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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.

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There’s a familiar story about imagination, which goes roughly like this: Imagination, whatever it may be, is not belief. For, there are glaring differences between belief and imagination. We don’t have to believe something to imagine it, for instance.

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When I was young, my dad read aloud to me from his battered old copy of A.A. Milne’s poetry. He read to my brother and I “Now I am Six” on our birthdays every year. I loved “The King’s Breakfast” and “James James Morrison Morrison.” Thinking of those poems evokes warm memories of my father a…

Pregnancy & Babies

We are not meant to mother alone – and this year’s World Breastfeeding Week challenges us to thank the parents who have gone before us and encourage and mentor the pregnant families and friends in our lives.

Little Kids

I have always bucked against society norms. They have always felt uncomfortable, limiting and lacking personal importance, and therefore have gotten little to no response from yours truly.

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Recently, my husband and I took our bikes to Keene’s lovely Main Street for our first real date night in three months. The simple act of sitting down to dinner while people watching was incredibly pleasurable. With everything going on in the world, it would be easy to feel guilty about enjoy…

The term “miracle baby” has warmed many hearts. We have all heard those stories of a couple looking to add that small bundle of joy to their family, only to be faced with heartbreaking challenges. Then, one day, that little plus sign shows up on the test – or adoption papers are signed – and…

Big Kids & Teens

There is something about the human brain that finds beauty in symmetry and loves to create order. I experienced this myself when I taught geometry for the first time and learned how to inscribe stars and triangles inside of circles. In hard times, I have repeatedly found that beauty-making s…

Learning math in the time of the pandemic makes me think of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel, “Love In the Time of Cholera.” I don’t mean that math is especially difficult to learn during this challenging time (though that may be true). I mean that even during the worst of times, math can be s…

Family Wellness

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There’s a familiar story about imagination, which goes roughly like this: Imagination, whatever it may be, is not belief. For, there are glaring differences between belief and imagination. We don’t have to believe something to imagine it, for instance.

New Hampshire Farm to School (NHFTS), established in 2003, began as a pilot program to introduce locally sourced cider and apples to the Granite State’s K-12 schools. Soon enough, half of the cafeterias in the state were purchasing local apples for their students, and the program was off to …

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Around the Monadnock region, five organizations have been quietly working to build a network of support for local families — the Grapevine Family and Community Resource Center, Healthy Starts at HCS, Monadnock Family Services, Rise for baby and family, and the River Center Family and Communi…

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Being a parent comes with many fears for our children and their futures. Protecting them from harm easily sits at the top of the worry list. When it comes to the harm of sexual abuse and teen dating violence, many parents are just not sure how to even talk about it. Fortunately, MCVP: Crisis…

Tasty Table

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In this edition of Tasty Table, we are excited to introduce two foods starting with the letter P!

Education

The newest generation have been stepping up their game, big time. Smart, tech savvy and socially aware, these kids are giving adults a run for their money. A great example that adequately showcases their talent for innovative and forward thinking would be the New Hampshire Kid Governor Progr…

According to researchers, in the first hour after birth, infants are more visually attuned to their mother's faces than to her nipple. In fact, Phyllis H. Klaus and Marshall H. Klaus reported that during this time, newborns are especially interested in their mother's eyes, even though her ni…

Students in the 11 schools that comprise the N.H. School Administrative Unit 29 returned to the classroom last month. With the exception of the Marlborough School District — which has students and teachers completely on-site this fall — SAU 29 districts adopted a hybrid model to start the sc…

Books

In this unusual school year, it’s more important than ever to ensure your kids are continuing to grow their literacy skills. In addition to being a parent, you’ve had to become a home-school teacher, and we know that digging through all the myriad resources for at-home learning can be daunti…