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

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

How to Brush A Young Child’s Teeth

17 Feb

By Mary Alice Cookson Parents should brush their kids’ teeth twice daily for the first seven years of life, says Arnold Weiss, D.D.S., of The Center for Pediatric Dental Care in Brookline and a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Council on Clinical Affairs. As children grow, they can assume more responsibility, but 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

Understanding Neurofibromatosis

7 Feb

By Jake Burke When I was growing up in Medford, MA I had never heard of Neurofibromatosis (NF).  There was a myriad of other diseases and disorders that I do remember.  Cystic Fibrosis and Muscular Dystrophy are two that come to mind. Fast-forward some 35 years later, and I learn my son was born with 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

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

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

Nanny Taxes and Payroll

16 Jan

By Stephanie Breedlove Families that hire a nanny to watch their kids are understandably focused on finding the perfect childcare professional for the job. But after the interview process is done and the family has found the right caregiver, the responsibility of tracking payroll and taxes begin. Many Massachusetts families are unfamiliar with what rules Continue Reading

Snow Day Indoor Activites

14 Jan

By Kathleen Rudnicki, M.Ed. The snow is falling fast and hard. You know what might happen. You watch the early morning news and sure enough, your child’s school is closed for the day. The Snow Day is a kid’s best friend, but what’s a parent to do with a little one cooped up inside for Continue Reading