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Square One Celebrates Healthy Families Graduates and Participants  by Kristine Allard – Contributing Writer   In keeping with its mission to ensure that all parents have access to the tools and resources they need to be successful, Square One recently celebrated the completion of another session of its Healthy Families program initiative. The ceremony was held on August 2, 2017, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Shiloh Seventh Day Adventist, 797 State Street, Springfield....

Pumpkin Apple Stamps     I’m always on the lookout for quick, easy autumn crafts for kids. These pumpkin apple stamps are a fun, easy preschool activity for fall or Halloween, although it would also be fun for kids of any age, Rainy day activity is also a great time to do this one. For this craft activity you will need: Large apple Orange craft paint Green craft paint Paint brush Cup of water White paper Black construction paper or Sharpie Glue stick Paper...

Changing Lives One Mom, One Child at a Time   Kristine Allard – Contributing Writer   Poverty. Homelessness. Food insecurity. Domestic violence. Lack of education. Unemployment. These are just a few of the many challenges faced by parents of young children throughout the greater Springfield region. And it seems that these issues become even more daunting when a mother who is living with these challenges tries to find a safe, nurturing place for their child to learn...

May 12 2016
by Denny |
Comments Off on Highly Ranked Davis NICU Cares For Premature, Critically-Ill Newborns

All parents want their children to grow up healthy and making sure that a child receives the right care in his or her early days is crucial, especially for children born prematurely or with medical problems. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 15 million babies are born prematurely each year, equating to more than one in every 10 births. For babies born in Western Massachusetts, the Davis Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) unit is here. Located within Baystate...

Jan 26 2016
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These darling Claypot Snowmen make the perfect couple. All bundled up for a cold winter’s day, and so easy, the kids can make them too! Supplies You will need (for each snowman): 1- 1 1/2″ diameter wooden ball 1- 2 1/4″ diameter clay pot 2 Buttons Gold ribbon Child’s sock Material or mitten scrap White craft or hot glue Black finetip marker Small and large paintbrushes Acrylic paints in white, orange and pink Clear coat spray Instructions Place newspaper down...

Sep 22 2015
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Little Ones Can Make

Here are some easy recipes that the little ones can help make and enjoy for Halloween! Spooky Witch Hats Ingredients: 1 box chocolate striped cookies (with a hole in the center) 1 bag Hershey’s Kisses® 1 tube orange frosting Place as many cookies as you can fit face down on a cookie sheet or serving platter. Pipe the orange frosting around the edge of each cookie hole. Stick an unwrapped Hershey’s® on top of the frosting in the center of each cookie, completely covering...

 Social media continues to buzz with current events running the gamut between what Caitlyn Jenner is wearing, to what political pundits are saying.   While these topics receive national attention, a much more pressing issue goes often unnoticed, until April.   In April puzzle pieces and blue lights will again garner media attention.   Walks will be organized, commercials featuring famous celebrities will grace television sets, and for a brief time the nation will focus...

Sep 22 2015
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I met with a dear old friend last week in New York who confessed she cried for four months last year starting at her daughter’s high school graduation and continued until Thanksgiving when she first came home from college. Although her son was still at home, sending her daughter away just was breaking her heart –and Skype and texting wasn’t replacing not seeing her. I got a brief taste of what a childless life is going to be like this past week as my only son who is 17 and...

Sep 21 2015
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Comments Off on Five Things Your Child Should Know Before They Go to College

I recently overheard a conversation between my nephew, a recent college graduate and my daughter. The conversation went something like this: Nephew – I was trying to negotiate purchasing a car and had to get my dad on the phone. Daughter – What, couldn’t you figure out how much to pay? Nephew – I didn’t know what an APR rate was, didn’t know what my credit score was to know if I was getting a good deal or not. 
Daughter – I was trying...

Sep 12 2015
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Comments Off on Embracing Emotions with the WorryWoo Monsters

In today’s world kids are bombarded by so many scary events flashed over TV and the Internet. As we move into an age where bullying can be done on the computer and pictures can reach millions with the click of a mouse, we need to address, at an early age, the intense emotions experienced in childhood and adolescence. Enter The WorryWoo Monsters, a series of books and plush dolls dedicated to helping children embrace difficult emotions. These quirky and loveable characters...

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