Balancing a law enforcement career with a family is not an easy gig. Not for the officer. Not for the co-parent. Not for the kids.
It's unpredictable. It's worrisome. It's complicated. At least, that's how I would describe it. I live the life everyday as a wife of an LEO. I am also raising a toddler, have another child on the way and maintain a career as a freelance editorial/web writer and media coach. Whew!
Every LE family has its own rhythm, its own ups and downs, its battles to find that ...
What does it mean to be a modern day dad?
That's the question my editors at The Village Family Magazine asked me to tackle for the June/July issue (perfect for Father's Day). By the way, check out the information below in the photo and click here to enter this awesome contest on fatherhood!
There are many complicated answers to this question and no 'modern day dad' can be reduced to a one-size-fits-all format. According to the experts, fathers, and grandfathers I interviewed for this piece, there are some themes:
Modern day dads are ...
Anyone who has ever traveled with children understands the effort it takes to make it all happen. Things will likely not go smoothly. Surviving the day and finally falling asleep at your destination is pretty much your end game.
Now, imagine you're in your 50's, 60's, 70's or beyond and flying, riding or driving with your grandkid(s). THAT takes a lot of work.
There are ways to make the day fun-filled without extra drama, though. I interviewed seasoned grandparent travelers, flight attendants and other experts for a Minnesota Good Age article.
For example, ...
When you're a child, everyday you learn something new. As an adult, this gets a bit harder. We're stubborn creatures. We like routine. We appreciate familiarity. Sometimes, we think we know it all.
Writing this story for Minnesota Good Age Magazine taught me something - actually, a lot of things - that I'd never heard of, or thought of, before.
It's about the aging LGBT population and the struggles that community faces receiving quality and non-discriminatory healthcare. It's also about the heroes working in Minnesota to change that trend.
I've always known some ...
What brings families together? Encourages good health? Promotes time outdoors? Is relatively inexpensive? And best of all... is great for your kids?
As I learned from interviewing families and trainers for an article in The Village Family Magazine - RUNNING!
Here's an excerpt:
'Mark Knutson, director of the Fargo Marathon and the man widely credited with bringing forth Fargo’s running renaissance, says it’s easy to see why kids love running.
“It’s very hard for some kids who say they want to go out for basketball or hockey and there are a limited number of ...
I gotta tell you... I love writing for Minnesota Premier Publications.
They are the group behind two magazines to which I regularly contribute: Minnesota Good Age and Minnesota Parent (look for new articles in upcoming issues!).
My editor is friendly, thorough, approachable and creative. A couple of months ago she sent me a blurb about QR Codes. You know, those black and white square thingies with what look like little boxes or scribbles all over them?
You find these little suckers on anything brand-related: advertisements, packaging, tags.
Turns out, QR Codes could be the gateway to ...
Patricia Carlson is a freelance writer and media coach. Her editorial work appears regularly in nearly a dozen publications including Minnesota Parent, FOP Journal, Neapolitan Family and On The Minds of Moms. She also develops and writes strategic website content and email marketing materials for small businesses. Patricia’s roster of clients features sports technology company i1Biometrics, automated marketing venture Buzz360 and independent fitness facility Fit Revolution. When she’s not interviewing sources, she’s questioning the antics of her two young children, partner and two mischievous cats.