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Sniffle, Sneeze, Scratch: An Allergy Primer

Sniffle, Sneeze, Scratch: An Allergy Primer

For months—no, make that years—Linda Johnson of West Fargo worried about her son’s health. His nose dripped like a leaky faucet. “I don’t think Conner ever had a clean nose,” says Linda. He snored so loudly she could hear him over the television while he slept in his upstairs bedroom. “It was almost like he [...]

Spring Cleaning in  30 Minutes or Less…Guaranteed!

Spring Cleaning in 30 Minutes or Less…Guaranteed!

I know what you’re thinking: 30 minutes cannot possibly be long enough to complete all your spring cleaning. Well, that depends on how you look at it. Most of us don’t have endless amounts of time to spend cleaning our houses, and more than that, who really wants to? It’s not fun. So, what’s this [...]

How to Deal With Medical Debt

How to Deal With Medical Debt

A broken bone, mental health therapy, a long-term illness, a car accident, a premature baby. All of these situations—and so many more unexpected ones—can land a family in medical debt. According to Wikipedia, “Medical debt is different from other forms of debt, because it is usually incurred accidentally or faultlessly. People do not plan to [...]

Settling the Great Debate: What to do With Your Kids’ Art

Settling the Great Debate: What to do With Your Kids’ Art

Some moms save every scribble which finds its way to paper. Some wait until the cover of darkness and then sneak it, piece by piece, to the recycling bin. It’s a constant debate and tremendous source of second-guessing: Just what’s a mom to do with the mounds of “artwork” generated by her kids? Multiply this [...]

Difficult or Delightful: 6 Reasons to Appreciate Your Mother-in-law

Immediately upon walking out of the church on my wedding day, my mother-in-law burst into tears. While she claimed they were “tears of joy,” I know it was very hard for her to hand over her son to another woman. Mothers-in-law often get a bad rap. Mother-in-law jokes abound, and somewhere right now there’s a [...]

A Letter to My Girls

A Letter to My Girls

If memory serves me, my dad was in Walmart when I called him with the big news. His response was something like, “Are you serious?! Are you serious?!” Indeed, I was serious. Amy and I were expecting twins. I remember the strange suddenness of their arrival. When it was time to leave the hospital, they handed [...]

The Perils of Public Restrooms with Preschoolers

The Perils of Public Restrooms with Preschoolers

“Mommy, I gotta go potty.” Why do those five words, when spoken in public, cause your heart to race and your teeth to clench? Is it because you know to get a preschooler successfully in and out of a public restroom you dash all hopes of completing any errand? And why is meeting such a [...]

Three Decades of Opportunity

By Gary Wolsky, President/CEO The Village Family Service Center From time to time the question of my tenure at The Village comes up, particularly since I passed the 30-year mark in August 2013. It’s a good question, as I suppose it’s not common to find someone who stays with an organization that long. As I [...]

You’re Retired? How to Volunteer Overseas

Remember when you were young and idealistic and wanted to make a difference in the world? Now that you’re retired, you have your chance. Baby boomers and members of the Silent Generation are flocking overseas to take part in volunteer vacations. You’ll be in good company if you head abroad to volunteer. Those ages 65 [...]

Mentoring Works

The Village’s Big Brothers Big Sisters program stretches back over 40 years and is a program of which I am immensely proud. A few months ago, I received a report on a large scale evaluation assessing the impact of mentoring—which provides further evidence that Big Brothers Big Sisters is changing the lives of kids in [...]

Life Lessons at the Grocery Store

Life Lessons at the Grocery Store

Taking kids down the cereal aisle at the grocery store is like being part of your own private Black Friday: the pushing, the crying, the fistfights. And there’s more marketing packed into that stretch of big box real estate than in all of Times Square. I’m not just talking about the cereal manufacturers; I’m talking [...]

Confessions of a Quitter

Confessions of a Quitter

Over the years, my mother let me quit a few things. After several failed attempts at sewing lessons, she accepted that the one and only thing I ever produced was a bath towel wrap with a piece of Velcro sloppily stitched to it. And after a lot of whiny persuasion, she also let me quit [...]

Yoga For Kids

Yoga For Kids

There’s no (age) limit to this stress-reducing, awareness-building practice. When Allison Svobodny of Moorhead became a mom four years ago, she knew she needed to make time for yoga. After nine years of weekly practice, she loved what yoga provided: exercise, emotional awareness, calming effects, and a sense of connection. She also knew it would [...]

Protect Your Peepers: Eye Problems in Aging Adults

Protect Your Peepers: Eye Problems in Aging Adults

We know what we’re supposed to do. Have a yearly physical. Visit the dentist every six months. After a certain age, get an annual or bi-annual mammogram or a prostate exam. For a variety of reasons, though, some of us have a hard time sticking to that schedule. We’re even worse when it comes to [...]

10 Things We Spend Too Much On

10 Things We Spend Too Much On

All too often, we buy things we think we’re supposed to, and whenever there’s an emotional component involved, our tendency to overspend is enhanced even more. Think funerals, weddings, and engagement rings, just for starters. Read on for more examples of traditional purchases people routinely spend too much on and solid suggestions for cutting those costs. [...]

You Want Me To Pay For What? What Your Parent’s Financial State Can Mean for You

In the past few weeks, I mentioned to a handful of people that I was writing an article about laws that say adult children can be held responsible for their parents’ medical bills and long-term care, even if they don’t agree to do so. As a conversation starter at a party, this one drummed up [...]

Growing Up Online: How Texting Can Strengthen Relationships

By now, parents of kids with cell phones understand that texting has created new possibilities—and problems. Although research is sparse, a few preliminary studies suggest that, like other forms of communication, texting has the power to bring people closer. Depending on how it is used, it can also create and exacerbate conflict. In one recent, highly publicized [...]

Valentine’s Treats to Make Your Kids’ Day Special

It’s that time of year again when sweet treats abound, and celebrating Valentine’s Day seems to be all about eating chocolate. February is also American Heart Month, designated by the American Heart Association as the time to develop healthy habits for your heart health. Kids, of course, won’t be thinking about their heart health, and, [...]

Ease Your Pain: What You Need to Know About Chiropractic Care and Physical Therapy

Ease Your Pain: What You Need to Know About Chiropractic Care and Physical Therapy

Fawn Krosch is in pain. It’s 2 in the afternoon, but she is lying in bed with the shades drawn; all the lights are off and her rural Hawley, Minn., farmhouse is exceedingly quiet. She has a migraine. If she tries to move, the pain radiates through her head and down her neck. Her whole [...]

Painting 101

Painting 101

When Adrian and Abbey Dawson-Becker found out they were pregnant with their second child, they wanted their then 18-month-old son, Drake, to be a big part of getting ready for the new baby. One way to accomplish that was to have him help put a fresh coat of paint on the nursery walls to get [...]