By: Sandy Churchill Piano, karate, theatre, ballet, scouting, and student government… What do these things have in common? At our house, any commitment to long-term participation in the arts, sports, government, and community service have the potential to grow a child (or even adult for that matter J) in the three Ps: patience, persistence, and … More School Activities and the Power of the Three Ps!
By: Sandy Churchill “I say this with all the love in the world,” a dear friend recently told me, while inspecting my school supply closet, “do not buy another pencil!” She was critiquing my supply stash where a hoarding mentality sometimes took over—not because I intentionally hoard, but because I often stock up, then temporarily … More Kind Correction
By: Sandy Churchill Is there such a thing as a “nature hoarder”? Truly, I prefer the term “appreciator”, “collector” or “crafter”. As a six year-old, I scrambled to collect rocks and pebbles of myriad colors and unusual shapes, some sparkly, some striped, and tried to hoard them in my bureau drawer nicknamed by my mom … More Small Treasures
By: Cheryl Maguire “Can I go to California?” When my fourteen-year-old daughter asked me this question my initial response was, “There is no way you are going to California, especially without me.” And then I saw the cost of the trip which only solidified my sentiment. The public school she attends teamed up with a … More The Ultimate Guide to Teen Tours
By: Sandy Churchill When you hear the term “elf shop,” do you conjure images of jingle-bell-adorned, pointy-shoe-clad wee folk who work alongside Santa? True enough—but we have another meaning at our house, a worthy companion to spring cleaning. We certainly cannot be the only family out there with a list of “to-do”s, “fix-its,” and myriad … More “Elf Workshop” Helps Year-Round
By: Tanvi Maharaja Women stand at a strategic, even precarious, point in their lives as they enter the phase of menopause. Beyond the annoying symptoms of hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and mood swings, there is one aspect of health that menopause touches upon that can greatly impact the quality of life: bone health. Sedentary menopausal … More Exercising in Post-Menopausal Women
By: Barbara Schwartz As we get ready for Spring, we think about a lot of things: Easter, Passover, St. Patrick’s Day, sunshine and open windows! But what about donating blood? March is National Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month. Doesn’t sound very sexy, does it? The Bleeding Disorder Awareness campaign focuses mostly on Hemophilia and Von Willebrand’s Disease. Hemophilia … More Blood Donation
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