Mask Skincare: A Conversation with Local Dermatologist, Dr. Laura Ganger

Frequent hand washing and wearing face masks are necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately, with the increase in these practices, many people are experiencing breakouts (or “maskne”) and other skin irritations. We reached out to local dermatologist, Dr. Laura Ganger of Ganger Dermatology to assist our readers with general skincare under these conditions.

The Coronavirus: Going to the Dogs

In a time when families are spending most of their days at home, adopting a new pet has emerged as a trend.  The appeal of being home to train, bond, and enjoy the new family addition has resulted in a pet-boom, especially with dogs.   Many local families, like the Bixlers, enhanced their quarantine with

The Best Hikes for Little Legs

During this socially distant summer, many families are searching for creative and contact-less activities that appeal to a variety of ages. Hiking might just be the ideal solution. The local Ann Arbor area is rich with offerings, from ever popular sites such as Nichols Arboretum to lesser known neighborhood gems hidden throughout Washtenaw County. Whether

Labor of Love: Parenting Tips from Veterans

After months of preparing for our new baby girl, my husband and I thought parenthood would come easily. I had studied everything from the scientific benefits of early peanut exposure to the environmental impact of disposable diapers. However, when we brought our little angel home from the hospital, we set her down gently in her

No M-Step: Now What?

Understanding the Read by Grade Three Law In this ever-changing climate, both federal and state laws are being enacted or amended by the minute. Educational laws are at the forefront of many parents’ minds: in particular, the third grade reading law.  While the third grade reading law isn’t being enforced this school year because all

Fitness Fun: Time to Move

Get active and expend energy with these fitness activities with a full day of movement. Fitness Challenges Get moving with this fun game from Paperelli for I Heart Naptime. Download and assemble the three cubes—two are activity cubes and one is for timing. Roll two of the dice, and then perform the activity for the amount

A2 Yoga models flexibility

It’s the year 2020 and let’s face it, finding one’s emotional center is no longer a luxury but a necessity. Today you can’t throw a foam block in Ann Arbor without hitting a yoga studio. But it wasn’t always this way; back in 2003, Ana Hough, who successfully used yoga to treat a severe case

Understanding How Kids React to the Pandemic

While adults are struggling to work remotely and find some normalcy, kids are struggling with these unprecedented changes too. In this article, nurse practitioner at Liberty Pediatrics, Kyla Boyse, RN, CPNP, shares her expertise about what to expect from our children as they respond to this global crisis and tips to support them. Preschool Young

Paternity leave, waterbirth and financial burden

A glimpse at three new research studies concerning childbirth The Importance of Paternal Involvement A new study by Ball State University in Indiana found that fathers who take paternity leave to help care for their newborn experience more stable, lasting marriages. The study included 6,000 couples whose children were born in the United States in