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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

We are half way up Mount Washington — the Cog Railway car chugging uphill at a tremendous three miles an hour — but Little Bean is disappointed for an entirely peculiar reason.

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Are you ready for the coming winter? Plants are getting ready! Deciduous trees are dropping their leaves and herbaceous plants are sending forth seeds to wait for next spring. It’s the perfect time for a seed safari.

Bento boxes originated in Japan in the 5th century when most folks spent their days out-of-doors while hunting, fishing and working in the fields. The little wooden boxes were designed in the style of farmers’ seed boxes, with tiny compartments holding rice balls, pickled daikon radish and b…

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

To create again, produce anew, to replace by new growth, sometimes changed. These are the meanings of regeneration, and they resonate so fully with the current season. Thank goodness for these cycles framing the year and offering a new lens to look through. The seeds we sow now will transfor…

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Growing up, summer was always a magical time for me. It wasn’t just the warm, long days, or floating in the river, or ice cream cones; for me, summer was the time I got to read whatever I wanted, as much as I wanted. I spent long days lounging on our porch, reading pretty much anything I cou…

We came upon a dead porcupine recently ... freshly expired most likely, the poor fellow well preserved but still soft, his brown and tan quills swaying in the forest breeze.

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.

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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Any caregiver, especially one with young children, has likely found themselves in this scenario: their kiddo asks (probably quite loudly in public) why someone’s body shape, skin color or even behavior is different from their own.

Caring for young children can be a challenge in any given time — and especially so during a pandemic. Thankfully, there is no shortage of local support and resources for those who need it, helping show parents and families that child care is not only possible but a joyful experience.

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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.

Tasty Table

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There are many nutritious purple foods that are good for you: eggplant, purple cabbage, figs, blackberries, and blueberries. Purple foods are high in nutrients that keep your heart and brain healthy. Today, we’re going to focus on the blueberry, as it’s blueberry season here in New England; …

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Poached, scrambled, sunny-side up and over-easy, just a few ways of making eggs outlined in the children's book, “Two Eggs, Please” by Sarah Weeks and Betsy Lewin. The variety of ways to enjoy eggs are plentiful and as unique as the individuals that eat them. One of the great things about eg…

Education

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Nestled in the hills of southeastern Vermont is The Grammar School, the oldest independent elementary school in the region. Founded in 1960 by a group of families from Putney, Vt., the school was born from a desire to create a joyful and meaningful educational experience that values play, cr…

Life is full of joy, and hardship. At its best, math is a place where a person can have fun practicing how to overcome difficult situations, and have fun doing it. Also, in the process of solving a mathematical problem, a person can learn that there are different ways to overcome challenges …

To create again, produce anew, to replace by new growth, sometimes changed. These are the meanings of regeneration, and they resonate so fully with the current season. Thank goodness for these cycles framing the year and offering a new lens to look through. The seeds we sow now will transfor…

Books

Some of our most recognized and beloved art rarely shows up on the walls of art museums. But these colorful and imaginative works, created to bring life to stories written for children, are often remembered long after the story itself is forgotten.