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What We CHOOSE To See..

Perspective. It is something we all forget is our choice. Yet when we are forced to change our perspective, we are granted the ability to change our situation just by changing our outlook. It’s a super power we all hold the key to. We just have to make the choice to use it to our…

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The Kiwanis Club of Tecumseh

By: Sarah Meikle/ There are a handful of service clubs in Lenawee County.  One in particular you may have heard of, is The Kiwanis Club of Tecumseh and wondered what it’s all about or what they do for our community. The Kiwanis Club is in its 60th year of service to Tecumseh Area Youth. They support the…

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Free Summer Lunch Program

By:Sarah Meikle/ Summer should be full of “fun in the sun” kind of days, but, for many families this can be a stressful time of year having to worry about how they are going to feed their families. The extra cost of breakfast and lunch that may typically be free through reduced or free meals…

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Five rules for summer play

By: Carrie Shrier/ As summer arrives, more and more families find their schedules packed with endless activities, such as summer camp, soccer lessons, dance camp and swimming lessons. Between work and structured activities, many children have very little time for unstructured free play. Play is so important that it has been recognized by the United…

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Social and Emotional Skills

By: E. Marowelli/ Social and Emotional Skills Small children need to be taught feelings and emotions just as much as they need to be taught numbers and letters. In fact, some teachers believe this is the most important developmental skill that new Kindergartners can have. You can help your child to understand their own emotions,…

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Popsicles in the Park: Coming Soon!

Lenawee Great Start is once again hosting its annual Popsicles in the Park this summer. What is Popsicles in the Park?  Well, yes, it does include popsicles, but it is so much more than that. Popsicles in the Park not only includes a nice, cold frozen treat, but also includes fun, friendship skills, and information.…

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Developing independence in children

By:Carrie Shrier   Four strategies to help support your child’s growing independence. The media is all abuzz lately with stories of extreme parenting. We hear about the so-called “Helicopter Parents” who chase their preschoolers around the playground in case they fall, mediate issues with friends and teachers, even going so far as calling their college…

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Family Fun Summer Activities!

By: Sarah Meikle/   Summer is right around the corner! It’s time to start enjoying the outdoors. I have put together some ideas that you can start doing with your kids today that will make memories to last a lifetime!   Build a bird house. Many places like Lowes or home depot offer bird house…

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Why won’t they just get along?

By: Carrie Shrier/ Strategies for helping siblings cooperate and get along with each other. “It’s mine!” “He went in my room!” “She took my toy!” Any parent of more than one child has negotiated many arguments between siblings. Whether it’s about toys, room or just generally having to be in the space, siblings often have…

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Why a Diaper Drive?

By: Sarah Meikle/   When I first started working as a Parent Liaison for Lenawee Great Start I learned that support agencies like WIC and Food stamps didn’t help cover the cost of diapers. This broke my heart! As a mother of two young children I knew just how expensive diapers could be and how…