Putting an End to Sibling Rivalry

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Alvin Price, Child Development teacher at BYU-Idaho South (that school in Provo) was fond of saying, “If you want to raise street-smart kids, don’t interfere when your kids fight with each other.”

That was troubling advice for a student with two active little boys who were best of friends, except when they were at each other’s throats. It was hard to watch them fight, and especially difficult when the older seemed to use his size and experience to outmaneuver his younger ...

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Pot Makes Teens Dumb. Duh!

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With legalization of marijuana in two states and several others considering it, there has been a resurgence in compelling research about the effects of pot. While most media and political conversations portray it as a harmless substance, research and common sense observation have demonstrated otherwise. In some ways, marijuana may be one of the most harmful of substances, particularly in terms of long-term effects on teens and developing adults.

A study by the National Institute of Drug Abuse indicates that people ...

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Life in the Blender

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One-third of Utah marriages include children from a former marriage or relationship, according to a recent report. That means that one-third of that state’s new families are “blended families”. While I don’t know the statistics for our own state and area I dare say it is likely not much different.

There are many terms for families in which members from different family units come together to form a new or additional family structure, whether by remarriage, adoption, cohabitation, or other means. ...

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High-Fidelity Marriage

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Over the weekend I dropped of a stereo system—turn-table, tuner-receiver, and speakers—at Deseret Industries for a friend. As we unloaded it from the back of the truck one employee said to the other, “Wow, check out the ‘hi-fi’!”

It had been years since I had heard the term “hi-fi”—short for “high-fidelity”, referring to high-quality reproduction of sound and the equipment that provides it. As a teen that was the ideal, to own equipment that played music so true to the artist’s ...

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