By: Sandy Churchill There is nothing like a hearth fire in winter, especially in New England. The smoky scents welcome us homeward when arriving from outdoors, and the crackling blazes instantly usher in warmth, family, and the cozy embrace of home. Our family members are campers at heart, eager to hike, kayak, tent- or cabin-escape … More Glorious Hearthfires!
By: Heather O’Neill I was having dinner one night a few years ago with two young men who I have known for the past 20 years. I met them when they were about 13 and they have now become part of our family. We were discussing some of the events that were happening across the … More I Can’t Raise My Kids To Be Colorblind
By: Deirdre Littlefield I’ve read so much and even written about how difficult middle school is for our children. Their world seems to have turned upside down as friends find new groups and they explore their own personal boundaries. Academics become less important as peer pressure revs up. It’s a confusing time but they will … More Middle School Mama Friendships
By: Cheryl Maguire When I received the invite to my nephew’s, pirate party I was worried. The event was being held during the wintertime at his house so all the five-year-old kids would be cooped up. How would over twenty kids be entertained in a small area indoors? Would I hear so many chaotic … More Secrets To Throwing An Epic Birthday Party On A Dime
By: Martianne Stanger “Um, ma’am, your child has a knife!” A concerned middle-aged man stopped to tell me at the top of the Blue Hills years ago when my then four-year-old son was carefully slicing an apple. “Yes, I know.” I smiled. “He’s helping prepare our snack. He’s been using knives since he was two.” … More Knives, Axes, and Fire, Oh My!
By: Tanvi Maharaja The human foot is made of 33 joints. It is supremely adaptable to various terrains and is designed to provide mobility with stability. The number of different positions it can move into, the different muscles it uses, the ligamentous and capsular support it has been endowed with are actually pretty mind-boggling. … More RESILIENCE IS YOU!!
By: Sandy Churchill When my children were small, dinner prep seemed to rob time at, “the bewitching hour”—where babies fussed, toddlers required more attention, and school-age children needed help with homework or rides to karate, soccer, and rehearsals. The idea of sparing 30 minutes or more each night to make dinner seemed unreachable many days … More Crockpots: The Mommy Time-Saver That’s Still a Winner