021

Blended Families - Part II (This is the second in a series of articles on blended or step families. For the purposes of these articles, the first marriage will be referred to as the original family)   Creating a successful blended family is hard work and takes longer than expected. Merging a family can take five to seven years. But the effort is worth the struggle because there are definitely positive outcomes for these families.

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Step Families are Different from Original Families in Important Ways by Abbie Vianes

POSTED BY on February 17, 2021

Blended Families - Part I (This is a series of articles on blended or step families. For the purposes of these articles, the first marriage will be referred to as the original family) Blended families have a very different terrain from original families. There are misconceptions, myths, and misunderstandings about blended families that can lead to failure. For example, the very thing that holds first marriages together – children – are what primarily take blended families apart. Being aware of these differences can lead to more realistic expectations.

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