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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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    On the farm and in life, we can’t do it alone

    In states that are agriculture centered, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are just a fancy name for any other day. You maybe get a card, or a flower, or the newest item at the farm store thrown at you while you’re getting off the tractor. For Mother’s Day, I was spreading granular fertilizer, putting on […]

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    It’s a Boy! My Family’s Pet Adoption Story

    It’s a Boy! No, no third child, we adopted a dog. Although it does kind of feel like there’s a third child is in our house. It’s one more mouth to feed and another stop on the weekend errand train that is for sure. He is the first adopted dog between both my husband and […]

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    He wants freedom for Father’s Day

      Not permanent freedom, he told me. He worked very hard to be, in fact, very tied down. He wants freedom for an afternoon, a few hours, to drive and think and explore without making peanut butter sandwiches and packing snacks in little baggies. Without filling any sippy cups or water bottles, without charging a […]

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    Surviving summer break

    Ah, summer break. You might remember the magic of getting out of school at the end of May or beginning of June, taking a deep breath, and knowing that there was nothing but freedom for months. (If you’re an educator like me, you still know this sweet feeling, although to a smaller extent because, alas […]

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    A Dad’s Father’s Day Wish List

    Q: What does every dad secretly want for Father’s Day? I’ll tell you, but it’s not going to be much of a secret after I do. See, every dad is different, of course. So I’m definitely not going to bat a thousand on this one. But I’ll take a few swings and make a few […]

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    Checking in with dad

    Let’s talk about dads. With Father’s Day approaching and our house in a constant state of princess dress-up, meltdowns, sippy cups and dance parties, I’ve realized that while I delve pretty regularly into conversations with my sister and girlfriends about the challenges and tribulations of motherhood and how it’s transforming me in more ways than […]

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    Surprise Mom with a special dessert

    Mothers selflessly devote themselves to their children from infancy into adulthood. A mother’s love never wanes, and she’s always ready and willing to step in and put her children first. Mother’s Day is a great chance for men, women and children to honor the special women in their lives. Delicious homemade treats can show mothers […]

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    When nuthin’ goes right for nobody

    Ever have those frazzled times with the kids? And spouse? Where everyone seems irritable? Where each family member appears to be a nemesis to each other’s happiness? Ever have a day, a week, or more, where “nuthin’ went right for nobody?” Sometimes when our family is in a tizzy and a funk, a solution seems […]

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    My firstborn is graduating

    May is just around the corner and this year there are mixed feelings about that. My oldest, the one who made me a mother, graduates in May. And we can hardly breathe through the panic. She, about what’s ahead for her and me, for how that changes everything for us. Why didn’t I foresee all […]

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    Big celebration, burnt toast or a day off?

    Q1: How do you make Mother’s Day a celebration with the children who made your wife a mom without making her do “mom” work all day by taking care of clingy kids? Q2: I think there is sometimes a lot of debate about how to celebrate that day. Should you causing a big commotion with […]

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    Teens and depression

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and for parents with teens, awareness is key. According to Parents Lead, a North Dakota prevention program that works to promote healthy behavioral health in children, 29% of North Dakota high school students have felt sad or hopeless every day for more than two weeks in the past year. […]

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    5 Top binge-worthy shows for moms

    Whether you’re a new mom settling into a routine of nursing and being on maternity leave or a veteran mom who needs some good ole fashioned me time with her couch and her remote control, I’ve got you covered with my five top binge worthy Netflix shows for moms. Workin’ Moms – Warm, loyal PR […]

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    I want a nap for Mother’s Day

    Not a short nap, one that is interrupted as soon as I hit REM. Not the kind where I fall asleep and then someone comes and stands next to my bed asking for a drink then five minutes later cries to me that their brother stole their drink and then ten minutes later wakes me […]

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    Mom we love you, peas and thank you

    We’ve been working on manners in our house lately. I have two girls, aged three and one, so you can imagine the lists of demands I receive on a minute-by-minute basis as their mother and assumed servant. So far it’s been going ok. I mean, when the one-year-old can’t find the word for the giant […]

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    Dickinson event makes learning about safety and health fun

    By Marlys Walter, Annual Kids Health and Safety Fair Chairman “Howdy Pardner!” Children, dig out your cowboy boots and hats, or maybe an Elsa or Superhero costume! It’s time for the Annual Kids Health and Safety Fair hosted by the Southwestern District Health Unit on Thursday, April 25 from 3:00 to 6:30 pm at the […]

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    Understanding a child’s sense of order

    Three-year-old Abby, was the perfect cheerful morning pre-school student with never a tear or a fret. Until the end of April. All week at dismissal she had begun to cry as soon as I opened the car door. Her mother was greeted with big sobs and screams of “You don’t love me.” Her mom was […]

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