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Most popular 2013 advice for moms, dads and marriages (20 items)

By , Deseret News

Dec. 20, 2013

Marriage and parenting advice are readily available online. Some suggestions seem unrealistic, while others resonate with readers and begin making the social media rounds.

Although there are many views on how to be the "most efficient mom" or "most adoring husband," this year there have been some advice articles on DeseretNews.com that have struck a chord with many of our readers.

Whether it's learning how to be "the meanest mom," how to recover from a divorce or why you didn't marry your soul mate — these most popular advice articles from 2013 have something for a broad range of family situations.

1 of 20. The six words your spouse and children need to hear today

"The six words your spouse and children need to hear today"

Rachel Macy Stafford shares her appreciation for her husband and daughters in this post that originally appeared on her blog, "Hands Free Mama."

"When simply watching someone makes your heart feel as if it could explode right out of your chest, you really should let that person know.

It is as simple and lovely as that."

2 of 20. Marriage isn't for you: Author explains viral blog post

"Marriage isn't for you"

The following post by Seth Adam Smith originally appeared on his blog ForwardWalking.com and can now be found on SethAdamSmith.com.

"Kim and I were going through a rough patch, a real rough patch there because of her grad school and moving to Tampa, and her being involved in grad school so much," Smith told the Deseret News.

"Because of that, I started to withdraw from her and push her away, and, like it says in the article, it all came to a head. Emotions erupted — and I say it was some time ago — it was two weeks ago. This article was sort of cathartic; it was getting over it all."

3 of 20. Matt Walsh: ‘You’re a stay-at-home mom? What do you do all day?’

"You're a stay-at-home mom? What do you do all day?

This post by talk radio host Matt Walsh originally appeared on his website, The Matt Walsh Blog.

In his post, Walsh recalls a conversation he had with another woman about his wife choosing to stay at home.

"I shouldn’t need to explain why it’s insane for anyone — particularly other women — to have such contempt and hostility for 'stay at home' mothers. Are we really so shallow? Are we really so confused? Are we really the first culture in the history of mankind to fail to grasp the glory and seriousness of motherhood?"

4 of 20. 50 lessons I want to teach my daughter

"50 lessons I want to teach my daughter"

This piece, by Lisa-Jo Baker, originally appeared on her blog, lisajobaker.com.

"I have a daughter," Baker wrote.

"It’s changed everything. My gorgeous, rough and tumble boys — I love them as hard as they love all things mud, dirt and mortal combat. But raising a girl — I ache to give her a head start in this Pinterest, Photoshopped world."

Baker then lists 50 lessons she hopes to teach her daughter, including "Your brothers will teach you how boys should treat you" and "Good girls aren’t boring."

5 of 20. Dear parents, you need to control your kids; sincerely non-parents

"Dear parents, you need to control your kids; sincerely non-parents"

This post by talk radio host Matt Walsh originally appeared on his website, The Matt Walsh Blog. In the article Walsh addresses a situation he ran into at the grocery store.

"I’m no math major, but that calculus makes no sense. A kid going berserk at a grocery store doesn’t indicate the quality of his parents, anymore than a guy getting pneumonia after he spends six hours naked in the snow indicates the quality of his doctor," Walsh wrote.

"The occasional meltdown is unavoidable, the real test is how you deal with it. This mother handled it like a pro. She was like mom-ninja; she was calm and poised, but stern and in command."