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Review: 6 outdoor products for families

Grant Olsen, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 11:29am

While outings are undeniably more difficult with kids, they can also be much more rewarding. The key is to prepare accordingly. Here are some outdoor products that might be worth checking out for your next adventure.

Photo of FSU football player eating lunch with boy with autism brings mother to tears

Jessica Ivins  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 8:35am

When a Florida State University football player paid a visit to a middle school cafeteria and noticed one boy eating alone, he asked if he could join him. Little did he know his simple act would mean the world to the boy's mother.

How to deal with a defiant child

Kelly Wallace, CNN  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 2:34pm

Just about every day, Angela Estes, a New York mom, finds herself asking her 5-year-old son, "Why are you being so defiant?"

Pleasant View family sells large house to serve others

Megan Marsden Christensen  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 1:30pm

A young family of four recently relocated from their 8,000-square-foot house to a 2,200 square-foot home, primarily so they can give back to others.

Mom captures sweet moment as son with Down syndrome opens college acceptance letter

Jessica Ivins, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 9:40am

One of the University of Georgia’s biggest fans will be joining its ranks next January, and the heartwarming video of the incoming student reading his acceptance letter is winning over the hearts of thousands.

Mom dresses napping baby in hilarious, elaborate costumes

Jessica Ivins  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 8:37am

A California mom uses her baby daughter’s nap time to create characters, scenes and costumes that are straight out of a dreamland.

Provo woman gives birth after not knowing she was pregnant

Ashley Moser  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 7:52am

A Provo couple has a new family member after a surprise birth. They had no idea they were eight months pregnant until a scary medical emergency early Sunday morning.

Using journals for well-being

Connie Sokol, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 2:30pm

If the word “journal” conjures an eye-roll or visions of dusty family history tomes, think again. Learning and personal journals are a key way to reconnect with ourselves. As we enjoy the method, we’ll limit the possible madness.

Utah family competes on Season 7 of 'The Great Food Truck Race'

Lindsey Johnson  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 10:12am

The Great Food Truck Race and host Tyler Florence are back for the show’s seventh season of food, sweat and tears, this time welcoming three of Utah’s own Lei-Away Leidies.

Helping an anxious child: Parenting series — Part 3

Kim Giles, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 7:09am

In this edition of LIFEadvice, Coach Kim shares tips for helping a child with anxiety calm down and deal with panic.

Holladay family credits hard decisions with helping their toddler's cancer disappear

Heather Simonsen  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 10:25pm

They had a 50-50 chance that their baby would beat cancer. Now, a Holladay family has the best news possible, and they credit some hard decisions along the way.

Texas 2nd-grade teacher says no homework this school year

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 6:26pm

A second-grade teacher in North Texas has adopted a no-homework lesson plan for this school year.

Can an app really lead to cleaner air, safer students and less bullying?

Wendy Leonard  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 8:38am

The Utah Department of Transportation hosts a smartphone app that lets parents organize and track walking trips to and from schools throughout the state.

Petapalooza connects families with new best friends

Jasen Lee  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 9:04pm

On Saturday, a dozen animal welfare groups hosted a daylong event to help get over 100 homeless pets adopted into new permanent homes. The second annual Petapalooza Festival was hosted at the Viridian Event Center in West Jordan.

Utahns commemorate lives saved by organ donation

Wendy Leonard  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:24pm

Utah's Intermountain Donor Services on Saturday hosted a celebration to honor the 6,673 names that have been etched on the Celebration of Life Monument at Library Square.

'Blue family' steps up for son of fallen cop on first day of school

Doug Criss, CNN  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 2:32pm

The very first day of school for a child is always hard. But it was even harder than usual for 4-year-old Jackson Scherlen, who started pre-K this week without his father.

Utah parents unsatisfied with Mylan's efforts to lower EpiPen costs

Daphne Chen  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 7:47am

"I agree the system is broken," said University of Utah Health Care's director of drug information, Erin Fox. "But there's no reason why they can't lower the price."

Armed Forces insignias against dress code in Jordan School District?

Keith McCord  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 6:10pm

Some parents in the Jordan School District are upset over the school dress code their kids brought home. It said students can not wear clothing with military insignia. The district says that is not its policy.

Emotional video shows teen asking mom’s boyfriend to adopt her

Jessica Ivins, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 9:02am

While many of her counterparts asked for cars, trips or money for their high school graduation gifts, one Illinois teenager surprised her mother’s boyfriend with a unique request: A request to become his legal daughter.

Mother dies after rescuing 2-year-old son from Lake Powell

Devon Dewey  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 12:05am

A mother at Lake Powell died after rescuing her 2-year-old son who fell overboard into the lake on Tuesday.