She had slipped through the bars of the park’s iron fence. I was facing her; I should have seen it. But I didn’t, and so my 2-year-old was standing on the edge of the sidewalk, feet from a street known for its reckless drivers. “She’s out! She’s by the street! By the street!” yelled a […]
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When my twins were born, I wondered how we would ever be able to navigate life with them and my son, who was 20 months old at the time. It has been 10 months, and with a lot of trial and error we have learned how to enjoy all of our favorite activities with three […]
When we took our first family vacation five years ago, my mother warned me: “When you have children there’s no such thing as a vacation anymore. It’s called a trip.” Boy was she right. And the more kids we’ve added to the family, the more this vacation idea is becoming a distant memory from the past. Our […]
I’m calling summer 2017 the “Summer of the Great Experiment.” The girls and I are heading up to sleepy midcoast Maine for the full 10 weeks, and my husband is splitting his time between our cottage there and our home in Boston. Our youngest daughter will be with me full time, as usual, and our older […]
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It’s that time! Summer time! We’ve got a great list to keep you busy every day and night! What’s on your “must do” list for this Boston summer?
A copy of this book was provided for our honest, un-biased review.“A Short Guide to Raising Good Kids,” is, yes, another parenting book. Hold the eye rolls, please. Susan Purser, the author, is a Massachusetts mom, and I found her book to be chock-full of good ideas. Susan’s relationship with her mother, and the discussions they […]
It’s amazing how different siblings can be. My second son, now nearly 10 years old, played on a farm league baseball team when he was about 5. Farm league, for those who don’t spend their lives sitting on the sidelines of a baseball field, is essentially T-ball without the tee. On a beautiful June day, […]
Our oldest child was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at the age of 2, exactly one week before I delivered our daughter. It was an intense thing to hear only days before our family was to multiply. But my husband and I felt peace over our son’s diagnosis and his future. After all, he was only […]
Last December, my parents took my siblings and our families to New York City, complete with tickets to the Broadway play “Something Rotten,” a funny parody on William Shakespeare. One of the show’s songs, “It’s Hard to Be the Bard,” has played in my head on repeat over the past five months, often with me inserting the […]
Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking of beach days! Anyone who has taken young children to the beach knows the importance of finding a local spot that is both fun for the kids and sanity-saving for the parents. In the spirit of summer planning, here is a roundup […]
It was the fourth day in a row: At 4:30 in the morning, I was woken up by my 3-year-old screaming, “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy!!!” I went in, wondering what the need du jour would be. The issue today? She wanted socks. I should note that she went to bed with socks. She had taken them off. […]
Don’t be like me. Don’t wake up in a cold sweat and realize you haven’t introduced your toddler to the swimming pool or taught your 7-year-old to tie her shoes. Now that I have three children and my oldest is in first grade, I’ve learned that these things don’t just happen organically. Kids don’t wake […]
There are 8,700 children in the Massachusetts foster system. That’s 8,700 children without permanent homes. To observe national foster care month, I interviewed my friend who has been a foster mom for three years. I always knew she was a beautiful person, but what came out of this interview touched me even more. How did you become […]
One of my twins is a breath-holder. Breath-holding is what it sounds like — a child involuntarily holds his breath in response to a physical or emotional trigger. They sometimes start to turn a little blue-ish — or pass out, which is what happens with my son. The breath-holder usually starts breathing again pretty quickly, […]