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




I Feel All Alone by Gregory A. Hudnall

POSTED BY on November 09, 2018

I get the chance to travel across the country working with communities, schools and young people. Unfortunately, many times I get the call after there has been a suicide and the school are in a crisis. I usually spend a few days working with the adults and the students. While it can be heartbreaking at times, I am grateful for these amazing young people.

4 Ways to be a Better Mom or Dad Right Now by Matt Townsend

POSTED BY on October 30, 2018

Sharpen Your Toolset When it comes to parenting, we should always remember the old adage, “Sharp tools make light work!”  In parenting, the sharper our toolset, the easier the role of parenting becomes. Some tools, if sharpened, will increase your ability to get better results with your children.  These tools are: Physical health- Exercise, eat healthier and get some sleep. Patience- comes from feeling prepared and ahead of the game. Space-  Have the space and time to think, explore, anticipate and  prepare for your time with your children.

Do You Have to Yell to Get Your Kids to Listen? by Dr. Paul Jenkins

POSTED BY on October 15, 2018

I had a client ask me one day, “Dr. Paul, why do my kids wait until the twelfth time I’ve asked them and I’m upset and angry before they’ll do something?”  The answer was the kids have trained dad to yell before they respond AND dad has trained the kids to ignore him until the twelfth time he asks and resorts to yelling. Notice, it goes both directions. This is important as we manage the dynamic of how to encourage our kids to listen to us without yelling.






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