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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…

  • 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

  • Kristina Weeks, Youth Educator Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center
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Let’s step out into our gray and brisk November weather and explore the forest floor. The deciduous trees have shed their leaves in preparation for the coming snow. A carpet of leaves covers the earth again, creating a realm of hide-and-seek among the club mosses, tree roots, fallen branches…

  • Caroline Tremblay
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Oh, those lazy days of summer – they’re perfect for making new family memories and finding your Zen. But when the final weeks before school set in, so does reality. Suddenly, there are major adjustments to be made, which can be especially challenging for children who thrive on routine and pr…

Big Kids & Teens

  • Kristina Weeks, Youth Educator Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center
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Let’s step out into our gray and brisk November weather and explore the forest floor. The deciduous trees have shed their leaves in preparation for the coming snow. A carpet of leaves covers the earth again, creating a realm of hide-and-seek among the club mosses, tree roots, fallen branches…

  • Rolf Parker / Parent Express
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We live on such a funny bend of the river of time that the most powerful weapons of previous eras have been reduced to items of pleasure, to mere toys. Some of these tools of war, created by engineers who were paid by kings bent on domination through acts of violence, are now used primarily …

  • Rolf Parker
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When I was a dorm parent, and lived with my wife on the campus of the Greenwood School in Putney, Vt., the school's skate park was next to the exterior wall of our bedroom. We would commonly hear skaters and BMX bikers as young as nine yelling, “You just did a 270, man!”

  • By High 5 Adventure Learning Center
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The unmistakable buzz of back-to-school is in the air, and for High 5 Adventure Learning Center’s Edge of Leadership (EOL) program, it means the work of developing leaders is just getting started for the coming school year.

Family Wellness

  • 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…

  • Caroline Tremblay / Parent Express
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On its Facebook page, local group Moms on a Mission has the quote, “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone,”– words from Ronald Regan. Over the last year, that is the attitude founder Dorrie Lynn Masten and a group of her fellow moms have embraced while putting together fundra…

  • Iishana Artra, PhD
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“What can we do to save our marriage?” and “How do I feel some peace?” are the two questions I am asked most frequently as a stepfamily coach. It is hard to top what Eckhart Tolle, world renowned teacher of profound personal transformation, says, “The quality of our consciousness at this mom…

Education

  • Rolf Parker / Parent Express
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We live on such a funny bend of the river of time that the most powerful weapons of previous eras have been reduced to items of pleasure, to mere toys. Some of these tools of war, created by engineers who were paid by kings bent on domination through acts of violence, are now used primarily …

  • Meredith Scott, Children's Literacy Foundation
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As my daughter enters her tween years, I am constantly reminded that there is no “right” answer to most parenting questions; there are always at least two sides to every story, always choices for our children to make and multiple possible parental reactions to each decision. There are always…

  • Rolf Parker
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When I was a dorm parent, and lived with my wife on the campus of the Greenwood School in Putney, Vt., the school's skate park was next to the exterior wall of our bedroom. We would commonly hear skaters and BMX bikers as young as nine yelling, “You just did a 270, man!”

  • By High 5 Adventure Learning Center
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The unmistakable buzz of back-to-school is in the air, and for High 5 Adventure Learning Center’s Edge of Leadership (EOL) program, it means the work of developing leaders is just getting started for the coming school year.

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