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Utah's First Lady Pushes "Uplift Families" Weekend Event

Becoming a mother or father doesn’t make you a good parent. And we know that parenting doesn’t come with a handbook. That’s why Utah’s First Lady says she wants to help the state’s families get closer together with “Uplift Families.”
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah)- Becoming a mother or father doesn’t make you a good parent. And we know that parenting doesn’t come with a handbook. That’s why Utah’s First Lady says she wants to help the state’s families get closer together with “Uplift Families.”

The First Lady and Governor Herbert raised six kids. And through those experiences and plenty of research and help from experts, Jeanette Herbert wants to share those tips with you. Standing at her husband’s side at Governor Gary Herbert’s inauguration, Jeanette Herbert wanted a topic she could rally behind; an initiative close to her heart.

“I had a child care center for 23 years. I would have parents come in and say ‘my child is out of control what do I do?” said Utah’s First Lady Jeanette Herbert.

From her career in childcare and after six kids of her own, Jeanette Herbert knows a thing or two about child rendering; especially about the classic parenting types that don’t lead to the best results like boot camp style parenting.

“They sometimes rebel when they get older who have low self esteem. You have the helicopter parents who take care of everything. They don’t want their child to fail so the kids don't learn to handle situations on their own,” said Herbert.

It’s hard to sort through all the do’s and don’ts. That’s why her initiative “Uplift Families” aims to give parents a better idea of how to parent. With no instruction manuals attached to their kids, Herbert says an upcoming conference will help Utah families.

“There's a lot of information out there, but it's making parents aware they're are a lot of things out there that might make things a little bit easier and more successful,” said Herbert.

At the end of the day-long event, she hopes parents will learn this: “You set rules, regulations, boundaries, but you have a great relationships with your children allow them to have input in the situation and so there's a little bit more feedback,” said Herbert.

After all, the First Lady says having kids is a blessing. So she tells parents this simple rule:

“Take the job out of parenting and put the joy into parenting,” said Herbert.

The “Uplift Families” Conference is Saturday, October 26th at the Utah Valley Convention Center at 220 West Center St, Provo, UT. You can find out more information by clicking here.

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