Back to School, Brainerd Lakes Area, Parenting

Keeping Kids Safe Online | The Importance of Positive Digital Citizenship

Guest post from Sarah Porisch, Brainerd Public Schools Director of Technology Safety and security of our students and staff is always a top priority at Brainerd Public Schools. This includes the online safety and security of our students and faculty. Our district monitors and manages all district-owned devices and uses advanced filtering tools on our secure… Read More Keeping Kids Safe Online | The Importance of Positive Digital Citizenship

Essentia Health, Health + Wellness Features

Is the Keto Diet Right for You? | Keto-Friendly Recipes

Guest post from Up North Parent Sponsor, Essentia Health’s Teresa Farrell, RD, LD With the Keto diet being very popular right now, you may be thinking about trying it yourself. Is it the right diet for you? Before deciding, what exactly is a keto diet? The diet is characterized by a dramatic reduction in carbohydrates… Read More Is the Keto Diet Right for You? | Keto-Friendly Recipes

Books, Family Activities, Kids

5 Wonderfully Diverse Coloring Books for Kids and Tweens

Anyone who knows me (Becky) knows that adult coloring is something I truly adore. It’s a form of relaxation that is portable, doable, and never fails to help me “power down” after an intense day. And honestly, I’m kinda picky about what I want to spend my time coloring. So when I stumble upon a… Read More 5 Wonderfully Diverse Coloring Books for Kids and Tweens

Brainerd Lakes Area, Essentia Health, Health + Wellness Features

Boost Your Immune System | Making Probiotic-Rich Foods at Home

Guest Post by Jean Larson licensed and registered dietitian at Essentia Health, one of Up North Parent’s Sponsors. Did you know about 70 percent of your immune system resides in your gut? Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that live in our digestive tract and help digest food, synthesize vitamins and support our immune systems. Eating more… Read More Boost Your Immune System | Making Probiotic-Rich Foods at Home

Family Activities, Mindful Living

Blizzards | It’s All About Perspective

The threat of multiple impending winter storms seems to be promoting sheer panic for those in the southeastern areas of the U.S. while us Northerners are secretly thrilled that the resorts, ski lodges, and the snow-toy dealers will have a banner selling year. Blizzards are inconvenient, messy and yes…COLD. We can complain bitterly about them… Read More Blizzards | It’s All About Perspective

Brainerd Lakes Area, Health + Wellness Features

Itchy Eyes? Your Eye Makeup Might Be the Culprit

Guest post from Dr. Kristel Schamber of Lake Area Eyecare in Baxter, one of Up North Parent’s Sponsors. Eyes or eyelids dry, red or irritated? Your makeup or other products you use around your eyes could be the culprit. I had issues with red irritated eyes and have changed my makeup products and cleansers and… Read More Itchy Eyes? Your Eye Makeup Might Be the Culprit

Brainerd Lakes Area, Education, Kids, School

STEAM Programming at the Brainerd Public Library

Have you heard of STEM (or STEAM in this case)? An acronym for science, technology, engineering, art and math; STEAM is a popular focus in schools and programs directed toward children. STEAM programming has come to the Brainerd Public Library, and the best part — it’s completely FREE! We have a member of the AmeriCorps… Read More STEAM Programming at the Brainerd Public Library

Brainerd Lakes Area, Essentia Health, Health + Wellness Features, Kids

How do you know if a child has a concussion?

Guest post from Essentia Health of Baxter/Brainerd, one of the Up North Parent Sponsors. How do you know if a child has a concussion? Brooke Ylinen had a problem: a 13-year-old hockey player who needed to get back on the ice after suffering a concussion. Her son, Kamden, had been symptom-free for a week but… Read More How do you know if a child has a concussion?