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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

How did summer come and go already? Suddenly, fall is upon us and not only are we rushing to get school shopping done, preparing our children to go back to school and bracing ourselves for yet another schedule change, it’s almost time for Halloween!

“If anything, engagement with the arts is even more important for kids now,” according to Danny Lichtenfeld, director of the Brattleboro Museum & Arts Center (BMAC). He credits the arts with providing a crucial outlet for children to process stress and confusion, noting, “Additionally, m…

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…

Pregnancy & Babies

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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

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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…

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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

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…

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…

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.

Tasty Table

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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

Nature is in a time of transition during September and October, with the autumnal equinox on Sept. 22. During the pandemic, we may feel overwhelmed with uncertainty, but the rhythms of nature can provide some grounding.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents are wondering if homeschooling would be appropriate for their children. However, there are a number of families within the Monadnock region who have already been successfully been educating their children outside of the confines of the public s…

Last spring, schools around the country shut down rapidly as the COVID-19 pandemic intensified. In New Hampshire, by executive order, schools were mandated to close for a short period and reopen in a “remote learning” format. The challenges were great, but Making Community Connections (MC2, …

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.

Books