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    Check off the summer bucket list

    North Dakota Summer Bucket List Summer time is something that all North Dakotans look forward to in anticipation for great things to do. Here’s a fun summer bucket list for kids and families, that anyone would enjoy doing during the hot days of summer. While you’re at it, check off a few for Father’s Day! […]

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    Fatherhood: A piece of cake

    You know that thing that your dad does, the thing that is always funny? It becomes the joke, the thing that he has to do when the opportunity arises because it’s the funny thing he always does. And his kids wait with baited breath for the punch line so they can grab their guts and […]

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    Fathers of Daughters

    In honor of Father’s Day, I’d like to talk here about my dad. He’s been the harmony to my solo, the swat on my horse’s rump and pretty much the one person in this world who understands what it’s like to have a nose that seems to keep growing, despite the fact that neither one […]

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    How the fatherhood torch gets passed

    I’d say that I’m at least equally involved as my dad was. I have a very similar parenting style to my dad’s, too. As a dad, I do a lot for my kids, as did my dad. We just don’t do things for our kids nearly as quickly as moms might, and sometimes we will deny some of those requests.
    Let me explain.

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    Fathers and the World of Play

    “Most fathers naturally make good playmates for children. Fathers tend to focus on play interaction more than mothers or other caregivers. Children often prefer fathers as play companions because fathers are usually more active and stimulating in their play activity,” according to Dr. Sean Brotherson, Family Science Specialist, North Dakota State University Extension, co-author of […]

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    Memories of father shape happy childhood

    “What’s to become of us now?” was what my six-year-old sister asked the secretary at the courthouse. Our grandparents were coming to pick us up and they were late. It was after five o’clock and people in the office were going home. Everyone, except for a secretary who stayed late to wait with my sister […]

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    Gather around the grill this Father's Day

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