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Grand Rapids

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Pictured here: A subtle color palette and unique accessories give this family beach home a relaxed feel. See article on page 30.

Grand Rapids Cosmopolitan Home WINTER 2016

features 14 Once Upon a Dune A challenging Lake Michigan site leads to a masterpiece built by Scott Christopher Homes 30 Family Style A Lake Michigan family home that has something for everyone by DeHaan Homes

departments 9 GARDEN CALENDAR Garden tasks all season long 10 IN THE GARDEN Attract bright colors this winter with some feathered friends 12 MONEY MATTERS Your donation of time may just help your tax bill 45 CUISINE Entertain with Ease Impress your guests with elegant and delicious appetizers 49 LOCAL FLAVOR Recommendations for Area Dining Great food and ambience are a must when dining out 54 COMMON GROUND Nurturing Selflessness Developing good character in children in a “selfie� world 59 THE LIST The trusted resource for everything home


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cover photo by Roger Wade Studio

Volume XXVIII Issue 5 No. 149 PUBLISHER

David J. Koning EDITOR

Jennifer Vander Vliet CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Jennifer Koning Sarah Pupel Lisa Cargill Joe Canyon

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Ashley Avila Roger Wade Studio

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Jennifer Koning

ADVERTISING SALES

David J. Koning

Unsolicited manuscripts accepted. Send to Editor, 6660 Old 28th SE. Ste. 106, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. ©2016 Summit Media. Grand Rapids Cosmopolitan Home is published by Summit Media Inc., 6660 Old 28th SE. Ste. 106, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Subscription Rate: 1 year, $15.00; single rate, $3.00 (includes third class postage). Postmaster: send changes to 6660 Old 28th SE. Ste. 106, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. 616.514.9871 No portion of this magazine may be reproduced in whole or in part without the expressed written consent of the publisher.

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gardencalendar

Provide food and water for the birds

Reduce watering of houseplants as days shorten and growth slows

Last chance to plant spring flowering bulbs!

Prune shade trees

january Clean your lawn mower, sharpen the blades and drain the fuel before storing

Send for seed catalogues

december Clean up perennials

Pot tender bulbs for indoor bloom

Remove snow and ice from evergreens

Remove annual flowers, herbs and vegetables killed by frost

Check winter protection around sensitive plants. Add more if needed

Plant and mulch hardy annuals

Order plants and seeds for spring


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inthegarden

Winter’s Wild Colors

Brighten Your Yard this Season

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If you've never fed wild birds before, winter is the perfect time to get started. Opening up your backyard to birds during the coldest months of the year means you are helping sustain them during a time when food and water are scarce.

FEEDING No two birds sing the same song; different types of wild birds prefer different things. Everything from the food you serve to the feeders you serve it in will vary depending on the species of bird you're dealing with. If you're not sure what types of wild birds are native to your area, visit the National Audubon Society's website to find out. Once you familiarize yourself with the specific types of birds that reside in your neighborhood, you can tailor your menu to serve their favorites.

"The winter months are especially tough on birds," says Seth Estep, vice president and divisional merchandise manager at Tractor Supply Company. "By providing them with a clean water source and food to eat, you'll not only enjoy seeing far more of them in your garden, but you'll also be helping them survive and thrive at a time when their natural resources are being threatened."

First, focus on the feeder; Tractor Supply carries a number of different style bird feeders, but before making your selection, consider where your feeder will be located. For instance, feeders should be positioned approximately 8-10 feet away from shrubbery where predators may hide. They should also be placed in a sheltered area that's less exposed to harsh weather and strong winds.

If you're interested in turning your backyard into a hotspot for birds this winter, consider these tips from the experts:

Inclement weather and pesky predators aren't the only harrowing threat to birds. A dirty feeder can harbor many deadly illnesses, so you'll want to get in the habit of regularly scraping off bird droppings and disinfecting the feeding area. Make a quick and easy at-home solution by using one part vinegar and 20 parts water - just remember to wait until the feeder is completely dry before refilling.

right colors aren't often associated with winter — but they can be. In fact, a backyard full of beautiful colors and cheerful chirps may be just a few feedings away.

THE BASICS Just like any other living creature, the survival of birds depends on their ability to find food, water and shelter. But as temperatures drop and winter months approach, the availability of these resources dwindles. That's where you come in. Attracting wild birds to your backyard is as simple as creating a space that includes these three essential elements. But remember, birds are quick learners and it won't take long for them to grow accustomed to your generosity. In other words, if you're going to open up your backyard to birds, it's important to continue providing them with food and water throughout the season. 10 | winter 2016

TYPES OF FOOD When it comes to wild birds, there are many varieties of feed to choose from. To attract a wide array of birds, consider black oil sunflower seed. You can also mix things up by using multiple feeders to serve different types of mixtures and blends. A great option to consider is Royal Wing TotalCare, which is available in four blends and specifically formulated to attract all types of species, including Woodpeckers, Nuthatches and Chickadees.


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THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER Finding fresh, unfrozen water can be even more difficult for birds than finding food during winter. One or two bird baths arranged around your yard can help ensure birds have an ample source of water for drinking and bathing - which is essential to help them keep their feathers clean for flying. When temperatures fall below freezing, a birdbath with a built-in heating element can help ensure birds are able to find the water they need. If you already have a birdbath but it doesn't have a heater, consider buying a drop-in heating element that sits in the bottom of the basin. Another option suggested by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is to place an incandescent light bulb inside a flowerpot and sit the basin on top of the pot. The heat from the bulb will help keep the water in liquid form. Tractor Supply Company carries all the supplies a family needs to attract wild birds to their backyard To find a local store near you, visit TractorSupply.com. For more ideas and tips on how to attract wild birds to your backyard, visit Tractor Supply's Know How Central.â?‚

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Donating Time It May Cut Your Tax Bill

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or many people, volunteerism is about more than simply doing something nice – it’s about enriching peoples’ lives and making the communities where we live and work a better place. But, did you know your stewardship and goodwill may also help you reduce your taxes? Gifts given to charity and other expenses related to volunteering may be tax deductible.For the avid volunteer, the savings could be worth the effort to track expenses related to your charity work. TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES While you cannot deduct the time you spend on the road driving to and from volunteer events, you may be able to write-off related expenses, such as parking, tolls and gas directly used in your charity work. It’s important to note that you cannot claim costs for car repairs, routine maintenance, registration fees, insurance or depreciation. If your charity work requires you to travel, you may be able to write-off the amount you spent on public transportation, i.e.,bus and subway tickets or taxi fare, airfare, meals and accommodations. Generally for all travel and driving expenses, the primary purpose of the trip must be to perform services for the charitable organization. A deduction may not be allowed if the trip also includes a significant amount of personal, recreation or vacation activities. If you’d like to include volunteerism as part of your tax strategy, keep reliable written records of your expenses, including the total amount incurred. With regard to driving expenses, keep track of the reason you drove and the date you used your car for the charitable activity.* ADDITIONAL OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES If you need to make a purchase to perform your volunteer work, you may be able to claim the purchase as a tax deduction. For example, a committee member might deduct the cost of supplies needed to host an auction. Other expenses could be deductible depending on your situation. As a best practice, keep good records and review them with your tax advisor. As you tabulate your costs, be aware that the amounts must be: • Unreimbursed. (If the organization has repaid you for an item, you may not claim it on your tax return.) • Directly connected with the volunteer services. • Expenses incurred only because of the volunteer services you gave. • Unrelated to personal, living or family expenses (For example, childcare is not an eligible expense you can deduct.)

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FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS Generally speaking, cash donations you make to a qualified charitable organization are deductible if you keep proper records and itemize deductions. Property you donate may be written off as well based on the fair market value of the asset at the time of the donation. Note: Special rules may apply to certain contributions. If you receive something of value from a charity, such as a benefit dinner or an auction item, you need to subtract the value of the item from the total donation to determine the deductible amount. As you prepare for tax season, there are a few important things to keep in mind. For you to write-off volunteer expenses or donations to charity, you must itemize deductions on your tax return and keep reliable written records of anything you intend to claim. Also note that you cannot claim a deduction on your tax return for the value of donated time or service.s** If you’re considering deducting volunteer-related expenses or donations on your tax return, meet with a tax advisor to get his or her perspective on your financial situation. You may also refer to IRS publication 526 for guidance on charitable deductions.*** ❂ * If you use the standard mileage rate, records must show the miles driven. If deducting actual expenses, records must indicate the costs of operating the car that directly related to the charitable use. ** Value of donated time and services cannot be defined by the IRS. *** www.irs.gov/publications/p526/index.html

Lisa Cargill, ChFC®, CLU®,CRPC®, CDFA™ is a Financial Advisor with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. She specializes in fee-based financial planning and asset management strategies. Ameriprise Financial and its representatives do not provide tax or legal advice. Consult your tax advisor or attorney regarding specific tax issues. Brokerage, investment and financial advisory services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC. Some products and services may not be available in all jurisdictions or to all clients. © 2012 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved.


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once upon a TEXT BY JENNIFER KONING PHOTOS BY ROGER WADE STUDIO

DUNE

“WHERE THERE'S A WILL, THERE'S A WAY.” It's a simple phrase used to motivate or inspire greatness — to achieve the impossible. It's also a fitting explanation of how this magnificent home, atop a dune, on the shore of Lake Michigan came to be. When Gaylen Byker first saw the lakeshore property, he knew he was somewhere special. However, to most, the land was unbuildable — the restrictions and obstacles too many to list. But for Byker, it was a challenge, a challenge that resulted in a livable work of art. Gaylen and his wife Susan have lived all over the world and their extensive travels have brought them to some of the most unique and beautiful places imaginable. To them, building on a dune overlooking Lake Michigan seemed far from impossible. And so, they began working with the Department of Environmental Quality to identify a building site (or in this case three sites) atop the narrow dune. In fact, the Bykers spent two years working with lawyers, consultants and engineers to get the permits needed to build their lakeshore masterpiece. Next, the process began to comprise the team who would craft the unique home. Byker had three internationally renowned architects on his mind. But, when architectural designer Jeff Visser learned of the project from a mutual friend, Byker gave him a shot at designing it. Knowing Byker's desired style and architectural interests, and given just a one-month time frame, Visser drew up plans. The rest was history. According to Byker: “He nailed it — we have never changed a single thing.”


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Visser smiles at Byker's enthusiasm but shares his recollection as: “Conceptually I didn't change that much from the beginning, the majority stayed intact but it did evolve a little bit.”

was selected as the builder with a reputation for excellence and experience on the shoreline. “We chose Scott Christopher because of all the complications of what we were doing,” said Byker.

Three very specific building footprints were identified, two measuring 20 by 20 feet and one 20 by 65 feet. The three “pods” as they're referred to, became the starting point for the design … and, another challenge. “It was a 'Catch 22,'” said Byker. “The DEQ would not allow the buildings to be connected and the township said we may not build it if they're not connected.” The solution: to connect two of the structures with a lower level, using a connecting tunnel underground. (However, the sophisticated design to this level leaves the word “tunnel” far from any thoughts.)

“We've been building one-of-a-kind homes and working with unique and challenging sites for 30-plus years,” said Scott Christopher. “In fact, Gordy Constantine and I are celebrating our 28th year working together.” Constantine was the project manager for the Byker build and executed the logistics of the unique project superbly.

“WHEN YOU THINK OF THE MAN HOURS — THE TIME SPENT LOADING, UNLOADING AND CARRYING — IT'S A TESTAMENT TO HOW WELL EVERYONE WORKED TOGETHER.”

The complexity of the construction process was not taken lightly. Having worked with the Bykers in the past, Scott Christopher Homes

Interior designer Rock Kauffman was chosen to create the warm, modern interior that was desired. “I felt Rock was the only one that would pick up on the vision I started,” said Visser. The fit was perfect. “When I saw Jeff's first drawings — they were so beautiful and unintimidating,” said Kauffman. “And the pod concept is so smart to me. If you're going to entertain, what's more perfect than detached guest homes?”

A driveway was not permitted up the dune. Instead, a quarter-mile long “boardwalk” made of galvanized metal was created through the wooded property and serves as a path for electric carts. Three very specific building footprints were identified, two measuring 20 by 20 feet and one 20 by 65 feet. The three “pods” as they're referred to are composed of natural materials including copper, stone, and Douglas fir — a splendid sight of man connecting with nature. The site’s natural habitat was restored and maintained by Rooks Landscaping — a tremendous contribution to the project as a whole. Opposite page top and bottom left: south pod. Opposite page bottom right: main, central pod. (The north pod is not pictured but is identical to the south pod.)

Never mind that a driveway was not permitted, a quarter-mile long “boardwalk” made of galvanized metal was created through the wooded property and serves as a path for electric carts to ride up to the main estate. A welcoming carriage house/garage resides at the base of the walk and includes more living space with exquisite design. By the time the home was complete, Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 17


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Black walnut, Douglas fir and white oak warm the space surrounded from floor to ceiling in glass. There's an organic feel as no stain was used on any of the wood. The kitchen is open and simple. Large windows flood it with natural light. Storage is optimized with floor-to-ceiling cabinetry on opposite walls. The large, central island features a concrete and stone top, a stunning contrast to the warm space.

Byker estimates that more than 8,000 round trips were made on the unique route to the home. The logistics of how the home was constructed is extraordinary.

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“Every aspect of that house had to go up the boardwalk,” said Constantine. “When you think of the man hours — the time spent loading, unloading and carrying — it's a testament to how well everyone worked together.” “There was so much creativity and out-of-the-box thinking,” said Christopher. “There had to be on such a unique site with very limited access.” Copper, stone, and Douglas fir — almost entirely natural materials compose the appealing exterior facade. It's a splendid sight of man connecting with nature — a goal that was not taken lightly and in large part achieved due to the expertise of Tom Rooks and Rooks Landscaping. “The idea was to make the house and boardwalk seem like it had just grown out of nature,” said Rooks. “And this was the perfect site to do that.”

“WE REALLY BROUGHT THE OUTSIDE IN AND THE INSIDE OUT — WE'RE IN NATURE AND YOU CAN FEEL IT, YET IT'S WARM AND SO COMFORTABLE.”

Rooks hiked the property's 40 acres extensively. His thorough knowledge and understanding of wooded topography and wildlife with respect to native species is invaluable. Rooks restoration of the natural habitat was a tremendous contribution to the project as a whole. “It is important to use native plants in landscaping for wildlife as they provide an important food source,” said Rooks. “They're also beautiful, have adapted to our climate conditions and look harmonious with our natural environment.” Over 800-feet of beautiful, Lake Michigan beach is easily accessed from a stairway down the dune. Endless sunsets and shoreline walks beckon with the changing seasons. “The Lake Michigan shoreline, back dunes, and forests are a critical habitat for migratory birds, butterflies, and other 18 | winter 2016


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Perched among the treetops of the narrow dune, the home has a tree house quality on the grandest of scales. The outside living spaces are an extension of the design and also serve to connect the different pods of the home. Over-5,000 square feet of Brazilian Ipe deck surrounds the structures.

wildlife,” said Rooks. “Migrating birds often arrive exhausted on the shore after long flights across water and depend on food replenishment in this ecosystem.” The home's outside living spaces are an extension of the design and also serve to connect the different pods of the home. Over-5,000 square feet of Brazilian Ipe deck surrounds the structures and includes an outdoor kitchen, a resistance-swim spa, lounge areas and a rooftop deck with fireplace. “I wanted to create a really good first impression when people walk up,” said Visser of the main, central pod. “Because of the site, I didn't want it to feel like a traditional front porch and entrance.” It's a striking elevation and specifically unique. The wood and glass ladder front door is balanced with a

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spiral staircase leading to an upper deck. Perched among the treetops of the narrow dune, the home has a tree house quality on the grandest of scales. “One of my favorite elements of the house is the post and beam construction,” said Kauffman. “I love how the steel beams go right outside — you can tell what's holding it up.” Inside, black walnut, Douglas fir and white oak warm the space surrounded from floor to ceiling in glass. There's a very organic feel — no stain was used on any of the wood. The fireplace features the same Wisconsin Buechel stone found throughout the home. “We wanted to use a stone that was indigenous to the Mid-West,” said Visser. “The house really had to be comfortable because there's so much glass,” said Kauffman. “We really brought the outside in and the inside out — we're in nature and you can feel it, yet it's warm and so comfortable.”

The upper level owners’ suite showcases one of the home’s spa like bathrooms. The extensive tile work and artistic fixtures envelop the space with luxury as well as the stone countertops by Great Lakes Granite Works. The owners' bedroom includes a “glass box” that cantilevers out making the space feel bigger and the views exquisite.

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“You also have complete privacy,” said Visser. “There are woods all around and the lake to the West. Not many houses built can have that much glass and have that much privacy.” A stunning stainless steel and black walnut floating staircase leads to the upstairs living areas. Here, the owners' suite, with a three-panel sliding door, opens to a rooftop deck offering 360degree views. Another unique feature of the owners' bedroom is a “glass box” that cantilevers


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out making the space feel bigger and the views exquisite. “We had limitations on cantilevers but we pushed it to the max here,” said Visser. The owners' bathroom is one of the many artistically-styled bathrooms found throughout the home. Each one different from the next but all equally beautiful.

“THERE ARE WOODS ALL AROUND AND THE LAKE TO THE WEST. NOT MANY HOUSES BUILT CAN HAVE THAT MUCH GLASS AND HAVE THAT MUCH PRIVACY.”

The kitchen is open and simple and filled with natural light. Where a typical kitchen would have upper cabinets, here, large windows keep the space bright and food-prep friendly. Storage is not a problem as floor-to-ceiling cabinetry on adjoining walls meets the need. The large, central island features a concrete and stone top, a stunning contrast to the warm space.

The owners' suite opens to a rooftop deck through a three-panel sliding door, offering 360-degree views of the lake and surrounding nature. A spiral staircase at the home’s front also accesses this upper deck. Here, one of the home’s six fireplaces creates a cozy outdoor living space, a favorite spot when entertaining.

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more stone and wood give this level a cozy yet luxurious feel. “With the lower floor — really the idea was to make the entire space feel like a spa … with a wine cellar,” said Visser.

“WE'VE BEEN BUILDING ONE-OF-AKIND HOMES AND WORKING WITH UNIQUE AND CHALLENGING SITES FOR 30-PLUS YEARS.”

says Kauffman. “They listened, respected, encouraged and thanked. It really helps to have two clients that respect your opinion and know why they've hired the team they put together.” The feeling is mutual. “We had an extremely good team,” said Byker. “We just had a wonderful experience.” This home, on the lakeshore in Montague, Mich., is currently on the market. For more information contact The Andrea Crossman Collection of Coldwell Banker at 616.312.2237 ❂

The 750-bottle-cellar features custom stainless steel and glass doors. Bottle storage has a smart turntable design allowing ease of access for large collections. This lowest level also includes a full spa, a home office as well as access to the North pod.

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Each of the pods includes multiple bedrooms, decking and at least one fireplace. And, every space takes advantage of the lake and tree top views through multiple windows. In all, the home includes 9 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, 4 living rooms and 6 fireplaces.

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Opposite page: The lower level was designed with a retreat in mind. A unique bamboo ceiling overhead gives this level a cozy, unique feel. A 750-bottle wine cellar features custom stainless steel and glass doors. Bottle storage has a smart, turn-table design allowing ease of access for large collections. This level also includes a full spa with more stunning tilework and modern-lined soaking tub. This page: The carriage house/garage resides at the base of the “boardwalk” and includes more living space with exquisite design — a welcoming introduction to what lies ahead.

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GROWING UP IN MICHIGAN, one cannot help but recall days relaxing by the beach with family and friends. These homeowners knew this was the life they wanted as they near retirement. Their existing cottage in Holland, Mich. did not work as a year-’round home— they knew they needed to tear down and rebuild in order to have their dream home. They took time researching to find the right team and decided on Douglas DeHaan of DeHaan Homes for the architecture and construction, and Laura Davidson of Dwellings for the interior design. The end result proves they chose well.


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The process took about three years in planning and construction, but it paved the way to a smooth build. The first step was finding the architect and builder, DeHaan Homes. They had seen Douglas DeHaan’s award-winning work in several Parade of Homes tours, and after meeting him, they felt it was the right fit.

“The color palette is so simple, basically five colors of paint in the whole house, and lots of texture.” “When we sat down with Douglas, we started giving him ideas and he would do some rough sketches,” said the owner. “But then if someone had a suggestion, he would just start draw-


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ing. Then all of sudden, you’ve got the hood done or whatever, and then you can change it. That part of it was amazing.” The next step was finding the right interior designer. DeHaan has a strong relationship with interior designer Laura Davidson, and the homeowners have been long-time fans of her home furnishings retail store, Dwellings. Her style is perfect for the lakeshore — casual and organic, textural yet soft. “There are some elements of the East coast, with modern lines,” said Davidson. “There is also a bit of plantation styling with a coastal vibe. Lake Michigan homes today cross lots of design styles.” Everything felt right about this team. The homeowners had never built a home before and quickly learned that it can be an over-

whelming process with all of the details. But, with a cohesive team, they were able to relax and enjoy being led through the process while the team interpreted their wishes. “Douglas is very gifted in listening to what we say, and Laura was hugely helpful in that too. She would make suggestions and he would sketch it out, and it made it really easy to visualize,” said the owner.

Atop of the first flight of stairs, sprawling views of the lake grab attention. Windows make up all three surrounding walls of this great room with the exception of the fireplace that invites you to get comfortable. The fireplace’s simple shiplap facade creates a modern wall that reflects the ceiling detail in other areas of the enormous space. Although there is plentiful seating overall, it still feels cozy as it is set in smaller groupings to enjoy conversation and the lake.

Having collaborated on past projects, Davidson and DeHaan had a very natural way of working together. “We have zero egos,” said DeHaan. “The client dream is our number one focus and goal. The best idea stays on the table, whoever generates it.” This is apparent not only in the refreshing design and peerless construction of this lakeside home, but also in the glowing reaction of the homeowners that live there. So the ideas Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 33


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became sketches, and the sketches became their ideal reality. The first and largest hurdle was the narrow lot. Due to the proximity of the neighbors on both sides and the lake in the back, the only choice was to go up … and up and up. Not only does this home rise three floors of living space, the ceilings are exceptionally high throughout the home. Even the lower level boasts ten-foot ceiling heights.

“It is public to the entertainment and family area, yet beautiful enough to be viewed as furniture.”

Lots of stairs are great for a body now but, future plans include an elevator (which currently acts as additional storage closets) and will allow the owners to age in place. Other features designed for ease of living for years to come include extra-wide hallways, a barrierfree shower, and a no-steps entry.

The kitchen layout allows for several “chefs” to prepare a meal at the same time. The island is set two inches higher than standard height to create a more comfortable working area for the cook. The freezer is housed in the pantry to allow for a double refrigerator in the kitchen area. Black subway tile is a stark contrast to the white cabinetry and the natural light of the windows. The dining room shares the space and is set to entertain a large number of guests and situated with the extraordinary lake view along two sides.

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The beach entrance is found at the side of the home and features everything you need to keep the beach from traveling throughout the house. There is a simple built-in bench with hooks for wet gear, a full bathroom with a bathtub for the little ones, and a laundry room. A stylish powder room is found at the home’s alternate side entry and is also in close proximity to the spacious living room. The lakeside patio area is an extension of the great room in that it is very open for entertaining, with a moveable fire pit to maintain versatility.

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This 7,000-square-foot luxury home has every comfort imaginable, designed to relax and entertain. Along with incredible open living spaces throughout all levels and outside, it also features a lake view owner suite along with four guest suites. The homeowners wanted each of the bedrooms to have its own full bathroom so guests could get comfortable and have privacy, making for a very welcome stay. In fact, the suites are playfully numbered as you would find in a boutique hotel. The homeowners have always lived in Michigan, so they know of the brutal winters that are sure to come. With this now being a year-’round residence, they planned ahead with heated floors not only in the garage but, also, along the driveway to make shoveling a thing of the past. The foyer is a surprisingly open and spacious area with bench seating and hooks for coats, as well as additional storage closets and the future elevator. This hall leads to the main

play area of the home, the family room. This room has everything from foosball to pool to a comfortable seating area large enough for all the kids to play video games or for the adults to view the big game. The snack bar is tucked off to one side and houses all the conveniences you need for entertaining hungry guests. The storage and mechanical area gets a touch of architectural detail with a modern barn door. The workout room is a simple yet ample space made to feel larger with the full-height mirrors.

“Our clients appreciate that they can trust us. We always have their back.” This floor also houses one of the guest suites that features a separate bunk room and jack-


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A large guest suite with a vaulted ceiling is flooded with natural light and over looks the home’s front area. The home’s study is one flight below and shares the same view.

and-jill bathroom. The bedroom itself has an elevated ceiling to allow for more windows and natural light to flood the cozy room. What lies at the top of the first flight of stairs will take your breath away, not from the climbing but from the uninterrupted, sprawling view of the lake. Windows make up all three surrounding walls of this great room, with the exception of the fireplace that invites you to get comfortable in the living room. In the living room, a simple shiplap fireplace facade creates a modern wall that reflects the ceiling detail in other areas of the great room.

Although there is plentiful seating here, it still feels cozy as it is set in smaller groupings to enjoy conversation and the lake. The patio area is an extension of the great room in that it is very open for entertaining, with a moveable fire pit to maintain versatility. The beach entrance is crucial for the function of this home. It has an outdoor shower, but then the entry features everything you need to keep the beach from traveling throughout the house. There is a simple built-in bench with hooks for wet gear, a full bathroom with a bathtub for the little ones, and a laundry room to wash away the not-so-fun part of a long beach day.


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The washed color scheme blends into the natural surroundings and adds an airiness to the whole room. “The color palette is so simple, basically five colors of paint in the whole house, and lots of texture,” said Davidson. Rather than define the spaces with walls, the design includes the use of shiplap ceilings down the center of the space to divide the living area from the kitchen and dining area. The dining room is set to entertain a large number of guests and situated with the extraordinary lake view along two sides — it may take a moment to notice the adjacent kitchen that would be any chef ’s dream.

“The client dream is our number one focus and goal. The best idea stays on the table, whoever generates it.” The kitchen is the showstopper, but in a subtle way. This space is a favorite of the entire team. “It is public to the entertainment and family area, yet beautiful enough to be viewed as furniture,” said DeHaan.

The owners’ bedroom features a shiplap wall that acts as a headboard providing closer lake views from bed while also creating a hallway to the en suite bathroom. The owner bath has heated floors, a barrier-free shower and his-and-her vanities with plenty of storage and counter space.

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Besides the clean aesthetic, it is in the details that the kitchen really shines. Black subway tile is a stark contrast to the white cabinetry and the natural light of the windows, which helps to ground the space. Windows throughout the space are situated so that there is privacy from the neighbors on either side. As DeHaan puts it: “providing transparency and privacy at the same time.” There are convenience features such as the pull-out shelf under the kitchen sink and builtin organizers in the drawers. The layout allows for several people to prepare a meal at the same time, while friends and family hang out at the island to chat and enjoy the show. There are many creative details in this kitchen as well. There are drawers in the corner cabinet to avoid the use of a lazy Susan. The island is set two inches higher than the standard height to create a more comfortable working area for the chef. Another unique design idea was to move the freezer to the pantry in order to have a double refrigerator in the kitchen area.

“She would make suggestions and he would sketch it out, and it made it really easy to visualize.”

The pantry features plenty of open storage for easy access to bulky items, as well as a sink for the coffee area, and plenty of counter space. Natural light filters in through a frosted glass panel on the butler door. Unique furniture pieces with character lead you down the hall to the study and the theater room. The study has a lot of natural light, but one of the unique features of the closet is that it has a frosted glass porthole window on the wall opposite to the window on the exterior wall, which carries light into the hallway, creating a soft and inviting light to what would otherwise be a shadowy space.

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The theater room is a great spot to get cozy with a movie, a secluded spot tucked away from the main living space. Not only does this room have all you need for a great game or movie viewing, it also has an adjacent, yet unexpected, three-seasons porch that is elevated to utilize the space above the garage. This provides a quiet spot for guests to relax, especially if it is too windy to sit by the lake. Up one more flight of stairs is where one will find the three remaining guest suites and the owner suite. Luxury starts at the door with a


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built-in coffee and wine bar, perfect for making a beverage to relax with on the private balcony. The owner bedroom is very spacious, so a shiplap wall acts as the headboard to shift the bed closer to the breathtaking lake view while also creating a hallway to the owner bath. This is a feature found also in one of the guest suites. The owner bath has heated floors for those cold winter mornings and a barrier-free shower which is almost a room of its own. An alternate entrance leading from the his-and-her closets is a great way to start the day early without waking their significant other. Two more guest suites complete this level, each with their own charming details. One of the suites features a separate crib room, while the other is spacious enough for two queen beds. A porthole transom window is a feature on this floor as well, allowing the sunlight to flood the hall. Upon completion of this house, the homeowners had no regrets. They got exactly what they wanted and needed for their forever home.

They attribute that to the experts they had leading the process, Douglas DeHaan and Laura Davidson. “Our clients appreciate that they can trust us. We always have their back,” said Davidson. This home will definitely serve generation upon generation as a respite for years to come. ❂

RESOURCE INDEX BUILDER DeHaan Homes INTERIOR DESIGN Laura Davidson/Dwellings

As a year-’round shoreline home, the owners planned ahead for Michigan’s snowy winters. Heated floors in the garage as well as heating along the driveway will make shoveling snow obsolete.

“There are some elements of the East coast, with modern lines ... also a bit of plantation styling with a coastal vibe. ”

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ringing an element of elegance to your holiday celebration is easy when you start with party-pleasing ingredients, and great tasting food often starts with dairy. Foods like milk, cheese and yogurt not only enhance the flavor and texture of dishes everyone loves, but they also add high-quality nutrients to support the health and wellbeing of your guests. Each of these recipes features a different variety of cheese as the essential ingredient for success. These decadent, elegant apps, which can be prepared in minutes, are sure to be party favorites. Find more ideas for serving up an elegant, yet simple menu your guests will love at MilkMeansMore.org. HOLIDAY BAKED BRIE Recipe created by Foxes Love Lemons Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 14 minutes Servings: 8 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 8 ounces button mushrooms, sliced kosher salt ground black pepper 1Brie round (8 ounces) 3 tablespoons honey 1/4 cup pomegranate arils 1/4 cup shelled pistachios crackers or toasted bread Heat oven to 350 F. In large skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms; cook 8-10 minutes, or until deep golden brown, stirring frequently. Season with salt and pepper; remove from heat.

Place Brie on parchment paper-lined rimmed baking pan; drizzle with honey. Transfer to oven and bake 5-7 minutes, or until inside of cheese is softened, but outside remains intact. Transfer Brie to serving platter; top with pomegranate arils, pistachios and mushrooms. Serve immediately with crackers or bread. BUTTERNUT SQUASH QUESO DIP Recipe created by Rachel Cooks Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Servings: 10 12 ounces butternut squash puree, frozen 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 finely diced red onion 1 clove garlic, minced 1 can (10 ounces) petite diced tomatoes and green chiles 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded Place unwrapped squash in microwave safe bowl and heat in microwave 5 minutes at 50 percent power, or until thawed. In large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook 45 minutes, or until translucent. Add garlic and cook 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add squash, tomatoes, cumin and chili powder, and bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and add cheese. Stir until melted and serve immediately. Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 45


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PARMESAN CRISPS WITH BASIL AND SUN-DRIED TOMATO Recipe created by Art From My Table Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Servings: 8 6 ounces shredded Parmesan cheese 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons sugar 8 basil leaves 8 sun-dried tomatoes, jarred Heat oven to 375 F. On baking sheet, make eight flat circles out of 1 1/2 tablespoons cheese each. Bake cheese 5 minutes, or until just beginning to turn golden. Using metal spatula, remove crisps from pan immediately, placing on rack or plate to cool. Place vinegar and sugar in small saucepan and boil until mixture is reduced to about 1/4 cup and is thickened. Top each crisp with 1 fresh basil leaf and 1 sun-dried tomato. Drizzle balsamic reduction over top.

SPINACH AND ARTICHOKE STUFFED MUSHROOM CAPS Recipe created by The Lemon Bowl Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes Servings: 24 24 1 1 1 1/2 2 1 2 1/2 1 1

large mushrooms, stemmed and reserved tablespoon olive oil clove garlic, grated teaspoon salt teaspoon black pepper cups chopped frozen spinach, thawed and drained can artichoke hearts, roughly chopped cups crumbled feta cheese cup minced onion pinch chili flakes pinch minced scallions

Heat oven to 350 F and place mushroom caps in single layer on baking sheet lined with foil. Mince reserved mushroom stems and heat olive oil in large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and mushroom stems to pan along with salt and pepper. Saute 2-3 minutes, or until mushrooms are softened. Add spinach and artichoke hearts to pan and cook until heated through, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and place mixture in large mixing bowl. Stir in feta cheese and onion. Adjust seasoning, to taste. Using small cookie scoop, add 2 tablespoons filling to each mushroom cap. Bake mushrooms 20-25 minutes, or until mushroom caps are softened. Sprinkle with chili flakes and minced scallions to serve.

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local flavor Recommendations for Area Dining

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local flavor RIVERHOUSE ADA While the new master plan for Ada Village places focus on its future, RiverHouse Ada memorializes Ada's historic past, celebrating the towns vital history. Chef Ryan Bolhuis creates mouthwatering Regional American fare with a heavy focus on locally grown products. Daily happy hour from 2-6pm. "No Whining Wednesdays" with half off all bottles of wine under $100. "Tantalizing Thursdays" with $7 fish tacos all day. Dine al fresco during the warmer months on our gorgeous deck overlooking the garden and lawn area. Open lunch and dinner Mon-Fri. Saturday, dinner only starting at 2pm. 445 Ada Dr SE Ada, MI 49301 616.432.3345 • www.riverhouseada.com Photo courtesy of Ada Historical Society

THE GREEN WELL GASTRO PUB, an Essence Restaurant Group establishment Honest Fayre. Local Flair. Our innovative, neighborhood gastro pub blends a relaxed atmosphere with creative food featuring a global range of eclectic flavors prepared with many local ingredients. Over 20 rotating taps focus on Michigan brews and a vast bottle selection includes local and American craft plus traditional European styles. We also offer classic cocktails and wine flights. Our LEED®-certified building is environmentally safe, ultra efficient and leaves behind the smallest possible carbon footprint. Our greenness also spills over to guests who benefit from affordable prices and outstanding service by a fun, welcoming staff. Serving lunch and dinner daily. 924 Cherry Street • 616.808.3566 • www.thegreenwell.com

BOSTWICK LAKE INN Established in 1910, Bostwick Lake Inn feels like the family cottage on the lake. Windows provide wonderful views of the water and wrap around the side, where they overlook a deck with a bar, seating and live music in season. Inside there’s a cozy, casual feeling of friendship and neighborhood gathering for food, fun and fellowship. The menu is casual, creative and boasts great variety. “New” American is the focus, along with an ample selection of gluten free options. Chef Wes crafts his menus using the same sustainable, organic and healthy ingredients you would use in your own home. 8521 Belding Rd. NE, Rockford, MI 49341 616.874.7290 • www.thegilmorecollection.com/bostwick.php

CITYVu BISTRO A distinctive rooftop dining experience offering fantastic views of downtown Holland. Fryers and frozen foods are out; fresh gourmet flatbreads and an array of seasonal entrees are in. Located on the fifth floor of CityFlatsHotel, the restaurant’s contemporary yet casual atmosphere, full bar, and unique menus make it the ideal spot for lunch, dinner, and Sunday Brunch. Happy Hour is available weekdays from 4-7pm and handcrafted sushi and live music on Thursday nights. Dine al fresco on the rooftop patio which is open seasonally. 61 E 7th Street, Downtown Holland. 616.796.2114 • Cityflatshotel.com/holland

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Lf MANGIAMO Mangiamo! is housed in a beloved 19th century mansion just east of downtown Grand Rapids, which The Gilmore Collection has transformed into one of West Michigan's most favored spots for fantastic Italian-inspired dining. Mangiamo is perfect for family dining, large groups, or diners looking to grab a pizza and a beer . Mangiamo! is the perfect venue to host your special event or wedding reception with our signature gated lawn and a variety of unique private rooms. 20 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 616.742.0600 • www.thegilmorecollection.com/mangiamo.php

STELLA’S LOUNGE Stella's has the best burger in town, the longest whiskey list in the state and cool video games that take you back to your miss spent time in the 80s. Ballah on a budget? Grab a beer that you swear you stole from your old man's fridge, pop a quarter in Mortal Kombat, and while the night away. Feeling spendy? Spring for a fine spirit, sip superiorly, and people watch to your heart's content. Either way, you win! Named best burger in Grand Rapids - Grand Rapids Magazine January 2014 Named one of the top 5 burgers in Michigan - MLive 2013 Named the best burger in the United States - GQ magazine July 2012 We're Stella's, come check us out. Stella's Lounge: 53 Commerce Grand Rapids MI 49503 616.742.4442 • www.stellasgr.com

GROVE, an Essence Restaurant Group establishment Earth to Table Dining: Artfully Crafted Cuisine Grove is our tribute to the bounty of earth’s harvest and how we bring that to the table with impeccable service, natural ingredients and innovative cuisine. We responsibly source as many ingredients as available from local, family and sustainable farms and we prepare them to demonstrate our respect for how these farmers raise and grow their products. We carefully pair daily menus with the best modern wines, also offering top-shelf and housemade infused spirits, craft beers, pour-over coffee and espresso. Serving Dinner Tuesday – Sunday. 919 Cherry St. • 616.454.1000 • groverestaurant.com

GRAND RAPIDS BREWING COMPANY Reimagined, reinvented and reopened as the Midwest's only USDA-certified organic brewery. From our re-purposed wood tables to our retro art, we like reusing where it makes good sense. But, in reopening GRBC as the Midwest's only organic brewery, we knew we were taking a new step in the right direction. One sip and you'll know, too. Know what goes great with organic beer? Our hand-crafted food. From award winning chili and house-made sausages to our brewhouse burger, everything on our menu was made to be enjoyed with our beers. Grab anything off our pub friendly menu to go with your pint and you'll see what we mean. Grand Rapids Brewing Company. Organic never tasted so good. 1 Ionia St. SW Grand Rapids MI 49503 616.458.7000 • grbrewingcompany.com Cosmopolitan Home Grand Rapids | 51


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local flavor BISTRO BELLA VITA, an Essence Restaurant Group establishment Fresh. Natural. Local. Mediterranean Countryside Cuisine. We go above and beyond to deliver the ultimate dining experience with top-notch service, whether it’s a simple pizza and beer or an elegant chef ’s table meal. Guests enjoy our unique downtown atmosphere and creative cuisine made from ingredients purchased daily from local farmers in season. Our culinary team creates authentic, scratch-made recipes that blend the delicious flavors of the Mediterranean countryside with a perfectly paired beverage offering served by a devoted staff whose passion is to ensure your complete satisfaction. Serving Lunch and Dinner Monday – Friday; Dinner Saturday and Sunday. 44 Grandville Ave • 616.222.4600 • bistrobellavita.com

MANNA CAFE At Manna Café, we serve goodness from God’s creation. Our warm, inviting atmosphere and friendly, attentive service brings back old-time hospitality. We specialize in lunch and breakfast, where an innovative menu offers heavenly breads from our bakery, and features a variety of French toasts, pancakes and waffles, house seasoned and smoked bacon and sausage, outstanding egg creations, delicious sandwiches made with our house smoked meats, and fresh salads and soups. Our pastry and bakery selections already have gathered quite a loyal following. Come see what the buzz is all about! Located at 820 Forest Hill Avenue, one block off Cascade Road. Mon-Sat, 7 am-3 pm; Sun, 9 am-4pm. 616.956.9000 • mannacafes.com

CITYSeN LOUNGE in the CityFlatsHotel CitySen Lounge, located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, is a hip bar with a big city feel. The focus is on fresh ingredients, seasonally changing ‘New American’ menus, and a full bar with local brews, wine, and creative cocktails. The lounge hosts a daily Happy Hour from 4-7pm featuring specials on drinks and small plates as well as half-off bottles of wine every Wednesday night. CitySen Lounge offers lunch and dinner every day and breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings. The patio onto Monroe Center is open seasonally. 83 Monroe Center St NW. 616.608.1720 • cityflatshotel.com/grandrapids

BLUE WATER GRILL Blue Water Grill is a breath of fresh air with unique Frank Lloyd Wright inspired architecture, a stunning fireplace, and some of the best water views in West Michigan. This is all made possible with large glass walls, inspired design and on of the most beautiful decks in Grand Rapids. Blue Water Grill continues The Gilmore Collection tradition of inspired food with a collection of satisfying influences including Italian, Mediterranean and classic American. The menu and surroundings are perfect for the most intimate or social of dining experiences. 5180 Northland Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 616.363.5900 • www.thegilmorecollection.com/mangiamo.php 52 | winter 2016


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commonground

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n a typical day, it’s possible for children to spend more time engaging with technology than interacting with their peers face-to-face. As a result, the “selfie culture” is on the minds of today’s parents, who worry about how they can make sure their children grow into kind and selfless adults.

young children’s interactions with their parents and caregivers. Yet almost 50 percent of parents believe preschool is too early for children to start learning social-emotional skills, and could be missing critical opportunities to support their child’s development.

However, a national survey revealed that parents don’t fully realize the power they have when it comes to developing good character in their children. The online survey, commissioned by national high-quality preschool provider Primrose Schools®, profiled hundreds of U.S. parents whose children attend, will attend or have previously attended an early education program between the ages of 3-5.

WHY NURTURING GOOD CHARACTER EARLY IS IMPORTANT Intentionally nurturing social-emotional skills starting at birth is an important and often overlooked opportunity as these skills have been shown to be key predictors of future health, academic and life success. Early brain and child development research now shows more clearly that the first five years of life are critical for building the foundation for traits such as honesty, generosity, compassion and kindness, which will impact children for a lifetime.

In today’s social media-focused world, 92 percent of parents agree that nurturing positive character traits in children is more important than it used to be. Yet nearly 50 percent of parents are unaware of just how early they can and should start helping their children develop these traits. WHEN CHARACTER-BUILDING SHOULD BEGIN The foundational skills for good character start emerging in the first year of life. Children as young as 6 months old can demonstrate outward signs of budding empathy skills. Character and emotional intelligence continue to develop throughout the early years and are significantly influenced by 54 | winter 2016

“We now know that IQ no longer represents an accurate predictor of school readiness, much less future life success,” said Dr. Laura Jana, a pediatrician and nationally acclaimed parenting and children’s book author. “It’s not just about learning the ‘3 Rs’ of reading, ’riting and ’rithmetic anymore. It’s the addition of a fourth ‘R’ that represents relationships and the importance of reading other people, which sets children up for success in today’s world.”


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FINDING CHILD CARE THAT NURTURES GOOD CHARACTER In addition to parents, child care providers play a key role in helping children develop a strong foundation. However, more than half of parents surveyed feel their child did not or will not acquire honesty, generosity and compassion (54, 54 and 62 percent, respectively) during their early education experience. Parents seeking early education and care for their children should look for providers that emphasize character development. In these nurturing environments, children have opportunities to learn and practice social-emotional skills every day through games, puppet play, books, music, art projects and more. At Primrose Schools, their Balanced Learning® approach also includes hands-on experiences to help children apply concepts like generosity in real-life situations. For example, each year thousands of children at more than 325 Primrose schools across the country take part in the annual Caring and Giving Food Drive. The preschoolers earn money to purchase canned goods through chores at home. They practice perspective taking, learning about the importance of giving through stories, songs, art projects and more. They even take field trips to grocery stores to shop for food items, which are then donated to local charities. At the end of the experience, the children feel a sense of accomplishment and have practiced skills like empathy, generosity and compassion. “We believe who children become is as important as what they know,” said Gloria Julius, Ed.D., vice president of education and professional development for Primrose Schools. “That’s why nurturing children’s social-emotional develop-

ment and building character has been an integral part of our approach for more than 30 years.” For additional information, tips and resources on how to nurture good character in children, visit "https://www.primroseschools.com/blog/character-resources/"PrimroseSchools.com/characterresources. DEVELOPING CHARACTER AT HOME Take an active approach to helping children develop a solid foundation in good character with these tips: • Help children recognize their feelings. Help little ones recognize and understand their feelings by giving them vocabulary words to express themselves. •Lead by example. Children learn a lot by watching the interactions of adults. Model social-emotional skills by listening to others, apologizing when you hurt someone’s feelings, being respectful of others, etc. •Help children identify other perspectives. Point out differences in other people’s thoughts and feelings. When reading with children, ask what they think the characters are feeling or narrate the emotions and exaggerate facial expressions for young children. •Talk about your own decisions in terms of right and wrong. As children’s abilities and understanding grows, discuss your values and take advantage of everyday situations to describe and demonstrate good citizenship and desirable behavior. •Let kindness and respect rule the day. Set household guidelines grounded in showing kindness and respect, and help children learn to follow them. When they break the rules, calmly explain how or why their behavior was unkind and how they could have better handled the situation. ❂


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