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Most recent issue

Pregnancy & Babies

  • Dawn Kersula
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Medela (they of pump and research fame) recently shared an infographic about how much money breastfeeding saves society. But it’s not just about the money. Wouldn’t you give anything to make your kids healthier? And happier?  We can get into all the weird discussions we want about infant fee…

  • Meredith Scott
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For a baby shower gift, I received the book “Oh, Baby, the Places You’ll Go,” a book written to be read to babies still in the womb. I remember sitting in my daughter’s soon-to-be room whispering the silly rhymes. I was very self-conscious about reading them aloud to the empty room. By the e…

  • Dawn Kersula
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Women’s bodies know how to give birth. As we learn more about our bodies, we’ve learned that it’s not just our uteruses or our pelvises that are a part of the process. Here’s a shout out to our marvelous neurophysiologic pathways… which not only help us to give birth to new little human bein…

  • Season Smith and Amy Trippodi
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Being pregnant is an amazing experience, both in the highs and in the lows. Your body no longer feels like your own, you are preparing for something that you have little to no experience with perhaps and no matter what all the books or your own personal resources say, no pregnancy is alike.

Little Kids

  • Patti Smith, BEEC Naturalist and Treasure Hunter
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Are there any “Calvin & Hobbes” fans out there? If so, you might remember the comic collection cover that featured the ecstatic boy, Calvin, standing in the middle of a dirt pit holding up a worm, while the tiger, Hobbes, stares in rapture at an unearthed rock. This action is frozen bene…

  • Paula Sienna / Parent Express
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On the other side of Thanksgiving, the long New England winter begins to loom long and cold. With Christmas and the December holidays offering a bright spot during that time, parents in the area can look to pair the gift-giving aspect of these special days with the opportunity for children t…

Big Kids & Teens

  • Patti Smith, BEEC Naturalist and Treasure Hunter
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Are there any “Calvin & Hobbes” fans out there? If so, you might remember the comic collection cover that featured the ecstatic boy, Calvin, standing in the middle of a dirt pit holding up a worm, while the tiger, Hobbes, stares in rapture at an unearthed rock. This action is frozen bene…

  • Michael Ferreira, PhD
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Greetings! I’m going to introduce you to a game that I like to play with my students. It’s a game I’ve adapted from a cornerstone philosophical activity, which is broadly captured by the moniker “conceptual analysis.”

Family Wellness

  • Paula Sienna / Parent Express
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The dawn of a New Year brings the infamous avalanche of New Year’s resolutions. But instead of each person setting their own goals, particularly regarding health and fitness, why not explore the idea of family goals?

  • Rolf Parker / Parent Express
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When my boy was six, he announced a change in his diet. “Cows are nice, they only eat grass,” he said, “and they are really clean. But pigs, pigs get dirtier than me, so, I will still eat them.” It was as though he had heard kosher and Hindu dietary rules and gotten them all wrong.

  • Paula Sienna / Parent Express
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On the other side of Thanksgiving, the long New England winter begins to loom long and cold. With Christmas and the December holidays offering a bright spot during that time, parents in the area can look to pair the gift-giving aspect of these special days with the opportunity for children t…

  • Ajee'lon Boyd, Keene State College Dietetic Intern
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Food is commonly used as a tool to bring people together. Think about it – most family discussions are held at the dinner table because every family member must eat, and often around the same time. You can use family mealtime as a designated time to have a group reflection on how each family…

Tasty Table

  • Vanike Jethwa, Keene State College Dietetic Intern
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New Year's resolutions often involve health and wellness, but sticking with these can be tough! This year, try getting the whole family involved in making new healthy habits together.

  • Bennington Wentworth / Keene State Dietetic Intern
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The holidays are a time to bring the whole family together and create lasting memories. With the extra time off from school during this time of the year, this is the perfect time to get your kids introduced to and involved with cooking activities.

Education

  • Joan Carey, Educational Program Coordinator, BEEC
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Blue moons are near and dear to my heart, as I eloped on the New Year’s Eve blue moon of 1990. This year, 2018, boasts two blue moons – the first blue moon arrives on Jan. 31 and the second one is close behind on March 31.

  • Caroline Tremblay / Photos by Bill Gnade
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When Christopher Smith, an English teacher at Saint Joseph Regional School in Keene, took on the role of principal in 2014 enrollment had been fluctuating. It hovered around 100 students when the school year began but grew to 119 before the year was over.

Books

  • Tabatha Jean D'Agata / Parent Express
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Hiya, Readers!When the weather is just too cold outside, it’s easy to settle indoors lounging in front of the television or captivated by a handheld device. I’m all for an evening (or two) of yummy snacks – especially anything chocolate – a cozy blanket and a good movie. But I’m also for war…