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Mom's heart "Inside Out"

As a mother of young children, I sometimes feel like I'm drowning in tiny tears.“She took the one I wanted!”  Jealous tears.“I dropped an empty box of crayons on my big toe and it HURT!”  Wounded tears.“There are THREE greens and NO reds in my fruit snacks!”  Angry tears.Maybe that's why when I observe other people doing something as silly as [...]

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Top 5 Family Hikes in Bismarck-Mandan North Dakota

My family loves (and needs) outdoor time. Often.  Fussy kids? Let's go out and play! Warm early spring day? Let's go out and play! Beautiful late fall afternoon? Let's go out and play! One of my favorite outdoor activities is hiking. But don't get me confused with a real hiker. I'm far from that — I walk slow, don't [...]

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11 Things Dads Don't Do

1. Fingernails. Think for a minute: when was the last time your husband a) noticed one of your kids' fingernails had become jagged little weapons or b) searched for one of the dozen pairs of fingernail clippers wedged between the couch cushions to trim them back? My husband wears with pride his refusal to touch this task with a ten [...]

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The fear of letting go

The baby didn't sleep last night. Again. She's really not a baby anymore, I suppose, at 16 months, cutting three molars (at once...delightful), learning to count, and running faster than her little legs can carry her towards anything resembling danger.And yet, I still see her as my baby in so many ways. She's quick to fall into my arms in [...]

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Unlocking your child's mind

There's something inherently intimidating about interviewing a child. Will he look at me like I'm crazy? Will she speak unintelligible answers too quickly to be understood? Or (and this is the worst), will he say nothing at all, leaving an awkward silence and me fumbling to fill the verbal space?In my former life as a TV news reporter, I held a [...]

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My Favorite Family Tradition: Indepence Day in Mandan

Moment of truth. I am 32 years old and I have celebrated 29 Independence Days in Mandan, North Dakota. That might seem normal if I lived in Mandan, as I do now. But for most of those years, I lived half-way across the country (in California!) but strategically planned travel to Mandan each summer for what [...]

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​10 steps to becoming an actual grown-up

1. Wear lipstick. Is lipstick still a thing? I remember breaking out my mom's tubes of pretty pinks and red and playing with them when I was, oh, 6. Don't think I've touched the stuff since. But I should??2. Stop thinking of yourself as perpetually 16. (Not to be confused with dressing like I'm still 16; that body ship sailed [...]

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Behind the Buzzword: What Makes North Dakota "Legendary"

Note: Because we here at Bison Booties have mad love for our North Dakota home, we plan to highlight some areas and activities that are perfect for families to enjoy together. It's a series we've dubbed, "North Dakota Day Trips" and we hope to help you discover some of the things that we think make [...]

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Doula questions answered

Note: Part 1 of this special series on doulas can be found here. For this piece, I originally intended to interview a doula and write up something about what they do, but after connecting with Bismarck Birth and Beyond doula Alyse Erbele, her amazing wealth of information and insight seemed best left speaking for itself.----------------------------------------------------------------What do you find most [...]

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I accidentally hired a doula

Today for lunch, my four-year-old and I fixed macaroni and cheese with hot dogs. We like Netflix. And processed cheese. And plastic. Not exactly what you'd call “crunchy” by today's parenting standards.But, I did hire a doula. Believe me, I'm still a little surprised myself. After all, doulas are for hippies who spend their days barefoot and pregnant, concocting [...]

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