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    Stepping up to the Plate

    It is easy as a dad to think that what you do is not having an impact. You work, drive your kids from here to there, and spend the time in-between chipping away at your ‘honey do’ list. And if that does not overtake you, there’s the ‘one minute they love you and the next […]

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    Real Talk: What's it Like to be a Dad?

    One of my favorite things I’ve found about being a mom is watching my husband be a dad. He has the patience for it and he pays attention to things that I’m not as good at, like earwax buildup and teaching her how to properly climb up and down the stairs, because when it comes […]

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    The month of June slows life down a bit

    June! One of my favorite months. Actually, every month has a special holiday or seasonal weather that I like, but it is June that I find exceptional. This blissful month follows the end of school year and I always loved the end of a school year. You would think I was a teacher or something. […]

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    Can Smaller Sizes Work In Your Favor?

    Recently, a popular brand of dish detergent downsized its smallest-sized bottles. My eagle-eyed blog readers at JillCataldo.com noticed that over the past three years, this brand has downsized these small detergents from 14 fluid ounces to 10.3, then to nine, and now to eight ounces. One thing that hasn’t changed much is the price. These […]

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    Summer Ushers in Grilling Season

    The return of warm weather is synonymous with many things. For folks in Southwestern North Dakota who love to grill, spring marks a return to grilling their favorite foods and dining outdoors. Burgers and hot dogs may never go out of style, but plenty of additional foods can make for delicious grilled meals. Grilled chicken, […]

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    The High Cost of Low Trust

    “My parents don’t trust me anymore,” said thirteen-year-old Steve. “Oh,” I said, but thinking RED ALERT.  This wasn’t going to be a regular sit-at-the-table-and-eat-pizza party conversation. My memory neurons buzzed trying to find the listening/questioning tool I had recently learned called evidence and impact questioning. The gist of this two-step listening technique is to gather […]

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    After School

    Children will spend, on average, more than 900 hours attending school in a given year. The average school year in the United States lasts 1,016 hours, the equivalent of 42 continuous days. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, many developed countries begin their academic years in September and end them in June. […]

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