Meet Asher, Metro Parent October 2014 CoverKid – VIDEO

Animals and kids are a winning combination. Photographing them together, though, isn’t always so simple. Not with Asher, 10, of Ann Arbor, though! With a winning grin, this kid hoisted up a very photogenic barnyard chicken – and wound up capturing our harvest-time issue’s theme with ease.

Asher, who’s into archery and pulling pranks on his sisters, got in touch with his inner agriculturalist for an article all about family fall fun on southeast Michigan farms – the cover story of October 2014 Metro Parent. During his photo shoot, which took place on a farm northeast of Ann Arbor, this kid also had a blast taking selfies with his dad, showing off some stealth martial-arts moves and getting to know some baby cows and pigs – although we suspect “farmer” might not be on his list of future careers! See Asher in action in our behind-the-scenes video:

For a second year, Metro Parent teamed up with MESP (that’s the Michigan Education Savings Plan) to host our CoverKids contest – and invest in local kids’ futures. Think of MESP as a 401(k), only for your child’s college, vs. your retirement. The money you put in it is tax-free, thanks to its federal “529” status. You can start one up with just $25, and contribute as little as $15 per pay period. There’s no limit to how much you add annually, though the max account balance is $235,000. Your kid can ultimately use the cash for tuition, room and board, and other college costs.

Interested in your kid being on the cover of Metro Parent magazine? Keep checking the Metro Parent CoverKids page. We’ll be looking for cute kids for our 2015-16 covers around spring of 2015. Natural self-confidence, poise and personality are what it takes. You never know: Your kid might wind up in the spotlight, too.

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