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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

Tweet “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,” […]

Chill Out

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 […]

The Hanukkah Menorah

The Hanukkah Menorah

This year, for eight nights starting December 8, Courtney Taylor of Fargo will light the candles of her menorah and feel connected to 2,100 years of tradition. That is because sunset on December 8 marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. “Lighting the menorah,” she says, “means providing spiritual light in the physical […]

Merry Birthday

Merry Birthday

Anyone who has a child born in the holiday season knows that, as well as being magical, the season can be, well, stressful. And busy. Like most parents, I promised myself that I wouldn’t let my child’s December birthday get swept into the tidal wave of the holiday season. We’ve tried different ways of celebrating […]

Paying For Grades: No. Yes. Maybe.

Paying For Grades: No. Yes. Maybe.

When it comes to giving your children cash for good grades, families have mixed reactions. The sides become as polarized as participants in a televised presidential debate. Some adamantly oppose the idea, stating that school should not be treated as a paying job. Others favor a cash incentive. Still others haven’t used money as a […]

Hook Your Kids on Voting

Hook Your Kids on Voting

Every four years, the presidential election puts the spotlight on our country, at its best and at its worst, for the world to see. It’s also a helpful reminder that as parents, one of our tasks is to grow our children into caring, informed, and active citizens. What a great opportunity for us to explain […]

Tween Halloween Party

Tween Halloween Party

If your tween tells you she has outgrown trick-or-treating this year, don’t be surprised. There comes a time when some tweens feel they are too old (or too cool) to join the goblins parading on Halloween night. Putting on a costume feels awkward and begging for treats is suddenly embarrassing. On the other hand, sitting […]

A Healthy Mind

A Healthy Mind

I  am not a doctor. The six years of college I attended were spent wantonly evading gainful employment, not in studious pursuit of a PhD. I am barely equipped to remove plastic butterflies in a game of Operation, let alone dispense medical advice. Again, I am not a doctor. Fortunately, I don’t have to […]

Raising Butterflies at Home

Raising Butterflies at Home

There’s nothing like watching butterflies flit around the flowers in your garden. Nothing except for watching one grow from egg to caterpillar to butterfly in your own home. These days you can purchase a kit to raise butterflies. But it’s also simple (and cheap) enough to find your own eggs and supplies to do it […]

(Nearly) Endless Possibilities

(Nearly) Endless Possibilities

There’s nothing quite like watching your four-year-old daughter take to the stage for her first dance recital. Or listening to your 15-year-old son play trombone in his first jazz concert. They are proud moments in the parenting world. You know how hard they worked and coached them along the way. It’s one of the reasons […]