Let your kids get creative this Halloween and start the season with a crafting project at Paper Source!
Spend a spooky Sunday in the city with your family and kick off your Halloween week with ghosts, goblins and other fall festivities. See below for a list of family focused activities taking place on Sunday, October 27th.
HALLOWEEN CRAFTING PROJECT
Date: Sunday, October 27th
Venue: Paper Source, Boylston Street
Cost: FREE, compliments of UrbanSitter
Take your cutest creatures and giggling ghosts to Paper Source on Boylston Street to enjoy a private party for your Boston Babies before the boutique opens. Enjoy light refreshments and have a hauntingly good time as you and your little ones make arts and crafts for the holiday. Costumes encouraged!
Sponsored by: UrbanSitter
Organized by: Boston Babies and Ellie Cooper Events
Hosted by: Paper Source, Boylston Street Continue Reading
Bring balance in to your baby’s life, both in class and at home, through FKO’s enrichment programs.
Boston Babies is happy to welcome back regular featured writer, Shari Kurtzman. With a Masters in Child Development, she shares best practices with readers, helping parents navigate through some of the more common and challenging hot topics, providing insight and suggestions. Below you will find information on how to keep your kids active, even during those colder New England months.
The importance of movement for children and families is a topic that has been recently discussed in the news, and more actively addressed as a way to target childhood obesity and establish a strong foundation for healthy living at an early age. Boston Babies will continue to keep you on the parenting pulse of what’s best for your bouncing baby or tenacious toddler.
Read below to hear from Shari on how to keep your munchkin moving…
As the weather gets colder and we spend more time inside, kids need to find new outlets for their energy. Scheduling one or two regular classes or activities for your family helps to break up the monotony of the work/school week and has added benefits for kids. Whether they are creative classes such as Zumbatomic and yoga or traditional structured classes like karate and dance – all programs support social skills and healthy habits that will continue as children get older.
Check out these five benefits of active activities for kids: Continue Reading
Boston Babies is honored to feature Allyce DiNapoli, RN, who speaks to readers on the importance of immunization.
Boston Babies is always looking for ways to provide information to readers on a myriad of hot topics, from current trends and best practices to gear, enrichment programs and family focused activities. The goal is to serve as a resource to families looking to raise children in and around the city.
In addition, Boston Babies is very fortunate to work with child care providers and feature posts by such professionals in early childhood development, education and the health industry. These posts are meant to convey information on important issues that plague parents. Differentiating fact from fiction will allow families to make educated decisions based on research, science and guidelines by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and other similarly reputable resources versus sensational stories and myths suggested by celebrities.
In this media driven age, there is so much information immediately accessible at your fingertips, it is essential to be discerning when making decisions that will affect your family.
In the below post, Allyce DiNapoli, RN, speaks to the importance of vaccinations, including details about immunization and tips on how to keep your family healthy. She also discusses the controversy surrounding ABC after they hired an anti-vaccine advocate as a new co-host for their day time talk show. Continue Reading
While setting sail may not always be possible, taking a time out to reconnect can remind you that there is more to marriage than merely chores and to do lists.
Some parents are great about making time to reconnect with each other while others go weeks and sometimes months without having a “date.” You know, what you used to do before your conversations consisted of diaper duty, to do lists and met milestones.
Setting aside time to reconnect may seem trivial or even conjure up feelings of guilt about being away from your baby, or anxiety about having nothing to talk to your mate about except for the day to day chores. This is all “normal” and very common.
It is easy to lose yourself (and your marriage) in the day to day routine. It is helpful to take time out of your week to decompress and recharge your battery. It allows you to look in the mirror and see a strong, sexy, accomplished person, rather than a tired, worn, resentful parent. This same concept stands true for taking time to reconnect with your mate, which will allow you to remember why you chose each other in the first place, and how there is more to your relationship than the chores assigned (or at times forgotten). If you feel guilty about taking time away from your little one, or that somehow needing this time for yourself or your partner must mean that you are a “bad” parent or must not love your baby enough to be around him/her 24/7, those are all common emotions, but not anything to feel guilty about. Continue Reading
Remember that your Boston Baby sees you as a super star! Don’t let society’s snide commentary make you second guess every choice you make as a Mom.
“It takes a village to raise a family,” Hillary Clinton.
Those words will never resonate so true until you have a baby and realize that multi-tasking (a skill many women are renowned for excelling in) is taken to a whole new level and the ability to rely on others is essential for securing and maintaining one’s sanity.
Girls are made to believe they can “have it all.” They are taught strength as well as compassion. Independence as well as intimacy. Work ethic as well as family values. Young women strive for success and are told that they can be anything they want to be when they grow up.
But then young ladies grow up and realize that it isn’t that simple.
Unfortunately every day women are made to feel that they must choose between their career and their children. While everyone recognizes that women who are over 35 years old are termed “higher risk pregnancies,” many careers require that women seek tenure in their early thirties, exactly when their clocks are starting to tick, while medical students are just finishing their residences, lawyers are putting in their 14-16 hours per day at the firm, and corporate execs are working their way up the prominent logistical ladder. Women struggle with the desire to further their career and reach their professional potential while still balancing this high powered pursuit with the yearning to settle down and start a family. Once these career driven women become moms, they are often torn with this dilemma…parent or professional. While the choice to be a stay at home mom vs. a working woman use to be a luxury decided only by women in a higher socioeconomic status, studies show that women across varying financial backgrounds are taking a more serious look at what works best for them and their family. Continue Reading
The holiday season is upon the city of Boston, with Black Friday ending, Cyber Monday in full swing and holiday songs heard in every Starbucks in town. So grab your grande Christmas Blend and make your way down the soon to be decorated streets of Commonwealth Avenue to the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremonies.
Copley Square Tree Lighting
- Copley Square from 5:00-6:00 pm on Tuesday, November 29, 2011
- Live entertainment and guest appearance by Santa Claus!
- Light refreshments provided by local businesses
- Reception hosted by Fairmont Copley Plaza immediately following tree lighting
- Additional events taking place in and around Copley Square on Wednesday, November 30th
- Boston Common from 6:00-8:00 pm on Thursday, December 1, 2011
- 70th Annual Lighting of Boston’s “Official Christmas Tree”
- The Skating Club of Boston will present a show on the Boston Common Frog Pond
- Live entertainment, news coverage and guest appearances…
When is TV too much for your toddler?
No one can dispute that we live in a media saturated society. TVs are super-sized, Iphones are an additional accessory to the human hand, and IPads are on this year’s holiday list, if not already in everyone’s home.
Dinner reservations are booked on Open Table, couples are created on cyberspace and then separated via text message, and friends are found on Facebook and followed via Twitter. Land lines are obsolete and notes once written in a letter on stationary and sent through “snail mail” have morphed in to instant messages, texts, posts and now tweets.
While modern society has clearly made its share of advancements, at what cost does being “plugged in” effect the next generation? While busy Moms and Dads need their fix of phones and time to decompress in front of their TV, where do babies and toddlers fit in to the media mayhem? Continue Reading