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April 2013

Metro Parent Magazine
Table of Contents

EXTRAS

Meet Ava, April CoverKid
Get to know the bubbly, loquacious 6-year-old boy from Fraser who channeled the president for our money-minded cover.

Root Beer Cupcakes
Sink  your teeth into a bonus dessert treat from Sarah Matheny's new family vegetarian cookbook, More Peas, Thank You

Coupon Clipping 101
Want to really cut your family's grocery bill? Some frugal guru moms offer their best tips, including one from Troy, Mich.

Are New Moms a Road Menace?
A new study says mothers with babies on-board are more easily distracted. Get extra details on what it found.

Earth Day Fun
Celebrate before, during and after the annual April 22 eco-event with these family geared activities in southeast Michigan.

COVER STORY

Spendthrift to Penny-wise: Curbing Your Family's Budget
Discover how you really can get your money in order – realistically taking stock of spending, slashing expenses and saving more cash for the future

SPECIAL NEEDS

How a Chicken Helped a Teen with Autism
Learn about Alair Bergman, 17, of Ortonville, Mich. and her chicken chum Goldie – who helped the local girl thrive with autism

Making the World Autism Friendly
The Henry Ford in Dearborn and Autism Alliance of Michigan are teaming up to create better acceptance and access for those on the spectrum

Bucket List for Autism
41 key childhood experiences for kids with this special need

SNippets: Special Needs News & Notables

Help Desk: New Books to Inform, Inspire and Improve

PARENT PIPELINE

Bits & Briefs

DEPARTMENTS

Make It
DIY color blocks are fun way to help kids learn their hues. Make a matching drawstring bag, too!

Eat It
Mmm: Sloppy Josephines! Try this veggie spin on Sloppy Joes from mom blogger Sarah Matheny's new cookbook, More Peas, Thank You.

Metro Mom
Performer and storyteller Tonya 'Touchdown' Dallas of Bellville has her sites set on a Michigan TV reality series – starring young local talent

Little Ones
Toddler, feed thyself? Helping your tyke through this tricky phase.

Big Kids
Stop yelling, mom and dad! It's pointless and damaging. Here's what to do instead.

Tweens & Teens
Headache help: What you should know about the causes, concerns and cures.

OUT & ABOUT

Want It
Get primed for those puddles (April showers and all!) with this rainy day gear for kids

Calendar
April family events in southeast Michigan

Let's Go
Gallop on down to Louisville, Ky. in time for derby season – and family fun

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