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Articles in Family Values

How Do I Get My Kids to Do Their Chores?

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Why it's important for your child to complete their daily tasks.... Read full article

My Turn: More Than Just Reading Aloud

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Here's a neat take on children's literature - that it can teach kids about philosophy! Mount Holyoke College Professor Thomas Wartenberg explores this in our June "My Turn" column.... Read full article

Pure Guesswork: No Time to Sleep

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Ever entertained the possibility of having another child? Check out first-time dad Steve Calechman's internal debate on the subject.... Read full article

Eric Kimmel: On Children's Books, Getting Kids to Read and His Love of Writing

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Eric Kimmel is the award-winning author of more than 50 books, including Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins. In this interview with the PJ Library in western Massachusetts, Kimmel talks about writing, getting kids to read and the future of books.... 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

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

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

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