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Michelle Dickstein

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Michelle Dickstein is a full-time working mom of three. Her passions include food, family vacations, and helping others live their best lives. You can read more from her at or

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Prep for Preschool: How to Choose a School and What to Expect

preschools in ohio
2018 Editions Ages & Stages Education Featured January 2018 Magazine Parenting
Determining if preschool is the right step for your child and your family is a big decision, and there are many different factors to consider. We spoke with several early childhood educators in the region, who offer tips on determining whether your child is ready, as well as what to look for in a school and questions to consider when visiting. Plus, students and parents weigh in on why they love preschool. ...
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Tips for Parents: Navigating the Holidays with Food Allergies

tips for kids with allergies
2017 Editions December 2017 Featured Food Health Magazine Parenting
Holiday parties and big meals with friends and family bring challenges to parents of children with severe or life-threatening food allergies. While it might seem like every buffet table is a potential trip to the emergency room, there are many ways to have fun and celebrate safely. ...
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Sense of Belonging: Amy and Jeff Belles Work to Create Sensory-Inclusive Spaces

Jeff and Amy Belles of Kulture City
2017 Editions Featured Magazine November 2017 Parenting Special Needs
Inspired by their son, 12-year-old Carson, who was diagnosed with autism at age 2, Amy and Jeff Belles decided to work toward forming acceptance and inclusion opportunities for individuals with special needs. Through their work with KultureCity, the couple has created accessibility and acceptance in the local community by collaborating with the Akron Zoo and Quicken Loans Arena. ...
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Resale Ready: 8 Tips and Trends for how to Buy and Sell Baby and Children’s Items

Children's resale stores in Ohio
2017 Editions Ages & Stages Featured Magazine Parenting September 2017
Shopping resale for gently used baby and kids clothing, equipment and more can bolster your budget, since items cost significantly less than retail prices. Before you buy or sell, learn the top tips and trends to get the best bargains and earn the most cash. Then, check our list of area resale events and consignment stores to get started. ...
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Send Vacation Woes Packing with these Family Travel Tips

2017 Editions Ages & Stages Featured June 2017 Magazine Parenting

When planning a trip with the kids, parents try to think of all the unexpected situations and plan accordingly. You bring extra wipes, diapers, changes in clothes, and stockpile snacks and activities to survive being stuck in a car, plane, train or hotel room. Here are some less-obvious ways you can make your trip a little easier. read more

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A Father’s Day Message to My Three Daughters

Ages & Stages Featured Parenting
For 18 years I did not celebrate Father’s Day because I was raised by a single mom. Father’s Day was just not on my radar until my husband and I had kids of our own. My girls are only 5 and 3 years old, but they’ll be able to read one day. Here is what I would like my daughters to know about their dad this Father’s Day. ...
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How to Fit more Family Time — and Some ‘Me Time’ — into your Schedule

2017 Editions Ages & Stages April 2017 Featured Magazine Parenting

Finding quality family time as a working parent is really tough, not to mention getting some grown-up “me time,” too. Here are five real-life-tested tips to give yourself more time with your family, create a healthy work-life balance, and carve out time just for you. You deserve this because if moms or dads are not happy, no one is happy. read more

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How One ‘Old Married Couple’ Celebrates Valentine’s Day

Ages & Stages Featured

We’re an old married couple.

My husband and I have been married long enough I have to really think about how many years it’s been (I need to pause and do the math in my head). I do not proudly state the number of years we have been together like a badge of honor, like we continue to trudge along despite despising one another because we made this commitment. I married my best friend and I love spending time with him (unless he’s chewing something crunchy within earshot, then I feel rather murdery, but that’s my pet peeve and apparently this wife’s too and it has a name: misophonia!). read more

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