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 […]

How to: Make Allowances Work

By Barbra Alan At some point, your child may approach you about receiving an allowance. This is something you should be prepared for, because your child will be. She may have all kinds of ideas as to how much she thinks she should get and what kinds of chores she’s willing to do for it. […]

How to: Choose a Ballet School

Here are 5 tips to help you find the right fit for your child By Deb German Your young daughter is begging for ballet lessons, but when you investigate local venues for dance training you find widely divergent choices. How do you choose the right ballet school, especially if you do not have a background […]

When (and How) to Treat a Child’s Fever

WELLNESS When (and How) to Treat a Child’s Fever By Michael Lyons, M.D. When is a child’s fever something to worry about? When is it NOT okay to watch and wait at home? These questions perplex almost all parents (often in the middle of the night). The following guidelines can help your decision-making during a […]

Outside: Let’s Go Fishing!

Spring is a great time to introduce a child to the art of angling By Tim Traver Children and fishing: it’s a natural combination. Sure, fishing can be slimy, muddy, wet and even scary when a child first feels a tug on the line. But, from a kid’s point of view, what could be more […]

Name that Frog

By Laura Jean Whitcomb Did you know that there are 10 species of frogs native to New Hampshire? The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department does, and shares information about these species — from American toad to Fowler’s toad — on their website. The Fish and Game’s Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program also produces a […]