All posts by Emily Qalandarova

The Life of a Child Life Specialist

Working as a Child Life Specialist in the Radiation Oncology clinic at the University of Michigan’s Mott Children’s Hospital, Kristan Freitag’s goal is to help patients and families cope with the hospital setting, how to get through procedures in the least threatening way and provide opportunities for children to still be children, even though they

How two teens from across the globe became lifelong friends

From Zetel, Germany, a town slightly larger than Ann Arbor, but with 90 percent less population, Christine Devriel spent the 2016-2017 school year as an exchange student with Youth For Understanding. She and her host sister, Annika Hockman, had many more similarities than their cultural backgrounds would lead on, and it was clear they developed

A BOGO Life

Does frequently paying $3 to $5 less than retail value sound like a far-off wish? How about walking away from the checkout line with bags full of free items? There is a whole community dedicated to finding and capturing these deals, complete with its own language, including terms such as “B1G1,” “MIR,” “OYNO,” and “WSL.”

Living Fatherhood

Sean Terrell Ann Arbor I have the chance to see the process of (my son’s) development, as he comes into his own independence. I impart knowledge to him so he can be an active thinker and great contributor in life. I love hearing him talk and seeing parts of me in him. My father was

Meal Prep Before Baby’s Arrival

You may have heard how sanity-saving it is to prep your freezer ahead of baby’s arrival. Chef Kate Jackman, owner of Chef Kate Personal Chef Services in Ann Arbor, recommends the following recipe which is easy to cook, freeze and rewarm. It also has many child-friendly steps to involve your toddlers or older children in