Parenting Issues & Tips

The Great Screen Debate

Today, kids are consuming more screen time than ever. Is there middle ground where health experts feel comforted and parents can catch a break?

'Santa Joe' Talks About Life as Santa Claus, Christmas Season at Kerrytown

Ho ho ho! Santa Claus is coming to Kerrytown Market & Shops in Ann Arbor, and Metro Parent chatted with Joe Eadie, the annual Santa Claus at this Washtenaw County spot.

Age-by-Age Advice to Nipping Procrastination, from Tots to Teens

Need help motivating your child who has a procrastination problem? Here are some tips, listed by age groups, for parents.

Striking a Balance as a Sports Parent

Raising an exceptional athlete brings highs, lows and lots of windshield time. Four metro Detroit moms share their wisdom in striking a balance as a sports parent.

Parents vs. Non-Parents

While you’re changing diapers or transporting your kids to soccer practice, your childless friends are going to parties and traveling to exotic locales. No wonder it’s hard to relate. But maybe it’s not as hard to stay connected to our childless friends as we think …

Art Mom in Charge

Art and Apples Festival Sept. 5-7 4-7:30 p.m. Friday 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday Rochester Municipal Park, Sixth and Pine streets, downtown Rochester $5/suggested donation; art/food prices vary 248-651-4110 artandapples.com Apples might keep the doctor away, but they attract artists: at least...

Social Savvy: Raising Kids Who Can Make Connections

At each stage of development, there are things parents can do for their kids to help them with social skills and making friendships.

Five Ways to Build Structure in Your Family

From chore charts to meal plans, here are a few ways to keep families organized.

Physicians Advise Parents to Read to Children Daily

Family story time is just what the doctor ordered! The American Academy of Pediatrics wants physicians to urge early literacy at birth. Why the big push?

Parents Spanking Children as a First Resort

More parents are using corporal punishment to discipline kids for all sorts of trivial reasons, according to a new study. A local psychologist weighs in.

Dad Author Jon Ziegler on Imperfect Parenting, Marriage

This goofy guy from Davison, Michigan wrote a hilarious how not to guide to parenthood. Here, he chats about the good, bad and funny of fatherhood.

Shaka Senghor Goes From a Tough Past to a Bright Future

Before he was motivational speaker Shaka Senghor, he was an inner-city youth who ended up on a rough path. Now, he hopes his past will inspire others.