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My education in stepfamilies began long before I became part of one. The Bradys made it look so easy.
Filing, paying bills, even ironing: If you can't have fun outside, then get organized inside.
I'm proposing the Great Turkey Truce of 2016. Are you in?
"It's about not being afraid anymore," one birth mother said. "It never should have been a secret."
Winning is fun. Losing is not. But we must in life practice, and model, losing with grace.
Mary Lou Hill awoke earlier than usual on Election Day, called her daughter Sue Hill and left a message: "Is this the day we're going to vote?"
We will open our doors on Halloween to dole out candy, but the bittersweet reality is that this will be the last time for many, many months that we'll see most of our neighbors.
"Conversation stations" and other exercises help first-year Concordia University students reflect on technology.
Body language basics Say what you will, but know that your body might be communicating something else. Body language, said Anne Warfield, CEO of Minneapolis-based…
Candidates’ communication styles speak volumes Marriage therapists often tell struggling couples, “It’s not what you say. It’s how you say it.” The same seems to…
It's impossible to be happy all the time. But here's how to be happy a little more.
Wallin Education Partners is a college-completion program with a twist. Donors and scholars are encouraged to establish close ties, and most do.
When Bruce Smith faced divorce in 2006, he didn't know where to turn. Like many men, he found it difficult to admit that he needed…
Tight-knit siblings face big decision: Stay together, or go to separate schools?
With American family size down and the number of household bedrooms up, many millennials never have shared a bedroom before.
School’s back in session. Time for the dog to eat the homework. And for Monday to eat Sunday. While summer doesn’t technically end for 10…
While the Wetterlings now are able to move forward, let's not forget what is most remarkable about them.
Women are breaking into traditionally male jobs with help of new scholarship program.
Even a not-from-here mother knows that summer isn't complete without s'mores around a fire pit and a charming loon sighting from a canoe.
It's State Fair time — so what better time to introduce readers to the Hydraulic Hand Dynamometer?
Turns out the people most likely to keep us alive well into our 80s and beyond are our complicated, annoying and ultimately endearing families.
A 4-month-old's fatal beating encourages us to think about the vulnerable mental health not just of new mothers, but also of new fathers.
A new law allows judges to end, alter or suspend alimony if recipients are found to be living in a committed relationship with a significant other.
A growing number of women — and even teen girls — are having trouble with wine, say experts in alcohol addiction.
Summer’s the season of family and high school reunions, neighborhood block parties and reconnecting at the cabin. This summer? It’s the season of RSVP avoidance.…
Romance isn't just for the young.
Unfortunately, we can't place all the blame on retailers for stealing our summer thunder. Turns out a big reason for the early selling season is us.
Anybody can experience the giddiness and confidence-building of overcoming a fear.
Minnesota Senate President Sandy Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, is in Cyprus this week to talk not about building walls, but tearing them down.
Close friend's wedding brings up painful feelings after divorce.
To single out Dani Mathers for "fat shaming" is absurd.
The common wisdom is that “helpful comments” (aka body shaming) might motivate people to lose weight. But the University of Minnesota’s Katie Loth has done…
In January, I asked readers to please consider donating new or gently used bras to one of many Soma stores throughout Minnesota, to benefit women…
It's all about asking "the good question."
High-profile stories provide an opportunity to talk to our children about respectful relationships, power imbalances and consensual sex.
Indispensable health care professionals connect Minnesota's underserved populations to services and resources.
Students heading to college this fall would be well advised to look up, down and all around. A slew of shiny new machines has arrived on campuses nationwide, albeit with familiar names. Mom and Dad.
Do you love your job so much that you feel lucky to also be contributing nonpaid volunteer hours? Of course you do. Wait. What?
When Kevin and Lorie Johnson welcomed Kirk Williams into their home in 1999, they promised him a full life under their roof. The Johnsons have made good on that promise.
High-profile tragedies feel personal in the digital age. Here's how to cope.
From the mid-1940s until 1971, Schiek's Cafe offered fine dining and the Schiek's Singing Sextet.
Of all the offbeat subjects I've tackled, this story is among my favorites — a lighthearted homage to family bonds, sustained silliness and the thing I love almost as much as I love my kids: Handwritten letters.
Recent college grad Morgan Mercer asked for advice — not once, but 50 times.
Now that Michael Chris Boosalis is gone, I wonder who will tell the special, and still largely ignored, stories of the Merchant Marine.
Students at Minneapolis North High School are heading into summer after a year of mind-expanding travel to the slums of Kibera outside Nairobi, Kenya. To…
While transportation and public safety dominated the waning days of the 2016 legislative session, our elected officials quietly — and surprisingly quickly — shifted ground on the home front.
Prom season wraps up this month, which means that clever high schoolers can begin planning next year's extravagant "promposals" and parents can reclaim their wallets.
New research shows the benefits to their children outweigh the biological risks.
My neighborhood book club abandoned any pretense of reading books long ago. Attendance has been consistently robust ever since.
Within 24 hours of word getting out about his mother's death, Joseph Noble's legions of fans at Breck raised nearly $20,000 for him, his wife, Rhonda, and his two children to fly home to Guyana.
As 17-year-old Malia Obama mulls how to spend her upcoming gap year before entering Harvard, it's a safe guess what 17-year-old Nariah Haer would suggest to the president's daughter:
Want to live longer? For starters, exercise and manage stress.
When a St. Louis Park woman finally summoned the inner strength to return to Poland, a place of devastating loss for her family in World War II, she found the seeds of Jewish life in the most unexpected of places.
Author David Figura, who will be in the Twin Cities this weekend for a book event, talked about the importance of friendship, the pressure to make money and the midlife affair.
In just seven years, the phenomenon that began in Wisconsin with a single miniature schoolhouse filled with books has blossomed to nearly 36,000 Little Free Libraries (LFL) around the world.
Camille Cosby is likely facing the worst week of her life — again. After testifying under oath in February in a defamation suit against her…
At ages 79, 87 and 89, the three have Siblings Day every day at Friendship Village in Bloomington.
Stephanie Coontz is fascinated by history — particularly the events that never happened. Coontz, director of research and public education for the Council on Contemporary…
Carolyn Riley, Minnetonka 71, married for 46 years, divorced in 2012 “People felt so free and safe to speak what was on their…
Ask Bill Martin the pressing question — Batman or Superman? — and he's ready with an answer. Yes. And yes.
You know things are bad when you see an American flag flying at half-staff, as I did last week, and you’re not sure why…
Like so many people, Kim Witczak's call to activism was born of personal heartache. In 2003, her husband, Tim ("Woody") Witczak, sought help for insomnia.…
A bill in the Minnesota Legislature would consider cohabitation for ending spousal maintenance.
The end of a marriage, as anyone who's been through it knows, is rarely the end of a marriage.There are often children to support and…
Politicians responding to our country's astonishing $1.2 trillion student loan debt have offered solutions ranging from free college tuition to debt forgiveness.But parents of college-bound…
Anya Kremenetsky feels emotionally connected to all the plays she directs. But "Watermelon Hill," which opened Saturday for a four-week run at St. Paul's History Theatre, presents a particularly heavy pull.
Good-natured Twin Cities writer Donna Trump answered a few questions about what the political season looks like when you almost share a name with you-know-who.
On a recent out-of-state college visit, my youngest daughter and I experienced a scene that is best described as the Brigade of the Packages.
A new study of more than 840,000 people in 48 countries reveals that pretty much everybody struggles with self-worth at times.
Jeff VanMaanen and Leslie Branham Fitness coaches and co-owners of Equipt Fitness in St. Paul, married five years. The couple admit that it’s hard…
Yes, she knows that "it seems kind of silly for a 20-year-old to want to have a stuffed animal," said her mom. "But that distraction is what helps her survive."
Leah Simon-Clarke is a sought-after aesthetician, but she’s raising eyebrows for another reason. Since 2012, she’s turned off her cellphone for a three-month stretch every…
Employee engagement surveys are a popular way for bosses to take the pulse of their workforce. But it's hard to be completely candid, due to…
My mother celebrated her 83rd birthday just as she wanted: in the presence of her children, close friends and a plate of succulent crab legs.Over…
I'm going to share my dirty little secret here. I've started to wish for flight delays (assuming I'm not trying to get home for a child's graduation or something).
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