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Briggs: Path to peace: I love the ’80s

October 10, 2011 in INFORUM

See that photo of me right above this column? That is the picture of a woman who is at the end of her rope. Continue Reading

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Salonen: Son has solution for a.m. madness

October 3, 2011 in INFORUM

My 6-year-old recently discovered the blessing of shortcuts.
Rather than putting on his favorite flannels at bedtime, he reached for his school uniform. Continue Reading

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Parenting Perspectives: When sons demand my time, a song reminds me why

September 26, 2011 in INFORUM

Whenever I’m feeling pinched for time and the kids are begging for me to do something, I start humming the words to Henry Chapin’s song “Cat’s in the Cradle” to fight the urge of answering that little clock that’s ticking inside my head. Continue Reading

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Parenting Perspectives: Dad learns to stress less with baby No. 2

September 19, 2011 in INFORUM

Since the birth of our son, Owen, in early August, my husband has been sharing a bit of parental wisdom with his buddies, even those who don’t have children. Continue Reading

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Parenting Perspectives: Women, we still have a long way to go

September 12, 2011 in INFORUM

Women belong in the House and in the Senate.
That’s an old line from a long time ago a time when I subscribed to Ms. magazine and stood shoulder to shoulder with women across North Dakota at the state Capitol as we fought for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. Continue Reading

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Parenting Perspectives: Beating heart of 9/11

September 5, 2011 in INFORUM

The other day while working from home, I found myself Googling images from 9/11. Continue Reading

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Parenting Perspectives: Minnesota kept mom in summer suspense

August 29, 2011 in INFORUM

This summer turned out to be a real nail-biter for the Salonen family. Continue Reading

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Parenting Perspectives: Panic, peace, parent

August 22, 2011 in INFORUM

I was experiencing contractions while my husband sped north on Fargo’s Fourth Street in the predawn hours when I spotted the Main Avenue stoplight turn red.
I suggested he drive through it. Continue Reading

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Parenting Perspectives: Enjoying the real rewards of parenting

August 15, 2011 in INFORUM

With each passing stage the kids grow through, I think parenting can’t get better than this. Continue Reading

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Parenting Perspectives: ‘Toddlers & Tiaras’ real scary TV

August 8, 2011 in INFORUM

During my summer staycation, I watched some scary television: aliens from outer space in “Falling Skies,” disturbing hoarders, a teen werewolf, and B- and C-list celebrities in rehab with Dr. Drew. But the most frightening program for me was TLC’s “Toddlers & Tiaras.” Continue Reading