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Inked? Not My Kid!

Thursday, 26 March 2015 10:47
"Mom, I want a tattoo." If you're one of those fabled "cool" moms, your response might be, "OK--let's go!" Not so "cool" with the idea? Here are some tips for helping your child think this through, without throwing down the "Not while you live in my house!" gauntlet. Read more...

Local Resources for Kids and Parents

Thursday, 19 March 2015 00:00
A beautiful thing happened this week: The sun peeked out through the clouds, stayed in that position for more than five minutes, and radiated warmth. Read more...

Live Well, Die Well, and Grieve Well

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 00:00
Newly launched in 2014, in affiliation with Holland Home, Trillium Institute's focus is improving quality of life, and assisting patients and their families in navigating decisions and challenges associated with facing a serious diagnosis. Read more...

Downtown Market 2015 Classes

Wednesday, 14 January 2015 00:00
New Series for Kids, Parents, Gardeners, and Foodies The new year brings a brand new class schedule at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market, a destination for local food innovation, education, and experimentation. Read more...
How many of us are planning on being more organized in the new year—in terms of time and money? Read more...
Some holiday classics seem to be on TV in perpetuity this time of year. If you've seen A Christmas Story enough times to shoot your eye out, give some of these less-known seasonal films a try: Read more...

#MIKidsCan Video and Photo Contest

Thursday, 16 October 2014 08:47
In partnership with Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is launching the #MIKidsCan Contest, asking Michigan kids ages seven to fourteen to share their favorite way to be active to encourage other children to get moving to live healthier lives. Read more...

Having “The Sex Talk” with Your Kids

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 09:30
Talking to your kids about puberty or "how babies are made" may feel like some of the most uncomfortable experiences of parenthood, but these conversations provide important opportunities to assist children in making healthy decisions. Read more...

Playing Favorites

Monday, 25 August 2014 12:24
If your kids were asked, "Who is your mom's favorite?" what would they say? While parents might not want to admit it, it's likely that they do have a favorite child. Read more...
Listen to your dog. Our animal friends give, receive, and exude love and joy. Their antics bring smiles, groans, and frustration, though the smiles usually win out. For many of us, a treasured animal is an enormous part of our world—considered family, even. Pets and other animal companions depend on us for food, shelter, care, and attention. They also depend on us to know when it's time to say goodbye, something we're never truly ready to do. Read more...

 

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