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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.

Published in Family
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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Wednesday, 16 November 2016 09:29

You Better Watch Out!

Santa Claus is coming to West Michigan! Leave the malls for shopping and crying children. If you're looking to catch a glimpse of Santa (and some of his reindeer) this holiday season, check out these events near you.

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Wednesday, 09 November 2016 07:24

10 Tips for Handling Picky Eaters

Your daughter won't eat her carrots because they touched her mashed potatoes, and she won't eat her entire meal if a single green pea appears on her plate. Your son will only eat peanut butter sandwiches. (A few days ago, he would only eat bananas.) Your twins are interested in doing anything at the dinner table except for eating.

Published in Family
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 05:54

Severe Weather: Be Prepared

Severe weather and other emergencies can strike with little or no warning—and your family may not be together when it does. How will you get to safe place? How will you contact one another? How will you get back together? It's important to have emergency plans in place, so your family knows what to do if a disaster strikes. September is National Preparedness Month, and there's no better time to plan for emergencies.

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016 00:00

The Back to School Shuffle

The end of August means summer is coming to an end and children will be going back to school. For divorcing families, that might mean uncertainty as to where the child/children will go to school.

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