The Village Blog

Let's Talk About the Fictions and Facts of Adoption
Whether it’s in the plot line on a television series or the talking points of a political pundit, portrayals of adoption can often miss the mark. This can lead to misperceptions among people who’ve never experienced adoption, as a birth family, adoptive family, or adoptee, or who don't realize how [...]
Tips for Bettering Yourself and Caring for Your Mind as the Weather Warms Up
After a long, harsh winter, we warmly welcome the summer months! This season provides us several opportunities to practice good mental health. Here are some tips to improve your mental health and make the most of the summer: Get outdoors Exposure to the sun is the most natural form of vitamin D. If [...]
Learn About What Could Happen After Getting Caught Driving Drunk
You made a poor decision to drink and drive and got caught. Now what? If you’ve been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), it can be a very scary and uncertain experience. After getting a DUI, you may have to appear in court. In most states there will be a loss of driving privileges for a [...]
Make a Budget That's Right for You with These Tips
Just thinking about creating a budget can feel overwhelming, but streamlining your finances will make it easier for you to reach your goals. You may not believe it, but budgeting can actually be fun if you do it the right way! The outcomes of a successful budget include paying off debts, gaining [...]
Let's Talk Mindfulness and How To Use It
As spring comes into bloom, it often brings a sense of renewed energy. The season brings to mind spring cleaning and becoming more active and involved. It means the end of school for the year is near, and we begin thinking about summer plans – what activities, events, games, and vacations we will [...]
Helping Children Cope with Traumatic Events
In today's world, when we see violent events unfold in both metropolitan and rural communities, it reminds us that they can happen at any place and any time. Parents can help their children cope with traumatic events when they occur, whether close to home or far. 5 Suggestions to Help Kids Cope 1 [...]
7 Ways to Work Toward Healing From Traumatic Experiences and Cope with Stressful Situations
We all face trauma, adversity, and other stresses throughout our lives. When people think of trauma, they often think of things like abuse, terrorism, or catastrophic events (big ‘T’ trauma). Trauma can also be caused by events that may be less obvious but can still overwhelm your capacity to cope [...]
How a Moorhead, Minnesota, Counselor Makes Connections Creatively
For Danielle Klapper, a blank canvas and plastic cups filled with thin paint could be the makings of an art therapy session for a client who struggles to let go of control. Danielle would give a directive – pour the paint on the canvas – and then help the client process what they experienced. What [...]
Discover How to Best Show Love and Appreciation to Your Partner
Valentine’s Day tends to be a time for people to focus on their relationship with their significant other. Perhaps you feel out of touch with your partner, and want to take steps to improve that relationship. A necessary component to any satisfying relationship is building a culture of appreciation [...]