As an employee of The Village Family Service Center, I’m proud to work for an organization that strengthens families in our community in so many ways. Village counselors do amazing work with kids, adults, couples and families and are trained in innovative therapy methods, including types of play therapy. Our First Step Recovery program involves adult family members in the addiction treatment process by offering a dedicated Family Group. Big Brothers Big Sisters defends the potential of youth in our community; being a volunteer Big Brother or Big Sister is incredibly rewarding and easier than you think.
DON’T CHA KNOW?
Keep an eye out for Parenting the Love and Logic Way classes offered at The Village’s Moorhead office on occasion. Love and Logic teaches a win-win approach to parenting, and helps parents bring calm and order to their household. Check out the blog at TheVillageFamily.org for parenting articles.
Involve yourself at your children’s schools
I strongly encourage every parent to get involved with their school’s Parent Teacher Association. You meet other parents, get to know the teachers and principal, stay informed on things happening at the school and have a chance to influence your child’s education and school experience. See if your school’s group has a website or Facebook page where you can keep tabs on meetings and activities.
FAMILY // YOUR PICKS
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There is no better way to spend a summer evening in Fargo-Moorhead than going to a RedHawks game at Newman Outdoor Field. Our family typically buys a flex pack, which includes 13 vouchers that can be used anytime during the regular season. Great seats, good eats, a beverage in hand and the sun shining … it’s a home run! For the last couple years, Eve and Owen have been part of the Maury Wills Knothole Gang. It’s $20 to sign up for this kids’ club, and comes with a ton of perks – a baseball camp, mid-season party at Thunder Road, free GA tickets and $1 hot dogs. Make sure you sign up by June 9! fmredhawks.com
54 Fargo Marathon
We really look forward to the Fargo Marathon every year. Each of us usually takes part in one of the races. I enjoy running the Friday night 5K; there’s so much enthusiasm and community spirit along the course. Owen LOVES to do the Youth Run on Thursday; the kids can run either a half- or full mile. Eve did her first 10K at the Fargo Marathon when she was 10 years old, and she’s signed up to do it again this year. (Side note: If you want to encourage your daughter to run and grow in her selfesteem, Girls on the Run is an amazing program.) Craig will do the full Fargo Marathon with two of his college buddies on Saturday, May 18. Make sure you check out the marathon’s Expo on Thursday and Friday … It’s a ton of fun and a great chance to load up on swag. fargomarathon.com
We’ve been members of Courts Plus Community Fitness for years. My husband and I enjoy a lot of their classes, like Body Pump and Body Flow and have done personal training together there. The kids enjoy the indoor playground and family time on Big Blue (think an “American Ninja Warrior” training course). Courts Plus offers many youth programs like a running club and sports sampler, hosts day camps on days when there’s no school and there are regular Parents’ Night Out events where the kids get to have fun at the gym while Craig and I get a date night. (These are open to members and nonmembers.) courtsplus.org 3491 S University Dr, Fargo 2019 | 39