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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Connect Through the Magic of Storytelling

Connect Through the Magic of Storytelling

“Why do you have a badger skin?” inquired my 6-year-old nephew. My family, along with a small group of other adults and children, formed a semicircle in the shadowy quiet of a reconstructed Indian encampment earth lodge at a children’s nature center. Christine Freeman, an employee, had been guiding us through the lifestyle of the Kanza Indians, […]

Are You a Lousy Tenant?

According to the National Multi Housing Council, 32 percent of Americans are renters. Locally, those numbers are higher. Based on the 2010 census, 42 percent of the people in Cass and Clay counties are renters. If you’ve been a great tenant, you’ll reap the benefits. But if you have a blemished past, you could face everything […]

4 Tips for Planning a Meaningful Retirement

A commercial on television the other day caught my attention. It was from AARP, and it showed different people who looked to be in their early 60s in different aspects of daily life. When the camera focused on them they would say things like, “When I grow up, I want to own a bookstore,” or […]

Celebrating and Thanking Veterans

Celebrating and Thanking Veterans

“Every time I’m thanked, it makes every second of military service I gave meaningful,” says Devlon “Jamie” Olson of West Fargo, N.D. Olson comes from a long line of veterans and says it feels wonderful to be thanked for his service. He served four years in the U.S. Navy as a Petty Officer and was […]