When did that happen?

By:  Vanessa Armstrong/ A few days ago it occurred to me that I’m no longer the mom of 3 little kids anymore and I have no idea when that happened.   For most of my “mama life” I’ve had 3 little kids at home, but with school starting this year, I realized that I have …

Tips on Avoiding the “Summer Slide”

By: Sarah Meikle/ Most of you have heard the term, “Summer Slide”, but, you may be wondering how to avoid it in your family. Summer slide is when a student loses some of the academic achievement gains that were made during the previous school year. This could be in reading skills or any other academic…

Summer Bucket Lists

By: Vanessa Armstrong/ Summer is in full swing and if your kids are anything like mine, you’ve probably already heard, “I’m bored”, “I don’t want to go outside”, “can we play video games?” 5,000 times already. I’m sure you’ve been browsing Pinterest, pinning summer bucket list ideas, or at least thinking about creating one, I…

What is early Head Start?

By: Jenny Cook/ Adrian Public Schools Early Childhood Programs Providing Head Start and Early Head Start services to all of Lenawee County. As the provider of Head Start and Early Head Start programs for all of Lenawee County, we partner with families of children aged birth to five as well as expecting moms to promote…

How to Avoid an Overtired Child while Traveling

How to Avoid an Overtired Child while Traveling Nothing ruins a good time faster than an overtired child while traveling on vacation. After years of working with babies and children with sleep struggles, and having one of my own, I know that the fear of epic meltdowns from poor sleep is real. But let me…

I know he’s ready…but, am I?

By: Sarah Meikle/   I often find myself looking at him, taking in his beautiful features, wondering how he got so big so fast. My first born, nothing will ever change that. He’s always been my sweet sensitive boy, who loves anything that goes fast! Cars, four-wheelers, even his bike that still has the training…

Pregnancy After Down Syndrome

By: Megan Fortman/ Pregnancy After Down Syndrome Last week I had someone ask me “if this baby would have Downs.” While that question and it’s bluntness stung, I really couldn’t blame them for asking. I know out of human nature it is something that everyone has wondered. Heck, we have wondered. Not only have we…

Are you preserving your memories?

By: Vanessa Armstrong/ So, tell me, how often do you take photos of your family?   I know exactly what you’re going to say, “Pretty much every day.  I have a smart phone. I take pictures of my kids every day, probably several times a day.” You’re going to say, “I take way more pictures of my…