Each year, the Boston Parents Paper honors a person or organization committed to helping local families in need. Our 2011 Family Advocate of the Year is Boston's Room to Grow, which provides supplies and support to families of children up to age 3. >>
Our annual look at pregnancy and childbirth in Massachusetts explores free-range childbirth, traditional baby names, re-purposing baby gear and the state's distinction of having the most twins and the oldest first-moms in the nation. >>
Have you ever wondered where to go for the best ice cream? Maybe you're searching for a new pediatrician? Or you want to try a different restaurant for dinner? Perhaps you're shopping for a party dress or suit for a special event.? >>
Does your child wet the bed or have soiling accidents? Check out this expert advice, with tips on helping your child through these issues. The most important thing to remember: These aren't behavioral problems – they are developmental problems. >>
Standards of care in labor and delivery at Massachusetts hospitals have changed in recent years, from how medication is used to when doctors will induce labor to what happens to the baby immediately after birth. >>
It's a big year for the Boston Children's Museum. The museum is celebrating its 100th year of operation with a special focus on the "power of play" and an acknowledgement that parents and other adults play just as hard as the kids here. >>
Today's dentists want to start seeing children for the first time before they hit age 1. Oral health is crucial to overall physical health, and finding a good "dental home" for your child and family is just as important as finding a doctor. >>
School backpacks can do more than carry books; they can injure your kids if not worn properly. Here's some great information and tips from a Boston physical therapist who sees plenty of patients with backpack-related injuries. >>
Thank you for raising awareness about the need for foster parents in Massachusetts. As an organization that also provides Intensive Foster Care, The Home for Little Wanderers has found that many people are unaware of the different types of foster care. We encourage anyone who is interested to learn more. Every child deserves a safe and loving home.
This topic has occupied my mind for years! Thank you for starting a movement that parents so desperately need! It is difficult for young parents to NOT get caught up in the overscheduled lifestyle. No well-meaning parent wants their child to miss any opportunity for healthy enrichment, but too much is counterproductive! Although my children are teenagers now, I would have LOVED to hear your words of wisdom when my family craved downtime!