Parenting resources, guides and articles for parents in the greater Grand Rapids area.
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Always Hungry, Never Happy Kids
Somehow, when summer roles around, I turn into a short-order cook and snack matron. It drives me crazy! So when I read about Carrie Pauly’s food experiment, I […]
Things You Can do to Teach Child Abuse Safety
Let’s be honest: child abuse is a topic that is hard to talk about. But keeping your child safe is on the list of “must do” things as a parent. We teach our children to look both ways before they cross the street. We tell them to be careful […]
Help Me Grow is Dedicated to Seeing Ottawa County Families Thrive
We know parents and caregivers want to make the best choices for their children and Help Me Grow-Ottawa is here to help-and we’re FREE! From pregnancy to preschool, HMG-Ottawa can help you get answers about your child’s growth and connect you to free or low-cost […]
This article is brought to us by guest columnist Misti DeVries.
Children’s Assessment Center Offers Training
Born and raised a Grand Rapids girl, I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do with my life; however, I knew that I was put on this earth to help children and families. I knew that I wanted to be […]
What Draws Families to Grand Rapids?
After moving to Grand Rapids a couple years ago, I would often hear people say “Grand Rapids is such a great place to raise a family.” My husband and I both grew up in the Midwest and after living out West for five years, we felt a strong pull back to […]
Find Tons of Early Childhood Resources in One Place on April 29
Need help navigating the waters of early childhood?
I remember when my daughter was born, wishing she came with an instruction manual. I had NO idea what I was doing…and you know what? Years later, that hasn’t changed much! There are endless questions we need […]
But She’s Got It All Together…
When you hear about somebody doing something that you think is amazing or beyond what you regularly do, like juggle a big house or workout faithfully or having multiple kids in lots of sports or look amazing all of the time or bake beautiful cupcakes or homeschool her children or […]
Hi, my name is Melody, and I’m so glad you’ve found Grand Rapids Kids!
Whether you’re brand new to parenting or you have five kids, we are sure to have resources to help make parenting easier (and more fun)!
I started this blog in 2009, leaving a decade-long career teaching science at Grand Rapids Christian High School. […]
Working From Home With Kids?
If you’ve ever tried to work from home with your kids around, you know it’s tough. Every job has its challenges; working from home comes with a unique set of obstacles.
While some parts of a kid’s day may follow a schedule, chances are your kids have meltdowns, want extra snuggles (who […]
What to Do if You Suspect Child Abuse
CHILDREN’S ASSESSMENT CENTER HELPS DETERMINE IF CHILD ABUSE HAS OCCURRED
The Children’s Assessment Center of Kent County is your resource if you suspect child abuse. If your child has had a significant change in behavior and/or has exhibited sexualized behavior and you do not know why, the Child Assessment […]
This article brought to you by Goldfish Swim School.
Welcome to the Gigantic Grand Rapids Babies Guide
Having a baby changes everything, and
Pin this page, post this to Facebook, save the link to your home screen, or bookmark this link because you’ll use it throughout your pregnancy and beyond.
The first stop is our Grand Rapids Baby email newsletter. This email […]
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 […]
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. […]
Getting a positive pregnancy test is usually cause for celebration. I know many women who struggle with infertility and want nothing more than a positive pregnancy test.
My first pregnancy was extremely challenging, wrought with severe nausea and anxiety that I tried to manage on my own.
My firstborn son was a very fussy baby and […]
Playdates and Learning at Grand Rapids Babywearing Group
Babywearing International of Grand Rapids (BWIGR) has been around since 2013, although babywearing itself is something people have been doing since the beginning of time.
I spoke with Kathy Low, a founding member and director of education in the local GR Babywearing International group about their mission. Kathy is passionate […]