Education Advice for Parents, Places to Visit in Detroit in Winter, Good Volunteer Opportunities for Kids and More

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It may be cold out, but Metro Parent’s February issue‘s got lots of hot topics. Valentine’s Day is near and Black History Month is here – which means tons of things to do in metro Detroit with kids. We’ve got the cool crafts and fun desserts for kids covered. And our education section tackles some burning questions.

Get ready to get schooled.

We’ve got advice on how to improve parent teacher communication – and tips on the touchy subject of talking to children about race. If your kid worries about exams, discover some test-taking anxiety tips. Wondering, “What is an elective class,” “what are some electives in high school” – and whether there are any fun high school electives? Find out here. An Ann Arbor company also dishes on how to prepare for college interviews with its new service.

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Metro Parent February 2015But it all begins in kindergarten, and that’s what our cover story is about. Are all those flashy classroom decorations too distracting for little kids? A new study questions how to set up kindergarten classroom – and if bright colors for classroom walls and bulletin boards are really best.

Our parenting articles on child development kick off with sensitive parenting, showing how being sensitive adults can help our kids in relationships later. Has your kid ever sent a sexy sext message? Odds are high – and, on the good parenting tips for teenagers front, we tackle that.

And whether you’re looking for places for kids to volunteer or volunteering for kids under 13 – a sometimes trickier challenge! – check out our tips on good volunteer opportunities for kids.

Now, how about fun things for kids in Detroit?

When it comes to places to visit in Detroit in winter, we’ve got your back like a parka, from the Berkley WinterFest to the Utica Ice Festival. Rather split town? Try sunnier South Carolina. The Charleston aquarium, fort tour and other chilled-out attractions make it one of our great vacation spots for kids picks.

Is the tooth fairy real? You bet, and we interviewed her for National Children’s Dental Health Month. Want to make cool arts and crafts for kids – particularly kid-friendly valentine crafts? Our robot project is a winner. Cap it off with a killer recipe for chocolate cookies for ice cream sandwiches, courtesy of Eskimo Jack’s.

It’s all waiting for you in the February edition of Metro Parent. Don’t miss a single issue all year. Subscribe for FREE today!

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