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Meg Morley, 2024 North Dakota Mother of the Year.

Meg Morley

February 12, 2024

About

Bio

Meg Morley has lived her entire life in North Dakota. She was raised on her family farm in Walsh County and has lived in Grand Forks since 2000. Meg is married to Michael Morley and has two grown sons, Dylan and Shane, and a wonderful dog named Gracie. Meg is a double alumnus of the University of North Dakota (B.A. History/Political Science 2003; J.D. School of Law 2011). She is a practicing attorney and owner of Morley Legal Services and is also employed by Youthworks of North Dakota as a supervisor and coordinator for the guardian ad litem program in 32 North Dakota counties. Since 2020, Meg, along with her husband, has directed the Mrs. North Dakota America/American and Miss North Dakota for America Strong pageants. Meg was Mrs. North Dakota America 2019. Meg’s favorite place to enjoy North Dakota is on the Missouri River each summer with her family.

Parenting Philosophy

My parenting philosophy is to meet your children where they are, no matter what stage of life they are in. I find that most parenting advice is centered around young children, which makes it seem as though you stop being a parent when your children turn 18. As a mother of two grown sons, I find that meeting my boys where they are in life is still the best tactic. Both of my children deserve to be treated as unique individuals with their own goals, strengths, and interests. Since my children have become adults, I have helped support them as they navigate their own personal life journeys. Educational and career choices, relationships, physical and mental health struggles, substance abuse issues, a global pandemic, and just day to day life are some examples of where I, as a mother, have led with empathy and understanding. I am mindful to respect the fact that my sons need my support, not for me to impose my own opinions or dictate their decisions. Through open communication, encouragement, healthy boundaries, unconditional love, and allowing my children to grow and live on their own terms by respecting their autonomy, our mother-son bond is strong. Most important, I want my children to know that I will always be someone that they can trust. I show this by being consistent with my own behavior, not passing judgment, and apologizing when necessary. There is no greater calling on Earth than to be a mother, I am truly blessed.

Motherhood and Community

  1. My work as a legal advocate for children, especially children in foster care, has had a tremendous impact on me. I have had the opportunity to meet hundreds of wonderful children and, though I pray that I have positively impacted their lives, it pales in comparison to the ways that they have all positively and permanently impacted my life. By learning about their lives, their struggles, their joys, and their hopes and dreams, I have become a better person, mother, professional, and community member. I have had the opportunity to receive trauma informed training and my own philosophy of meeting children where they are at has served me well in this position.
  2. I direct the Mrs. North Dakota America/American, and Miss North Dakota for America Strong pageants. I am in my fifth year of directing. I implemented a junior queen division for young ladies ages 5-17 to help them build self-esteem, public speaking skills, and promote servant leadership. It is truly an honor to mentor these individuals and see them become their very best selves. Our official philanthropy for our pageant is the Victoria’s Voice Foundation, which is focused on educating students, parents, educators and communities on drug addiction, and overdose prevention. We have raised thousands of dollars for the Foundation and are actively leading efforts to encourage everyone to become trained to administer Naloxone. Drug addiction is at an epidemic level in North Dakota, and I am committed to being a part of a solution through Victoria’s Voice.
  3. I am the Immediate Past President of the Altru Alliance Board of Directors. Altru Alliance is a long-standing organization that has, over the years, provided substantial financial support to Altru Health System. Through the Altru Alliance Gift Shop and other fundraisers, the Alliance provides money for programs and supplies that benefit patients and families and community non-profits. My husband has also joined the board and we love actively engaging in servant leadership. As of 2022, the Altru Alliance has contributed over $4 million to Altru departments and community non-profits.
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