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Oh honey, I’m only teasing,” I say smiling as I ruffle my six-year-old’s thick thatch of blonde hair. He’s annoyed that I’d ribbed him about the cowlick on his head, and need for a haircut. “Teasing isn’t allowed at school. It’s bullying,” he says. Read more

Advances in technology along with affordable access to smart internet-connected devices are the driving force behind a revolution across the globe. Some academics refer to this as the start of the fourth industrial revolution or second machine age. Read more

Spring begins this month, although we can never depend on spring weather arriving simultaneously with the official arrival of spring. But after our rough winter, it is time to explore. Read more

For many of us, by mid-February, the giddiness of the first snowfall has lost its glimmer, prompting us to start counting down the days of what can feel like an eternal winter. Read more

Until a few years ago, I had never bothered to listen to a podcast. I assumed podcasts were similar to National Public Radio, but for hipsters and nerds. This assumption couldn’t have been farther from the truth. Read more

Wandering — also called elopement — is the tendency to try to leave a safe, supervised place, which puts a child with autism at risk of injury or even death. Kids can bolt away or simply leave a place undetected. Read more

When I was growing up, birthday parties were held at home with Pin The Tail On The Donkey and Musical Chairs followed by singing “Happy Birthday To You” over cake and ice cream and the grand finale was the opening of gifts. Read more

I’m a mother of three youngsters. At this point in my life, I’m just trying to keep my head above water and not go completely crazy. Considering 92 percent of resolutions fail, I’m keeping it real this year with more modest goals. Read more

Whether you couldn’t find a sitter for New Year’s Eve or you just don’t feel like fighting holiday traffic, you can still have a fun, kid-friendly celebration. We’ve gathered a few family friendly ideas to help you ring in 2019. Read more

Want to experience a more joyful Christmas season this year that doesn’t leave you depleted, miserable and broke? Here are 10 ways to shift your perspective and take command of this “hap-happiest” time of the year. Read more

Explore & More’s new building is up at Canalside, and the first exhibits are starting to arrive this month, making the community’s vision of bringing family friendly activities to the waterfront that much closer to reality. Read more

“What exactly is the right age to give your son or daughter a smartphone?” This is one of those questions that seems to come up almost every time I have a conversation with a group of parents around technology use. Read more

In a recent American Time Use Survey, it was discovered that families spent more time watching TV than they did socializing and communicating with their family and friends on Thanksgiving. Rein them in this year with some old fashioned games. Read more

Giving back to others tops the list of life lessons we’ve tried to teach our two boys since they were little. Sometimes we did this as a family, other times, it was a solo effort. But the net result? We infused our family with the spirit of giving. Read more

Teens can be reckless, self-centered, impulsive, and impatient. It is no wonder an otherwise calm and reasonable parent can lose her cool. Read more

Are you the parent of a child between the ages of 8 & 25? If so, you’ve probably heard them say the F-word. They say it in class, at dinner & even in church. I’m not talking about THE F-word. No, I’m talking about the other F word… Fortnite. Read more

Whether you’re planning a bountiful harvest party or a small family festival, you may want to consider these craft, game, and food suggestions. They can also be incorporated into Halloween festivities. Read more

Back to school preparations go beyond school clothes purchases and new backpacks filled with #2 pencils and spiral notebooks. Creating & supporting the habits of life-long learners is the best investment you can make in your child’s academic success. Read more

Most parents give their kids a regular allowance; some a few dollars a week, others substantially more. But is that advisable and, if it is, at what age should you start giving it to them and how much should you give? Read more

One of my friends vanished quite suddenly from my life just as we were beginning junior high. She started distancing herself & hanging out with people not from our neighborhood. It soon became apparent that my friend was involved with a bad crowd. Read more

The New Year is traditionally the time for resolutions and in keeping with tradition I am resolving to be more mindful while traveling to avoid losing or misplacing vital items. My experiences have lessons for all travelers. Read more