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2016’s Best Books for Kids

12 Dec

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Helping Kids to Be Present in This Pokémon GO Age

13 Sep

By Matthew McKay During a family vacation this summer I was strolling along the harborfront of Lake of the Woods in Ontario. The lake is my spiritual home, a refuge to escape into the almost 5000 square miles of sun spackled water dotted with 14,000 wooded islands. The beauty and tranquility soothes my mind and Continue Reading

Become a Master Communicator with Your Child by Following Four Simple Rules

9 Sep

By Jude Bijou Were your parents good communicators? Do your words or tone feel threatening to your family members? Are you often unable to get your message across?  Do you struggle to say what you mean? You aren’t alone if you find good communication difficult. We just weren’t taught about how regardless of whether we’re Continue Reading

Help Your Kindergartner Thrive

5 Sep

Deborah Dixon, MS, CCC-SLP, director of school services for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), details key skills that children need for a successful school experience. Essential skills that are the foundation of school-readiness include: Communication skills – sharing one’s thoughts, wants, and needs as well as understanding the thoughts, wants, and needs of others. Social Continue Reading

Play Time at City Hall Plaza

29 Jun

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What Kids Need for a Mentally Healthy Summer

22 Jun

  By Tanya Peterson Summer is about to begin in earnest. Those adults who have children in their lives likely have a checklist of summer necessities to keep kids healthy. Sunscreen, bug spray, water bottles, Band-Aids, and other such necessities will help kids stay physically healthy and well through the summer. What about a checklist Continue Reading

Summer 2016: Free Fun Fridays in Massachusetts

8 Jun

  Check out Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays schedule for 2016.  June 24 Tanglewood Lyric Stage Company of Boston Clark Art Institute MASS MoCA Worcester Art Museum Children’s Museum at Holyoke International Volleyball Hall of Fame The Mount: Edith Wharton’s Home July 1 Boston Children’s Museum The Sports Museum Heritage Museums & Gardens Falmouth Continue Reading

5 Fun Ways to Stimulate Your Child’s Creative, Social and Emotional Skills This Summer

16 May

By Rosie Linder As the school year nears the finish line, children anxiously dream about swimming pools, days at the beach or lake, family vacations and other fun-filled promises of what summer brings. Unfortunately, in today’s competitive world, educators seem to advocate for ongoing academic education throughout the summer, robbing children of their so-called “summer 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