Betsy Ryan

Betsy Ryan

Betsy Ryan resides in Watford City and is a recent transplant to Western North Dakota. She is learning to navigate her new landscape along with her husband and their two boys. Betsy writes for the McKenzie County Farmer and also shares her experiences in North Dakota on her blog, oilgoesboom.com

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    Fatherhood: A piece of cake

    +1 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 […]

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    I’ve turned into my mother

    +1 When I look around and see half empty cans of Diet Coke sitting on tables and counters all over the room, and I find myself working on a sewing project well into the middle of the night, pins spilled on the floor and swatches of fabric piled up underfoot, or when I hear myself […]

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    iKids

    0 Q: What should I be aware of and start doing now to prepare my kids for future Internet use? This month, as writers at Prairie Parent take question from our readers, I’m tackling the complex subject of technology. With my oldest being five years old, this is a subject that I think about often, […]

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    Two local girls turn their craft into business

    0 “You can’t use up creativity, the more you use the more you have.” – Maya Angelou Maya Angelou and children seem to have it right. Leaning into creativity and letting it flow allows that creativity to multiply. As it multiplies, it spreads its light and color and its little droplets of hope and whimsy […]

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    If you want a mom friend be a mom friend

    0 It takes a village to raise a child, the old adage says. I think though, us moms need our own proverb. How about, a mom without friends will never get out of her pajamas? Or maybe, to find the humor, tell a friend. Or my personal proverb, without a diet coke and a good […]

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    Feature: Family bonds made through powwow

    0 Caspie and Donovan Abbey’s lives revolve around powwow. They dance, they fundraise, they teach, they judge, and they travel. So naturally, their children are following in their footsteps. Currently residing in Mandaree, N.D. Caspie’s lineage stems from the Hidatsa Crow Tribe in Montana and Donovan from the Coushatta Hidastsa and Mandan. Both started dancing […]

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    Carpe Baby!

    0 I sit here balancing my laptop on a belly carrying a full-grown baby. She is scheduled to come into the world in three weeks. She doesn’t yet have a name but from what I can sense, she does not have a care in the world. I love her so much, my heart kind of […]

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    Always Powder your Nose, and other Wisdom...

    0 We cannot underestimate the influence of grandparents in children’s lives. As a mother, when I see my parents and my in-laws interacting with, teaching, caring for and providing love to my kids, I personally feel so supported in the huge task of raising these babies. I grew up in a home with seven children. […]

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    A Sprinkle of Stardust

    0 “Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.” – Alex Haley Connie Lukens was living in Sheridan, WY working as a civil servant for the VA when her oldest daughter, Jen, had her first baby in Dickinson, N.D. And just like that, […]

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    Keeping it (Mostly) Clean

    0   “Mommy! Can I do Play Dough?” my four-year-old yelled yesterday, right after I finished cleaning all of the floors in my home. What I wanted to yell back was, “Heck no! I just spent two hours scrubbing the floors, you will sit in the corner and look at my clean floors for the […]