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Interview: Rick Dekeon—Don’t say “I can’t do it.” Say “I can’t do it right now.”

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by Betsy McMillin I truly don’t know how to do justice to long-time Ann Arbor Public Schools teacher Rick Dekeon. Anyone who knows him knows exactly what I am talking about. He is by far one of the most amazing teachers you will ever come across, and I have hundreds of people who are nodding their [...]

March 31st, 2012 | Posted in Best of A2P,Columns,Featured,Interviews,The Parent Trap | Read More »

The Parent Trap: Are Active Kids Smarter Kids?

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by Betsy McMillin Any time you read about youth in America, you are bound to happen upon the obesity epidemic currently sweeping the nation. The overall health of our kids is at risk due to horrible diets, lack of exercise/active life styles, days filled with video games and computers as well as way too much [...]

March 24th, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Featured,The Parent Trap | Read More »

The Parent Trap: Tales From The (Unexpected) Family Bed

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by Betsy McMillin If you had told me, in the first twelve years as a parent, that I would be one to partake in the Family Bed (a.k.a. co-sleeping), I would have flatly said that you were without a doubt wrong, wrong, wrong. I remember hearing at that same time about an acquaintance with twin [...]

March 11th, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Featured,The Parent Trap | Read More »

The Parent Trap: When A Parent Can Do No More

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by Kristina Lakes I will admit that I avoided looking at what was happening at first.  I am a positive, hopeful, can-do type of person. After the pediatrician prescribed a second round of antibiotics for my son who had strep throat, I didn’t worry, I just bought more vitamins. For extra insurance, I made him take [...]

March 4th, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Featured,The Parent Trap | Read More »

The Parent Trap: No, You Don’t Know What It’s Like to Be A Single Mom

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by Darla Carmichael I was going through my facebook photo albums yesterday, reminiscing about when my five-year-old was still a baby/toddler. There are no pictures from the hospital when he was born and only a couple quick, fuzzy snap shots from the subsequent year that was such a mix of turmoil and chaos for us. [...]

February 26th, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Featured,The Parent Trap | Read More »

The Parent Trap: Yes, I Chose to Let My Kids Live With Their Dad. No, I’m Not a Bad Mom.

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by Sophia van Buren She sat there on the couch across from me, arms crossed, chin slightly jutting out from her face, her sharp features contorted into a look of disapproval.  Her pale blue eyes looked sternly into mine, like a mother admonishing a child.  It was a look I’d seen before, many times. Every [...]

February 19th, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Featured,The Parent Trap | Read More »

The Parent Trap: Autism Speaks, but No One is Listening in My World

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by Kristina Lakes I don’t understand IEP’s. If you are blessed enough to not have a child on one, you might not know that it stands for Individualized Education Plan. Basically, it means that if your child has “special needs,” he or she will receive curriculum accommodations in school. This could be anything from getting [...]

January 29th, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Featured,The Parent Trap | Read More »

The Parent Trap: Mom As The Non-Custodial Parent

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by Sophia van Buren For the past eight years, I’ve adopted and grown into both the idea and reality of being a role reversal model of the mother as the non-custodial parent, but if current trends continue, the percentage of non-custodial parents will shrink.  That is because recent trends indicate that more progressive state laws are [...]

January 15th, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Featured,The Parent Trap | Read More »

The Parent Trap: This Year Is Going To Be Better…Really

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by Betsy McMillin Happy 2012 to all my readers! When another year approaches, parents always look ahead with a fresh, new perspective, hoping that the New Year will bring better parenting. More patience, more fun times together, more understanding, more effective parenting techniques, more love all the way around. I am no different. We recently [...]

January 8th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,The Parent Trap | Read More »

The Parent Trap: Trippin’ With Six — Travel With Kids

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by Betsy McMillin This article is my Holiday gift to you. No advice, no deep thoughts, just the gift of a thought: “Thank God I don’t have to travel with six kids.” Many of you will be traveling soon, by car, plane, train. And yes, we all have our horror stories of that awful trip: [...]

December 18th, 2011 | Posted in Columns,Featured,The Parent Trap | Read More »

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