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Why Do Women Choose Adoption?
Adoption is a loving choice made with the baby's best interest at heart.
Adoptive parents and adoption social workers will tell you: Adoption is a selfless act , and a way for birth mothers to show the utmost love for their child. This is an important point to remember as we celebrate Adoption Awareness Month in November. But what leads women to decide...
How to Shop on Black Friday Without Hurting Your Wallet
Tips to Prepare for the Largest Shopping Day of the Year For many, shopping on Black Friday has become as much of a Thanksgiving tradition as turkey, with friends and families whipping up a shopping strategy along with the dressing and gravy. Financial counselors at The Village Family Service Center...
If You're Going to Fight, Make Sure It's Fair
Couples need to set rules for arguments so fights can be productive
In any relationship, there will be conflict. The trick isn't to avoid it; it's learning to deal with those disagreements in a healthy, respectful way. It's a matter of fighting fair . Kelly Olson , chief clinical officer at The Village, says couples shouldn't be afraid to talk about issues...
One Family, Two Adoptions, Countless Emotions
A family photo of Loren and Cameo Frieze, who adopted their two sons
Mott, ND, family shows how no two adoption journeys are the same The call came at 8 p.m. Loren and Cameo Frieze’s son was about to be born 300 miles away. “We drove like crazy and got there just in time for the birth,” Cameo remembers. Surrounded by members of...
Coping with Stress during an Election Year
Steps for managing election year stress
It seems everywhere we turn there are political ads, political discussions, rallies, polls, and elections. During these times, a lot of things get stirred up, particularly emotions. Learning how we can manage the stress of something as emotionally charged as politics can do us a lot of good. What can...