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Talking To Your Kids About Marijuana

Talking To Your Kids About Marijuana

The worrisome behavior signs were starting to build for Becky. Her daughter was suddenly disrespectful, mouthy, breaking the rules, and definitely displaying more “attitude” at home. This West Fargo parent says her “mom radar” was going off. But Becky had no real proof her teenage daughter was using illicit drugs. It wasn’t until her older […]

When Your Child Hates School

When Your Child Hates School

As a parent of children in high school, middle school, and elementary school, it is not unusual to hear the following comments from my children: “I just don’t want to go to school today.” “I had a bad day at school.” “I hate school!” In response, parents are prone to say things like, “Your day […]

The Bad of Being Dad

The Bad of Being Dad

Being a dad is awesome except for the parts that aren’t. What are those parts that stink? Here’s a list: 1. The mountains of plastic crud – After a few Christmases, birthdays, and trips to Chuck E. Cheese’s, you realize that basically your kid is getting the same thing over and over. It’s all just […]

The Eye Roll Gold Medalist

The Eye Roll Gold Medalist

Moms like to brag about their kids. It’s a given. It starts with how long the mother labored and how much her baby weighed. It moves on to the first tooth, earliest walker, and those who potty trained before anyone else. And, while many of those early stories are amazing, those are things we all […]

Birds and Bees, Pretty Please! An Age-By-Age Guide to “The Talk”

Birds and Bees, Pretty Please! An Age-By-Age Guide to “The Talk”

If the thought of talking about sex with your kids makes you sweat bullets, you’re not alone. More than half of parents haven’t discussed sex with their preteen, according to research from the Kaiser Family Foundation. But, experts say, it’s not something you should skip. “If parents begin having age-appropriate, positive conversations with their child […]

Star Trek, Star Wars, and the Quest of Fatherhood

Star Trek, Star Wars, and the Quest of Fatherhood

An open letter to a friend and soon-to-be father… Dear Jared, We’ve become pretty good friends over the past year and a half working together at The Village. We’re kind of kindred souls in a way—two peas in a pod. We both have creative minds with a bit of a snarl when it comes to […]

Don't Bug Me: A mom who hates bugs learns to live with them ... sorta

Don’t Bug Me: A mom who hates bugs learns to live with them … sorta

I remember the afternoon when one of our girls, a toddler at the time, brought me a treasure from our yard, clutched in her chubby hand. Holding her fist up to my face, she opened it to reveal a balled-up, roly-poly bug. Instinctively I shrieked and knocked it from her hand. She looked up at […]

Be a More Playful Parent

Be a More Playful Parent

Parenting is serious business, and it can be overwhelming at times. It can also be a whole lot of fun if you find ways to sneak some play into your day. You don’t have to shirk grown-up responsibilities or make a fool of yourself (not that there’s anything wrong with that) to become a more […]

Sick Day Challenge

Sick Day Challenge

Whether or not to send a self-reported sick child to school may be the most difficult decision in all of parentdom. We’re not talking about the puking, feverish, or spot-covered child. That’s an easy call. We’re talking about the kid who wakes in the morning without such tell-tale symptoms, but utters those most-loathed words, “I […]

The Preschool Inquisition

The Preschool Inquisition

I remember this phase—the age of endless questioning. Our middle child went through it right before he started kindergarten. Now his 4-year-old sister, Kate, has assumed the role of The Great Inquisitor. All day, every day, I answer questions. When I’m not around, she corners her dad and pummels him with rapid-fire queries that never […]

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. […]

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 […]

My Journey to Stop Yelling at My Kids

My Journey to Stop Yelling at My Kids

Tweet 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 […]

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, […]