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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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    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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    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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    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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    Finding the childcare balance

    Q: When you are working, where are your kids? Aren’t you scared that they miss you?  Well, I’m not going to give you a street address, if that’s what you’re asking. I do work for a living, as do most of the parents reading right now I suspect. As does my wife, Annette (she’s sweet), […]

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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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