Sharon MacDonell

Starting a Diversity Program

Help your child's school celebrate culture and diversity by starting a diversity program. These handy tips and online resources designed for parents and teachers can get you started.

23andMe Sisters: Finding a Sibling Through DNA Testing

A Troy mom of two shares her story of how one of her adopted daughters discovered a sister she never knew she had through 23andMe.

Setting Limits on Kids Gifts

Want to start setting limits on kids gifts during the holidays or birthdays? Sometimes less is more. Here's how to temper children's expectations.

Fed Up With Fundraisers? Try These Creative School Fundraisers

Sick of school fundraisers? If you're tired of buying (and shilling) overpriced stuff to support your kids' schools, try these creative school fundraisers.

Cheap Things to Do in Detroit and Beyond With Your Family

Looking for a local summer getaway with the kids without breaking the bank? Try these cheap things to do in Detroit and beyond with your family.

Girls and Asperger’s Syndrome

Girls with Asperger's Syndrome are being woefully under-identified and under-served by the system. Metro Parent looks into the roots of this diagnostic discrepancy.

Not Our President? Parenting in the New Normal

The inauguration of our 45th president of the United States has caused a moral dilemma for some parents. One local mom shares her struggles.

The Bully’s Parent: What to Do When Your Child is the Bully

Here's what you can do to put an end to bullying for the sake of your child AND the kids he targets.

Is Adoption a Dirty Word? Not in Our House.

One local mom shares the joy of adopting children and how she encouraged a friend to adopt a child, too. Did she listen?

Year-Round School in Michigan

Should summer vacation be obsolete? Some education leaders say it has big benefits. But what exactly does it mean, and how does it work for local families?

OPINION: School Shooting Prompts Concern about Michigan's Gun Laws

As Newtown, Conn. mourns the mass murder of 20 kids and seven adults by an assailant with an assault rifle, a local mom wonders how we got here and worries about potential legislation that could make this sort of massacre easier in Michigan.

Homegrown Food: A Family Trend in Southeast Michigan

From home gardens to farmers markets to organic produce, parents and kids are getting in on fresh, local choices, mindful of healthy eating and the environment.
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Celebrate Mother Earth on April 22, 2021, at one of these eco-friendly Earth Day events in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

Freebies for Vaccinated People in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

These spots offering free items or discounts to people who can prove they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

What Every Parent Should Know About Developmental Delays

You have a new baby in your life. But how will you know if your child is developing normally? An expert from the Autism Alliance of Michigan offers some insight.

MSU Research Reports Sagging Areas in Pandemic Teaching

A survey from Michigan State University’s Education Policy Innovation Collaborative found teachers are struggling to find students and maintain attendance during virtual school.