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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.

Features

Gardening is a beneficial activity for so many reasons, not the least of which are it establishes our connection to the earth and where our food comes from, it reduces anxiety and creates focus and has the end goal of producing something healthy to eat. Take all those benefits and double the…

Let’s face it: this summer is going to look a bit different than in years past. After months of a strict stay-at-home order and remote schooling, children are going a bit stir crazy (and rightfully so!). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many summer camps are cancelled and those that are running…

So many kids hate the dentist… the noises, the smells, the uncertainty. A feeling of dread is sometimes entangled in their minds from the moment they get in the car to go to their appointment. It doesn’t have to be this way, though, and a local dentistry is proving that.

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.

Welcome to Monadnock Healthy Teeth, a public health program within Monadnock Community Hospital. Since 2003, our focus has been dental health and wellness for children and their families in the Monadnock Region.

Little Kids

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…

So much is happening in the first six years of life as children are rapidly growing and developing. It is a team effort between caregivers, children and oral health professionals to develop a self-care routine that works.

Big Kids & Teens

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.

More than 287 kindergarten-aged children and younger had the opportunity to learn to love the winter sports of skiing and snowboarding last winter by taking advantage of the free lift tickets to ski or snowboard at Living Memorial Park Snow Sports in Brattleboro. For older siblings and paren…

Family Wellness

The country’s “new normal” – amid quarantine and social distancing mandates – has been tough for everyone. With whole families homebound, tensions are sure to be running high. It’s been especially difficult for children, as they’re adjusting to home schooling and uprooted routines. Some kids…

The first time I learned anything about nicotine was when I was getting my M.S. in Entomology (the science of bugs). I learned what a potent poison it was against insects and that it had been used since colonial times to protect vegetables.

Some kiddos might bound into a dental exam room and hop right up into the chair, but not every child has that amount of enthusiasm for visiting the dentist. Others are more hesitant and won't make eye contact or cling tightly to a parent’s hand.

So much is happening in the first six years of life as children are rapidly growing and developing. It is a team effort between caregivers, children and oral health professionals to develop a self-care routine that works.

Tasty Table

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

Quinoa comes in many colors, such as black, yellow, red, and white. Each color has a slightly different texture and taste, making quinoa a fun addition to your meals.

There are so many wonderful fruits and vegetables that start with the letter P: peppers, pumpkins, potatoes, peas and parsnips are just a few. Let’s focus in on a few to learn more about their natural health benefits.

Education

Six-year-old Otis Bridges wakes up every morning at 5:30. He climbs out of bed, walks over to his makeshift school desk – a living room side table and bench set up in his bedroom – and begins that day’s assignment.

After months of social distance learning, many kids (and parents!) are looking forward to summer. But even in more normal times, low-income kids, in particular, would be at risk of losing literacy skills and falling behind if they’re not regularly reading and writing during the summer months…

One of the easiest animals for children to observe is the red-spotted newt. And summer is the time to go on a safari to find this salamander in different stages of its life, on land and in water. 

People around the world are practicing social distancing and self-isolation at home, which means more home-cooked meals and an increased need for proper food handling, storage and cooking techniques. According to the NSF, there are some best practices for proper food handling, storage and co…

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