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Lessons in Giving Back

7 Apr

By Beth Chambers The importance of helping those who are less fortunate has always been a value I worked to instill in my family.  To me, it meant that our children started volunteering at the local food pantry at a young age.  While shopping at the grocery store, I would ask them to pick out Continue Reading

The Importance of Saying “Hi”

31 Mar

By Jim Castrataro As I sit in my office on this beautiful winter day with a clear blue sky and a dusting of snow on all the trees I am reminded of just how great of a place New England is to raise a family.  With so much to do and see, the adventures of each Continue Reading

Bonding with my Son through Minecraft

24 Mar

By Mark Cheverton   When we first bought my son the game Minecraft, I helped him load it on the computer, create his user name, Gameknight999, select his character appearance and off he went. At first, he played it on his own, but soon he was calling us into our office so that he could Continue Reading

Boston Kids Are Completing Chores and Learning Responsibility

3 Mar

Thousands of Boston area children not yet able to punch a time clock have been hard at work around the house completing chores, earning a reward and learning how to save, share and spend money wisely. “There is plenty of debate going on whether children should be doing chores around the house or not,” says Continue Reading

Choosing a Camp

10 Feb

By Jim Castrataro This time of year, it is hard to imagine that you should be thinking of summer camps for your children, but it is a good idea to get a jump start on things while you have some extra time during the dark days of winter. When looking for a camp for your Continue Reading

A Children’s Book … for Grown Ups?

30 Jan

By Jean Ciborowski Fahey PhD Delicious memories of snuggling up with my toddler for reading time remind me of two of my favorite children’s picture books. Mama Do You Love Me?  written by Barbara M. Joosse and illustrated by Barbara Lavallee was a story about an Inuit daughter who tested her mother’s unconditional love. And Continue Reading

Reading is Going to the Dogs

23 Jan

By Mary Alice Cookson A Labradoodle named Tessie, certified by Therapy Dog Inc., has been working at the Hamilton-Wenham Pubic Library for more than a year, whenever her owner’s schedule permits. Her owner is Pat Fleming, a Wenham resident and Manchester-by-the-Sea teacher. As part of the library’s Paws to Read program, young readers in grades Continue Reading

Will It Cost $80K or $460K for College? (It Depends on When You Pay for It!)

29 Nov

By D. Abraham Ringer, CFP Wondering how much it will cost to send your kids to college some day? The answer depends on a number of factors, including: the school your child chooses; the financial aid package awarded; scholarships; and inflation rates on tuition between now and then. These factors are typically beyond your control. Continue Reading

Choosing a Preschool

26 Nov

If you are the parent of a young child, ‘tis the season to be preschool “shopping.” With so many options to choose from, it’s important to identify your family’s preferences and priorities at the outset. As a first step, ask yourself, do I need: A full- or half-day program? The option of extended days? A Continue Reading

Surprising Lessons from Your Child at Play

12 Nov

Did you know your toddler is a scientist? As a science educator and a mother of an eight-year-old, I am continually surprised by how children — particularly my own daughter Sophie — explore and think about the world. I see learning everyday where I work at the Museum of Science, Boston. In our Discovery Center, Continue Reading