In the latest Boston Parents Paper installment of our Pure Guesswork column, writer-dad Steve Calechman struggles with how to prevent flying objects from interrupting a stroller ride for his infant son. >>
You think you've had bad vacations? Check out the challenges faced by this Lexington family, the winner of our 2011 'Worst Vacation Ever' contest and the recipient of a nice, relaxing vacation at family-friendly Purity Spring Resort in New Hampshire >>
How do you talk with your kids about something as frightening as terrorism, especially when it happens so close to home? In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, here's some advice from the head nurse at Boston's Franciscan Children's Hospital. >>
Profoundly gifted kids have different, but very real, special needs. Intellectually advanced kids can have trouble making friends and, if not challenged at school, can become bored and disruptive. Here's what you can do to help them thrive. >>
Peter Brown Hoffmeister, author of the new book Let Them Be Eaten By Bears: A Fearless Guide to Taking Our Kids into the Great Outdoors (Perigree, 2013; $16), tells parents how to set achievable outdoor goals. >>
Boston Parents Paper takes a closer look at the hospital Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU), where doctors, nurses and other caring staff provide life-saving care for newborns in medical distress and extraordinary support for their families. >>
Eric Kimmel is the award-winning author of more than 50 books, including Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins. In this interview with the PJ Library in western Massachusetts, Kimmel talks about writing, getting kids to read and the future of books. >>
For an increasing number of parents, caring for family means caring for your kids and your parents. A psychologist and author offers ideas on balancing your life and handling the dynamics that come with caring for extended family. >>
Home birthday parties require games and activities to keep your party guests happy and engaged. Here, from some experts in the field of keeping kids busy – camp directors – are some great new ideas for games, art activities and even quieter pursuits. >>
Each year, the Boston Parents Paper honors a person or organization committed to helping local families in need. Our 2011 Family Advocate of the Year is Boston's Room to Grow, which provides supplies and support to families of children up to age 3. >>
Got a little Michael Jordan wannabe in your family? It's not hard to teach a child to shoot a basket. These fundamentals from local basketball experts Sarah Behn and Steve Curley give you all the information you need. >>
Thank you for raising awareness about the need for foster parents in Massachusetts. As an organization that also provides Intensive Foster Care, The Home for Little Wanderers has found that many people are unaware of the different types of foster care. We encourage anyone who is interested to learn more. Every child deserves a safe and loving home.
This topic has occupied my mind for years! Thank you for starting a movement that parents so desperately need! It is difficult for young parents to NOT get caught up in the overscheduled lifestyle. No well-meaning parent wants their child to miss any opportunity for healthy enrichment, but too much is counterproductive! Although my children are teenagers now, I would have LOVED to hear your words of wisdom when my family craved downtime!