I can remember riding in the backseat of my parents’ car, on a back country road, listening to my dad repeat (for the eighth or ninth time), “Listen kids, there’s plenty of things to see and do right here in Michigan!” My kid is only 6 months old right now, so I haven’t had the opportunity to introduce him to all of the things that I love about my home state quite yet. But now that I am a parent myself, I’m definitely thrilled that we decided to raise our little one here. Michigan is a great place to raise a child, and I totally get what my dad was talking about.
While politically, Michigan leaves something to be desired (it tends to skew a little conservative for my tastes, which can be a real problem for LGBT families like mine), there are plenty of things to love about being here. We have two whole peninsulas to explore! I look forward to the future, when my son is old enough to appreciate all that Michigan has to do. We'll explore, take in the city and the plains alike, and get to know our home state through a whole new set of eyes.
Here are just a few of the reasons I think raising children in Michigan is awesome.