Christmas Comes Early For Nokomis Kids

The kids at Nokomis Child Care Centers got an extra dose of holiday spirit recently. ABATE of North Dakota hosted a toy drive and collected enough toys that all the kids at both centers each received two toys. TWO! We are so thankful to Marg Hohandel, a former Village employee whose grandchildren attended Nokomis, for…
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12 Tips To Enjoy Winter Break With Your Kids

Schools will soon let out for winter break, and all the excitement surrounding the holidays can lead to a hectic household. After a few days, disrupted routines, sugar-filled diets, and cabin fever may bring to mind that familiar Christmas carol line: “And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again …” Marriage…
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A Boy And His Dog: How The Village Helped Julian Have A Happier Life

Julian was terrified of dogs. He’d had a frightening experience with a dog and, even before that, had struggled with anxiety. He quit doing things he enjoyed, like riding his bike, said his mom, Gina. His fears caused him to miss family get-togethers and friends’ birthday parties. He was just so scared. But Julian wasn’t alone.…
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Adoption Awareness Month: Love, Hope, And Making ‘Something Awesome’ Happen

Adoption makes “something awesome” come out of a painful experience, says Sue Grundysen, program director for Adoption Option. In honor of Adoption Awareness Month, Adoption Option staff shared what drives them to do the work they do. Whether they are helping waiting couples complete their families, providing support to women facing an unplanned pregnancy, or…
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Tips For Dealing With Family During The Holidays

For some families, spending time together at the holidays is more stress than fest. Kelly Olson, a licensed counselor and division director with The Village Family Service Center in Moorhead, shares these tips for dealing with family during that most wonderful time of the year. 1. Ask yourself, “Is this my battle.” If you are concerned…
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