Archive | April, 2016

Prevent an ER Visit

28 Apr

Trauma accounts for 43 percent of pediatric visits to the emergency department – here’s how to help prevent these kinds of injuries. Car Seats Car seats reduce the risk of infant death by 71 percent and toddler death by 54 percent. Have a child passenger safety technician install them according to the product’s owner manual. Continue Reading

Sweet Things for Mother’s Day

26 Apr

With Mother’s Day coming up your kids may be looking for a scrumptious dessert to serve you. To avoid any major kitchen catastrophes, suggest something no-bake like Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles. All you’ll need is a log of pre-made chocolate chip cookie dough and two cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips (melted in the micro). Continue Reading

Brilliant Plan

25 Apr

The GE corporation has committed to donating $25 million to Boston Public Schools (BPS), also creating GE Brilliant Career Labs to help BPS high school students explore college and career possibilities, while providing computer science courses and what’s referred to as a “high school design experience.” The Brilliant Career Labs will have both virtual and Continue Reading

Preventing Opioid Addiction Starts in Our Kids’ Schools

18 Apr

By Dan Jacobs Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker recently signed a law that would require schools to screen students for drug abuse and limit doctors’ initial opioid prescriptions to seven days. As parents, this news hits close to home. We never want to imagine our kids struggling with addiction. Unfortunately, caring for a child (or adult Continue Reading

Planning an Adoption Baby Shower

15 Apr

By Nicole Witt April is known for “April Showers” and this could mean that it’s time for a baby shower! However, sometimes those who are adopting, are forgotten when it comes to showers because it can be tricky to plan a shower that doesn’t revolve around conception, baby bumps and delivery. Check out the tips Continue Reading

Rainy Day Activities

13 Apr

We asked: What’s your favorite family rainy day activity? Homemade ball pit in the basement. – Lisa Mary Venuti Finish my scribble game (I created it) or when I can’t get kids off their technology, I join them! Draw Something is great and they love Words with Friends. There are many apps we can all play Continue Reading

Weather Watchers

11 Apr

Particularly useful if you’re trapped inside the house on a rainy day, if you have a kid who’s interested in weather, the Magical Inflating Balloons experiment will help teach them how the heat and the cold cause things to expand and contract. This is a fun activity in warm and cool weather. Here’s how to Continue Reading

Rainy Day Trivia

8 Apr

If we find ourselves faced with April showers, you may need to bust out a fun fact or two about the wet weather. Try this – not all drops are made of water. On some other planets, like Venus, rain is made of sulfuric acid or methane. And on planets 5,000 light years away, rain Continue Reading

Happy Holidays!

6 Apr

  Right now you’re thinking, “Happy Holidays – are they off their rockers?” While we’re well past the chaos of last year’s winter holiday season and have plenty of time before the craziness starts again for 2016, there are a slew of silly and not-so-silly holidays during the month of April that simply shouldn’t go Continue Reading

PTA Proud

4 Apr

The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is often the backbone of any great school, and recently the Massachusetts PTA was honored with a national award for Outstanding Advocacy Efforts for Children and Education. “Advocacy is critical to improve education and the lives and futures of our nation’s children. Massachusetts PTA exemplifies what it means to speak Continue Reading