Sep 18, 2017

A Parent’s Guide to Dietary Discussions

By: Grace Derocha, registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator and certified health coach with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Knowing that one in three Michigan children are overweight or obese, it’s crucial that parents understand the best approach to discussions around health. The physical, mental and emotional consequences of ignoring a child’s health largely outweigh the discomfort one might feel addressing it. By opening the dialogue as a family, young children become empowered to live the happiest, healthiest life possible.

The Risk at Hand 
When dealing with an overweight child, parents are right to be concerned. Excess weight can lead to health problems and chronic conditions including: asthma, joint pain, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and high cholesterol. Symptoms of these conditions can take effect in early adolescents, during key developmental years. Overweight children are also at risk of the mental and emotional torment that comes with teasing, bullying, depression and low self-esteem.

Setting the Tone
When discussing a healthy lifestyle with young children, adults should frame the conversation in a way that is age-appropriate and relevant to his or her needs. For every parent, there are ways to encourage a healthy lifestyle without damaging a child’s body image or self-esteem.
  • Avoid conversations around weight. According to a study in JAMA Pediatrics, children whose parents talked to them about weight or size were more likely to adopt unhealthy eating behaviors such as extreme dieting, fasting and other eating disorders. Rather than identifying the need to lose weight, parents should focus on the benefits of healthy behaviors, such as increased energy, serotonin-induced “feel good” moods and focused thoughts. 
  • Recognize efforts, not results. Parents should always pay attention to children demonstrating a conscious effort to eat healthier, exercise or simply learn more about health and wellness. Any conversation or mention of weight loss should be secondary to recognizing the benefits of a happier, healthier body and mind.
  •  No comparisons. Children should understand early in life that everyone comes in different shapes and sizes. With the nature of social media and the illusion of perfection it can create, parents should monitor their child’s use of phones and other devices. At the end of the day, there is no exact ideal weight that one should aspire to reach.  
  •  Watch what you say. Despite what many adults may believe, most children and adolescents are heavily influenced by their parents. When parents fail to respect their own bodies, children learn to build self-esteem off appearance. An “I’m so fat” comment sends the message that weight is more important than health. 

Be a Role Model
Parents should model a healthy lifestyle in the home by making nutritious meals more readily accessible and physical activity the norm. For example, by providing healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner options, children will likely make better dietary choices on their own. Integrating regular physical activity into everyday life can be as simple as family walks, morning stretches or bedtime yoga. Sedentary time – television, video games, internet surfing – should be limited to no more than two hours per day. It’s also a great idea to explore school sports and recreational programs to ensure that children and teens are engaged in moderate physical activity for at least 60 minutes every day.

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A Parent's Guide to the IEP - FREE Workshop

A Parent's Guide to the IEP 
with Sandee Koski 

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 
9:00 am - 12:00 pm 
(Sign-in opens at 8:30 am) 

United Way of Washtenaw County 
2305 Platt Road Ann Arbor, MI 48104

This workshop will help you better understand the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for children and youth who receive special education services. When you better understand the IEP process, and how to participate, you will have a better chance of your child getting the services they need to be successful in school. 
Our goal is to help you understand the basic IEP components and how they work together, specifically:
  • The present level of academic achievement and functional performance (PLAAFP statement);
  • Writing measurable goals and objectives;
  • Support services; and
  • Plan implementation.

Register by 9-20-17 with Kristen Columbus 
(734) 662-1256 ext 203 or

If it is after the deadline and you haven't registered, please call or email to check the status of the event. 

If you require accommodations or materials in an alternative format, please let us know one week before the workshop.

View a PDF flyer for this event and find other workshops on our calendar of events.

Have questions about this event or other special education questions?

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Sep 17, 2017

Metro Detroit Family Fun Events for the Week of September 18, 2017

Metro Detroit Mommy does its best to ensure the accuracy of this information on our calendar.  However, it is advisable to call in advance to confirm.

Check out all the fun family fall events going in this week in Metro Detroit. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Sunday, September 24, 2017

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Sep 16, 2017

Mannheim Steamroller is Coming to the Fox Theatre - Discount Tickets and Giveaway {ends 10/7/17}

Show Information

“Chip Davis, founder and creator of Mannheim Steamroller and the industry’s largest independent record label, American Gramaphone, announced that his annual Christmas concert tour will begin on November 13, 2017. The ensemble will perform at the Fox Theatre on Saturday, December 16 as part of the Fifth Third Bank Fox Theatre Series. 

Grammy Award® winner Davis will direct and co-produce Tour performances with MagicSpace Entertainment.  The show features classic Christmas hits from Mannheim Steamroller and multimedia effects in an intimate setting. 

In addition to being a holiday tradition for many families, the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Tour regularly attracts repeat attendance from multi-generational guests. and is one of the longest running tours in the music industry.”

Show Info:

Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Ticket Prices:

Ticket Prices:

Metro Detroit Mommy Prices: $90.00|$50.00|$41.00|$27.50
 Box Office Prices:                            $90.00 |$58.00 |$45.00|$30.00

How To Purchase Tickets:

You can purchase tickets by phone at 313-471-3095 and mention Metro Detroit Mommy, or you can purchase tickets online at use the Promo code: MOMMYIf you having trouble using Internet Explorer, please use Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.

Questions can also be directed to Ashley via email

Giveaway Info: 

One lucky winner will receive four tickets to Mannheim Steamroller at the Fox Theatre, Saturday, December 16th, 2017.  Use the form below to enter for your chance to win.

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Sep 15, 2017

Top Twenty Spots for Family Fun in Detroit {giveaway ends 9/30}

There is no doubt that the city of Detroit is in the midst of a comeback.  Whether you are looking to buy your first home, a family home, a place to retire, a fixer upper or a house that is move-in ready, Detroit is a great place to live, work and play.

Today, we are focusing on all the great family-friendly fun Detroit has to offer.  If we missed your favorite venue, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Here are our top twenty choices for family fun in Detroit.
Check out our full list of Family Fun in Detroit with over 50 venues/locations.

1. DNR Outdoor Adventure Center

DNR Outdoor Center
Address: 1801 Atwater St., Detroit, MI 48207
Phone: 1-844-622-6367
Read about our experience: DNR Outdoor Adventure Center

The DNR Outdoor Adventure Center brings "Up North, Downtown".  This family friendly Detroit destination features Michigan's woods, water and wildlife inside a three story 40,000 square foot building formerly known as the Globe Building.  The facility provides hands-on recreational experiences for all ages through a variety of activities and exhibits that engage the senses.  Opening in July of 2015 this unique gem has gained popularity through word of mouth from all who go and enjoy their time.  

2. Kidz Kingdom - Open Play & Party Center

Address: 18602 Fenkell Street, Detroit, MI. 48223
Phone: (313) 296-1741 
Read about our experience: Kidz Kingdom in Detroit

Owner and Founder Danielle is amazing.  Wife, mother of two boys, and former Deputy Director of of the Office of Charter Schools at Detroit Public Schools, her experiences in education and as a parent have contributed to the creation of the first commercial indoor play space in Detroit. The facility offers a wide range of activities from dramatic play to a bounce house, your children will be entertained for hours. 

3. Detroit Flyhouse (Circus School)

Detroit Flyhouse

Address: 1321 Watson Detroit, MI. 48207
Phone: (313) 674-6424

Detroit Flyhouse Circus School! Classes & Workshops in aerial yoga, trapeze, aerial ring, partner acrobatics, fire performance and more!

4. Punch Bowl Social

Address: 1331 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226
Phone:(313) 749-9738
Read about our experience: Punch Bowl Social in Detroit

With so much to offer, Punch Bowl Social is the perfect destination for a social gathering, family outings, parties and so much more.  They offer bowling, darts, marbles, ping pong, shuffle board, vintage arcade games, private karaoke rooms, Scrabble and more.  Their menu consists of classic american items with a unique culinary twist.  

5. Detroit Puppet Theater

Detroit Puppet Theater
Address: 25 East Grand River Ave. - Detroit MI. - 48226
Phone: 313.961.7777
Read about our experience: 
Detroit Puppet Theater

PuppetART is located in the heart of Detroit's Theater District, surrounded by the Michigan Opera Theater, Music Hall, and the Gem and Century Theaters.  The Center accommodates an audience of up to 70, hosts a museum of puppets and features various puppetry workshops. Performances are every Saturday at 2 p.m. and occasionally a Thursday performance at 10 a.m.

6. Fox Theatre

Fox Theatre

Address: 2211 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: (313) 471-3200
The Fox Theatre offers a wide variety of shows perfect for the family or date-night. You can purchase discounted tickets to select shows by phone at 313-471-3095 and mention Metro Detroit Mommy, or you can purchase tickets online at use the Promo code: MOMMYIf you having trouble using Internet Explorer, please use Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.
Questions can also be directed to Ashley via email

7. Michigan Science Center

Michigan Science Center

Address: 5020 John R, Detroit
Phone: 313-577-8400

The Michigan Science Center is host  to the Chrysler IMAX Dome Theatre, Dassault Systèmes Planetarium, DTE Energy Sparks Theater, Chrysler Science Stage, a Science Hall for traveling exhibits and hands-on exhibit galleries focusing on space, life and physical science. 

8. Detroit Institute of Arts

Detroit Institute of Arts

Address: 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Phone: 313-833-7900

Detroit is blessed to have such a fantastic museum within its borders, housing about 65,000 works of art.  The DIA offers free admission to residents of Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties and is regarded as among the top six museums in the United States, offering a collection that spans the globe both geographically and throughout time.  Their collection includes favorites such as "The Nut Gatherers", "a Self-Portrait" by Vincent van Gogh,  the Diego Rivera murals "Detroit Industry", and the Bronze Donkey (that demonstrate the danger of touching artwork over time).
The DIA offers so much for families such as live concerts, movies at the Detroit Film Theatre, Detroit City Chess Club, docent led tours, make and take art projects, drawing in the galleries, in gallery games, and so much more.  

9. Detroit Historical Museum

Address: 5401 Woodward, Detroit
Phone: 313-833-1805

The Detroit Historical Museum is located in the heart of the city's cultural center in Midtown Detroit, on Woodard.  The 78,000 square food facility hosts a variety of signature, changing and traveling exhibitions to keep their guests on their toes.  The Streets of Old Detroit is certainly the one exhibit that has stuck in my mind since my childhood.  

10. The Heidelberg Project
Address: 3600 Heidelberg St, Detroit, MI 48207
Phone: (313) 458-8414

From their website: "The Heidelberg Project is an outdoor art environment in the heart of an urban area and a Detroit based community organization with a mission to improve the lives of people and neighborhoods through art."
The ever-changing canvas consists mostly of recycled materials and objects found on the streets of Detroit and is carefully designed to reflect a current issue or struggle.

11. Comerica Park (Home of the Detroit Tigers)

Address: 2100 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: (313) 962-4000
Sunday Kids Day: Tigers Fun for the Whole Family
Nursing Lounge at Comerica Park

Sunday Kids Days are perfect for families.  Start the excitement with the "Every Kid, Every Sunday" giveaway that guarantees every fan 14-and-under will receive a free promotional item.  YAHOO!  Kids can particiapate in the pre-game festivities and enjoy free rides on the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel and Carousel, presented by Kroger and free face painting.

12. Little Caesars Arena (Home of the Detroit Red Wings)

Detroit Red Wings
Address: 2645 Woodward Avenue, Detroit

The brand new arena opened its doors this year.  Chances are if you are a hockey fan, Little Caesars Arena is already on your radar.  In addition to hockey games and concerts, the arena will host Disney on Ice in October of 2017.

Belle Isle Playscape in Detroit

Belle Isle is host to a wide variety of activities and is a classic Detroit family destination. Home to the Anna Scripts Conservatory, Aquarium, Livingstone Lightnouse, Nature Zoo, plenty of playgrounds, picnic areas, beach, and Dossin Great Lakes Museum, visitors will find plenty to do and see.  

14. Detroit Riverfront

Detroit River Front

Visit Harbortown, Hart Plaza, Milliken State Park (with harbor, wetlands and lighthouse), Mt. Elliott Park, Rivard Plaza, Riverwalk Garden Rooms and the Dequindre Cut Greenway.  

15. Historic Fort Wayne

Historic Fort Wayne 
Address: 6325 W Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48209

Take a trip back into time every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm at the Historic Fort Wayne in Detroit.  Visit the original 1848 limestone barracks building, 1845 start fort, the commanding officers house, the Spanish-American War guard house, an ancient Native American burial mound, and the Tuskegee Airmen Museum. 


Along Woodward in Detorit
Read out about our experience on the QLINE.

The Q Line is a "circulating street car" that runs along 3.3 miles of Woodward from Grand Blvd. to Congress Street.  Or, what you'd consider New Center to the heart of Downtown. 

17. Campus Martius Park

Address: 800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 963-2225

Detroit's Gathering Place!  A great public space in downtown Detroit providing a spectacular skyline view with a wide range of opportunities to connect with friends and family.    The park offers a wide variety of free events, programs, classes, and amenities for families, including the region's most popular ice skating rink and in the summer an urban downtown beach.

18.Hard Rock Café

Address: 45 Monroe Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 964-7625
Read about our experience at Hard Rock Cafe
The iconic Hard Rock Cafe is a must visit in the city of Detroit for those that love music and music memorabilia.  We love the kids menu featuring the Hard Rock Roxtars and the all American menu.  

19. Buddy’s Pizza (with Boccelounge)

Address: 17125 Conant St, Detroit, MI 48212
Phone: (313) 892-9001
Do you love Detroit-style pizza?  Why not visit the home of the beloved square, deep-dish delight at the original Buddy's Pizza in Detroit?  As an added bonus, they still offer Bocce Ball, making the experience even better for families. 

20. American & Lafayette Coney Islands

Address: 114 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 961-7758

 Lafayette Coney Island
Address: 118 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 964-8198

These two competing Coney Island locations are right next door to one another.  As the story goes, both locations are/were owned by different members of the same family.  The competition has created loyal customers to both restaurants, but the competition itself adds to the novelty and success of both.  Stop by and have a coney at both locations, then decide which is best: Lafayette or American?

What is your favorite family-friendly venue in Detroit?  Leave a comment below!

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