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My Mother, Myself – Our 2013 Essay Contest Winner

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Sooner or later all women seem to turn into their mothers, picking up traits they like – and don't like. We made that the subject of a 2013 essay contest for local moms. Here's the winning essay by a Beverly mom of two.... Read full article

Wanted: Foster Parents

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Massachusetts currently has a shortage of families willing to take in a foster child. If you've ever considered being a foster parent, here's what you need to know.... Read full article

Talking to Kids About the Boston Marathon Bombings

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How do you talk with your kids about something as frightening as terrorism, especially when it happens so close to home? In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, here's some advice from the head nurse at Boston's Franciscan Children's Hospital.... Read full article

Spring Cleaning – Get Your Kids to Help!

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Looking forward to spring cleaning? If you're not because it seems like you're the only one in your home doing the actual chores, enlist your kids to help! Check out these ways to make cleaning more fun for children and easier for you.... Read full article

Pure Guesswork: Nourishing the Super Baby

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Avocados are not easy to eat when you're a baby. Here, first-time dad and humor columnist Steve Calechman details his efforts to get enough of this super food into his son.... Read full article

Fighting Fair: How to Handle Arguments

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The occasional couple’s spat is inevitable. But if you don’t handle it well, it can impact your whole family. Here’s how to manage conflict in a healthy way.... Read full article

Panera Opens New 'Pay As You Go' Café

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The Panera restaurant chain is opening a new "pay as you go" café in downtown Boston. People with limited income will be allowed to pay what they can afford for a meal, while those who want to give back can pay a bit more than a meal is worth.... Read full article

Raising Robust, Resilient Kids in an Age of Anxious Parenting

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Today's adolescents are more anxious and stressed than ever. Hovering parents, and a culture that prizes giving kids a leg up, may be to blame. Here, psychologist and author Madeline Levine talks about the problem and what to do.... Read full article

Op/Ed: The Importance of the HPV vaccine – for Girls and Boys

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The HPV vaccine has been the subject of controversy and debate since its offering a few years ago. Here, pediatrician Eli Newberger, M.D., offers a medical opinion on why this vaccine is so important for girls and boys, even at ages 9-12.... Read full article

Helping Kids in the Aftermath of Violence

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Here are some excellent resources for helping children cope after horrific violence like the elementary school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut... Read full article

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