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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.


The bounty of the late summer harvest is a sweet sight to behold. The cucumbers, peppers, cabbage, turnips and garlic thrive throughout the summer and often make a fashionably late arrival in the garden.

I like making cryptograms and treasure hunts for people. With a little skill, it is possible to make a treasure map that looks like some long dead pirate scrawled it into existence.

In recent years, arts programs in schools have taken a hit as budgetary limits decrease available resources and curriculum funding. Studies show that arts education is beneficial to a child’s development. The arts help kids learn by encouraging creativity, improving academic performance and …

With trails to explore and a barnyard full of animals to interact with, Retreat Farm in Brattleboro offers a day full of outside and unplugged activities for area families. Throw in its weekly Food Truck Roundup series and multiple arts events, such as Music Under the Stars, and instead of j…

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

Among the many concerns that bring children and their parents to our orthodontic office, thumb or finger sucking is one of the most complicated, frustrating – and rewarding – problems to grapple with. From my experience, breaking a harmful habit like thumb sucking can be even more challengin…

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

December ushers in the beautiful season of ice and snow. This is also the season when tradition invites us to find the green in nature and bring it indoors.

Adoption is a costly process that is still inaccessible to many, leaving countless children without families

Tasty Table

Carrots: Carrots are amazing because we can eat them in so many ways – raw and crunchy or cooked and soft. We can dip them in ranch dressing for some added flavor or have them in some of our favorite yummy treats like carrot cake.


In a fast-moving world, Monadnock Waldorf School (MWS) has created an environment uniquely attuned to the needs of children. On its Early Childhood campus, children from ages 2 years and 3 months to kindergarten thrive within a rhythmic day of free play, circle time, healthy meals and rest t…

Picture children and their special adult laughing and galloping through the grass as they wave a simple homemade flag on the wind, their senses alert to their feet pound-ing on the earth, the sound of the leaves blowing in the trees, the feel of the breeze and the sun on their skin.

What will this winter bring? Will we get a lot of snow this year or just a little?