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The Wow Factor

The Wow Factor

Human beings have a remarkable capacity to grow unappreciative, to take the incredible and make it mundane. Comedian Louis C.K. was on the late-night TV show, “Conan,” a few years back ranting about the whininess of the current generation, even as we live in an age of remarkable technological advancement. He mimicked people complaining of […]

Letter to My Younger Self

Letter to My Younger Self

A wonderful thing is happening at our house. The kids are becoming…capable. That sounds weird, I know. It’s not like they were helpless blobs all this time, but lately I’ve noticed they can really do things—helpful things, necessary things—things my husband and I have been doing for them for more than a decade now. Today […]

Make an Investment in North Dakota Families

By Gary Wolsky, President/CEO The Village Family Service Center First let me state that I am a longstanding conservative who happens to work in a very liberal profession. I have been criticized loudly from both staff and community members periodically for my views and positions stated in this editorial space. I’m fine with that—after all, […]

Holiday Baby Survival Guide: Enjoying the Season With Your Newborn

Holiday Baby Survival Guide: Enjoying the Season With Your Newborn

My most memorable holiday seasons didn’t involve expensive presents, exquisite decorations, or extravagant meals. I didn’t attend swanky cocktail parties or impress my friends with stylish gifts. I survived on reheated lasagna and takeout, accessorized with burp rags, and spent my time gazing at tiny fingers and toes. I was the mom of a newborn. […]

Small Floor Plan, BIG Adventure

Small Floor Plan, BIG Adventure

Downsizing wasn’t exactly a choice for Mary Middleton. When the 67-year-old retired from her job as a registered nurse in October of 2013, she quickly realized she wasn’t comfortable paying the mortgage on her three-bedroom, two-bathroom, split-level home with a double garage. Middleton says, “I felt that I could no longer afford to stay in […]

Firearm Safety at Home: Keeping You and Your Loved Ones Safe

Firearm Safety at Home: Keeping You and Your Loved Ones Safe

*Author Disclaimer: This is an article about firearms safety—not gun control. Some may argue the two are intrinsically linked, others may see defining lines between them. This article is meant to be a tool to help you safely handle and store firearms in your home, if you choose to have them. Share your thoughts with […]

Give Yourself the Gift of Presence This Holiday Season

Thanksgiving is over, Black Friday has come and gone, and the beginning of the holiday season is upon us. I love the holiday season. Bing, Andy, and Nat serenading me with the Christmas songs that shape my memories. Christmas decorations adding a warm glow to the cold, dark December nights. Holiday movies, like old friends, […]

Holiday Time = Family Time = Picture Time

Holiday Time = Family Time = Picture Time

We’ve all seen those family Christmas pictures where Uncle Fred stuck his finger in front of the lens or Aunt Sally lopped off three of your cousins’ heads. Just because you’re not a professional doesn’t mean you don’t care how your photographic family keepsakes look. Here are some tips from a few area photographers to […]

Growing Up Online: Training Wheels for New Cell Phone Users

If your child is one of the lucky kids getting a new cell phone during the holidays, now is the time to think about the rules that should go along with it. Kids need to understand from the get-go that having a phone is a privilege and, like all privileges, comes with responsibilities. Family contracts that […]

Overeating:  An Emotional Journey

Overeating: An Emotional Journey

Marion always thought she was fat. She wasn’t, but every time she looked in the mirror the critiques of her teenage body began. “You shouldn’t be wearing those jeans. They make your hips look huge.” “Your stomach looks like a spare tire.” “Oh my gosh. Do you have cellulite already?!” It was easy, too easy, […]

How To Be a Better Friend

How To Be a Better Friend

Just before the holiday season, Lesley Dormen’s phone rang. The voice at the other end was so frail and frightened she had a hard time recognizing that it was Toni, her former college roommate. Though they had been close in school, they didn’t speak often, nor did they see each other much as both lived […]

Planning a Tween/Teen Sleepover

Planning a Tween/Teen Sleepover

If you’re into coordinating cupcakes and crafts, it’s easy to get swept away by the hundreds of sleepover themes, activities, and treat ideas on Pinterest. But as a parent, you know the really important planning for tween and teen sleepovers has more to do with supervision, rules, and knowing the families involved. After all, you want […]

Tips to Break the Biting Habit

Tips to Break the Biting Habit

Biting is very common among young children for all types of reasons. Most parents find it frustrating, and they want it to stop—quickly! Understanding why young children bite is the first step in preventing biting, as well as teaching children alternatives to biting. This is a list of the most common reasons for biting and solutions […]

I Don’t Want to Grow Up

I Don’t Want to Grow Up

You don’t have to be an adult very long before you realize it stinks. There are mortgage payments and social norms and leaky pipes and dress slacks. The list of constraining, fun-squashing, grown-up things is endless. As a dad, it’s hard not to be a little jealous of my kids. They’re free of all that […]

I Can Explain...

I Can Explain…

Early this morning, I opened my eyes and saw 7-year-old Jack’s eyes looking right at me, just inches from my face. “Mom,” he whispered. “I need to tell you something.” “What is it, Jack?” I groaned sleepily. “The Tooth Fairy didn’t come last night,” he said. “My tooth is still there under the pillow and […]

Behavioral Health in North Dakota

By Gary Wolsky, President/CEO The Village Family Service Center In January of this year, the North Dakota Legislature hired Schulte Consulting to examine North Dakota’s behavioral health system. Concurrently, a North Dakota Behavioral Health stakeholder’s group was convened to make sure everyone was at the table. Representing the nonprofit sector, The Village is honored to […]

Making a Family Book

Making a Family Book

Opening a colorful, professionally printed book to read about your own family—your hobbies, relationships, travels, and other things that make you special—is such a rewarding experience. Just like you and your children get to know Curious George, Madeline, and other literary characters through books, reading your own stories and seeing your own pictures and artwork […]

It's Everyone's Business: Domestic Violence in Fargo-Moorhead

It’s Everyone’s Business: Domestic Violence in Fargo-Moorhead

 Tweet He tried to make it look like a suicide. After shooting his wife, Elizabeth, in the head in February 2013, Ronald Rogers, Jr. carefully placed the gun near her hand and called the Fargo Police Department. Rogers told officers that he and Elizabeth had been arguing when she pulled out the weapon and unloaded […]

Snack Attack: 50 Snacks for 50 Calories or Less

Snack Attack: 50 Snacks for 50 Calories or Less

 Tweet Whether you’re hoping to shed a few pounds, trying to maintain your weight, or attempting to help your children or yourself eat better, experts agree a few sensible snacks interspersed with smaller meals is a healthy way to consume daily calories. Smaller food portions throughout the day can speed up your metabolism and curb […]

Is Your Child Ready for School? Are You?

Is Your Child Ready for School? Are You?

Anticipation builds as the new school year approaches. Every year my kids become antsy as the stores fill up with new backpacks, fun colorful accessories, and the latest in locker and school supplies. And even though I am not ready to begin the process of letting summer with my kids slip though my fingers, I […]