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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

Play Time at City Hall Plaza

29 Jun

As any parent knows, the key to a successful summer is most definitely keeping kids active. Now Boston-area families will have the unique experience to combine a work of art with lots of play. Playworld, a manufacturer of playground equipment, has unveiled PlayForm 7, a piece of “play sculpture.” Kids and adults alike can actually Continue Reading

Swimming Tips from Olympic Athletes

13 May

USA Swimming Foundation ambassadors and Olympic medalists Missy Franklin, Cullen Jones,Jessica Hardy, Mel Stewart, Nathan Adrian and Jason Lezak are proud to share the following tips about safe water practices: “It’s not always easy for someone who is not comfortable in the water to take a swimming lesson. Be sure not to force it but Continue Reading

Poisonous Plants

1 Apr

Prepping your green thumb for spring gardening? For safety, keep plants, berries, seeds, and bulbs out of reach of young children. Even nonpoisonous plants can cause choking or skin irritation, like the cactus. Go to the website maripoisoncenter.com to obtain a list of nontoxic plants. If parents are concerned about plants they already own, take Continue Reading

National Parks = National Treasures

26 Feb

By Helen Colella Family size, ages of children, job security, personal finances, travel expenses, and the general status of today’s economy have forced families to re-evaluate their lifestyles, in particular their finances pertaining to the family vacation. In reality no matter where you live or what the size of your family may be, vacation plans Continue Reading

Safe Ways to Keep Creepie-Crawlies at Bay

25 May

By Dana Morgenstein Every home, no matter how spotless, occasionally has uninvited visitors: bugs! With the rise in environmental concerns, many families are looking into chemical-free ways to keep unwanted critters out of their homes, food, beds and so on. Here are some safe, inexpensive and environmentally friendly tips on coping with common indoor insects: Continue Reading

Flower Power

11 May

If April showers bring May flowers we should be in for a real bloomfest. Take the kiddos for a gander around the Boston Public Garden or the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. You should find varietals like peonies, irises, stargazer lilies, snap dragons and gerber daisies, which are all typically in abundance each May. Give Continue Reading

Easy-Does-It Seedlings

1 Apr

You don’t need soil or pots to start seeds – just a couple of coffee filters and a zip-type baggie. Dampen the coffee filters (not too wet) and place a seed in between. Then put the filters and seed in the bag, zip it closed and set it in a warm spot or hang in Continue Reading

Hiking with Kids

10 Sep

With school back in session, kids are spending more sedentary time inside, in the classroom and at home on the computer. As much as kids need a good education, they also need movement, play and time outdoors. A fall hike with Mother Nature showing off her brilliant foliage colors might be the perfect remedy. The Continue Reading