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I’m Breaking Up With Mom Guilt. You Should, Too.

Any other moms feel like they are constantly fighting Mom Guilt?
I recently had one of those weeks where I kept trying to fight back mom guilt, but the mom guilt seemed to be winning.

You see, I have two little kids and the baby is now crawling. My big boy’s world has turned upside down with this […]

By |January 18th, 2017|Categories: General, Real Life|0 Comments

5 Surprising Things Kids Can Do at the Humane Society of West Michigan

Did You Know…
…that our very own Humane Society of West Michigan offers hands-on, year-round programs for children of ALL ages?

As the mother of two young and enthusiastic animal-lovers,  I had always loved the idea of my children visiting and helping at an animal shelter. But since they are just 5 and 2, I was discouraged to […]

By |January 17th, 2017|Categories: General|0 Comments

Find out why Parents and Kids Say, “GRG is the Place to Be!”

Kids Learn More than Gymnastics at GRG
Grand Rapids Gymnastics is a fantastic place for kids to master gymnastic skills like tumbling, balance beam, uneven bars and vault techniques. Even young babies can begin to hone their gross and fine motor skills at the FREE GR Baby class, which takes place every Tuesday, from 11-11:45 AM (no registration […]

By |January 16th, 2017|Categories: General|0 Comments

Why I Chose Year-Round School for my Family

I’ve had visions of walking my kids to school or the bus stop since before I had kids. The dream is so idyllic and beautiful. I hear tales from moms all over Grand Rapids about how they greet their kids at the bus stop or the door with treats, or becoming bosom buddies with the […]

By |January 15th, 2017|Categories: Area Schools, Education, General|2 Comments

Top OBGYNs in Greater Grand Rapids

As a woman, one of the most important medical providers you may have in your life is your obstetrician/gynecologist. From yearly checkups and tests, to helping you through pregnancy and postpartum care, finding the right OBGYN is a big decision. Luckily, our readers have spoken. They’ve told us who the best OBGYN’s are in greater Grand […]

By |January 13th, 2017|Categories: General, Guides, Health|88 Comments

GR Trampoline Parks: How Sky Zone, Airtime and Rebounderz Compare

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With Airtime, Grand Rapids now has 3 Trampoline Parks
A little history…

First Sky Zone opened on 29th street in Kentwood in 2012.

Rebounderz joined the party last year when it opened in Jenison.

And now, Airtime has jumped onto the Grand Rapids activity center scene with its Centerpointe Mall location.

Certainly, Grand Rapids kids and families looking […]

By |January 13th, 2017|Categories: General, Southeast (Kentwood, Caledonia Cutlerville, Dutton)|0 Comments

AppleTree & Gilden Woods is an Award Winning Preschool and Child Care Center

Now Enrolling!
Looking for an excellent, nurturing preschool or day care? AppleTree & Gilden Woods is now enrolling for the 2017-18 school year!

AppleTree & Gilden Woods provides high quality, educational child care for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years, as well as preschool programs for children ages 3 – 5. The school has received awards for its […]

By |January 12th, 2017|Categories: General|0 Comments

WIN! $1500 Whole House Makeover From Kyle Visser, Keller Williams Realty

Get ready for one of our biggest giveaways yet! You won’t want to miss the chance to enter for this super powered home upgrade package. 
There are Thousands of Real Estate Agents in West Michigan
But there’s only one Kyle Visser.
And Kyle will make you feel like you’re his one and only client.

An area local, Kyle graduated […]

By |January 11th, 2017|Categories: General, WIN|282 Comments

Grand Rapids Preschools Guide – 2017

It may feel like the school year just started, but it is already time to begin thinking about next year’s plans for school. Many preschools begin enrollment for next year in January. Whether this is your first child going off to school or your fifth, there are several factors to consider in making this important decision. […]

By |January 11th, 2017|Categories: General, Guides, Preschool|Tags: |1 Comment

Divorce is Heart-Breaking. Choose a Gentle Approach with Collaborative Divorce Professionals

Grand Rapids Kids is Not Pro-Divorce
We are all about families connecting at GRKIDS. We love nothing more than seeing families bond, have fun together and form lasting relationships. The last thing we would ever want is for your family to go through a divorce. However, we also recognize that divorce is not uncommon in our community. […]

By |January 10th, 2017|Categories: General, Parent Info, Real Life|0 Comments

Daddy Daughter Dances and Mother Son Events for Greater Grand Rapids

Take a break from the school-to-do list and schedule a fun mother-son or daddy-daughter date.

We’ve got a great roundup of events going on in and around Grand Rapids for your school-aged child. If you know of an event we didn’t list, please leave us a comment below.

 
Daddy Daughter Dances & Mother Son Events

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By |January 10th, 2017|Categories: General, SEASONAL|2 Comments

Grand Rapids Fitness Centers With Childcare

Finding Fitness With Kids in Tow
Joining a gym is all fun and games until you have kids and need childcare! How’s a parent supposed to get in the cardio with a toddler running in circles around you? (No, that whirling kid can’t get your cardio on your behalf…)

We’ve found a list of local fitness centers with childcare, so you […]

By |January 9th, 2017|Categories: General, Health|2 Comments

Legacy Christian School Offers Early Spanish Immersion and More

The Preschool Dilemma
I remember when my oldest child became old enough for us to start thinking about what preschool to send her to. Should we try a co-op? Should we go half-day, all-day, two-days, or three-days? Do we want a play-based environment or something more academic?

As we took tours of schools, visited open houses, and […]

By |January 8th, 2017|Categories: Elementary, General, Preschool|0 Comments

Top Voted Movie Theatres, Libraries and Indoor Play Places

Earlier this year, parents voted on their favorite places to play and live life in greater Grand Rapids in our first ever GRANDTASTIC AWARDS. Our lists have become the go-to for parents looking for best of West Michigan for families.

Today we’re bringing you the top-voted spots to have fun inside. Libraries, movie theaters and other […]

By |January 8th, 2017|Categories: General, Grandtastic Award|Tags: , |0 Comments

iCademy Global is the Virtual Answer to Today’s Student Needs

“I think when people hear the word cyber school or online school they have a vision of students working in isolation at a computer and it’s so not true with iCademy,” says Leisa Lobbezoo, teacher at the free online school located in Zeeland.

At iCademy Global, students may be able to attend class from their living room, but […]

By |January 5th, 2017|Categories: General, Homeschool|0 Comments