Poison Ivy Dermatitis

Poison Ivy Dermatitis Prevention and treatment of exposure to the dreaded “leaves of three” By Angela Toms, M.D. In our part of the world, after the mud dries up and the temperature rises, we are elated to see the sun shine and the grass turn green. To treat our cabin fever, we venture outside into […]

Pixels & Bricks

Pixels & Bricks Congenial Randolph, Vt., venue draws kids inside for everyday fun By Kim J. Gifford If “rainy day fun” used to mean time spent indoors playing Monopoly™, Bingo™, or Chutes and Ladders™, then it’s a brand new day. While traditional board games can still be a lot of fun, today’s game has been […]

Summer Fun

  Originally published in Summer 2016 JUNE – International Mud Day By Laura Jean Whitcomb Gooey, messy, squishy mud. It’s fun to play in, and on one day in June you can dive into the mud for a great reason: to connect children around the globe through the earth. International Mud Day (June 29) is […]

Local: A Newbie’s Guide to the Upper Valley

Summer is the best time for newcomers to explore the Upper Valley By Marcos Stafne, Ph.D. Being new to the Upper Valley last spring, I was pleasantly surprised at the numerous cultural resources that come alive when the weather warms up. Here are a few family friendly picks that I highly recommend. Get Your Feet […]

How to: De-stress

A class, meditation, essential oils — follow a mom’s quest to find peace and tranquility during a busy week of work and family. By Laura Jean Whitcomb “Stress has become a part of everyday life,” says Allison DeStefano. “It has become a badge of honor to be stressed…but, at the same time, it’s killing us. […]

Pediatric practice gives out free books to kids

Reading as Medicine Pediatric practice gives out free books to kids By Matt Golec Brother and sister team Dillin and Morgan Reed are picking out books. There are lots of choices in the giant, well-organized bookcases and the siblings from Baltimore, Vt., take their time poring over covers and showing off possible titles to take […]

Summertime Fruit Tower Cake

EAT Summertime Fruit Tower Cake This scrumptious pillar of summer produce is fun to make — and requires no cooking. By Amy Makechnie While perusing the Internet for a nutritious, summertime cake recipe, I came across a rather ingenious picture of a “cake” I’d never made or seen before. Both creative and healthful, our very […]

Transcending the Summer Doldrums

ASK THE EXPERT Transcending the Summer Doldrums Educational coach offers a surprising response to a common complaint: “I’m bored.” By Susan Cowan Morse During the first several days of summer break, everyone breathes a sigh of relief, decompressing after long months of hard work and focus. After the first week or so, though, boredom sets [...]

A Technology Contract for Tweens and Teens (and Parents!)

By Amy Nelson Makechnie The technology contract idea came from Janell Burley Hoffman’s contract written for her teenage son and his new iPhone. It was published on December 2012 for The Huffington Post. As a mother of tweens and teens, I adapted it to fit our family. We want our children to be tech-savvy, but […]

Feature: I Want a Puppy!

What to consider before adopting a pet Text and Photography By Kim J. Gifford “I want a puppy!” These words are almost inevitable. As a concept these small creatures — kids and dogs — seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. But what is good in theory doesn’t always work in practice, leaving […]