Trying to broaden your parenting skills, or understand the way your child learns and behaves? Check out the parent education workshops, lectures and programs available this month in various Eastern Massachusetts locations. >>
Looking forward to spring cleaning? If you're not because it seems like you're the only one in your home doing the actual chores, enlist your kids to help! Check out these ways to make cleaning more fun for children and easier for you. >>
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 >>
You may want to stop your kids from all that wild horseplay they like to engage in. But roughhousing boosts their fitness, intelligence, social skills and the bond you share with them. Learn how, along with some roughhousing moves to do together! >>
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. >>
Today's adolescents are more anxious and stressed than ever. Hovering parents, and a culture that prizes giving kids a leg up, may be to blame. Here, psychologist and author Madeline Levine talks about the problem and what to do. >>
You might want to think twice about pulling your kids out of school for a family vacation. Educators are strongly discouraging it, citing class time that's hard to make up and the burden placed on teachers asked for makeup work. >>
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. >>
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. >>
Feeling anxious or worried is a normal part of childhood. But some kids have trouble getting beyond that worry and develop an anxiety disorder, in which worry and fear become persistent and disruptive. Here's how to spot it and what to do. >>
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. >>
Maintaining close ties between children and their grandparents or other relatives is important, especially at a time when extended families often don't live near each other. Here are some neat ways to stay in touch and keep the family bond strong. >>
Longtime humor columnist Carol Band has penned her last "A Household Word" column for the Boston Parents Paper. As she prepares to move on to new stages in her life, read her take on parenting "lasts" and why they're much trickier than "firsts. >>
Sooner or later all women seem to turn into their mothers, picking up traits they like – and don't like. We made that the subject of a 2013 essay contest for local moms. Here's the winning essay by a Beverly mom of two. >>
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!