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Parenting Problems

by Jessica Black, who helps produce “The Matt Townsend Show” on BYU Radio

I’m going to get right down to the good stuff. I've been told that parenting can be one of the hardest things you will ever do. But after looking at these videos, I can't help but laugh. The funny moments in parenting can feel few and far between. So if you need a pick me up, take a look at these: 

It's a girl.

Linda Listen.

You sneaky mom

Did you eat the sprinkles?

     -and he keeps lying (go to 2:00) on the "Ellen" show.

 Baby babbling to move out.



 “All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and someone who believes in them” – Magie Johnson. 


by Maddy Richards, who helps produce “The Morning Show” on BYU Radio

Easter is a beautiful time of the year when people reflect and ponder on their spirituality. I find it’s a time when more people are kinder than usual. I think it probably has something to do with the focus on what many believe Jesus Christ did for every person when he was alive.  

While not everyone may share the same beliefs on who Jesus Christ is, or what his life was, everyone can agree that there is room for more goodwill and kindness in the world. We get refueled at Christmas with reminders of good cheer and happiness. But I think Easter is another beautiful time to remember our neighbors, to call our family members and let them know we love them. I also think it’s a wonderful time for self-reflection and evaluation. 

Easter has passed, and now I’m back into the lull of routine and reality. However, I hope that we all can take this past weekend as a reminder of what’s truly important, and why it’s important. Without these reminders I think life would become monotonous and dull. As I connect with my spirituality, I find life more meaningful. 

Make Your Job Your Calling

by Jessica Black, who helps produce “The Matt Townsend Show" on BYU Radio

There are millions of jobs in this world and many young people feel pressure to choose one right after High School. I want to challenge that idea. I am graduating from college next week and I’m still changing my mind every day at what kind of job I should get. At first, I thought this was just me. But I've talked with my parents and Matt (of “The Matt Townsend Show”) about this, and it seems everyone has done a thousand different types of jobs. You don’t start off as a CEO of a company. You build your career just like your education, one step at a time. It’s okay if you take a job just to find out if you like that kind of work. Because in the end, your end goal should be to do something you love. This is when your job becomes your calling. When you decide that money doesn't matter, you can let go of the usual pressure people feel and be happy knowing that you are making a difference. 

I have my bachelor’s degree in communications; however, I have always loved doing secretary work. I love to be organized and welcome people. I love to make Excel spreadsheets and talk on the phone. I didn't need a bachelor’s degree to do that kind of work. I got my degree because I wanted to be the best I can. Now I’m doing a job I love, not one that I feel obligated to do. Everyone seems to think I’m crazy for taking a job that doesn't make a lot of money or doesn't have very many opportunities for advancement. But I like doing that job. It is becoming my calling in life, and yours can, too. Put aside the expectations people have. You can decide to be anything in this life. Just make sure it’s what you love and I know that you will be happy. 


by Maddy Richards, who helps produce “The Morning Show” on BYU Radio

Finals are upon us! Well upon me, anyway. I’ve often heard people reminiscing about their college days, but I’m not sure they want to go back to the sleepless nights, studying until their brain feels like it will explode, forgetting to shower and eat because they were working on a project that’s due in roughly 20 minutes….the list goes on and on. I have loved every second of college, but this whole finals thing, I could’ve done without. 

So, for my own sake, as well as the sake of those close to me, here are a few tips on how to get through a highly stressful time:

1. Wake up, and make breakfast. Nothing looks so bad after a good meal, and we’ve all been told breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

2. CLEAN UP. Make your bed when you wake up, take two minutes to wash your dishes after a meal, take a shower and get ready! You may not have a lot of time to do these things, but taking a few seconds to pick up will make you feel immensely less stressed later.

3. Take some breaks. Whether you’re studying for a test, working on a work project, tackling spring cleaning, or taking care of a child all day, it’s important to take breaks! Be sure to take some time to recharge, and do something for you!

4. Make a list. Some people don’t like making lists because it stresses them to see all the things they have to do. But lists are a highly effective way of outlining what needs to get done, identifying the order and importance of the tasks, and not forgetting to do anything!

5. Sleep. I know, you don’t have time. But try your very, very hardest to at least get some sleep at night. It may not be a lot, but it will be what you need to push you through. Sleep is your friend during this stressful time!

You may not be going through a highly stressful time right now, or maybe you are. Either way, these little tips have helped me so much in both the stressful, and not-so-stressful times!

Don’t You Dare Make a Peep

by Kim Power Stilson, host of “The Kim Power Stilson Show” on BYU Radio

“Don’t you dare make a peep!” is a phrase many of us have heard.  A “peep,” presumably, is the cute sound of a baby chick. Yet every spring a billion Peeps arrive in marshmallow form to brighten our holiday and boost our sugar levels. I had never heard of Peeps until a few years ago when my mother-in-law introduced them as dessert and her favorite candy at a family dinner. Since then, I realized that Peeps, even for their “dare not” title, are not at all that quiet.  

According to the official Peeps site, over 700 billion zero fat gram marshmallow Peeps had been sold at the time of their 50th anniversary. Over 42 million peeps – in pink, white, and yellow, lavender, blue and in bunny form, too – are made each day and sit quietly in their brightly colored containers waiting to be shipped to stores. It’s once the Peeps get into the hands of the people that they become noisy.

I am not sure Bob Born and his candy company realized his Marshmallow Peeps would create such a commotion. The story behind Peeps starts quietly enough and is very typical of the stories we like to cover on the Kim Power Stilson talk radio show. Each day we interview cool humans who have found a solution that they have shared with the world. The story behind Marshmallow Peeps is no exception. In 1953, a handmade candy marshmallow chick captured the heart of Bob Born of the Just Born candy company. He liked it so well that by a year later, he had created a machine that would mass-produce marshmallow chicks. Appropriately, he named his new marshmallow solution, Peeps. In the 1990’s Born added colors and other holiday forms and is now the largest Marshmallow Candy manufacturer in the world. And that’s where the noise begins.

Since being introduced to Peeps, I have heard of all sorts of uses that go way beyond normal consumption. Peeps are eaten microwaved, baked, frozen, and on pizza. Peeps are rumored to have a shelf life beyond the million years of the Twinkie, and, are even used as business card holders, bottle stoppers, and pin cushions. It is actually a thing to “Peep” something by licking the back of the Peep and sticking it. To have your car or locker or office “Peeped” is a popular but messy business. Peep wars are common. I’ve even seen Peep Jewelry that I was tempted to buy. A cute baby chick may have started this marshmallow mess, but billions seem to love their Peep traditions. 

Now when I hear someone say, “Don’t you dare make a peep!” I laugh and wonder where we’d be now if someone had said that to Bob Born. 

Jamaal Williams: Dual Sport Athlete

by Alan Miller, Assistant Producer for "BYU Sports Nation" on BYU Radio

With spring football at an end and class all but dismissed, it looks like BYU Running Back Jamaal Williams will fill his spare time by joining the BYU track team. 

At this year’s Y Awards, BYU Track and Field Coach, Ed Eyestone, presented Jamaal Williams with an award, and as part of his presentation said, “I understand he’s pretty fast on the track as well.” 

With that subtle hint, rumors began to fly on whether Williams would be joining the BYU Track team at the end of spring football. Williams is no stranger to the sport. His mom was a track star at UCLA and his younger sister, Jaela, is one of the fastest hurdlers in the state of California. Williams also lettered on his high school track team before coming to BYU.

Eyestone was a guest on “BYU Sports Nation” April 15, and confirmed that Williams has been working out on the track team. “We saw Jamaal out to practice for the first day just yesterday and so we’ll see how things go,” he said. Eyestone also mentioned that they had met with Coach Mendenhall and that they realize the priority is football, but added, “If we have a young man who is doing well academically and is a responsible young man and we can add some things on the track side, we would certainly love to see that.”

There is already a natural bridge between the two sports in Sprint and Hurdle Coach Kyle Grossarth, who also works with the football team as a strength and conditioning coach. “Coach Mendenhall has a comfort level with Coach Grossarth, so hopefully in the future we’ll be able to see some of these athletes coming out,” Eyestone said.

Eyestone mentioned that any track coach should be a fan of other teams with gifted athletes. Lexi Eaton is another dual sport athlete who participates in the high jump during the basketball off-season and narrowly missed the NCAA Championship meet two years ago. 

“I would love to see (Williams) in a BYU Track uniform. We’ll see how these practices and workouts go. First of all, he needs to kind of establish himself as one of the faster guys. But I think he certainly has that capability. We’ve seen that talent on the football field and I’ve got to believe there’d probably be a place for him in the 4x100, at the very least,” Eyestone said. 

Eyestone added, that anytime you have great athletes out on the Track and Field team, it’s going to help, but that he hopes it will be a winning situation for both teams. “We want to do what’s best for Jamaal and what’s best for BYU football. If we can be an asset or an aid in that, then we would certainly love to do that.”  

Yes, the Eyres Really Are on the Road

Richard and Linda Eyre have spent the better part of the last month on the Bali, Indonesia! They had a grand vacation with all of their children and their sons and daughters in law. And, of course, there were plenty of opportunities to see the joy of parenthood and family relationships along the way! Here are a few highlights from their trip:

The Eyres spreading the news about the joy of parenting at a press conference in Jakarta. 

Richard and Linda Eyre spending a little time with their hosts for the seminar in Jakarta.

Linda hanging out with her new friend at the Jakarta Zoo. Even the King of the Beasts needs a little advice in the parenting department.

Making new friends after their event in Kuala Lumpur...a newspaper columnist and his wife who own and operate a home for disabled children.

The Eyres posing with friends after their event at a Buddhist Center in Singapore. The event was sponsored by local Buddhists, the LDS Church, and a Muslim organization called Jamiyah.

Climbing to New Heights

by Jessica Black, who helps produce The Matt Townsend Show, on BYU Radio

If you have ever scaled to the top of a mountain and looked out into the breathtaking scene of an untouched mountain side, then you know. You know that there is nothing that can keep you down. You’ve felt the power that is kept at the top of mountains. Only some can make it to the top, and once you do, you begin to feel untouchable. 

In life people are constantly trying to keep you down; if you climb higher than them, then they have to work harder and reach new heights. People want to stay with what’s comfortable, but there are a few of us who will never be satisfied with satisfactory. It is the people who climb, who stretch limits, and break records that will change the world. But more importantly, they will experience the world. 

Imagine yourself years from now. Are you financially stable? Are you happy? Are you free? Our lives come and go faster than we can comprehend. Our time is limited on this earth, and therefore, our lives should never be chained down by fear. Allow yourself to live. And when you do, you will find yourself on the top of mountains tasting the untouchable power that only comes through living. 

Photo credit: Monte Spallone

The Happiest Place on Earth

by Maddy Richards, who helps produce The Morning Show, on BYU Radio

I just spent a week at the happiest place on Earth. Some people dislike Disneyland, but for me it holds all the magic and wonder that reality doesn’t have room for. My vacation was seven days, and three of them were spent in Disneyland and California Adventure, where I was acting like a 5 year old with my 13 and 16 year old sisters, who were also acting like 5 year olds! It made me appreciate the vision of Walt Disney, to create a place where everyone can return to childhood. 

Back in the real world I have to work, go to school, be a good roommate and friend, and also be a good sister and daughter to my family who live further away. In addition to all this, I have to remember to eat and shower, fulfill my church duties, and hopefully have time for some sleep. But for that blissful week at the “happiest place on earth,” I was a kid again. My main worries were whether to get a churro or a pretzel, which line was shorter, and which character was worth waiting to see. This all may seem very trivial to you, but there’s something magical about being a child again. And Disneyland is so good at bringing us back to that nicer time. 

I reveled in the wonder of the fireworks, the sweet and fun music playing everywhere, the excitement of children as they tugged on their parent’s hands, the smiles of every single worker, and the delight of my family, who I loved sharing the experience with.  

Maybe Disneyland isn’t your thing. But whatever it takes, find a way to be a little bit more like a child. And that, in and of itself, is the best vacation you can possibly take. 

Finding My One

by Jessica Black, who helps produce "The Matt Townsend Show"

Not very many people are lucky enough to find the love of their life, let alone when they are 12 years old. I don’t know if it was his baby face or my incredibly awkward reaction to boys, but either way, we were slow in the making. We were just your average 7th graders who couldn’t help but be drawn to each other. He would do silly impressions and I refused to hug boys. We didn’t know anything. But somewhere in between the acne, the late nights, and staying up to text each other, we fell in love. 

I remember it like it was yesterday. I knew I wanted to go with him to Prom, and I would use every resource I had to let him know that. My friends left subtle hints that I wanted to go with him. But these “subtle hints” turned out to be as subtle as a gun. He knew I wanted to go with him, but did he want to go with me? There were other boys wanting to go, but they were not him. I got a letter from a boy asking me to Prom, and the same day, a text came from Dallin saying he wanted to go and had heard someone else was going to ask me. Naturally, I wanted to throw in the towel and say “I’m all yours!” But who was this mystery man? I would take a guess and leave hints to the other boys that I was taken. But I would keep getting these secret letters with no name. I felt so guilty for spending some boy’s money that I wasn’t even going to go with. Then the huge bouquet of roses arrived. Seriously though, I may have been slightly shorter then, but it seems like they were at least the size of a small chair. This was too much! They must’ve cost someone a fortune. The letter read, “I know I’m not your first choice, but please give me a chance. You can open the letter hidden in the flowers to find out who wants to take you to the dance.” Buried deep in the flowers was a note I failed to notice before. I opened it and it was from my future husband, asking me to Prom. That snake in the grass! I was so mad! I was stressing out this whole time and it was him all along! 

I am not one to let things go, so this meant war. He played me like a fiddle and I planned to get him right back. I plotted and planned and the big day came. 

He stormed into class and said, “You!” I may or may not have planted some spices that looked similar to drugs and containers that looked like beer bottles in his car. And, I may or may not have asked the local policeman to pull him over in front of the school right when everyone was going to class. (To this day, he still has anxiety about police cars!) But what can I say? It was the beginning of our happily ever after. We fell in love and were married 5 years later. 

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