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The Rise of Childhood Anxiety

Why worries are ever-increasing for our children and how parents can help (and inadvertently hurt)

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How technology is shaping families today

Tears Foundation Helps Parents Heal

New Massachusetts chapter provides emotional and financial assistance to families who lose a child during pregnancy or at birth

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May 2016

Kids can climb on a fire truck, check out the inside of an ambulance, police car and even put out a pretend fire. Safety officers and their vehicles will be on hand Saturday and Sunday 11-3....

Cost: see website

Where:
Davis Farmland
145 Redstone Hill Road
Sterling, MA  01564
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Telephone: 774-239-8139
Contact Name: Nic
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Learn how to take pictures like a pro! Photographer Norm Eggert leads beginning and intermediate students through the essentials for capturing stunning pictures in the two-day introductory digital...

Cost: $200 Members, $250 Nonmembers

Where:
Fruitlands Museum
102 Prospect Hill Road
Harvard, MA  01451
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Telephone: 978-456-3924
Contact Name: Melissa Kershaw
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The New England Right Whale Festival is a celebration of the current efforts to save North Atlantic right whales from extinction. The New England Aquarium is teaming up with the Adams School...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
New Engl;and Aquarium
Central Wharf
Boston, MA  02110
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Telephone: 617-973-5200
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Sundays at 2pm Join Docents to explore special exhibitions and our permanent collection. On view this fall: Beautiful Decay, Edward Hagedorn: Volcanoes, Riots, Wrecks, and Nudes, and Lita Judge:...

Cost: Museum admission $11 adults, $9 seniors, $8 students, under age 17 free

Where:
Danfort Art
123 Union Avenue
framingham, MA  01702
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Special Framingham Library Book Sale at the Christa McAuliffe Branch Library (746 Water Street).  Please join us from 1-4 pm and shop for good-quality, reasonably priced books in all...

Cost: Free

Where:
Christa McAuliffe Branch Library
746 Water Street
Framingham, MA  01701
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Sponsor: Friends of the Framingham Library
Telephone: 508-532-5570
Contact Name: Maria Barry
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Now is a good time to start considering your child's options for the next school year. Come and take a look at what an Oak Meadow School education is all about. Prospective families for the...

Cost: free

Where:
Oak Meadow School
2 Old Pickard Lane
Littleton, MA  01460
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Sponsor: Oak Meadow School
Telephone: 978-486-9874
Contact Name: Erin Palmer
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Sunday, May 1, 2-4pm Free for children and their accompanying adults   Join us for our monthly Drop Into Art family program for fun activities in our galleries and studios. This month’s...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Danforth Art
123 Union Street
Framingham, MA  01702
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Join us for hands-on art-making, gallery tours and programs, and creative play in our studios and galleries. Inspired by narrative in art, this month’s activities include: Create a Mobile, Pastel...

Cost: Free for children and their accompanying adults.

Where:
Danfort Art
123 Union Avenue
framingham, MA  01702
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Join students from Brandeis University for fun, hands-on activities that are out of this world! Tap into your inner astronaut as you whip-up some galactic goo; discover how much you would weigh on...

Cost: $12.50

Where:
The Discovery Museums
177 Main Street
Acton, MA  01720
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Telephone: 978-264-4200
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Special Storytime: Thea Guidone May 1, 2016 2:00pm Free with Museum Admission Make some noise with author Thea Guidone as she reads her picture book, Drum City. What begins with one boy’s beat...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission

Where:
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road
Amherst, MA  01002
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Telephone: 413-559-6300
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Pond View Montessori School’s Open House and Information Sessions   Did you know that there is a NEW Montessori School in Dedham for children ages 2.9 - 6 years old? Are you interested in...

Cost: FREE

Where:
278 Whiting Ave.
Dedham, MA  02026
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Sponsor: Pond View Montessori School
Telephone: 781-801-7939
Contact Name: Clarissa
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Prospective parents for the 2016-2017 school year are invited to Take-a-Tour Tuesday - an opportunity to tour our school, observe our Montessori classrooms in action and learn more about our...

Cost: free

Where:
Oak Meadow School
2 Old Pickard Lane
Littleton, MA  01460
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Sponsor: Oak Meadow School
Telephone: 978-486-9874
Contact Name: Erin Palmer
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Room to Grow, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of babies born into poverty in Boston, will host its annual Celebrating Mothers Breakfast on Wednesday, May 4 at 8:00 AM at...

Cost: $125

Where:
Mandarin Oriental
776 Boylston Street
Boston, MA  02199
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Sponsor: Room to Grow
Telephone: 617.859.4545
Contact Name: Ali Hay
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Calling all music-loving young people ages 7-18!   Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC) invites kids ages 7 - 18 from Boston and beyond to audition for placement in the Fall 2016 program....

Cost: No fee but please register

Where:
BCC Central
112 Shawmut Ave
Suite 5B
Boston, MA  02118
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Sponsor: Boston Children's Chorus
Telephone: 617-778-2242
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You bring your imagination and we will supply the LEGOs. Try your hand at one of our LEGO challenges or build your own unique vision. Add your creation to our community display to inspire your...

Cost: $12.50

Where:
The Discovery Museums
177 Main Street
Acton, MA  01720
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Telephone: 978-264-4200
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Community Music Center of Boston’s Artists in Residence, the Gramercy Trio, present their final concert this year on Beethoven’s music. The Trio, comprised of Sharan Leventhal, violin; Jonathan...

Cost: Free

Where:
Community Music Center of Boston
34 Warren Ave.
Boston, MA  02116
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Sponsor: Community Music Center of Boston
Telephone: 617-482-7494
Contact Name: Catherine Miller
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Dr. Scott Kraus, Vice President of Research, New England Aquarium   Both right and humpback whales get entangled in fishing gear along the east coast of the U.S. at rates that are unsustainable...

Cost: free

Where:
New England Aquarium
Central Wharf
Boston, MA  02110
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Telephone: 617-973-6596
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Bud Ris, former New England Aquarium President and CEO, is now a Senior Advisor on Climate Change for the Barr Foundation and co-chair of the City’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness. He has...

Cost: FREE

Where:
New England Aquarium
1 Central Wharf
Boston , MA  02210
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Sponsor: New England Aquarium
Telephone: 978-697-9414
Contact Name: Diana McCloy
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Bud Ris, Senior Advisor on Climate Change, Barr Foundation, Green Ribbon Commission   Boston faces significant challenges from the impacts of climate change. Former New England Aquarium...

Cost: free

Where:
New England Aquarium
Central Wharf
Boston, MA  02110
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Telephone: 617-973-6596
Contact Name: Aquarium Lectures
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Calling all music-loving young people ages 7-18!   Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC) invites kids ages 7 - 18 from Boston and beyond to audition for placement in the Fall 2016 program....

Cost: No fee but please register

Where:
BCC Central
112 Shawmut Ave
Suite 5B
Boston, MA  02118
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Sponsor: Boston Children's Chorus
Telephone: 617-778-2242
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  Explore sound through singing and playing. Move, make music, listen, learn, and get a multi-sensory workout! Music improves your child’s memory, cognitive development, learning skills, and...

Cost: $12.50

Where:
The Discovery Museums
177 Main Street
Acton, MA  01720
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Telephone: 978-264-4200
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You bring your imagination and we will supply the LEGOs. Try your hand at one of our LEGO challenges or build your own unique vision. Add your creation to our community display to inspire your...

Cost: $12.50

Where:
The Discovery Museums
177 Main Street
Acton, MA  01720
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Telephone: 978-264-4200
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Join us with free admission and explore the museums at night on the first Friday of every month!  We will gratefully accept food donations for Open Table of Concord and Maynard and the Acton Food...

Cost: FREE after 4:30 pm

Where:
The Discovery Museums
177 Main Street
Acton, MA  01720
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Telephone: 978-264-4200
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Come explore with us! On Friday, March 6 from 5:30pm-8:00pm, The Children’s Museum in Easton will be open exclusively for families with children 10 and under on the Autism Spectrum. Children and...

Cost: $9 per person, free for members and children under 1

Where:
The Children's Museum in Easton
9 Sullivan Avenue
North Easton, MA  02356
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Sponsor: The Children's Museum in Easton
Telephone: 508-230-3789
Contact Name: Paula Peterson
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Come explore with us! On Friday, May 6 from 5:30pm-8:00pm, The Children’s Museum in Easton will be open exclusively for families with children 10 and under on the Autism Spectrum. Children and...

Cost: $9 per person, free for members and children under 1

Where:
The Children's Museum in Easton
9 Sullivan Avenue
North Easton, MA  02356
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Sponsor: The Children's Museum in Easton
Telephone: 508-230-3789
Contact Name: Paula Peterson
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The Children’s Museum in Easton will be holding a Family Autism Night on Friday, May 6th from 5:30-8 PM. The Museum will be open exclusively for Autistic children age 10 and under and their...

Cost: $9, free for members and children under 1

Where:
The Children's Museum in Easton
9 Sullivan Avenue
North Easton, MA  02356
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Sponsor: The Children's Museum in Easton
Telephone: 508-230-3789
Contact Name: Steven Hill
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Come explore with us! On Friday, March 6 from 5:30pm-8:00pm, The Children’s Museum in Easton will be open exclusively for families with children 10 and under on the Autism Spectrum. Children and...

Cost: $9 per person, free for members and children under 1

Where:
The Children's Museum in Easton
9 Sullivan Avenue
North Easton, MA  02356
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Sponsor: The Children's Museum in Easton
Telephone: 508-230-3789
Contact Name: Paula Peterson
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Dance It Up!'s "Our World is Dancing" Ticket Information: “Our World is Dancing” performed by Dance It Up's (Grafton, MA) Team Dance It Up!, the Ballet Repertory Ensemble and the Terrific...

Cost: $15 (includes entrance to after-party)

Where:
Grafton High School Auditorium
24 Providence Rd
Grafton, MA  01519
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Sponsor: Dance It Up
Telephone: 508.839.1648
Contact Name: Maria Adamo
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Join us on the Fruitlands landscape as we look for local residents and early nesters including Kingbirds, Baltimore Orioles and a variety of warblers. This guided birding walk covers about two...

Cost: free

Where:
Fruitlands Museum
102 Prospect Hill Road
Harvard, MA
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Telephone: 978-456-3924
Contact Name: Melissa Kershaw
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The Boston Conservatory Music Program for Young Children on the Autism Spectrum is a fun and engaging way for parents to introduce their young children on the autism spectrum (ages 3-8) to music....

Cost: $175 for 10 weeks

Where:
Boston Conservatory
132 Ipswich Street
Boston, MA  02215
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Sponsor: Boston Conservatory Program for Students on the Autism Spectrum
Telephone: 617-912-9104
Contact Name: Rhoda Bernard, Ed.D.

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Calling all music-loving young people ages 7-18!   Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC) invites kids ages 7 - 18 from Boston and beyond to audition for placement in the Fall 2016 program....

Cost: No fee but please register

Where:
BCC Central
112 Shawmut Ave
Suite 5B
Boston, MA  02118
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Sponsor: Boston Children's Chorus
Telephone: 617-778-2242
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We're thanking mothers for their hard work this weekend! Moms pay half price for their general admission on May 7 & 8!   *This offer is only available for admission purchased at the zoo....

Cost: Moms: Half Price, Adults: $25, Children: $18, Seniors: $18

Where:
Southwick's Zoo
2
Mendon, MA  01756
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Hawk Henries is a member of the Chaubunagungamaug band of Nipmuck, a people indigenous to what is now Southern New England. He has been composing original music and making Eastern Woodland flutes...

Cost: FREE WITH ADMISSION

Where:
Fruitlands Museum
102 Prospect Hill Road
Harvard, MA
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Telephone: 978-456-3924
Contact Name: Melissa Kershaw
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A Space to Create May 7, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm $30 (Members $25.50) Parents, Grandparents and Caretakers: Are you interested in providing the children in your life with a creative and...

Cost: $30 (Members $25.50)

Where:
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road
Amherst, MA  01002
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Telephone: 413-559-6300
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Join the Simon Kidgits Club at Auburn Mall for a special day of mother and child activities to honor moms for all they do as we approach Mother’s Day! The event will be a fantastic...

Cost: Free

Where:
Auburn Mall
385 Southbridge Street
Auburn , MA
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Create a variety of beads and bead jewelry in celebration of Mother's Day.  Mold, sculpt and roll beads from paper, clay and other materials and use them to make necklaces, keychains and more! ...

Cost: Free with Museum admission of $9.00 per person; always free for Museum members.

Where:
Providence Children's Museum
100 South Street
Providence, RI  02903
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Telephone: 401-273-5437
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Looking for a uniquely New England Experience? Come to the Lexington Muster and experience the sights and sounds of American History!    The William Diamond Junior Fife and Drum Corps of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minute Man National Park
Route 2A
Lexington / Lincoln Line
Lexington, MA  01583
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Sponsor: William Diamond Junior Fife and Drum Corps

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Brownies, let us help you along your WOW journey! Take part in hands-on, STEM-based activities that bring alive the Wonders of Water. Visit a wetland to discover what lives in and around it. Scoop...

Cost: Members $7, Nonmembers $7

Where:
Mass Audubon at Wachusett Wildlife Sanctuary
113 Goodnow Road
Princeton, MA  01541
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Sponsor: Mass Audubon
Telephone: 978-464-2712
Contact Name: Lisa Mattson
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You bring your imagination and we will supply the LEGOs. Try your hand at one of our LEGO challenges or build your own unique vision. Add your creation to our community display to inspire your...

Cost: $12.50

Where:
The Discovery Museums
177 Main Street
Acton, MA  01720
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Telephone: 978-264-4200
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Please join us for our Spring Open House!  Try instruments at our instrument petting zoo, meet our teachers, learn about our summer music programs and register for lessons and classes.  $40...

Cost: Free

Where:
Worcester Music Academy
9 Irving Street
Worcester, MA  01609
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Telephone: 508-635-6900
Contact Name: Sarah
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Come join in all the fun and explore both museums during this special free evening for families with children with a visual impairment. Dinner, including gluten free options, provided by Not Your...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Discovery Museums
177 Main Street
Acton, MA  01720
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Telephone: 978-264-4200
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Child development and parenting expert Joani Geltman, MSW, will present a parent’s guide to surviving their children’s teenage years. Parents will take away strategies for dealing with...

Cost: $10 pp

Where:
First Parish Church
353 Great Road
Stow, MA  01775
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Sponsor: First Parish Church of Stow & Acton
Telephone: 978-897-5444
Contact Name: Janet Beatrice
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Win SleeperHero alarm clock doll

Bedtime buddy has a light that turns red for bedtime and green for wake-up time

Win a pair of fun rain boots

Boots are stylish, durable, 100% waterproof, and recyclable

Welcome to the baystateparent BEST Ballot 2016!

Vote today to enter to win a season pass to Davis Farmland, a 4-pack of tickets to Old Sturbridge Village or a $50 gift card to Nancy Chang's
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Archive »Camp

The Perfect Books For Summer Camp Fun

Playwright Stacy Davidowitz releases her first two novels, Camp Rolling Hills and its sequel, Camp Rolling Hills: Crossing Over

Who’s Missing Who?

The truth about — and power of — conquering homesickness
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Archive »Health & Wellness

Ripe Bites: May Food News & Products

New dishwashing products, reusable lunch bags and boxes, candy and plastic updates and earth-friendly tips

Cord Blood Banking: Inside the Basic Facts

Banked cord blood can be life-saving but parents must look at the financial costs relative to the likelihood of need

Ripe Bites: April Food News & Products

Dental gel, new food app, portion control, microfiber dusters, turkey burger recipe & how to clean your grill
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Archive »Profiles

Tears Foundation Helps Parents Heal

New Massachusetts chapter provides emotional and financial assistance to families who lose a child during pregnancy or at birth

The Princess in Black Defeats Monsters and Stereotypes

Series chronicles both sides of princess/superhero's life

Take Eight with Joyce “Sweet J” Ekworomadu

12th female Harlem Globetrotter on being a pro during the famous team's 90th Anniversary World Tour
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Archive »Education

Massachusetts Public Schools: Achievement & Controversy

Over the past 20 years, the state has ushered its public schools to new heights. So why are many still mad?

Fumble no more when figuring out FAFSA

Two forms give parents earlier financial aid picture

How One Boston 5-Year-Old Put Segregation On Trial

New children’s book tells how the fight for school desegregation began
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Archive »Guides

The Perfect Books For Summer Camp Fun

Playwright Stacy Davidowitz releases her first two novels, Camp Rolling Hills and its sequel, Camp Rolling Hills: Crossing Over

Guides

baystateparent's Extraordinary Extracurricular Guide

From music and martial arts to swimming and Scouts, our comprehensive listing available to Massachusetts' families

Fall Fairs & Festivals

A whole new season of family fun and adventure awaits thanks to the state’s robust fall fair and festival season

Your Family Guide to North End Feasts

Boston’s North End festivals are the ultimate in cultural street parties

baystateparent's "Summer of Fun" Guide 2015

Filled with more than 800 places to go and things to do with your family this summer

baystateparent's Ultimate Camp Guide

Find the perfect summer camp experience for your child
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Archive »Things to Do

Movie Review for Parents: Demolition and Coming Attractions

ReelLife with Jane's family rating system helps parents pick appropriate movies for kids of all ages

Welcome to the baystateparent BEST Ballot 2016!

Vote today to enter to win a season pass to Davis Farmland, a 4-pack of tickets to Old Sturbridge Village or a $50 gift card to Nancy Chang's

Ultimate April Vacation Guide

90+ suggestions for fun around the Bay State

Movie Review for Parents: God's Not Dead 2 and Coming Attractions

ReelLife with Jane's family rating system helps parents pick appropriate movies for kids of all ages
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Archive »Advice

How To Help Children Deal With Peer Rejection

How To Help Children Deal With Peer Rejection

Divorce and Single Parenting

Traveling With Children: Key Co-Parent Concerns

Ripe Bites: April Food News & Products

Dental gel, new food app, portion control, microfiber dusters, turkey burger recipe & how to clean your grill

Parent Like a Champion Today

12 Tips for a successful spring sports season
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Archive »Special Needs

How The Fonz Is Helping Readers With Learning Differences

'Happy Days' star publishes 25th children's book

5 Ways To Find The Right Camp For A Child With Special Needs

How to find the right fit for your child and ensure a fantastic summer

Kids with Disabilities are Just Kids Resource Fair

Programs for individuals with special needs discussed at free event in Millbury Feb. 25

Learning Ally Launches YES! in Massachusetts, hosts webinar Feb. 11

Groundbreaking Dyslexia Advocacy Initiative for Students, Powered by Students

The Arc of Massachusetts Looks Ahead

Grassroots advocacy group turns 60

Local Group To Pair Students With Dyslexia For Greater Self-Advocacy

Older students will be trained to help guide their young counterparts through their educational journey

Try this Doll on For Size: ‘Lammily’ Sports A Realistic Body Shape And More

Inclusive doll making waves this holiday season, representing real women & inspiring girls

How To Plan For a Family Member With a Disability: An Integrative Approach

Special needs planning combines legal, financial, and person-centered planning tools to create a comprehensive lifetime plan to support a family member with a disability

Co-Parenting A Child With Special Needs

For children with special needs, parents should be anticipating life-long support issues

When Its Time To Seek Professional Help & How to Get Started

All kids have some fears and worries, but when they are taking up a lot of time, you should seek help, experts say
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Archive »Adoption

How Technology Has Impacted Adoption

The double-edged sword of technology helps but introduces new challenges to adoption
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Archive »Newsmakers

Ripe Bites: May Food News & Products

New dishwashing products, reusable lunch bags and boxes, candy and plastic updates and earth-friendly tips

PBS will launch new 24/7 children’s services later this year

Families will be able to access the new channel on-the-go with the digital live stream

Study finds half of teens at ER report peer violence, cyberbullying

Just under a quarter of teens surveyed during the study reported symptoms consistent with PTSD, though few had been treated for the condition.

Husbands create hours of extra housework per week, study finds

University of Michigan research finds husbands cause 7 extra hours
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