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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 07:44

Things My Dad Taught Me

I am my father's daughter.

My mother tells me this all the time. She tells me I inherited his calm, quiet demeanor and rare stubborn temper (when warranted, of course, like the time he got mad because I kept bugging him for a hamster, and I got mad because he kept saying "no"). I have his freakishly long fingers, shy smile, brown eyes and plain hair. I don't mind. Except he's had a growing bald spot on his scalp for as long as I can remember, and that makes me nervous.

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 07:26

Q&A: Sandra Gaddy

On March 22, 2017, Sandra Gaddy began her new role as CEO of Women's Resource Center (WRC)—a nonprofit organization that advocates for women to achieve economic independence through meaningful employment. Sandra brings over 20 years of experience in strategic planning and fund development to the position, as well as a talent for developing teams and building collaborative relationships.

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 10:04

A Bold Leader for a Bold Initiative

"A lot of who I am today has to do with the role my parents played in providing a family environment that is loving and focuses on supporting one another," said Erica Bills, Executive Director, Susan G. Komen Michigan.

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The latest Netflix hit, 13 Reasons Why is based on a novel of the same name by Jay Asher. It chronicles fictional teenager Hannah Baker's death by suicide. Before her death, Hannah records a series of 13 tapes, blaming people—and providing reasons—for her death.

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In our busy lives, it's easy for adults to forget the importance of kindness—much less kids, who are focused on playing with friends or their new iPad app. Yet even the smallest act of kindness makes us happier. According to recent studies, when we're kind to another person, we feel more optimistic and positive.

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 05:05

Take One for the Team

Do you know a youth basketball player who is committed to teamwork and lives a healthy, active life? He or she could win a once-in-a-lifetime experience for their team at the Detroit Pistons game on March 19, 2017.

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Wednesday, 08 February 2017 07:41

The Right to Play

Loud noises, bright lights and crowded spaces: Individuals affected by autism face a number of challenges in public. The Grand Rapids Children's Museum (GRCM), however, believes everyone has the right to play—and that right extends to those affected by autism.

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Wednesday, 28 December 2016 04:41

Homeschooling: Is It for My Child?

Now, more than ever, our children face a number of potential challenges in their education. Any number of obstacles may be "working against" them: learning disabilities, bullying, anxiety, special needs, physical illnesses, short-term crises or simply being labeled as "too smart" (aka eccentric) to fit in with their peers.

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016 04:20

Safe Sleep for a Long Winter's Nap

'Twas the night before Christmas ... and if you or someone in your family are settling your baby down for a long winter's nap while you're traveling for the holidays, it's important to make sure there's always a safe space for your baby to sleep.

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Wednesday, 07 December 2016 04:50

Help Your Child Make Healthy Cafeteria Choices

The school cafeteria environment gives children the opportunity to expand their palate, sample unfamiliar foods and learn to make healthy food choices independently.

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