Daily Archive by Date | Most Commented Long-Term Effects of Parental Favoritism By Jacquie Goetz Bluethmann Do you ever play favorites among your kids, or know parents who do? The impact, good and bad, may run deeper than you think. Stay-at-Home Moms More Depressed, Angry and Sad, Study Says By Brianna Valleskey Do SAHMs feel emotionally worse off than working moms? Contributing factors can include under-appreciation and isolation. Losing a Child: A Parent’s Worst Nightmare By Jacquie Goetz Bluethmann Three southeast Michigan families share their stories of facing the unthinkable, fighting through the grief and continuing to live and love and laugh. Kids’ Poop: What’s Healthy? By Stacey Winconek It’s a messy business. But it’s a key indicator of health. Here is some advice to help parents get to the bottom of normal bowel movements in children. Teaching Kids How to Whistle By Jennifer Sullivan It seems like such an easy thing – but it’s so tricky! Here are tips on how parents can help children master the basics of making music with their lips. Big Kids in Strollers: A Growing Trend By Sandra Gordon It’s not your imagination: Strollers are getting bigger to seat toddlers and older kids, well into age 5. It’s convenient, sure. But is it healthy? Wayne County Lightfest Holiday Light Display By Megan Krueger Drive through four miles of light displays during this southeast Michigan holiday favorite event Nov. 17-Dec. 31, 2016. Metro Parent’s Living with Autism Workshop By Metro Parent Editorial Metro Parent welcomes parents and professionals to a workshop dedicated to unlocking the puzzle of autism on April 7, 2017. Pool and Beach Toys, Clothes and Gear for Kids By Alana Walker Your family can make a splash in style with these cool finds – from eco toys to DIY beach bag totes; even an underwater surfboard? We’ve got the gear. Kids Losing a Parent: When Mom or Dad Dies By Jacquie Goetz Bluethmann Death can leave children scared and scarred. But with support of family, friends and community, they can survive and thrive, learning a resiliency they never knew they had. Education Expo By Metro Parent Editorial Looking for the best schools in Michigan or the best educational programs available for southeast Michigan kids? Don’t miss it on Sept. 24, 2017! Tips on How to Choose Child Care for Your Child By Megan Krueger Important advice for parents how to find and choose quality child care for your child with advice from Rainbow Child Care Center’s education director. Michigan’s Fireworks Law: Keeping Your Family Safe By Megan Krueger Looser rules have local fire departments worried about the summer holidays. Here’s what you should know – and how to ensure safety for your kids. First Name Basis: Is It OK for Kids to Call Adults By Their First Names? By Jessica Schrader More children are skipping the formal titles and calling adults by their first name these days. Do you approve of this trend? Mom-Approved Docs Nominations By Metro Parent Editorial Moms know the best docs. Check out which ones they think are top dog when we reveal the 2017 Mom-Approved Doc nominations in July. Losing a Spouse: Moving Forward as an Only Parent By Jacquie Goetz Bluethmann After the death of your partner, how do you grieve for yourself, comfort your kids, make ends meet – and imagine a day when you won’t feel so alone? Loose Anagen Syndrome: A Benign Childhood Hair Loss Condition By Jessica Schrader In the realm of special needs, loose anagen syndrome may not seem so serious. But for little girls, it’s a hit on developing healthy self-esteem. Voice Cracking in Boys By Meagan Lutey It’s one of the embarrassing signs of puberty in boys. Why exactly is it happening? And how can parents help their teen cope? 2017 Best Public Elementary Schools in Michigan By Aleanna Siacon Niche released the rankings for Michigan’s public elementary schools. Did your child’s school make the top 100 list? 10 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in School — The Right Way By Mark R. Solomon Tips and advice for parents to help kids thrive in their education, offered by a veteran teacher and law expert from southeast Michigan. Special Needs Events for Kids and Parents in Southeast Michigan By Metro Parent Editorial Parents of children with special needs can plan ahead for fun activities, sensory-friendly movie showings and more that are tailored to meet their needs. Cedar Point Hours, Ticket Costs, New Rides and More By Christina Clark We’ve got all of the details, tips and tricks to make the most out of your family’s 2017 trip to this Sandusky, Ohio amusement park. Mom Shamed by Daughter’s School for Oreo Snack By Megan Krueger A Colorado mom sent her daughter to school with Oreos as a snack after running out of produce to pack. The school sent home a letter about healthy snacks. Mom to Mom Sales in Southeast Michigan By Metro Parent Editorial The Metro Parent roundup of the best mom-to-mom sales for bargains on clothing, toys, furniture and tons more. What to Do When Your Child is Failing School: Tips and Advice for Parents By Leah Vandercook School is tough for many kids, but what do you do when tough becomes too much? Local teachers offer tips on how to help your child succeed in high school. How to Become a Foster Parent in Michigan By Jacquie Goetz Bluethmann If you’ve considered providing a home for a child in need, but not known where to start, then begin here with our five-step guide. How to Talk to Your Kids About Masturbation By Amy Kuras For young teens, masturbation isn’t uncommon. But for parents, it can be a difficult topic. Here are tips for how to talk to your kids about this topic. How to Raise Young Girls with Grit – Mentally, Emotionally Strong By Kristen J. Gough After age 9, a girl’s feelings of self-worth and confidence crash. Help your daughter realize her full potential, become her best, and mature with moxy, by building these five qualities. Top Autism Centers in Southeast Michigan By Metro Parent Editorial Find autism centers in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties for support, autism resources and education. Parental Alienation: When Parents Are Kept From Their Kids By Megan Krueger After divorce, some smack talk is sort of expected. But what if your ex drove a wedge between you and your children and they stopped talking to you? 10 Reasons to Send Your Child to Camp By Diana Christensen What benefits will your kid enjoy away from home this summer? Parents and camp leaders let parents know why it’s worth the money. Got a Gun In Your Home? Then My Kids Can’t Play There By Michelle Wirsu Before my kids can go on a play date, I ask the family if they own a gun. I’m not sorry. Why Some Babies Start Head Butting and What to Do By Abbey Green What’s the deal with toddlers and babies head butting? Should you be concerned? Experts weigh in on the reasons and how to keep these kids safe. Top Toddler Getaways in Southeast Michigan By Jessica Schrader Sanity-saving toddler play places where you can blow off steam, from Nature’s Playhouse in Ferndale to the Detroit Zoo to the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. Tattletale Kids: Why Kids Snitch and What Parents Can Do By Denise Yearian and Heidi Smith Luedtke School age children are prime culprits. Here’s a look at reasons, plus nine tips and ideas to help kids break the habit and build conflict resolution skills. What to Do When a Child Prefers One Parent Over the Other By Wensdy Von Buskirk Second fiddle. That’s how many moms and dads feel when it comes to their children’s affection. Why does it happen? Is it OK? And what can you do? Metro Parent and Henry Ford Health System’s Annual Living with Autism Workshop By Metro Parent Editorial Metro Parent Magazine and Henry Ford Health System present a day dedicated to unlocking the puzzle of autism – for parents and professionals. Should Dads Wake Up With Baby At Night? By Jessica Schrader Many parents share nighttime duties but there’s still a perception that moms are lucky if dad helps out at night. Free Preschool for Low Income Families in Michigan By Megan Krueger Kids in families at lower income levels may qualify for preschool through the Head Start and Great Start Readiness Program in Michigan. Cooking Tips for Absolute Beginners By Kristen J. Gough Klutz in the kitchen? Never fear! Our savvy foodie mom breaks down the bare bones cooking basics for beginners with simple tips. Guide to Best Family Restaurants in Southeast Michigan from A to Z By Metro Parent Editorial Looking for best restaurants in metro Detroit? From Zingerman’s Roadhouse in Ann Arbor to the best restaurants in Oakland County, Michigan, find 26 here! Lessons from Hillary Clinton By Julia Elliott Love her or loathe her, here are three things you and your kids could learn from the Democratic presidential nominee. Free Summer Programs in Southeast Michigan By Jessica Schrader Who says nothing in life is free? Check out these great programs for kids that are offered at no charge, happening in summer 2017. Parents Give Babies ‘Danger’ as Middle Name – Literally By Donna Musolli So far in 2013, an Australian couple and pair of British buskers bestowed this lofty moniker – more typically used as a joke – upon their sons. But what’s in Price Comparisons: Organic vs. Conventional Foods By AnnMarie Ottoy Organics have traditionally been more expensive, but growing availability and grocery store brands may help narrow the gap. We compare costs on 9 staples. How to Deal with Self-Absorbed Teens By Emily Morman Does your kid think the world revolves around her? Here’s why your adolescent is acting so self-absorbed and what you can do to curb it. To Circumcise or Not to Circumcise Your Son? By Carol McGarrahan U.S. circumcision rates are on the decline. Why? Here’s a look at the pros, cons and future of circumcision in our country as parents weigh the decision. Painted Rocks Craze in Southeast Michigan Inspires Kindness By Christina Clark The Kindness Rocks Project has prompted kids and parents to hide painted rocks in metro Detroit. Get your family involved in this creative and kind activity. Farmers Markets in Southeast Michigan and Community-Supported Agriculture (CSAs) By Metro Parent Editorial Want fresh produce from farmers markets? Find food from the farmers market Ann Arbor, Oakland County farmers market and more. Columnist’s ‘Why I Won’t Let My Wife Quit Her Job’ Gets Backlash By Stacey Winconek A husband and father wrote a column detailing his feelings about his wife’s desire to stay at home to raise her kids. His reasons? It will rob her of ambition.