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    Smokey corn is a classic campfire dish

     Smokey corn is a classic campfire dishMany different foods call to mind campfire cooking. Foods cooked over an open fire take on a unique, smokey and savory flavor that is hard to replicate. There’s something special about collectively preparing, cooking and sharing a meal in the great outdoors that makes camping so appealing. Although s’mores […]

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    Fatherly wisdom for back to school

    When your kids go back to school each fall, what words of wisdom do you give them?  First, a word of warning. I have many, many words when I write. Almost none of them are wise. To start, I tell them to be brave. Fortune favors the bold; that’s what I tell myself each day […]

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    “We don’t do that at our house!”

    “But Sammy’s mother lets them eat ice cream for breakfast.” One of our parenting and teaching challenges is to explain the rules, not only in our own homes and classrooms, but in those places where we have no control. As our children’s friends and relatives visit our homes, we’ll hear the phrase, more than once, […]

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    Potty trained before preschool

    In May, my recently-turned-three-year-old and I went to check out the magical world of Mrs. Marsha, neighborhood preschool teacher. She greeted us with hugs and took my boy’s hand to show him all of the wonders of her classroom. A play area, a song area, pictures and colors and books. Teddy was absolutely dying with […]

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    Protect your child’s brain with a helmet

    By Dr. Stephen Coulson, Emergency Medicine Physician at CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson If I were to ask most people to point to themselves, they would point to their chests, yet your sternum is not you. Your sternum could be surgically removed and replaced with metal, and you would still be you. Neither is your […]

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    Passing down agricultural traditions

    By Nate Schlief Every year, as the school year ends, most kids can’t wait to get summer started. My two sons are the same way. I grew up on a dairy farm. When I think back to what my summer plans consisted of, it’s much different for my sons, who are growing up in the […]

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    Senior photo time!

    Since the launch of Prairie Parent, we have been lucky to work with a wonderful group of local photographers committed to professionally capturing special moments in the lives of families. As the new school year approaches, parents and guardians of graduating seniors are already thinking about graduation and the special ways to commemorate this time […]

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Bottling the whine

    Nothing can wear you down as quickly as a whining child. You may think you are patient, kind-hearted, understanding and virtuous beyond vocabulary. Five minutes with a whining child can make all those golden qualities evaporate. And let us not forget whiny adults. Whining isn’t just a youngster’s activity.  Whining works. Which is why it […]

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