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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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    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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    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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    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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    Tips to prepare your child for back to school

    It’s time to go “Back to School!” For some children this is an exciting time they are looking forward to. For others, “back to school” means brings fear and trepidation depending upon their previous experiences and ability to enjoy social interactions. Although it may seem that our children’s fears are often unfounded, they are real […]

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