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May 12 2016
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
Comments Off on Empty Nest

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
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
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...

Mar 07 2015
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Having a new baby changes a lot for a woman, almost instantly the focus becomes all about baby, and nearly not at all about mom. And while focus does need to change, post-birth care for mom is imperative. Postpartum isn’t just about depression, although that is a serious condition. Proper checkups for mom after birth will help with physical and emotional recovery and monitor progress. Postpartum care includes medical checkups that look at various things that could impact not...

Jan 02 2015
Comments Off on Valentine Apps for Kids

The best thing about apps is that they only take 5 seconds to download – perfect for last minute activity and gift ideas. Below are suggestions of several free Valentine apps that are sure to make your children feel the love. Disney Where’s My Valentine? App from Disney is a mini version of the most popular Disney apps Where’s My Water and Where’s My Perry. Kids learn liquid physics and strategic problem solving while playing games. It has 12 exclusive love-themed game...

Jan 02 2015
Comments Off on Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids

While children may not celebrate Valentine’s Day by going out to a nice dinner or exchanging boxes of chocolates, there are plenty of fun crafts that still allow them to participate in this holiday. Due to parental preferences and food allergies, many families or daycares may not encourage edible Valentine’s Day treats. However, it is always rewarding for children to create their own Valentine for friends or family members. Sarah Hodgkins, Director of Cloverdale Cooperative...

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