Growing up in a liberal, tree-hugging college town is all I’ve ever known. My childhood was characterized by football Saturday traffic (although I missed the games to attend ballet class) getting treated to fantastic Indian, Arab and seafood fare, and plenty of long bike rides through Gallup Park or other bike trails in a green city I call home.
While I can admit growing up I may have taken my Ann Arbor’s assets for granted, going to college in a different state and reading plenty of headlines about my hometown’s national recognitions has got me thinking: do people know what they’re really missing by not living in Ann Arbor?
Here are some plausible credits that Ann Arbor’s recently snatched up: Money Magazine ranked Ann Arbor 46th in its’ 2010 list of “America’s 100 Best Small Cities.” The magazine coined Ann Arbor as a college town but with perks of a bigger city, boasting plenty of arts and culture. I couldn’t agree more. What would Ann Arbor be without the annual Art Fair, Hash Bash, and our year-round offering venues, such as the Michigan Theater, the Hands-On Museum and The Ark?
Ann Arbor isn’t just college-student friendly. Parenting Magazine ranked Ann Arbor fourth in its compilation of “10 Best Cities for Families.” In its list, the Magazine emphasized the “braininess” of Ann Arbor and it’s efforts to educate youth. According to the magazine, the city’s high school graduation rate is 94 percent and more than 64 percent of Ann Arbor residents have four or more years of college under their belts. In fact, the Ann Arbor School system isn’t too shabby, either. In it’s “America’s Best High School’s List,” BusinessWeek named Huron High School the school with the best overall academic performance in Michigan. I guess you could say I received a decent high school education.
Ann Arbor’s population is educated. We’re not a huge city, but we have flare. We’re eco-friendly. And we know how to dine well. What more could we ask for?
Parenting 16 May 2007 12:03 pm
With Mother’s Day just behind us, it occurred to me that I might have some words of wisdom for new mothers. I have raised seven children, have six grandchildren and was a pediatric nurse for 10 years with another 15 in emergency medicine.
I observe many new mothers totally overwhelmed with their children and totally frenetic about what needs to be done for them. There is far too much information out there and new Moms trying to be perfect are absorbing far too much information. They are reading everything and I would guess not enjoying motherhood as much as is possible.
Babies need some basics. Warm, Dry, Well Fed and lots of Sleep. Babies should be asleep when they are done eating. I call it a “milk coma.” If they are awake at the end of a feeding, then they are still hungry. A well-fed baby will not have awake periods until 6-8 weeks. Think about how much growth and development a child has to do in the first year. Takes lots of food and sleep.
Over the course of 41 years the pendulum has swung many times in regards to childcare. When I had my first baby the only reference books were “Dr. Spock” and the “Womanly Art of Breastfeeding.” Early solids to waiting six months; schedules to non-schedules; whole milk at fifteen pounds to formula for a year. Bottom line is that they all grow up just fine.
One of the problems that I see for new Moms is that they do not have their parents, aunts and grandmothers around who can reinforce the ease of which babies can be. Take time and listen to their “words of wisdom.” Sift through the advice, but do listen because there may be some jewels that will help you.
I wrote a book called “Honey Bits” for my grandchildren’s parents. I have also given it to many others
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