Our Top 10 Most-Read Stories for 2021

Take a look at the ten most popular posts from Metro Parent in 2021.

In 2021, we seemed to have a better grip on the COVID-19 pandemic with vaccines, metro Detroit and Ann Arbor attractions reopening once again and helping our kids fully adjust from remote learning to in-person learning.

And yes, parents are still facing challenging obstacles, but at Metro Parent, we’re here to provide the best resources for your family. Not to mention, a lot of great things happened this year. Here are Metro Parent’s most-read stories of 2021.

Ways to Make Mealtimes Fun

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For parents with picky eaters, mealtimes can sometimes be a hassle. Why not make meals more fun with them? We’ve rounded up some great ideas involving awesome meal plates and utensils.

The Ultimate Guide to Dinosaur Spots in the Midwest

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Photo credit: Jurassic Quest Drive Thru

Dinosaur attractions are actually easy to find in the Midwest! You can learn about the prehistoric creatures in these dino-mite spots in Michigan and beyond.

Best ’80s Movies to Watch as a Family

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Kids of the ’80s will love nothing more than to revisit some of these classic movies with their own kids. Movies include “The Goonies,” “The Princess Bride,” “The Land Before Time” and more.

Mom Influencers That You Need to Follow

Mom influencers give us an inside look at their parenting lives. It’s great to hear from them firsthand on any advice or ideas they’ve tried with their kids. We’ve rounded up our favorite mom influencers in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor.

Things Your Divorced Mom Friend Wishes You Knew

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If you have a divorced parent friend in your life (or are divorced yourself), these are some things to understand from that perspective. And a few things to be more mindful about, especially if they’re currently going through a divorce.

Outdoor Attractions in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

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We all love to get out with the kids — especially when it involves the great outdoors! Families who like to take advantage of great weather love these outdoor attractions.

Sensory-Friendly Events and Accessible Play in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

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Photo credit: Unsplash/Alireza Atari

For families looking for outings for a child with special needs, we’ve rounded up some local businesses that provide sensory-friendly options.

Michigan Parents to Follow on TikTok

TikTok is not only teens! Parents have gotten lots of entertainment from the app. Here are some of our favorite Michigan parents to watch on the social media app.

What is Netflix’s Show Squid Game?

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It’s hard to believe that Squid Game was such a cultural phenomenal only a few months ago. We shared a post to explain this Netflix show and how it isn’t exactly kid-friendly.

Adaptive Parenting After the Pandemic

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We know parenting has changed so much since the start of the pandemic. Adaptive parenting is a great technique to try as we reflect on the lessons we’ve learned over the past two years.


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Katina Beniaris
Katina Beniaris
As audience development manager, Katina Beniaris digs into data to help the Chicago Parent team learn about our audiences and tailor better content for them. She has more than five years of experience in content creation.

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