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    Our Top 7 Favorite Children’s Books

    We’ve been doing the mom store all summer long and its been a hit. If you haven’t read my article on the mom store, we’ve developed a reward system for reading books. This month I thought I’d share with you some of our favorite books from the past few years so you can add some […]

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    Times change, but the way we connect shouldn’t

    Ahh, the first day of school. Can’t you just smell it? The new backpacks, clean sneakers, nerves and anticipation? As I write, teachers and administrators are beginning to plan their classrooms, gather supplies and schedule meetings. Parents are thinking about school shopping, doctor’s appointments, volleyball practices, senior photos and getting everyone back on a schedule. […]

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    The sweet spot of summer

    “You only get 18 summers with them in your house.” Leave it to the accountant friend of mine to break down the reality of parenthood in a matter of numbers. “But then, when you really add it up, it’s more like ten or eleven with them really being a kid, before the summers fill up […]

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    How not to take a summer vacation

    I’m Prairie Parent’s resident advisor on teen and pre-teen issues. While I might not have much advice on taking teenagers on summer vacations, as I haven’t had that experience yet, I do have some advice on what NOT to do when taking your kids on vacation. I grew up with five brothers, so for our […]

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    Do you know how to visit the zoo?

    Zoos are such a fun place to visit with your kids! They are filled with unlimited opportunity for adventure, exploration, and learning. But how do you best take advantage of all the animal excitement? Here are a few tips to keep in mind the next time you visit the zoo. Slow down Let your child […]

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    The importance of well child visits

    As a family practice provider, I often get inquiries about recommendations for how long to continue ‘Wellness’ visits beyond the first several years of life. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, wellness visits begin within the first week of birth (typically within 3-5 days of delivery), and again at 1 month of age, 2 […]

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    The ultimate Prairie Parent

    Everyone’s probably got their own image of a person that they see in their head when they hear the words North and Dakotans. Maybe it’s a roughneck in the oil fields, or a farmer. Perhaps it’s Carson Wentz or Cara Mund or Lawrence Welk. For me, it is, and always will be, my Grandpa Martin Hagen. He was the personification […]

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    Benefits of an “Unplanned” Summer

    As my kids get older, summer vacation seems to get more stressful. The countdown to summer break became somewhat of a doomsday clock. Life is hectic during the school year, running to all the different activities and school functions, so this year I decided to take some of the stress away by planning absolutely nothing. […]

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