August 2015
    the be a parent issue
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We all have our stories to tell

It's been a year since I moved to Bismarck and became editor of Be Magazine, and just over a year since I became a parent. On the surface, my job and my role as m...


Mommy oasis in Downtown Bismarck

Like most moms, once school gets out I look forward to spending time with my children: vacations, projects, activities ... and then the end of summer approaches a...


New parent in a new place

Berivan Ali arrived in New York City 39 years ago with a 25-day-old baby, her husband, brother, sister, brother-in-law and a family friend. In a matter of days, he...


A food stamps mom speaks out

You might have a preconceived idea of what a mom on SNAP benefits (aka food stamps) looks like, where she lives or the mistakes she's made to compel such a dependency. The next ...


10 tips to transition a kid's room to a teen's space

You find out you're pregnant. The next nine months are filled with hope, anticipation and preparation. Besides shopping for baby clothes, reading up on symptoms and figur...


7 reasons to visit Fort Abraham Lincoln

Our great state is studded with scenic state parks offering a variety of trails, camping, biking, paddling and more. Here are seven compelling reasons to get outdoors, stay fit ...


#StyledByAChild

Motherhood is many things. It is exciting, rewarding and exhausting. It is simultaneously eye-opening and stupefying. It is Sergeant Pepper meets Alice in Wonderland.

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Easy outdoor projects

I love relaxing in outdoor spaces. Spaces where I can sit, enjoy the sunshine, watch my kids partake in summertime fun and entertain when the weather is nic...


Teaching kids about food choices

Having a child made a difference in the way Helen Hager thinks about food. With a busy 7 month old at home, she says knowing where her food comes from is now more import...


A cuff above the rest

Before I even met Mary Haman-Tooke, I kept seeing her cuff creations pop up on my Facebook feed. Being a jewelry creator myself, I was impressed.

This boho chic, bubbly bl...


My semester in the Senate

Next time you come across a mention of how Congress is slow and doesn't accomplish anything anymore, I would encourage you to think twice about believing i...


Navigating a second baby and difficult moms

My husband and I are thrilled to be expecting our second baby. We're a little worried about how our first child will react to the new sibling. Our daughter is a t...


The challenges of raising children in 'Boyhood'

Director Richard Linklater may have titled his 2014 film "Boyhood," but the film speaks as much to the craziness and magic of being a parent as it does to the experience ...


Lost babies and a beacon on the shore

The Kids Will Be Fine: Guilt-free Motherhood for Thoroughly Modern Women
by Daisy Waugh
Metropolitan Books (2014)

From the outset, it is clear...


10 things I learned from having boys

I grew up in a family of girls, so when my husband and I were expecting our first little bundle of joy and the ultrasound showed us we were having a boy, I have to admit ...


A newborn world of discovery

When Owen and Katie Fitzsimmons learned they were expecting their first child, they decided to keep the baby's sex a surprise. So rather than planning a gender-neutral nursery i...