Archive | June, 2015

Summer Louder than Others

29 Jun

By Carol Band My neighbors just had a new baby. His name is Jacob and he is adorable. Sometimes, when the windows are open, I can hear his cries pierce the stillness of the summer night. In the morning, I watch his weary parents push the stroller to the coffee shop down the street. “Getting Continue Reading

Why My Mom Rocks Contest Winner’s PK Salon Makeover

25 Jun

After reading hundreds of entries, the staff at Boston Parents Paper selected Amy Lopez as our recipient of a day of beauty at Paul Kenneth Salon & Spa in Woburn. You can read her daughter Rebecca’s essay here, as well as some of the other entries that we felt deserved recognition.  Thank you to everyone Continue Reading

Avoid the Pressure Trap: 5 Tips to Raising Confident, Independent and Thoughtful Children

22 Jun

By Darlene Sweetland and Ron Stolberg As we casually scrolled through social media posts one Sunday evening, we saw pictures of Michael holding an All Star Championship trophy, Lindsay holding flowers after opening night as the lead in her school play, Joe holding an academic scholarship award, and Monica volunteering at a homeless shelter. Then, Continue Reading

Five Things to Know About Challenging Behavior

17 Jun

By Emily Potts Callejas & Mary Watson Avery Whether it is a tantrum in the supermarket or a refusal to participate in Circle Time, responding to challenging behavior in young children can be one of the most common – and yet toughest part of being a parent or an early childhood educator. The fact that Continue Reading

Father’s Day Trophy

15 Jun

Three cheers for Dad! This trophy craft by is perfect for ages 4 to 7. What You’ll Need: Two paper cups Masking tape Washable tempera paint in gold or silver Old newspapers Painting bowls Paintbrushes Pipe stems School glue Dad decals Scissors Crayons Here’s How: 1. Spread old newspaper over your work space. Squeeze Continue Reading

Hunting for Ghosts

10 Jun

By Sharon G. Horne It was an impulse buy. Trying to contain my then 2- and 5-year-old children to the plus-sized Costco cart, I grabbed a book off the bargain stack and said, “Look, ghosts!” My eldest flipped through Ghosts of Boston: Haunts of the Hub, holding it open for her brother, then announced, “Mommy, Continue Reading

A Festival of Dragons

8 Jun

The Boston Dragon Boat Festival, taking place on June 13 and 14, is a weekend like no other, with boat race trials running on Saturday and the finals taking place on Sunday. Your kids will marvel at the super cool 39-foot-Hong Kong style dragon boats and will love cheering on the competitors. Enjoy a cultural Continue Reading

Hyperemesis Gravidarum Awareness Day 2015

3 Jun

  Meeting on cool gray Saturday afternoon on May 16, 2015, several greater metro Boston-area women joined a Meet Up activity organized by HERS (Hyperemesis Education and Research) Foundation for a national day of collective unity around the pregnancy complication of hyperemesis gravidarum (HG). Only recently has the average person known severe nausea and vomiting Continue Reading

Car Seat Safety

1 Jun

There’s a lot to prepare for when bringing baby home, but the essential piece of gear is a correctly fitted infant car seat. Get acquainted with these safety tips: Until age 2, keep car seats rear facing. A child’s head is proportionately large compared to the rest of the body and neck muscles are weak. Continue Reading