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Find simple joy in mentoring a child

“Happiness is a habit — cultivate it.” — Elbert Hubbard

This winter is setting records and sending many of us into a tail-spin as we keep walking our well-worn paths to work or school each day.

But for others, this challenging weather doesn’t seem to bring them down. The secret?

Perhaps it is because happiness is a habit. We need to intentionally choose it. We choose to be appreciative, considerate and forgiving. Choosing a sense of humor can ease tomorrow’s forecast. Cultivating personal joy and making others happy can pull us from the ruts of winter.

There is a simple joy in mentoring a child. You will choose to offer a child in our community a helping hand, a new activity and thoughtful conversation. You can become their special someone who shows up no matter what — offering consistency and friendship.

Chelsey is a fifth-grader from the Pequot Lakes area who needs an active couple to make the most of this cold winter. Do you cross country ski? Enjoy exploring the frozen landscape? Ice fish?

Chelsey’s dad works out of the area and she craves some of these missed activities. She likes horses and thinks about becoming a vet someday. Her mom says she has discovered her singing voice and wants to water ski, if summer ever comes.

Feeling a little blue and drained this winter? Open your heart and life to a child.

Though January’s National Mentoring Month came to an end, consider becoming “Someone Who Matters to Someone Who Matters.”

Kinship Partners serves families in Crow Wing and southern Cass counties and the Staples/Motley area by providing positive role models to youth ages 5 to 14. Offices are in Pequot Lakes, Brainerd, Crosby and Staples. Call 218-454-8016 or visit for more information.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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