Ask the Expert: What to Do If Your Child “Hates” School

Promptly identify the cause and nip it in the bud By Susan Cowan Morse It is autumn in New England, where we enjoy the happy return of crisp morning air, the honks of departing geese, the landscape’s changing colors — and a new school year. For many, a new school year is exciting and marked […]

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 […]

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. […]

Eat: Mini Caramel Apples

Ingredients Toothpicks Melon baller Granny Smith apples (one apple makes 8 to 10 mini apples) Butterscotch or peanut butter chips Chopped nuts, nonpareils, sprinkles, shredded coconut (optional) Small paper candy cups Preparation With the melon baller, scoop little balls out of the apple. Each ball should have a section of apple peel. Push toothpick into […]