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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

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Cold weather is here, and that means the holidays are right around the corner. To help you inject a bit of extra cheer this year, we’ve compiled a list of crafts and activities designed for family fun. Here are a few fresh ideas to help you get creative with your youngsters this season…

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There’s no denying that a cut flower arrangement can bring a pop of color to the room on a dreary winter’s day. But Kelly Maillet, a greenhouse associate at House by the Side of the Road in Wilton, noted that terrariums and other planted flower arrangements somehow offer a “more fulfilling p…

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!

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

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

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 …

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…

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

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…

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"Is the moon following me?” We have all heard questions like this from our little ones, who are naturally curious about the moon. With the longest nights of the year coming, it is the time for moon-watching, so bundle up and head outside after dark!

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…

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…