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June 2013

Metro Parent Magazine
Table of Contents

EXTRAS

Meet Madison, June CoverKid – and Grand-Prize Winner!

This Macomb Township tween has her future sights set on professional soccer and modeling. She's also won some amazing MESP prizes.

5 Smart Spins on Summer Fun

How cookouts, garage sales, stargazing, road trips and hikes in nature can all become chances to help boost your kids' brain quotient this vacation.

Awesome Goodies for Tweens

Notoriously choosy, middle schoolers can be a tough crowd to please. No more, with these eight excellent choices. They'll dig this swag.

Father's Day Fun

From brew and fruit to tunes and even fireworks, treat dad to some southeast Michigan fun on Sunday, June 16, 2013 – or the entire weekend.

Upcycled Green Notebooks

Kids can transform old cardboard into a mini pocket- or backpack-sized sketchpad perfect for jotting down memories and adventures this summer.

FEATURES

When Your Child is Different From You

Got an apple that fell really far from the tree? Get tips and insights from parents and professionals on what to do – and what not to do.

Go-To Birthday Gifts for Kids

If you're scratching your head over presents with staying power, we're here to help. Check out these 10 classic toys that trump the latest trends.

Summer Education in Everyday Moments

Skip the pricey enrichment programs. Instead, opt for great little learning opportunities in trips from anywhere from Cedar Point to Kroger.

DEPARTMENTS

This & That

  • Are there hidden benefits to eating boogers – or cleaning your kid's pacifier with your own spit?
  • Check out Detroit Kid City in Southfield, a cool kids' play area in southeast Michigan

Eat It
Oh My Lolli! in Brighton offers tips on making your own hard candy at home

Make It
Whip up a nifty little beach souvenir terrarium craft to show off all the beach treasures and DIY goodies your kids find on vacation

Metro Mom & Dad
LEGOs and robots collide for Jonathan and Sarah Jacobs, owners of The Robot Garage in Birmingham

Little Ones
Protect your baby from the sun's dangerous UV rays this summer

Big Kids
Giving kids stuff is great – but beware the entitlement trap

Tweens & Teens
Dangerous 'cinnamon challenge' is landing some teens in emergency rooms

OUT & ABOUT

Want It
Seaworthy stuff: Our beach-ready June roundup of gear for kids from southeast Michigan shops

Calendar
June family events in southeast Michigan

Let's Go
Monterrey Aquarium in California: Otters, starfish and oodles more to explore

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