Animal Overhead: The Actual Cost of Owning a Pet

If someone said you could improve your health by sitting on the couch, you’d want to know more, right? Well, the answer could be the purring furball or the drooling pooch sitting next to you. Some of the perks of owning a pet are well known; there is, of course, unconditional love and constant companionship, […]

Talking To Your Kids About Marijuana

The worrisome behavior signs were starting to build for Becky. Her daughter was suddenly disrespectful, mouthy, breaking the rules, and definitely displaying more “attitude” at home. This West Fargo parent says her “mom radar” was going off. But Becky had no real proof her teenage daughter was using illicit drugs. It wasn’t until her older […]

Loathe It? Leave It! 5 Simple Steps for Switching Banks

Are rude tellers and outrageous fees among your bank’s claims to fame? Enough already! You shouldn’t have to put up with that. There are plenty of other fish, er, banks, in the sea waiting for your business. Why waste your time and money on an institution you hate? You may think switching banks is a […]

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  • Animal Overhead: The Actual Cost of Owning a Pet

    Animal Overhead: The Actual Cost of Owning a Pet

    If someone said you could improve your health by sitting on the couch, you’d want to know more, right? Well, the answer could be the purring furball or the drooling pooch sitting next to you. Some of the perks of owning a pet are well known; there is, of course, unconditional love and constant companionship, […]

  • How To Design a Recovery-Friendly Get-Together

    Alcohol has become a staple of neighborhood, friend, and family gatherings in our society. Need to relax? It’s time for a drink. Want to celebrate? Must be time for a drink. Want to hang out with friends? Yep, grab another drink. This is all good, until you have a friend who chooses not to drink, […]

  • Talking To Your Kids About Marijuana

    Talking To Your Kids About Marijuana

    The worrisome behavior signs were starting to build for Becky. Her daughter was suddenly disrespectful, mouthy, breaking the rules, and definitely displaying more “attitude” at home. This West Fargo parent says her “mom radar” was going off. But Becky had no real proof her teenage daughter was using illicit drugs. It wasn’t until her older […]

  • When Your Child Hates School

    When Your Child Hates School

    As a parent of children in high school, middle school, and elementary school, it is not unusual to hear the following comments from my children: “I just don’t want to go to school today.” “I had a bad day at school.” “I hate school!” In response, parents are prone to say things like, “Your day […]

  • Recognizing Fake News

    Recognizing Fake News

    Learning to distinguish between reliable and bogus information is a crucial skill in the 21st century. For a brief time, it seemed search engines might help people zero in on accurate, well-researched information. Instead, social media has made it easy to share “news” that has no basis in fact. The proliferation of fake news has […]

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  • The Bad of Being Dad

    The Bad of Being Dad

    Being a dad is awesome except for the parts that aren’t. What are those parts that stink? Here’s a list: 1. The mountains of plastic crud – After a few Christmases, birthdays, and trips to Chuck E. Cheese’s, you realize that basically your kid is getting the same thing over and over. It’s all just […]

  • The Eye Roll Gold Medalist

    The Eye Roll Gold Medalist

    Moms like to brag about their kids. It’s a given. It starts with how long the mother labored and how much her baby weighed. It moves on to the first tooth, earliest walker, and those who potty trained before anyone else. And, while many of those early stories are amazing, those are things we all […]

  • Strong Values Strengthen a Community

    By Gary Wolsky, President/CEO The Village Family Service Center In May, a very quiet but remarkable thing happened in Fargo that, once again, sets us apart in a very positive way from a plague of disrespect that seems to be infecting our country. It was a simple basketball game, a pick-up game by a group […]

  • Star Trek, Star Wars, and the Quest of Fatherhood

    Star Trek, Star Wars, and the Quest of Fatherhood

    An open letter to a friend and soon-to-be father… Dear Jared, We’ve become pretty good friends over the past year and a half working together at The Village. We’re kind of kindred souls in a way—two peas in a pod. We both have creative minds with a bit of a snarl when it comes to […]

  • Don't Bug Me: A mom who hates bugs learns to live with them ... sorta

    Don’t Bug Me: A mom who hates bugs learns to live with them … sorta

    I remember the afternoon when one of our girls, a toddler at the time, brought me a treasure from our yard, clutched in her chubby hand. Holding her fist up to my face, she opened it to reveal a balled-up, roly-poly bug. Instinctively I shrieked and knocked it from her hand. She looked up at […]

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