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Side-by-Side Teeth Brushing

17 Apr

“I like to ask kids in my practice if their parents brush their [own] teeth, and a surprising number tell me ‘no,’” says John Fisher, DDS, of the Better Oral Health for Massachusetts Coalition. While Fisher says he knows it’s not true, it brings up the point that if kids don’t see parents brushing, they Continue Reading

Make Your Picky Eater an Adventurous Eater

8 Apr

By Deb Hurowitz Being a parent is hard. So is being a kid. I’m here to make it easier for you both. Kids are funny. One day, they love a food. The next? They won’t go near it. As parents, this can be maddening! This week, I will address a couple of issues for toddlers Continue Reading

Learning to Self-Feed

19 Mar

By Deb Hurowitz Being a parent is hard. So is being a kid. I’m here to make it easier for you both. Today I would like to start with a topic that affects every parent, across a spectrum of ages, stages and needs: food and eating. This is such a broad topic, it will take several posts Continue Reading

Valentine’s Day Craft: Paper Hug

24 Jan

By Cheryl Crosby Each Valentine’s Day, my daughters send a Valentine’s craft to family members. This heart craft with extended “hug” arms might be one of my favorites (they were 2 and under 1 for this). What I love about this project is that there are unlimited possibilities to how you design it, what you 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

Top Gifts for Giving

24 Oct

For 23 years, the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) has been the go-to source for parents who are looking for great gifts for the holidays. An independent panel of experts, parents and children carefully tested and played with hundreds of submissions and honored the products featured in this section with gold awards. By Ellen Metrick, Continue Reading

Age-Appropriate Chores for Toddlers to Teens

9 Sep

Running a family household is a 24-7 job. From soccer practice to groceries to bills, it seems as if the to-do list will never end. Even though the list gets longer as your family grows, your children are also able to help out more around the house as they get older. But how do you Continue Reading