Articles by Ellen Fix

“Rules of Engagement” in Parenting

“Rules of Engagement” in Parenting

On December 31, 2000, my 12-year-old yelled, “you and dad are soooo ill prepared to raise kids in the new millennium”. She was right; although she did not appreciate our laughter at the topic. These “Rules of Engagement” work as well today as they did twenty years...
Another Look at Craft Beer

Another Look at Craft Beer

The craft beer market has exploded. It has helped revitalize the Greater Grand Rapids area, and we are known as “Beer City”. In fact, there are 43 breweries in the Greater Grand Rapids area, five cideries, seven distilleries and two meaderies. But let’s just focus on...
Hosting a Meaningful, Conflict-Free Gathering

Hosting a Meaningful, Conflict-Free Gathering

Are you hosting a family gathering over the holidays? Is your excitement mixed with a bit of dread over the possibility of the event not going so well? Get togethers like these can certainly be both wonderful and highly stressful — all at the same time! So, how will...