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.

Please enjoy our new website and resource center!  We are always eager to hear your comments and feedback, you can always share your thoughts with us by clicking here.


Jeanette Herbert
First Lady of Utah




(KUTV) — Nicholeen Peck joins Fresh Living to help us create a personal calm plan. Nicholeen shares why we need to make one and how it can help us. More about Nicholeen Peck: When it comes to parenting, Nicholeen Peck is a worldwide phenomenon and leader — and for good reason! Her proven system based upon calmness, the principles of self-government, and good communication transforms even the most out-of-control teenagers and homes from chaos to calm within days. She has appeared on various news shows and radio programs to discuss effective parenting. Learn more about her mission and methods at TeachingSelfGovernment.com. For more information visit UpliftFamilies.org.


Resiliency Matters Part 1 by Barbara Smith, Director, Utah Family Partnership Network

POSTED BY on May 30, 2020

We all know someone who is resilient; who seems to be able to face obstacles and bounce back time after time. It is easy to assume that they were just born with the resiliency gene. Not so. Resiliency is a skill, a way of thinking, a way of doing that can be taught. Resilience is the ability to overcome difficult experiences and be shaped for the better by them. There are very strategic actions parent can take to increase their children’s resiliency.

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Look Up! By Admiral James Winnefeld, Founder, SAFE Project

POSTED BY on May 27, 2020

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Courage is not the strength to go on, it is going on when you don’t have the strength.”  He knew from personal and professional experience that life is a series of challenges that must be overcome despite enormous setbacks.  Perhaps his signature quality was resilience.  Resilience is critically important because we will face adversity throughout our lives.  How we overcome adversity, more than the actual nature of the diversity itself, prepares us for the future.  This is especially true for our children. 

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“Mama uh da yer” or How Foster Care Has Changed My Life Barbara Booth 2020 Utah Mother of the Year

POSTED BY on May 14, 2020

When my family heard that I had been selected as Utah Mother of the Year, reactions were, well, interesting.  I heard from each of my seven kids.  Some were proud of me, some were surprised, and there was a good amount of laughter.  One response I especially liked came as a text from my oldest son:  “You go, mama uh da yer”.  Why do I like this response?  It seemed to have the right balance of respect/disrespect, along with a touch of encouragement/acknowledgement.  I’m not kidding myself—I’m far from a perfect parent!  I got a few things right and I am certainly proud of my family, but I do realize that what set me apart for this honor was: “she has fostered over 100 children”.

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