An overwhelming amount of cuteness at Nokomis Child Care Centers

small DSC_3726Get ready for some seriously cute kids. It’s Week of the Young Child, and Nokomis Child Care Centers has been celebrating with fun themes like Circus Day, Pajama Day, Super Hero Day, etc. Here are some photos from the festivities.

Find tons more on the Nokomis Facebook page.

There is hope for your relationship: The Village’s “Relationships 101″ course begins 3/31

Often couples feel like there is nothing they can do to save their relationship, but there is hope. You can move from the brink of despair to find the strong, loving, emotional connection you once had. The Village’s “Relationships 101″ course begins March 31 and will teach you important ingredients to create and sustain a strong, healthy relationship, how to strengthen the emotional connection between partners, and how to identify and change destructive patterns within the relationship. Call 701-451-4811 for more info.

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Ask Jane: How to help a fearful child

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By Jane Greminger
Program Director
Nokomis Childcare Centers

Q: “My son seems to be afraid of every little thing. Is this normal?”

A: It is very normal for children to exhibit fear, and the fear can be about nearly anything. Fear is necessary because it helps children avoid dangerous situations. But you also don’t want it to take over their lives. Consider the following tips for helping your son deal with his fears:

  • Respect your son’s fears and acknowledge they are real to him. Empathize with your son, letting him know you understand. Never be punitive to him or put him down for being afraid. Telling your child, “That’s absurd! There’s no such thing as a boogey man!” will only make him feel defeated.
  • Help your son build his confidence by helping him take small steps towards beating a particular fear. Approach his fears with caution, but don’t avoid them altogether. Avoiding fears will validate the fact that there is true reason to be afraid. For example, if your son is afraid of the water, avoiding water won’t help him conquer this fear. Take it one step at a time—introduce his fingers to the water first, then let him splash his toes, next have him try sitting in water, etc.
  • Don’t overreact. This will only intensify your child’s fear. Stay calm as you approach the situation so you don’t reinforce his feelings/behaviors of fear with your own elevated attention. Becoming tense and filling up with anxiety along with your son when he sees a dog that he’s afraid of will only escalate the situation. Instead, point out the facts by expressing them in a calm and confident manner. For example, “Look how that dog is wagging its tail. He is tied up in the yard. If we walk by it on the sidewalk, it won’t be able to reach us.”
  • Provide support to your child and reassure him. Because fear stems from a loss of control, try to figure out if there was a triggering event that caused the fear. Help your son conquer his fears by giving him words of encouragement. You can talk about any fears he’s already overcome and discuss the strategies he used to overcome them. This will comfort your son as you discuss his feelings. Talking about fears and anxieties will help your child work through it.

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Jane Greminger is the program director for Nokomis Child Care Centers in Fargo. While providing traditional child care in a nurturing, safe, stimulating environment for families able to pay for the care, Nokomis also fills a need for families with special needs, both financial and emotional.

Village offers “Parents as Partners” course in St. Cloud beginning March 2

“Parents as Partners” is a 8-session psychotherapy group helping parents and caregivers to work together.

Your relationship with your child’s other parent, whether you are married, separated or divorced, significantly impacts your child’s emotional health.

“Parents as Partners” is an 8-session psychotherapy group that focuses on building parenting partnerships and will help you find common ground with which to effectively parent your children.

Through “Parents as Partners,” you will:
1. Learn about relationships
2. Strengthen the relationship with your child’s other parent or caregiver
3. Decrease the impact on your children of any parental or caregiver conflict or stress
4. Learn to problem-solve and strategize as a parenting team
5. Address generational concerns (e.g., in-laws)

When: 6-8 p.m. beginning March 2
Where: 4140 Thielman Lane #303, St. Cloud, Minn.
Info: (320) 253-5930

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Childcare may be available, based on the age of the child.

Please help us make a video of adorably cute kids from Fargo go viral!!!

Nokomis Child Care  is a great program in our area that provides daycare for kids with emotional, physical, and financial needs, as well as providing traditional child care. This adorable and laugh-out-loud funny video features interviews with the kids at Nokomis and is a great way to let the community know about Nokomis as Giving Hearts Day approaches. Would you please consider sharing it on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media? Let’s break the internet with some cuteness for a good cause!

(Nokomis is part of The Village Family Service Center.)

Kids from Fargo child care centers say funny things

Below is the first of four videos we’ve created for Giving Hearts Day 2015. The videos feature interviews with the adorable kids at Nokomis Child Care Center, and include such gems as:

  • “Have you ever had diarrhea before?”
  • “And I like mac and cheese … It’s yellow.”
  • “I have 100 shirts.”
If you enjoy the video, please consider voting for it in VISIONBank’s GHD Video Contest.

The videos are just a fun way to remind folks in the community to give to Nokomis Child Care Centers on Feb. 12, which is Giving Hearts Day.

Nokomis is part of The Village Family Service Center.

Nokomis Childcare creates Giving Hearts Day videos in style of ‘Kids Say the Darndest Things”

We’ve got a special treat for you! We interviewed some of the funny and adorable children at Nokomis Childcare Centers and created a four-part video series called “Kid Talk at Nokomis.” It’s just a fun way to remind folks in the community to give to Nokomis Child Care Centers on Giving Hearts Day 2015. Giving Hearts Day is a regional fundraising event in which every gift to Nokomis of $10 given at on Feb. 12, will be matched up to $4,000!!!

The first video comes out Feb. 6, and the other three will be released the next week. Check here or on the Nokomis Facebook page to see the videos when they’re posted. They’re sweet, cute, funny, sometimes a little baffling, and lots of fun. Don’t miss them, and be sure to tell your friends.

‘No More Diets’ group works to control weight through life changes, skills

Escape the diet/binge/overeat cycle and still lose weight through No More Diets!, a support group of The Village Family Service Center.  No More Diets! focuses on making lifestyle changes and developing skills that will help people manage their weight, as well as make changes in many other areas of their lives.

…Focus on healthy lifestyle changes and address emotional issues that lead to overeating.

…Escape the diet/binge/overeat cycle and still lose weight.

…Keep your weight down without going “on a diet.”

…Benefit from the active support of fellow group members who share similar goals and challenges.

This is an ongoing group and you can join at any time. For fee information or to register, contact The Village at 701-451-4900.

The Village Family Magazine is looking for freelance writers

Calling all writers! If you’re a writer living in the Fargo, West Fargo, or Moorhead area and you’d like to freelance for The Village Family Magazine, please contact us. Email with two writing samples, tell us a little bit about your writing experience, and share article ideas if you have them.

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"Kid Talk at Nokomis – Video #1" ::: Giving Hearts Day 2015

We're so excited to share this video with you! We did interviews with kids at Nokomis Childcare, and this is the first of 4 that we'll be posting. I think you're really going to enjoy them. And PLEASE share it.#GHD15 Giving Hearts Day

Posted by The Village Family Service Center on Friday, February 6, 2015

Our Elf on The Shelf had a proposal for the 2015 budget; it was not well received by our CEO

This morning, Hope (our Elf on the Shelf) had some ideas about what to include in the 2015 Village budget. Gary Wolsky – Village President/CEO, was — shall we say — less than impressed.


To see more of Hope’s shenanigans, check out our Elf on The Shelf photo album.