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Severe Weather: Be Prepared

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 05:54
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. Read more...

The Back to School Shuffle

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 00:00
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. Read more...

The Positive Parent Teacher Relationship

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 00:00
The first day of school is approaching and teacher assignments will soon be placed in our hot little hands—or inboxes, as it were. Hopefully, your child's classroom is a magical learning space in which he or she feels safe and supported. Fortunately, this is typically the case. On the other hand, when it's not the case, parents and teachers alike are placed in an awkward position. Read more...
My dad once told me a story that after his last collegiate football game, my grandfather glided up to him and said, "I enjoyed every one of 'em." His father never missed a game, sometimes suffering through a four-hour ride back home with work the next day. His line to my father was never forgotten, and as my father picked me up at Grand Valley State University a day after my last knee operation, knowing that my career had hit a flatline, he quietly, but proudly said, "I enjoyed every one of 'em." Through my tears and disappointment, I was… Read more...

Traveling with an Aging Family Member

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 05:52
Summer is often synonymous with vacations. If you're the caregiver for an aging family member, however, you may think a trip including your loved one is impossible. While some seniors and those with Alzheimer's often become agitated by changes in their daily routine, many can successfully travel if their caregivers plan ahead. Read more...

Summer "Simmer" Camp for Kids

Wednesday, 01 June 2016 09:37
Summer camp season has begun. The team at Grand Rapids Downtown Market knows not every kid wants to climb across a ropes course, search for bugs or sing Kumbaya—some of them want to cook! For this group of aspiring young chefs, Downtown Market offers "Simmer" Camps. Read more...
Golf is a family game. Unlike basketball or baseball, the tall people don't have to sit on the sidelines—everyone plays together. Kasie Smith, publisher of West Michigan Woman, thoroughly enjoys her family's golf outings. On Monday, May 23, she will be perfecting her golf skills—and acquiring some tips for her young boys—at the West Michigan Woman Golf Clinic & Scramble, at Boulder Creek Golf Club. Read more...

Mom Stories to Warm Your Heart

Wednesday, 04 May 2016 00:00
MY BABY-TO-BE "When are you guys having kids?" Over and over we were asked. Let's face it: together 18 years, married seven, seems like the next step. Little did people know, we were not "not trying"; it just wasn't happening. We took an "if it happens, it happens" approach to the whole parenting thing, loving life as free spirits. If it wasn't meant to be, it just wasn't; we'd get another pet or something. June of 2015, at the age of 38, I was diagnosed with adenomyosis, basically like endometriosis but contained to the uterus. Long story short, I was… Read more...

Earth Day 2016: Trees for the Earth

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 00:00
Twenty million Americans took to streets, parks and auditoriums on April 22, 1970, in an effort to ensure our planet's heath and sustainability. The day marked a rare moment of political alignment as Republicans and Democrats stood together in defense of our environment. On April 22, 2016, the 46th year of this important day will be celebrated. Read more...

Old-Fashioned Winter Fun

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 00:00
The breathtaking colors of autumn in West Michigan rival any town, anywhere, and lure both residents and visitors outside to bask in their beauty. But one short season later, winter ushers in colder temps that send us scurrying into the cozy cocoon of our homes. Read more...

 

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