Kate R

Kate R

About Kate R

Kate considers herself incredibly lucky to be a full time mom and also part time social worker and ASD consultant with Hudsonville Public Schools. While at home, she loves spending time with her kids, Cooper and Zoe. Kate loves all things creative and messy, playing games, gardening, biking, reading, and summers off with her awesome teacher-husband, Kevin.

Ragtime at the Civic is the Story of America’s Yesterday, and Today

If anyone is due for a date night or a night out with friends (P.S.- I am pretty sure ALL of you are!) you have to consider seeing Ragtime at The Civic Theatre. Ragtime may be the most important performance you see this year.

Ragtime is the story of early America. Through various sets of characters, it tells […]

By |February 27th, 2017|Categories: Event, Reviews|0 Comments

Broadway Grand Rapids is Bringing Cinderella to the Stage

Calling all School-Aged Royalty
Do you have a young princess (or prince) at home who loves fairy tales? Are you looking for a enchanting night out that involves glass slippers, fairy godmothers, and magical little mice?

Look no further than Broadway Grand Rapids! Starting September 27, DeVos Performance Hall will be hosting the Tony Award®-winning musical CINDERELLA. […]

By |September 19th, 2016|Categories: General|0 Comments

Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo is Coming to Grand Rapids!

Cirque du Soleil – Grand Rapids – Don’t Miss!
Brace yourself Grand Rapids- Cirque du Soleil is coming to town! This world famous show will be at the Van Andel Arena for seven performances December 14-18, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

Cirque du Soleil is a one-of-a-kind show that redefines the meaning of circus. You can expect […]

By |September 10th, 2016|Categories: General|0 Comments

Michigan’s Adventure- Tips to Maximize Your Family’s Fun


If you are looking for a super fun family day, look no further than Michigan’s Adventure-the state’s largest amusement park!

I should probably start by saying I don’t like roller coasters.

Like not even a little bit.

Yet I still love this place!

Let me give you a quick run-down of what’s there, what you should pack, and […]

Earth Explorers at GRPM Will Excite the Whole Family

GRPM is Great Escape From the Heat of Summer
If you have never been to the Grand Rapids Public Museum, you really should add it to your summer bucket list.

(And if you have not made a summer bucket list, you really should! This has been a fun tradition for our family the last several years.)

Anywho, back to […]

By |June 13th, 2016|Categories: General, Reviews|0 Comments

Local Incentives for Good Report Cards

It’s OK to Reward Your Kids for Good Report Cards!
I don’t know about you, but I am counting down the days until the end of the school year! This may have something to do with the fact that my husband and I both work in schools and we are 24 ½ days away from SUMMER […]

By |May 15th, 2016|Categories: General|2 Comments

Parental Involvement with Middle Schoolers and How to Teach Responsibility

The middle school brain is an interesting- and somewhat scary- place. As parents, we must keep this in mind when we make decisions about how involved we are in the day to day happenings of our kiddos in school. And by “involved,” I really mean, how much are we swooping in to save their little […]

By |April 20th, 2016|Categories: General, Parent Info|1 Comment

How to Help Kids Grieve Their Beloved Pet and Grand Rapids Resources for Pet Bereavement

Goodbye, Fonz
I still remember getting that phone call from my mom. It was my freshman year in college and I was living in a dorm room the size of a closet with a complete stranger. They had to put our dog, Fonz, to sleep. He was a crazy old dog with dental problems, cataracts, and a lot […]

By |April 6th, 2016|Categories: General, Real Life|Tags: |0 Comments

Dating in Middle School??

I cringe to even put the words “dating” and “middle school” together. In my humble opinion, middle school kids are really too young to be doing anything remotely close to dating. However, this is the time when boys and girls start getting interested in one another. As much as I don’t want to think about […]

By |March 7th, 2016|Categories: General, Parent Info, Tween|1 Comment

Grand Rapids Parenting Classes and Resources

Greater Grand Rapids Parenting Classes
Being a parent is hard work (as if you didn’t already know that!). And despite our best intentions, sometimes we need a little help. If you are feeling overwhelmed with parenting and feel like you need some solid advice, West Michigan has several options to try out. Here’s a run down […]

By |February 7th, 2016|Categories: General, Parent Info, Parenting Resources|0 Comments

Navigating the World of Middle School Sports

Got Sports?
Middle school can be an awkward and challenging time for kids. But it can (and should) also be a really fun time. Participation in sports is packed full of good stuff for kids this age. Here are some of the reasons why I think sports are an important part of a happy middle school […]

By |January 20th, 2016|Categories: General|0 Comments

Secrets of Successful Meal Planning for Grand Rapids Parents

6 Tips For Dinnertime Success!
by Kate Randall

If this question makes you feel a little bit nauseous, you’re not alone. Planning and preparing dinner night after night can feel like an overwhelming task for many. Today I will share some of my tips for making dinnertime feel a little more manageable.
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By |January 12th, 2016|Categories: General|0 Comments

Including Special Needs Kids…How Parents can Help

Kate Randall is a regular contributor to grkids.com. When she is not busy raising her two school-aged children, she helps other families through her role as a social worker for Hudsonville Community Schools. You can see a list of all her articles for grkids here.

by Kate Randall
Special Needs Kids Want to Feel Included, Too
Being a parent is […]

By |December 14th, 2015|Categories: General, Parenting Resources|0 Comments

Motivating Middle Schoolers Who Just Wanna Play Video Games

Kate Randall is a regular contributor to grkids.com. When she is not busy raising her two school-aged children, she helps other families through her role as a social worker for Hudsonville Community Schools. You can see a list of all her articles for grkids here.

by Kate Randall
How Do You Inspire a Work Ethic in an Indifferent Kid?
I […]

By |December 6th, 2015|Categories: General, Parent Info, Parenting Resources, Teens, Tween|0 Comments

How to Help your Middle Schooler Choose Friends Without Them Knowing

This article is sponsored by Grand Rapids Christian Middle School. 


Grand Rapids Christian Middle School is a Christ-centered, dynamic Christian community where 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders – students bursting with promise and possibility – can grow, achieve and thrive. We opened our new campus this fall, creating a vibrant learning environment where our students can begin […]

By |November 11th, 2015|Categories: Teens, Tween|1 Comment