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Managing Kids’ Collections

Kids love to keep stuff. Here's how to keep those stashes in check, how to de-clutter kid's toys and store them in your family's home.

Mom to Mom Sales in Southeast Michigan

Looking for local mom to mom sales? The Metro Parent mom to mom sale roundup shows you where to find bargains on clothing, toys, furniture and tons more.

Healthier Holiday Cookies for Families to Bake Together

Want to indulge with less guilt? Try these kid-friendly recipes for gingerbread, lemon-sugar, chocolate crinkles or chocolate almond cookies.

Cookie Exchange Recipe Ideas

Looking for special cookie exchange recipe ideas for the holidays? We've got them! Try a stained glass cookie recipe, coconut clouds recipe and more.

Holiday Recipes for Treats Featuring Michigan-Made Hudsonville Ice Cream

Pick up Hudsonville ice cream to make three easy desserts: brownie-peppermint pie, caramel gingerbread men and blue-mint vanilla pops.

Cool Gifts for Special Needs Kids

For children with autism and other special needs, toys might not be No. 1 on their holiday lists. Here are some alternate ideas.

The Pros and Cons of Some of the Most Popular Exotic...

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.

5 Reasons to Shop Locally This Holiday Season

Chris Tidwell, CEO of local toy company Magformers, explains why smart shoppers stick to local stores and ditch the online checkout this time of year.

Be a Holiday Rebel: Metro Parent’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Ho-hum 'hot' toys, quirkier finds, radical alternatives – or no presents at all? Scan our fun list of 17 options and see where you fall this holiday season.

My 11-Year-Old Son Wants a Reptile for Christmas. What Would You...

Maggie, of Birmingham, asks and Mike of Premier Pet Supply has the answer.

5 Reasons Met Should Be On Your Child’s Holiday Wish List

When it comes to meaningful gifts, nothing tops a Michigan Education Trust contract. Here's why.

How to Make Fawaffle, Waffled Falafel

Use your waffle iron to make this healthier version of falafel at home. Here's the how-to.