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How to Be an Entrepreneur

23 Apr

By Tamara Monosoff Being a parent today is complex. The word “juggling” is clearly an understatement. And, many parents find themselves struggling between the need to earn an income and the wish to be fully present and available for their children as they grow. What many multi-tasking parents don’t realize is that they already possess Continue Reading

Earth Day Caterpillar Craft

21 Apr

  Transforming an empty egg carton into a work of art is a fine example of recycling and a great way to celebrate Earth Day on April 22. Earth Day was started in 1970 as a day to focus on improving the environment. Make this Earth Day Caterpillar from LakeshoreLeaning.com with your kids. Then use Continue Reading

Lean On Me: A Summer Camp that Helps with Grief

17 Mar

By Cathy Spear When a young girl’s parent dies, her childhood is forever altered. Huge challenges lie ahead of her as she confronts a life that is suddenly very different from what it used to be. Circle Camps for Grieving Children opened its first program, Circle of Tapawingo, in southwestern Maine in 2002 to help Continue Reading

Medications at Camp

10 Mar

By Jim Castrataro Many parents struggle with the question of what to do about their children’s medications, specifically ADD and ADHD medications, during the summer months. Although I am not a doctor or medical expert, I can give you my perspective as a camp director and some simple steps to take to ensure your child Continue Reading

Romantic Date Nights

24 Feb

“Sometimes partners settle into routines and no longer experience that heart-thumping, birds singing, poetry-writing feeling they did when they were first in love,” says Haley Miller, a newlywed who recently moved to Boston and is the author of 150 Unforgettable Dates (Cedar Fort Inc., 2014). “A weekly date is the perfect excuse to act like 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

Curious about “STEM?”

11 Dec

STEM is the acronym for science, technology, engineering and math. And, if you want your children to succeed in our innovation-driven, technical world, they will need STEM skills, especially engineering. Government and industry leaders are concerned that employers can’t find workers with the STEM competencies necessary in a global, 21st century economy. Happily, core elements Continue Reading

Battling Lice

19 Nov

As I went to pick up my daughter from school one morning, I saw a note posted next to the sign out sheet, “One case of head lice reported.” Immediately, my entire body quivered. I didn’t want to think about tiny little bugs invading my daughter’s Rapunzel-like hair and that I would be the one Continue Reading

Color Me (and My Daughters) Pretty with Zoya Nail Polish

6 Nov

Just this past weekend, I treated my girls to a pedicure at the salon. Knowing that many nail polishes have harmful ingredients, I brought along their favorite Zoya polishes. I’ve been using this brand since I was pregnant with my first child, and since fingers (and sometimes toes) end up in mouths, I’m even more 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