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Watching Children Spread their Wings

Tuesday, 26 June 2012 16:22
These days, it's not a matter of if but when children will graduate from high school and head off to college. But even if higher education is the new norm, it's never easy for parents to pack up their kids and leave them in a dorm room. Cheri Rose of Augusta is helping her fourth and youngest child gather the items on his packing list for college. With three other sons ages 25, 30, and 32, she's no stranger to move-in day, but that doesn't mean she doesn't pack her tissues for the trip. "I cried every single time, all… Read more...

Water Safety Imperative in West Michigan

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 08:55
Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death among children ages one to four, and ten to fourteen, according to 2011 statistics. More than 4,000 children drowned in 2010, and 65 percent of those children drowned in a backyard pool. These devastating statistics are exactly why Kendra Reinoehl and Matt Watson are looking to bring more water safety education to the West Michigan area. The pair is opening a Goldfish Swim School in Grand Rapids this summer. "It's a life skill for all children in a water-based community like West Michigan. It's even more imperative that they learn how… Read more...

Pets Part of One Big Happy Family

Wednesday, 30 May 2012 10:24
Karen Palmer is an educator and dog lover at Balanced Canine Training in West Michigan, and she says it’s her job to help people learn what to expect from their pets and build a relationship on mutual trust and respect. We asked Karen to give us a tip or two on dog training and making pets a part of one big, happy family–with boundaries. Is it common for people to treat pets like a part of their family? It is VERY common for people to treat their pets as if they are a part of their family. This can be… Read more...
Set aside that Diaper Genie and try something our mothers can remember–cloth diapers. As alternative to disposables, these reusable and environmentally conscious diapers save space in your dumpster and in the landfills. gDiapers With a cotton outer pant and plastic-free, flushable liner, gDiapers are chlorine-free. Used inserts can be removed from the outer pant and flushed down the toilet like regular toilet paper. Kushies Flushable Biodegradable Diaper Liners Similar to gDiapers, these diaper liners are safe to flush. Liners are placed inside a cloth diaper and discarded after use. Mother Nature Diapers Try these TBT-free diapers that are made without… Read more...

Birds, Bees, and Fertility Doctors

Tuesday, 08 May 2012 09:35
So you've decided to start a family, and baby makes three–but sometimes, it's not as easy as that. Dr. William Dodds, M.D., is the founder of The Fertility Center in Grand Rapids. For more than twenty years, he and his staff of board certified fertility specialists have been working to grow families and bring life into homes all over West Michigan and across the state. The reason for patients to see Dodds or his colleagues may vary, but with experience and technology, The Fertility Center aims to accurately diagnose men and women who are having trouble conceiving. "The interesting thing… Read more...
Carin Vogelzang is a mom on the go. Between various athletic events, music lessons and more, dinner can become a pit stop at the kitchen table instead of sit down family time. But Carin won't sacrifice her family's health or time together. She has a secret recipe to feeding her flock cheap and healthy meals. "Don't even allow picking up fast food or pizza. Remove cash or credit cards from your wallet if you know that you are likely to stop at those places. Have everything ready to go in the morning and thawing so that when you get home… Read more...

Addressing Aging

Wednesday, 25 April 2012 15:43
When the time comes, talking about aging can be difficult for parents and children. Here's how to ease into the subject with your mom or dad. Use others as examples to discus similar situations. Referring to a friend or family member who is going through or experienced a like circumstance will help to bring the subject up indirectly. Reference an aunt whose doctor prescribed treatment options or a grandmother whose lawyer helped to complete legal documents, for example. Use this opportunity to explain to your parent how watching a family member experience those things taught you not to wait to… Read more...

Create Your Own Ecosystem

Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:09
A small-scale ecosystem can have a big effect on how your family sees the environment. Sunday is Earth Day. Create the self-containing ecosystem out of recycled materials, and see a little piece of the Earth evolve right before your eyes. Read more...

Springtime Resolution: Keep the Car Clean

Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:49
The floor of your car is a crumb-dirt-McDonald's straw paradise, and oh! What's that! The flip flop that disappeared last Fourth of July! Before you start feeling affectionate for the dust bunnies living under your passenger seat, take one woman's advice–vacuum. Stephanie TeSlaa has a strong dislike for messes and the way they make her feel claustrophobic and disorganized, especially inside her car. With four kids, she has enough on her plate without having to carry in armfuls of stuff from her Suburban each day. So she's enforcing new rules for her family in hopes that the thorough cleaning she… Read more...
Egg hunts, and visits to see a giant bunny. Jelly beans before breakfest, and a ham as big as your head. What defines Easter for your family? This year, start a new, eco-friendly tradition. Try these crafts using recylced items to add a little Easter Bunny charm to your house this spring. Read more...

 

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