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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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

My Journey to Stop Yelling at My Kids

My Journey to Stop Yelling at My Kids

Seven months ago, I overheard my son say something quite profound to my mother, whom he calls Nino. “Nino, I’ve never heard you yell.” I had a sinking feeling upon hearing his simple observation of his grandmother. I was guilty of yelling at my kids. There were times when I felt like my children were [...]

Protein Basics for Good Health

Protein Basics for Good Health

As a health-conscious consumer, it is wise to know the facts about protein in order to make better dietary decisions. While the food industry would like us to think we are not getting enough on a daily basis, protein deficiency is nearly nonexistent in the American diet. A wide variety of foods contain protein. According to the [...]

In Defense of the Shy Kids: The Benefits of Raising a Shy Child

In Defense of the Shy Kids: The Benefits of Raising a Shy Child

My nephew can stick 12 French fries up his nose. My daughter’s friend regularly hangs up the phone on her mother, and my son’s buddy refuses to play if he doesn’t win at Mario Kart. But my children seem to raise the most eyebrows. Their issue? They are shy. I have raised four (formerly) shy [...]

Grief: Helping Children Cope

Grief: Helping Children Cope

Thirteen-year-old Ashley Nedrebo was sleeping in her room with her dog, Cody, when he starting whining and woke her up. She got up to let him out, and when she opened the door, she saw her mom and sister and several of her aunts all standing in the hallway crying. “Oh, crap,” she thought to [...]

12 Tips for Handling Toddler Tantrums

12 Tips for Handling Toddler Tantrums

While I was growing up, the pastor of our local congregation went by the title of “Bishop.” One day in church, a little boy about 3 years old started acting up and raising a fuss. The more his parents tried to calm him the louder he got, until his father finally lifted him up and [...]

Food Fight! Conventional vs. Organic Food

Food Fight! Conventional vs. Organic Food

They used to say, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But the ever-changing landscape of food and nutrition might have us thinking otherwise. Now, it depends on which doctor you ask, if the apple was washed and peeled first, or if it was grown organically or conventionally. It seems a little confusing when [...]

Defining Dads: What It Really Means to be a Father

Defining Dads: What It Really Means to be a Father

Ward Cleaver. Archie Bunker. Al Bundy. When you think of the American fathering experience, these iconic television characters might spring to mind—for all the wrong reasons. Cleaver was a typical 1950s suburban dad portrayed on “Leave it to Beaver.” He came home from work every day expecting a hot meal from his housewife. At the [...]

Lightning: What You Need To Know

Lightning: What You Need To Know

Lightning is the most underrated weather hazard. It is the third greatest storm-related killer in the United States and causes nearly $1 billion in damages each year. Lightning makes every single thunderstorm a potential killer, whether the storm produces one single bolt or 10 thousand bolts. In the United States, there are about 25 million [...]

Geocaching

Geocaching

Children know well the thrill of finding a hidden prize, be it colored eggs at Easter or miscellaneous items on a scavenger hunt. Adults reminisce over youthful adventures when they pretended to be pirates or treasure hunters. The good news is that a modern treasure-seeking hobby exists for adventurous hearts of all ages: geocaching. Geocaching [...]

Autism: 8 Things Everyone Should Know

Autism: 8 Things Everyone Should Know

I recently found out the active little bundle I’ve been carrying in my womb for nearly six months is a boy. And he appears healthy. He has two legs and two arms. All his organs are developing well and his spine looks fantastic. Most people would be elated by this news. However, because of the number [...]

Money-Saving Vacation Tips

Money-Saving Vacation Tips

When it comes to a family vacation and managing a budget, planning is essential. Family vacations play an important role in keeping families close. Here are some ways not to break your wallet and make sure your time together is stress-free. Make Reservations: Making reservations ahead of time can save on dollars and stress. Be savvy about [...]

Grow With It

Grow With It

How to Thrive at Each Stage of Motherhood When you’re pregnant, nine months feels like an insanely long time. The joy of knowing you have a new life inside you intensifies as the baby grows and kicks and hiccups. Along with the wait comes the worry. Each twinge and tickle makes you wonder if something [...]

Date Night in Fargo-Moorhead

Date Night in Fargo-Moorhead

“I think that men know how to romance a woman and most do it well, at least for a time, otherwise women wouldn’t marry them. The problem is that most of them begin to rest on their laurels.” —Nicholas Sparks Nicholas Sparks, author of such renowned books as “The Notebook,” “A Walk to Remember,” and [...]

CHILL OUT: Not Your Mother’s Frozen Leftovers

CHILL OUT: Not Your Mother’s Frozen Leftovers

Once upon a time, you might have gone to your mother’s freezer and found all kinds of crazy things, including three or four versions of Mystery Meat Casserole and Chicken a la King. And you might not have been too excited about dinner time. The freezer meals of yesteryear were filled with canned cream soups [...]

Enriching Activities for Little Ones

Enriching Activities for Little Ones

I remember my mother doting on my toddler son because he could manipulate the pegs on her cribbage board. She was fascinated he could grasp the teeny tiny pegs in his chubby fingers and move them deftly from hole to hole. She lived in a retirement community then, and whenever my son was there, she’d [...]

Mental Illness: Slowly Eroding the Stigma

Mental Illness: Slowly Eroding the Stigma

It started with crying. The tears kept coming and they wouldn’t stop. Then her energy sapped. She didn’t have motivation to do anything, not even leave the house. Finally, she started feeling overwhelmingly anxious and one day she experienced a vicious panic attack. “That’s when I finally went to the doctor.” Her doctor diagnosed her [...]