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    Homemade desserts capture the spirit of Valentines Day

    Restaurant reservations, red roses and sparkling jewelry all are par for the course on Valentine’s Day. However, nothing may epitomize the holiday more than a decadent chocolate treat. When heart-shaped chocolate boxes are not enough, resourceful gifters can turn to homemade desserts to really capture the spirit of Valentine’s Day. This recipe for “Hot Cocoa […]

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    Why we make travel with our kids a priority

    Recently over a rare lunch out together, my 18-year-old daughter and I were discussing her future plans, and the topic turned to having a family. “Get to know each other first,” I advised. “Travel. See the world.” She laughed. “We can travel with babies. You did.” Traveling with kids is not without challenges, but as […]

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    The “Wonder Drug” called Exercise

    by DesiRae Dinius, PA-C As parents, we are constantly worrying about our children’s health, as well as our own. This can seem never ending at times, and frequently there is conflicting advice on how to stay healthy. Medical researchers are spending millions of dollars and countless hours on researching new medications and treatments for medical conditions […]

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    What social style is your child?

    In ancient Greece Hippocrates defined four personality types: sanguine, melancholic, choleric, phlegmatic. These were based on body fluids, or humors. Today we simply use questionnaires such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®, MBTI, to define sixteen basic personality types. In Nurture by Nature, Paul Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger explain the sixteen basic Myers-Briggs types and how […]

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    Save me from the “Baby Shark” song

    Q: How do I get the “Baby Shark” song out of my head? Should I really be letting my kids listen to it so much? First question, you don’t. I’ve tried. My first impulse was to take a ballpeen hammer to my forehead until I forgot what songs were, but I’m told that sort of […]

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    You’re done having babies

    I was finally hit with the question I think every mom gets at some point yet is speechless to the answer. My 2 youngest boys (nine and seven) were sitting with me at home and the youngest says, “Mom, I think we need another baby, I want another baby, I don’t want to the be […]

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    When it comes to teenagers, just listen

    This year marks my tenth anniversary as an high school educator, and let me tell you one thing you probably already know: Teenagers are simultaneously the most fun and most frustrating humans you will encounter – often all in one day. (Kind of like my two-year-old, now that I’m thinking of it.) Call me crazy, […]

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    From lost to found

    This week I lost my six-year-old, twice. Twice this week, tears overflowed the bright blue eyes of my red haired little Benji as he looked at the world, un-tethered and unprotected, and tried to problem solve his way back to me. The first sad tale of the lost and wandering Kindergartner happened on the bus […]

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    For better or for worse

    Twelve years ago I said “I do” in front of a big oak tree that had likely been growing roots on our ranch for close to 80 years. I stood beside a twenty-three year old man who I’d known since I was twelve years old, I held his hand and I made a promise to […]

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    Let’s Eat Cake!

    At Prairie Parent, we believe every celebration calls for cake. And these days, gourmet and theme cakes are everywhere, even (and most fun) at children’s birthday parties! Two local bakers have taken the cake game to a new level and are ready to help make your cake dreams come true.   The Cake Life 238 […]

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    Mozzarella Sandwiches and Creamy Tomato Soup.

    Few things are better together than hot soup and a favorite sandwich for lunch or a light dinner. This combination is the ideal comfort food, and the variations are as endless as a person’s imagination. Thanks to two recipes from What’s Cooking Italian (Thunder Bay Press) by Penny Stephens, home chefs can put an Italian […]

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    Creamy Ham and Broccoli

    Busy families who do not have the time to spend an hour or more in the kitchen preparing weeknight dinners can turn to slow cookers to do the work for them. Slow cookers cook foods on a low temperature over several hours. Slow cookers do not require constant attention, making them ideal for people who […]

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    Smoked Haddock on a Nest of Potatoes

    At the start of a new year, many people resolve to get in shape and lose weight. Diet and exercise have long been the ideal recipe for shedding pounds. In order to do so, a person must create a calorie deficit, which occurs when a person burns more calories than he or she consumes. Healthy, […]

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    Triple Chocolate Muffins

    Tis the season for frost and snow, which means coming downstairs in the morning to a chilly home. One way to rally the troops out of bed when it’s cold and snowy is to reward family with a warm breakfast. Muffins are a go-to choice for a quick bite, and homemade muffins served right out […]

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    In parenting, the end depends on the beginning

    Finis origina pendet.  The end depends on the beginning. – From the movie, The Emperor’s Club A favorite book is The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. One habit that I encourage parents to develop is “Begin with the end in mind”. What kind of person do you want your child to […]

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    Let love be the resolution

      Q: What’s a good New Year’s resolution for me to have as a dad? Oh, hey. Happy New Year, everyone! Now, do you want one really good resolution or a Top Ten list of pretty OK ones? Let’s go with the latter. From the Ask A Dad Inc. home offices in Omemee, N.D., your […]

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    New Year, Healthy start

    A new year means another chance at a fresh start. For many people that means working out more and eating healthier. Setting goals like these are fantastic, but don’t let the enormity of them slow you down. Vincent Van Gough said, “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” You don’t […]

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    New Year. Better me, not a new me.

    I remember my first grade teacher asking me what my name was on the first day of school. I opened my mouth to answer, but no sound came out. I remember other times that I fully intended to speak, to give input, but was met with only silence. That is still me when I try […]

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