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A 6-Year-Old Girl Reviews Broadway Grand Rapids ‘Beauty And The Beast’

Broadway Grand Rapids is showing Disney's Beauty and the Beast through December 30.

Theater critics have their reviews, but we have the real story from a true expert on Disney.  A 6-year-old girl.  My daughter.

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West Michigan Schools Review And Discuss Safety Precautions Following Connecticut Shooting

School safety is on everyone's mind following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.

That includes West Michigan parents and school administrators.

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Experts Discuss How To Talk With Your Kids About Connecticut Shooting [Video]

It is hard for adults to understand and deal with what happened in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14.

What about kids?

We have expert advice on how to discuss tragic events with children.

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100.5 The River’s Christmas Parade Tour – Rockford, Lowell, Coopersville, And More

100.5 The River has been traveling all over West Michigan to take part in Christmas parades.

Watch for us in the Coopersville Santa Parade on Friday, December 7!

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Would You Encourage Your Daughter To Enter A Beauty Pageant? [Poll]

The term "beauty pageant" brings up a variety of images.  Swimsuits, evening gowns, and ruthless competition to name a few.

Many are now called "scholarship pageants" to distance themselves from some of those poor images.

Would you encourage your daughter to enter a beauty pageant?

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Five States Set to Expand Classroom Hours by 300 Hours

Earlier this week, five states announced plans to add a minimum of 300 extra hours to molding young minds in the classroom next year in hopes of strengthening the American student performance.

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Should Cursive Still Be Taught In Michigan Schools? [Poll]

Ideas and ways to advance education are constantly evolving.  As schools and teachers help our students move forward there is one old standby which may get left behind...cursive.

Should cursive still be taught in Michigan schools?

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Confessions Of A Rookie Tooth Fairy

It may seem like the Tooth Fairy has an easy job, take tooth-give money, but one mistake and everything falls apart.

Read on for the adventures of a rookie Tooth Fairy. Based on a true story...or so I've heard.

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Which ‘Dangerous’ Activities Are Off-Limits For Your Kids? [Poll]

Every few months we hear how 'dangerous' a popular kids activity is.

A few months ago it was trampolines.  Now we're hearing about bounce houses.  There are many more.

Which, if any, 'dangerous' activities are off-limits for your kids?

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Things My Kids Learned By Watching The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Educational television shows are everywhere today. Seems there are more channels and more places to learn every day.

Even the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is educational.  My family discovered that this year when my kids learned a few things as we watched together.

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Do You Reward Your Kids For Good Grades? [Poll]

This time of year many report cards are getting sent home.  When students' hard work pays off in the form of good grades it's a great reason to celebrate!

Is it also a good time to reward your kids for their accomplishments?  Some experts say "yes".  Some experts say "no".

Do you reward your kids for good grades?

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The Six-Year-Old Who Would Be President

Now that the election is over we can take some time off from all of the bickering that goes along with campaigning, right?

Not quite.  It never really stops.

4 years from now it will be time to change again and there's one six-year-old who is campaigning on a platform we can all agree with.

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