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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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Rick Gordon, PhD Director of Compass School
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The back-to-school list with a teenager may seem less exciting than it did on the first day of first grade – the routine of new clothes, new shoes, new notebooks and a haircut may not be as simple as it once was, and in fact, may become an unexpectedly fraught experience.  

  • Christie Stover and Jen Wing
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The National Youth Leadership Council (nylc.org), a nonprofit organization which exists “to create a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world with young people, their schools, and their communities through service-learning,” defines service-learning as “an approach to teaching and learning…

Family Wellness

  • Paula Sienna
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When piles of laundry start to turn into mountains and dust bunnies start multiplying like… well, rabbits, who hasn’t wondered how they managed to get to such a low spot? And once an exhausting burst of cleaning has passed, then asked how to never end up there again?

For the first 10 years of my life, I didn’t see much of my parents. Intent on making the most of their little slice of the American Dream, my Irish-born parents both held down two or more jobs. Ma worked full time as a secretary-bookkeeper-receptionist at a local appliance store, and waited …

  • Bonnie Harris, MSEd
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Instead of telling you what behaviors to add to your family life, I’m going to tell you what to avoid. I saw a Business Insider article about the five behaviors that may be killing your career. As I read them, I realized that the same holds true in parenting.

Education

  • 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.

  • Rolf Parker
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Young children start life with an inherent curiosity about the physical properties of matter. If that seems like an over-generalization, try to find a toddler who does not enjoy stomping in mud, or hitting their soup with a spoon, just to make it splatter. Not everything splatters, and young…

  • Meredith Scott, Children's Literacy Foundation
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Last year, a teacher started a viral movement called “I wish my teacher knew,” an opportunity for her students to anonymously share facts about their lives. The responses show the full range of thoughts running through kids’ heads – from fear of hunger, sickness and neglect to love for horse…

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