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How do I honor a dishonorable father?

Father’s Day has passed and many of you had wonderful barbeques or breakfasts celebrating your dads. Others are feeling sad, disappointed and flooded with memories of an awful childhood. You may have been abandoned, sexually abused, emotionally battered or treated with indifference or cruelty. How do we honor this kind of…

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A father’s love

I love you Son, and I’m praying for you.                                      -John Clutter     Words delivered me by my dad every time we parted ways.   Though dad is home in Heaven, his words and who he was, remain very real and present to me.  When my dad left, it became clear…

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Father’s Day… is Dad really happy??

I’m in the “un-happiest” season of my life. That’s what books, articles, marriage counselors, psychologists and others all tend to say. Research shows that as a young parent with young kids, I’m at the bottom of the bell curve of happiness. This news obviously isn’t great, and yet in one…

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Summer Food Service Program

School is out for the summer and that means a lot of Minnesota school children who receive subsidized or free breakfast and lunch during the school year may go hungry.  The Summer Food Service Program provides free meals to children 18 and under to fill this gap. Looking for a free meal near you? Second Harvest Heartland makes finding…

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Why your ex-husband matters

The headlights were shining on the bare garage wall in front of us. When my mom, brother, and I left for the weekend- that same wall was covered with dark brown pegboard, holding neatly arranged hooks that my dad used to hold his tools.  Now they were all gone- and instantly I knew he was gone, too.  While I don’t remember much of my…

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Free activities for your family this summer!

Carrie Rocha helps you save money every day at PocketYourDollars.com and on-air every Thursday morning on 98.5 KTIS! I love summer vacation and having my kids home. But, just behind that thought of “I love this” is a second thought – “what are we going to do every day for the next 3 months?” If I’m thinking about this,…

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Talk to your kids about the “Cinnamon Challenge”

It’s a trend that’s been around for a few years, but it’s becoming popular again, and you may need to have a talk with your kids about how dangerous it can be. It’s a challenge that seems harmless, trying to ingest a teaspoon of cinnamon in 60 seconds without drinking water,  but the results can be dangerous.…

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Gadgets and parenting, some apps that help

Parenting is simultaneously awesome, fun, busy, and hard! Unfortunately my brain doesn’t always have the capacity to keep up with the day-to-day tasks and information. That’s why I’m trying some new ways to use gadgets (which can often just be a distraction) to assist in my daily dad duties. Here are a few…

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