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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 […]

Where to Find the Best Free Educational Videos Online

Where to Find the Best Free Educational Videos Online

Tweet As every good teacher knows, a well-chosen video can fasten a concept into a child’s head much faster than a lecture or a textbook. Happily, this is the golden age for mini videos. Charismatic educators have condensed their best lessons into short segments that are as entertaining as they are educational. Since kids are already snacking […]

Still Supporting Your Adult Kids? 5 Steps for Cutting Them Off

Still Supporting Your Adult Kids? 5 Steps for Cutting Them Off

If you’re the parent of young adults, you may be wondering if the kids are ever going to make it on their own. It’s small comfort but, if you’re helping support grown kids, you’re in good company. Nearly 60 percent of American parents were financially supporting adult children, the National Foundation for Financial Education and […]

Pint-sized Demolition Crew

Pint-sized Demolition Crew

Tweet Brands like Gerber and Pampers like to show you pictures of sleeping babies taken with soft filters so they look all sweet and cuddly. Have you seen those Carter’s children’s clothing promo photos with all of those happy, contented, clean children? Well, that’s all a whole lot of hooey aimed at selling stuff. The […]

Wish I was Making This Up

Wish I was Making This Up

My favorite humor writer, Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Dave Barry, is famous for the line “I am not making this up.” He uses it when writing about things that are so absurd any sane person would assume he’s taking creative liberties with his description when, in fact, the description happens to be ridiculous AND true. I […]

Keeping an Eye Upstream

By Gary Wolsky, President/CEO The Village Family Service Center Four villagers working along a river bank see children floating by and out of sight. The first villager works frantically to pull out as many as he can. The second villager decides the best approach is to teach the children to swim. The third villager rallies […]

The Lizard Who Ate Orlando

The Lizard Who Ate Orlando

Sometimes the best thing you can do for your work is get away from it. A week’s vacation did the trick; even though I’m up to my neck in laundry and an overflowing email inbox, I’m refreshed and happy to be back at my computer. I was reminded of a trip we took a few […]

A Decade of Fatherly Wisdom

A Decade of Fatherly Wisdom

Marriage was a big life change. But I think fatherhood was even bigger. For the first time, I (along with my wife) was totally responsible for every aspect of the well-being of someone who wasn’t me. I’ve been a dad for almost 10 years now. Fatherhood has changed me, and I’ve learned a lot. For […]

Notes From the Children’s Summit

By Gary Wolsky, President/CEO The Village Family Service Center We recently held a Village Children’s Summit in an effort to review the services we provide to children and families, and to ensure we remain on the cutting-edge of current family treatment methods. We gathered all Village staff who either work directly with families, or provide […]

Pathways to Happiness

North Dakota is the happiest state in the U.S. according to this year’s annual Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Minnesota follows close behind at number four. And why shouldn’t we be happy? We have a strong economy, the air is clean (often cold, but clean), crime is low, and we have our “Minnesota/North Dakota Nice” attitudes. In […]