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    For Unto Us A Child Is Born

    For Unto Us A Child Is Born This week we celebrate the birth of a man from Galilee. This man was born, as all of us are, as a small helpless being, dependent on the care and protection of a mother and father. This child was born in a stable on a journey decreed by […]

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    Nutrition in Pregnancy

    What do you think of when asked about food and nutrition? For some, they may think of the fact that it is necessary to survive on a day to day basis. Others may think about their favorite meal. And for others yet, they may think about how difficult it is to manage some of their […]

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    Teach an Attitude of Gratitude this Season

    Looking for just the right gift this year? Give a gift that: Is always opened. Never re-gifted. Takes no shopping time and avoids the crowds. Will never be found still wrapped and for sale on social media. The recipient will not be waiting for the “right time” to open it or use it. YOU are […]

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    18 ideas for making holiday memories

    Counting down to Christmas Day means many different things to people across the globe. Although families likely have several different traditions they anticipate each year, it can be fun to incorporate some new merrymakers into the festivities. Here are some festive ideas to include in the days leading up to Christmas — a special family […]

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    Celebrating the holidays as a blended family

    Emotions run deep come the holiday season. Holiday planning can be hectic, especially for blended families. Today’s families are increasingly blended, meaning they’re a combination of families due to divorce or death. Even though the holidays are meant to be joyous, navigating traditions and accommodating the unique needs of all involved — including cultural traditions, […]

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    Becoming my mother. Becoming Santa Clause.

    The holiday season is in full force. The trees in the windows, the lit up houses and Christmas carols, cookies, parties and presents all conjure up different childhood memories for each of us year after year. For me Christmas is my mother. Thanksgiving comes and goes and it’s like my mom sprinkles something in the […]

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    Purple Asters Color Memories Of Fall

    The smell of Fall is in the air! Crisp mornings, the leaves changing into luscious golden and auburn colors, and of course pumpkin everything. This season used to be my mama’s favorite season. She belonged to a garden club until she adopted my sister and I. It was then that she devoted her entire life, […]

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    Feature: Family bonds made through powwow

    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 at […]

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    Parenting in Tough Times

    The media coverage is intense. Images of police, victims of violence, and related difficulties flood social media and television screens. These and other realities related to recent events associated with terrorism are unsettling, especially for children. Children ask questions and respond emotionally to the reactions of adults to these events. They see adults absorbed in the news coverage. They […]

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    Take the Challenge to Choose Thankfulness

    Over ten years ago at a conference I noticed an unusual number of people wearing purple plastic wristbands.  I didn’t think much about it, imagining that the bands must be in support of a worthy cause.   When I returned home from the conference I stopped by my neighborhood bookstore.  At the checkout register sat […]

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    Reflecting on the Holidays

    “Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go; The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh through the white and drifting snow.” This familiar song is the song I always think of when I think of the holiday, Thanksgiving. The poem that the song originated from, shows that the author’s […]

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    Because it Makes Sense

    Heidi Dietrich is 10 weeks pregnant. She has two children, Declan, 5 and Delaney, 2 ½, and a loving husband, Matt. They live together in Bismarck where she leads a normal life as a mom and a business owner and right now she’s experiencing the typical symptoms of early pregnancy—headaches, bloating, fatigue and nausea—but Heidi’s […]

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    Carpe Baby!

    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 hurts. […]

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    Foster Care

    Interested in becoming a foster parent? With any new and exciting journey in parenthood, the process and information can feel overwhelming. We caught up with Jenny Thompson, a Licensed Social Worker in McKenzie County, to help sort through the steps to successful licensing and placement. According to Thompson, there’s great need for foster parents in […]

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    Forever Ours: Building a family through adoption

    Everyone’s journey to parenthood is different, with different struggles, decisions and stories built along the way. From natural conception, to infertility treatments to foster care and adoption, hopeful parents have options when it comes to building their families. Here, two local couples share their stories about building their families through adoption, a process not without […]

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    Infertility Deconstructed

    The decision to have a child is one of the most life-changing experiences a couple can undergo. Oftentimes conception occurs without planning or trying, but many times it is carefully planned, and when mother nature doesn’t go along with the plan it can be a very stressful time for a couple. The definition of infertility […]

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    56 Inspiring Mother’s Day Messages

    When was the last time you told mom how much she means to you? If it’s been a while, that’s completely understandable. With everything that life throws at us, it’s easy to take moms for granted, especially if they’re long distance.  This Mother’s Day, FTD is here to help you show mom your appreciation for […]

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    New Statistics on Coupon Shoppers

    Whenever new statistics are released about coupon usage, shoppers’ habits and the state of the coupon industry, I eagerly pore over them. I love seeing how couponing changes year-to-year, and continue to be fascinated by our ever-changing industry. Are digital coupons overtaking paper, or are consumers still reaching for the scissors and clipping paper each […]

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    7 Gift Ideas for the Mom in Your Life

    The moms in our lives are pretty special ladies. That’s what makes giving them a gift on Mother’s Day so difficult. It can’t be just any cute coffee mug or vanilla candle. They want something unique that says, “Hey mom… We put some time and thought into your gift.” Well we’ve got you covered – […]

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    Mono: The signs, symptoms and care

    “You’ve got mono,” is the last thing a teenager – or their parent – wants to hear at a visit to their clinic provider. Whether your teen is busy with a part-time job, a sports team, theater production, or an-extra challenging academic workload at college, any illness that slows them down is a blow to […]

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    The Best Gift of All

    My favorite holiday is Mother’s Day. It ranks far and above Christmas, my birthday, or even July 4th with all its sparklers and fireworks that dazzle the night sky. Maybe it’s my absolute favorite because my 3 children used to always spoil me with breakfast in bed and treated me like a queen for the […]

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    A Sprinkle of Stardust

    “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, Connie’s […]

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    Keeping it (Mostly) Clean

      “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 rest […]

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    Kids and Chores

    Chores, in an ideal world, teach kids the benefit of hard work, but the word itself holds an undercurrent of difficulty and unpleasantness. On the ranch however, this seems to be less true. Sure there are always days when you have to make kids go out and do things they do not want to do, […]

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    Get Organized!

    You’ll often find new moms are overwhelmed with everything they need on their baby registry. Yes, kids come with lots of stuff, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be organized. In fact, research shows that intentionally limiting the number of toys a child has can have positive effects on their creativity, eating habits and academics. […]

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    Kids Talk Teamwork

    Watford City’s new Rough Rider Event Center is now open and with it came the completion of a new competitive lap pool. To take full advantage of the opportunity the new facility provides for the community’s youth, a group of parents and volunteers founded the Sea Wolves, Watford City’s first swim team. The Sea Wolves […]

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    Meningitis in Children and Young Adults

    While many of us parents are in the midst of helping our families fight cold and flu germs this time of year, we should all be aware of another potential illness that can affect our children. Meningitis, while less common than a cold or stomach bug, can be very serious for children from infanthood through […]

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