Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Theater For All


All the world's a stage! Everyone should have a chance to perform, if that is their heart's desire.

The Fourth Wall is a mobile theater company that opens the stage to children and adults with special needs. Their motto? Theater is for all abilities! Through interactive games and thoughtful instruction tailored to the actors' needs, The Fourth Wall is allowing these individuals to express themselves in creative and unique ways.

You can read all about it here:

https://annarborfamily.com/music/theater-for-all-abilities/

Monday, February 18, 2019

Teen Anxiety



Teen anxiety, sadly, is on the rise. And is it any wonder? The pressures to perform have increased exponentially. Grades, test scores, college exams, college admittance. Add to that the performance pressures of sports, dance, and music. Top it all off with a big dose of social media, and you have a perfect recipe for stress.

The documentary "Angst" explores this topic, with revealing commentary from students who have experienced it, and the parents and professionals who have helped them along the way.

You can read more about it here:

https://annarborfamily.com/tweens/teen-anxiety-highlighted-in-documentary-angst/

Monday, December 10, 2018

Traveling Over The Holidays




Do you have to travel over the holidays?

If so, I feel your pain.

For more than twelve years, my family lived out-of-state, away from our loved ones. Going home to visit always felt like a major military operation. Kids, luggage, dogs, snacks, traffic, weather. Ugh.

Last year, we moved back to Michigan, closer to our families. We still have a bit of a car ride, but thankfully our days of complicated travel plans have ended.

I wrote about coming home (again) for the holidays last December. You can read the story here:

https://issuu.com/adamsst/docs/12_1_-aaf_-_final

Safe travels, everyone!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Pediatric Sleep Consultants


Babies are precious, aren't they? And sleeping babies are angelic.

But what about those babies that don't sleep?

My youngest son, Samuel, was a sleep terrorist. For three months of colic, that child of mine kept me hostage at all hours of the night and day. It's a wonder I was able to function at all. Add to that a husband who traveled all week, two school aged big brothers, and a breastfeeding cranky baby, and I was a basket case.

Did you know that there are now pediatric sleep consultants who can help? They will come to your home with their knowledge of sleep tips and tricks, and they will train you (and your baby) to get the good night sleep you so desperately need.

Here's a story I did recently on Pediatric Sleep Consultant Kimberly Wagner-Dabbour:

https://annarborfamily.com/health/pediatric-sleep-consultants-help-families-achieve-a-good-nights-rest/

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Lawn Mower Safety


We may be approaching autumn here in Michigan, but it is still lawn mower season. My Jolly Green Retriever is proof of that!


Did you know that in the United States,over eight hundred children every year are involved in a lawn mower accident? And sadly, 600 of those cases involve an amputation.

I recently spoke with a family whose son was involved in a tragic lawn mower accident. This family went on to film a Public Service Announcement for a national advocacy group. I spoke with an expert to get some safety tips. You can read the full story here:

http://annarborfamily.com/health/family-advocates-for-lawn-mower-safety/

Friday, September 7, 2018

Relocation



Relocation.

Just hearing the word "relocation" gives me a queasy feeling in the pit of my stomach. My family has made five moves to five states in a twelve year period. It's understandable that we would suffer a little PTSD from the experience.

Relocation is listed as one of the top three most stressful life events. It is nearly as traumatic as divorce or death of a loved one. And if you are moving with spouse and children in tow? Expect challenges.

Many real estate companies now have relocation experts on staff to make the move as stress-free as possible. I spoke with expert Susan Kellam at Reinhart Realtors in Ann Arbor. She gave some great tips for a smooth move.

You can read the story here:

http://annarborfamily.com/columns/smooth-moves/

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Attention Shoppers!


Ah, the joys of grocery shopping!

Do you love it or do you loathe it?

I spoke with professional shopper Jenny Darling to get some tips and tricks to get the most out of your shopping experience.

You can read all about it here:

http://annarborfamily.com/columns/local-shopper-jenny-darlings-grocery-shopping-tips/