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Jeanette Herbert
First Lady of Utah




(KUTV) -- With the beginning of a New Year we all think about new beginnings and setting goals. Today on Fresh Living Margaret Wahlstrom, Uplift Families Director of Communications and Public Relations, joined the hosts to discuss how parents can approach setting goals for their family.


Family Planning for the New Year: Setting goals By Margaret Wahlstrom

POSTED BY on January 04, 2019

   A New Year usually signifies new beginnings. That brings with it great incentives for parents and families to get out of the starting blocks with fresh family goals.  When teaching parents about setting goals in my parenting class, I would pour out pieces to a jigsaw puzzle and then hide the box with the picture on it.  As parents entered the classroom, I would pick two individuals to come up to help me with the class.  I instructed them to begin putting the puzzle together.  Usually within minutes, they would ask me where the picture was.  I asked them why they needed the picture, and of course they would reply that they wanted to see what the finished puzzle would look like.

Fostering Independence In Our Kids by Matt Townsend

POSTED BY on December 26, 2018

Independence is the freedom from the control, influence, support or aid of others. As parents our ulimate responsibility and goal should be to help our children to move from a level of dependence to interdependence and eventually interdependence. Here are 7 steps to help us to help our children in their quest for independence.

6 Steps for Making Siblings Friends, Not Foes by Nicholeen Peck

POSTED BY on November 24, 2018

One night, after my parents left to go on a date, my brother and I started fighting. I vividly remember the fight getting to the point where both of us were standing on a couch threatening each other with broomsticks. This sad memory changed me. Many times over the years I’ve had that memory return, but with a goal attached to it. That goal was for my children to see each other as best friends throughout their lives. Since I didn’t necessarily have experience with this concept, I had to do some careful research and planning.






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