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    Tips to keep your child’s diet on track

    Did you know? According to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture: In the last 20 years, the number of 2- to 5-year-olds consuming soft drinks has increased 21 percent. Simple, more healthful substitutions can reduce a child’s risk of becoming overweight. For example, trading a banana for 1 ounce of potato chips will contribute […]

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    Preparing for Parenthood

    January brings many new beginnings; a new calendar, a new outlook, a new resolution. For some people, 2019 will also bring a new little member to the family. Like most new jobs, becoming a parent can be very exciting, filled with dreams, anticipation and maybe a little anxiety. Parenting can be a job that is […]

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    Traditions are a way to develop strong family bonds

    Building family traditions that last and have personal meaning for family members is an important way to develop strong family relationships. Recalling your favorite family experiences usually leads to thinking of such times of family tradition as the weekly Sunday meal, family get-togethers at Thanksgiving or Christmas, vacations at a favorite spot, or reading stories […]

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    Are we overindulging our kids?

    Ask any parent and they will say, “We want to raise children who are grateful, responsible and respectful.” Parents start out with a good heart filled with the best of intentions going down the path of parenting. But sometimes, we make a detour down a path of overindulging children. It often seems like the right […]

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    Take a PLAY-CATION

    Summer is a limited time opportunity and a great time to do so many things we can’t do in the other season. It goes so fast that if we don’t grab on to it, it is gone before we realize it’s here.   Unplug your family and take a technology PLAY-CATION! See what happens. Be a […]

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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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    All about mom

    For this special Mother’s Day issue, West Dakota Parent and Family Resource Center asked children of all ages for thoughts on moms, proving that it doesn’t matter how old you get, a mother’s love and influence carries on. What’s your favorite thing about your mom? She’s nice. -Age 5 Mine is she cooks, play and […]

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    Is your child getting enough sleep?

    It’s time again for daylight savings time to spring forward. Other than setting our clocks ahead, we may not pay much attention. BEWARE, our body clocks don’t switch as fast as our cell phones. For most people, it takes a minimum of one week for our bodies to change but may take even longer than […]

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    Spell Love T-I-M-E

    From West Dakota Parent & Family Resource Center “There is a widespread belief in our society that the time parents and children spend playing together is frivolous and unproductive,” according to Carolyn Webster-Stratton’s book, The Incredible Years, A Troubleshooting Guide for Parents of Children Aged 2-8 Years. But in her book Stratton reminds parents that “play […]

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