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We are a free monthly publication of ideas, resources and activities for parents, caregivers and children. 14,000 copies of Parent Express are distributed around Cheshire and Windham counties. Parent Express welcomes submissions of articles, news and calendar events. Check out our Submission Terms page for guidelines, or contact our editor, Sarah Sherman.

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…

Little Kids

  • Sarah DiNicola of Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development
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The Month of the Young Child (MOYC) is an opportunity for us to celebrate young children and the caregivers who lay the foundation for their future success. It’s a time to turn our attention to the many people, places and programs that support the healthy development of our next generation.

Big Kids & Teens

  • Caroline Tremblay / Parent Express
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Imagine students learning to grow their own food and prepare healthy meals each day at school. That’s exactly what’s happening at the LEAF Charter School in Alstead, a tuition-free public high school that opened in September of last year.

Family Wellness

  • Sarah DiNicola of Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development
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The Month of the Young Child (MOYC) is an opportunity for us to celebrate young children and the caregivers who lay the foundation for their future success. It’s a time to turn our attention to the many people, places and programs that support the healthy development of our next generation.

  • Carrie King, Executive Director of The Nature Museum
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Welcome to April, the month of mud season, spring break, warmer weather and Earth Day! Creatures big and small begin to stretch and prepare for the busy spring season. Salamanders, frogs and toads wake up from their long winter rest, and the forest fills with the sound of peepers in the trees.

  • Paula Sienna / Parent Express
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Teaching children how to garden adds a myriad of experiences to their education outside the classroom. Recognizing not only the science behind plant growth, but also the journey from soil to plate, the work it takes farmers in the community to produce their harvest and a sense of responsibil…

  • Sarah Loomis
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If you happen to find yourself at Brattleboro’s Academy School on a weekday morning, you will witness students seated in their classrooms, happily munching away on a healthy breakfast such as Vermont-grown apples and local yogurt-and-fruit parfaits. These students are participating in Breakf…

Tasty Table

  • Lauren Dodge, Keene State College Dietetic Intern
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Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter in early February, but this is nothing new for New Englanders. In New Hampshire, families brave winter by ripping up the slopes, sipping warm drinks and munching through root vegetables.

  • 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

  • Patti Smith of Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center
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During the long winter when the world is frozen, trees and shrubs wait for spring. Miniature shoots and leaves are stored snugly in buds awaiting the signal to grow.

  • Rolf Parker
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Parents are sometimes daunted by their children's math homework. This is especially true during 8th grade. The heady logic starts in algebra class and ramps up in geometry and science. This is where young people are introduced to three types of formal logic: deduction, induction and abduction. 

  • Carrie King, Executive Director of The Nature Museum
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Welcome to April, the month of mud season, spring break, warmer weather and Earth Day! Creatures big and small begin to stretch and prepare for the busy spring season. Salamanders, frogs and toads wake up from their long winter rest, and the forest fills with the sound of peepers in the trees.

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…