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  • 4 Crafts To Do With Your Children Using Peanuts

    4 Crafts To Do With Your Children Using Peanuts0

      A Fun Way to Celebrate National Peanut Month   By Meagan Ruffing     There’s so much more you can do with peanuts than just eat them. Why not try some cute crafts with your kiddos in honor of National Peanut Month? If your kids are anything like mine, they’ll balk at the idea

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  • Learning Beyond Reading

    Learning Beyond Reading2

    By Jodi Dee  Reading is of course one of the most important elements to learning. Children learn to read, then read to learn, especially in formal and traditional schooling. But children learn in a myriad of ways — not just by reading. Learning is multi-faceted, especially for young children. The brain is developing well before

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  • 4 Ways Parents Should Comfort Their Kids After A Tragedy

    4 Ways Parents Should Comfort Their Kids After A Tragedy1

    In an ever-dangerous world reported on by round-the-clock media, the emotional effects of major tragic events transcend local boundaries. They trouble the national psyche, bringing sadness, anger, fear and anxiety throughout the country, and they can make a particularly heavy impact on children and teens. Horrific news, for which there are no easy answers, often

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  • Could Avoiding Addiction be as Simple as Postponing Substance Use?

    Could Avoiding Addiction be as Simple as Postponing Substance Use?0

    By Joan Goodchild   The data on addiction growth in Massachusetts is clear: substance abuse, particularly when it comes to opioids, is increasing.     According to the state’s Department of Public Health, in 2000, about one-third of admissions to substance abuse treatment centers and programs were opioid related. By 2015, opioid-related admissions had increased

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  • Pro Photographer Mom Shares Her Secrets for Great Photos

    Pro Photographer Mom Shares Her Secrets for Great Photos0

    By Melissa Shaw   Massachusetts mom and award-winning photojournalist Paula Ferazzi Swift says parents can take great pictures of their kids, and her new book shows them exactly how to do it.  Storytelling Portrait Photography: How to Document the Lives of Children and Families is the Longmeadow native’s first book and shares her secrets for

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  • Empowering Teens through Smart Spending

    Empowering Teens through Smart Spending1

     Helping teens learn to handle money can be a tricky proposition. Mistakes can quite literally be costly, but there’s really no substitute for hands-on practice when it comes to managing finances.  Children are the ultimate investment, so teach your teen to be a smart spender with these savvy tips:  Start with saving. As a first

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