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Best of 2023 – Our Favorite Articles from 2023

by Lindsay Cuomo

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As we say goodbye to 2023 and hello to a new year, let’s take a look back at the good things that happened this year! At MetroFamily, we are so privileged to journey through each year with you and your family, bringing you the good news happening in our communities every month.

Here are our favorite articles and blogs of 2023, plus our top podcasts.

  1. Grown-Up Getaways – One of the best aspects of being in a relationship is having a built-in travel buddy to explore this beautiful world. Traveling together presents opportunities to learn something new about each other. Find 3 places to consider for your next grown-ups only getaway.
  2. Redefining Student Success – Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe shares why parents should encourage children to be B+ students and how to create healthy habits around school-life balance.
  3. Wild About Conservation – Teams at three local attractions are pioneering unique conservation efforts by working together. The Oklahoma City Zoo, SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology and Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History are on a mission to protect our biodiversity — and they provide many opportunities for local families to help.
  4. Healthy OKC – Embark on a Family Wellness Challenge as you explore OKC!
  5. Let’s Play – Play is fundamental to kids’ healthy development and children’s museums are an amped-up way to engage the whole family in a day of play. Find four children’s museums to explore close to home and around the state.
  6. Moms on the Go – Local mom and executive director of Freedom City shares her top tips to make the most of time spent in the car.
  7. Parents and Substance Use – Oklahoma has historically experienced high rates of parents with Substance Use Disorder. Learn about the new programs that help improve maternal health, strengthen families and break cycles
  8. A Wild Family Adventure – Close-to-home getaway experiences are invaluable to our family of littles. Just 2.5 hours north of OKC, in Wichita, Kan., Tanganyika Wildlife Park provides an unforgettable adventure for your family’s next vacation!
  9. KidSpace Park in Shawnee – Local mom and MetroFamily contributor Debbie Murnan shares about her family’s visit to one of the newest playgrounds in Oklahoma.
  10. Parenting Playlist – Local mom and MetroFamily contributor Christina Mushi-Brunt shares her parenting playlist that represents the stages of development.
  11. Screen Time Scrutiny – By the nature of our tech-heavy world, kids today have a lot more screen time than their parents did. Find a no-guilt guide to balance.
  12. Let’s Fly – Learn about the updates to Will Rogers World Airport, including new restaurants and locally owned shops offering made-in-Oklahoma products.
  13. Party PeopleExpert advice for planning your child’s next birthday party.
  14. Composting with Kids – Local mom and director of public affairs for the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation shares the lessons she learned and practical strategies for first-time composters.
  15. Finding Fairies – Did you know that Will Rogers Gardens is home to fairies and gnomes? It’s true. Gnome and fairy homes were handcrafted in 2020 by Robert Trobaugh, an imaginative Oklahoma City Parks & Recreation Department employee.
  16. Adverse Childhood Experiences – This impactful piece looks at ACE scores in Oklahoma and what parents can do to mitigate negative health effects.
  17. Why Choose CareerTech – Early exploration of varied careers and career paths can encourage a student’s passion, refine their interests and help better prepare them for college or a career after high school. This article looks at opportunities available at Francis Tuttle Technology Center.
  18. Expedition Africa – A look at the OKC Zoo’s newest immersive experience!
  19.  Stepping Up – The Carrington family of Moore has stepped up to meet the needs of kids in foster care, and through their journey, they’ve gained much more than they’ve given.
  20. Flourishing in Your Daily Life – Michael Dickerson shares 3 ways parents can languish less and flourish more.
  21. Winter Hiking – Discover why winter is a great time for outdoor adventures!


Bonus: Raising OKC Kids: Conversations with MetroFamily video podcast series provides content and resources parents need from local experts, highlighting a variety of important topics.

Here are our top 10 video podcasts from our fourth season:

  1. Learn CPR this American Heart Month
  2. Talking to Kids About Safe Relationships
  3. Quality care during cold & flu season? Yes please!
  4. Oklahoma nonprofit provides access to free breast healthcare
  5. Bedwetting Causes and Solutions
  6. Keeping Kids Safe Online
  7. Welcoming a new dog to the family (without the bites!)
  8. Mental Health Awareness Month
  9. Improving Support for Children with Disabilities in Oklahoma
  10. The realities of Oklahoma kids and substance use


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