Guns, Kids, and Safety: Local parents and experts weigh-in

“Do you have guns in your house?” is the first question Mary, a young mom of two in Chelsea asks of friends, neighbors and childminders. If the answer is yes, then Mary probes further to ensure the guns and any ammunition are locked away safely from her kids. Mary says, “It can be a difficult

The Madness of a Michigan Spring

There is major madness in Michigan, as is common in Spring. By this point in the calendar, most of us parents have been housebound and sun-deprived for months, gobbling Vitamin D to avoid snapping like Jack Nicholson in a garden maze. Our kids have already outgrown all their winter clothes and lost a few dozen

Supporting mothers with locally made baby wraps and slings

Brea Albulov’s Ann Arbor-based Hope Carried Etsy shop was doing even better than she’d hoped. Her signature product, the ring sling, was an instant success because busy moms loved the slings as incredibly comfortable, great looking, and easy to wear while discreetly breastfeeding. They were such a hit that she diversified her baby wearing business

Involving Children in the Kitchen

Preparing meals is a life skill for your children to master before they move out of your home, but what are the best ways to go about teaching them? Lilian Anderson, the owner of Sprouting Chefs, an Ann Arbor business that offers children’s cooking classes, shares some of her expertise. As a trained chef, registered

Day trip to Belle Isle

Traveling to the gem of the Detroit River, Belle Isle, situated in northeast Detroit, is a short hour drive from Ann Arbor and can be easily made into a full day trip when coupled with outings around the island. Where to go Lovers of architecture and aquatic life will both be entranced by a trip

Craft of the month: Paper Kites

Looking for a reason to get outside with the kids after hibernating all winter? Paper kites are the perfect boredom buster and they are a great excuse to get the kids outside to run around. Quick, easy, and depending on the age, also as simple or fancy as the kids would like, wind or no

Kids Horoscope: Aries

March 21- April 19 Adventurous, but surprisingly sensitive, the Aries child loves being in the spotlight. A fire sign, they love attention and aren’t scared to demand it. They can be impatient, and love to be the first in line, but they are more than happy to share. A generous child, Aries children know “sharing

Those Four Little Words “I love you, anyway.”

Since I’ve moved to Michigan, I’ve learned it’s particularly challenging to look outside your window at the gray slush pooling in your driveway and think about love. But think about it we must, because after four months of meteorological punishment, Valentine’s Day is all we have to keep our inner pilot lights lit until the