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Boston Parents Paper 2011 Family Advocate of the Year

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Each year, the Boston Parents Paper honors a person or organization committed to helping local families in need. Our 2011 Family Advocate of the Year is Boston's Room to Grow, which provides supplies and support to families of children up to age 3.... Read full article

Relationships: When Your Mother-in-Law's Comments Hurt

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What to do when your mother-in-law's critical comments about your parenting are hurtful and frustrating? A local psychologist and our readers weigh in with advice.... Read full article

The Last One – Why a Child's "Lasts" are Sneakier and More Poignant Than the "Firsts"

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Longtime humor columnist Carol Band has penned her last "A Household Word" column for the Boston Parents Paper. As she prepares to move on to new stages in her life, read her take on parenting "lasts" and why they're much trickier than "firsts.... Read full article

Get to Know Your Child's Imaginary Friends

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You might be aggravated – or amused – by your child's imaginary friends. But researchers say these "playmates" help kids sort through feelings, socialize, understand others and more. Here's how to understand the invisible pals in your child's life.... Read full article

Relationships: Neighbor Approves TV Shows Mom Does Not

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Read advice from an expert in relationships and our readers.... Read full article

A Father's Uplifting Take on Raising Teens

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A new book by author Tom Sturges offers a refreshing and upbeat take on raising teens, and offers parents strategies for dealing with the sudden shut down in communication that inevitably occurs. ... Read full article

Relationships: When a Spouse's Gifts Miss the Mark

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"Relationships" is a column that explores our interactions with our kids, our spouses or partners, our parents or in-laws, and others. Here, a woman asks how to get her husband to give more inspiring holiday or birthday gifts.... Read full article

High-Profile Women Share Moms' Best Advice

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Seven high-profile Boston women, including Boston's school superintendent and celebrated chef Jody Adams, share the advice they remember most from their mothers.... Read full article

Families Gone Wild! Why Roughhousing is Actually Good for You

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You may want to stop your kids from all that wild horseplay they like to engage in. But roughhousing boosts their fitness, intelligence, social skills and the bond you share with them. Learn how, along with some roughhousing moves to do together!... Read full article

Meeting the Needs of the Profoundly Gifted

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Profoundly gifted kids have different, but very real, special needs. Intellectually advanced kids can have trouble making friends and, if not challenged at school, can become bored and disruptive. Here's what you can do to help them thrive.... Read full article

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