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Are Playdates Necessary? Child Development Expert Weighs In

An Ann Arbor-area early childhood education professor says kids need social opportunities, but how it happens is flexible. Are playdates necessary, in your opinion?

How Blowing Raspberries Helps a Baby Develop

Sticking your tongue out and making noise at your kid can just seem like silly fun. But it lays the groundwork for social and motor skills and more.

Advice for Parents on Privacy and Kids

Do children have a right to privacy? How much privacy should a teenager have? Experts offer their insights on privacy and kids – and they may surprise you.

Why Your Kids Need Boy-Girl Relationships

Opposite-sex friendships are more important than you may think. Here's why boy-girl relationships are healthy and have plenty of benefits for kids later.

Advice for Parents on Privacy and Kids

Do children have a right to privacy? How much privacy should a teenager have? Experts offer their insights on privacy and kids – and they may surprise you.

Sorry, Not Sorry: Don’t Force Kids to Apologize, Study Says

Young kids can distinguish between willing and coerced apologies, the University of Michigan finds. The takeaway for parents? Don't force kids to apologize.

Benefits of Pets for Child Development

Sure, there are messes and mouths to feed. But the benefits of pets for child development are many. Learn how cats, dogs and other critters help kids grow.
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Letterboxing in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor for Families

Here's everything you need to know to get started on this unique, kid-friendly pastime. Plus, check the roundup for a few spots for letterboxing for kids.

The Pros and Cons of Exotic Pets for Kids

Thinking of expanding your family with mice, snakes or geckos? A local pet store owner weighs in on the pros and cons of exotic pets; plus things for families to consider before purchasing.

Ways to Celebrate Earth Day from Home

Earth Day is right around the corner. Take care of Mother Earth and celebrate Earth Day from home with one of these fun and green activities.

How to Get Your Child to Sleep Without a Nightlight

Is your child refusing to sleep in the dark? Two experts shed some light on how to get your child to sleep without a nightlight.

ASMR and Kids: What is It, and What are the Pros and Cons?

YouTube has exploded with videos of people whispering, rustling buttons and even eating pickles – all to elicit a calm feeling. Can ASMR and kids be a good mix?