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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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    The summer that changed us

    Summer in North Dakota is filled to the brim and overflows a bit. We don’t complain about the heat or the running around because we know there will be plenty of time to sit and catch our breath in the long winter months. So we fill it full of fairs and fireworks and days at […]

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    Do what you say and say what you do

    “Throw rocks into the pool one more time and we’re leaving the party,” Jonathan’s parents told him. It was a surprise party for his grandparents’ anniversary. When Jonathan threw in the next handful of pebbles, nothing happened. Empty threats. It is an easy trap to fall into. We think if we mention the possible consequences […]

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    Myths about grilling and barbecuing, debunked

    Grillmasters and pitmasters work hard to produce mouth-watering fare. Many may develop secret recipes, rubs, sauces, and cooking techniques all in the name of flavorful food. Certain myths about grilling and barbecuing have prevailed through the years. Such misconceptions may discourage newcomers from picking up their tongs and spatulas. Setting the record straight about common […]

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