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Sweet 16! My son, Dylan, and I, were flattered to get the call, although we should have seen it coming. Spring marks two important milestones dating back to 1996, and Carrie Wattu, our editor, had a notion… baystateparent Magazine is celebrating its 16th birthday, and it just so happens that my son, Dylan, is turning 16 too. Although I didn’t start the magazine, I was fortunate to acquire it from Kelley Small (thanks so much Kelley) in 2002 when it was called Today’s Parent. My wife, Laurie, and I have proudly stood by our great team ever since, while enjoying much-appreciated support from readers and advertisers. Looking back over the past decade of owning baystateparent, it’s been overwhelmingly a family affair. Over the years, my son Dylan, now 16, and daughter Skylar, 9, have each graced the cover – twice.

Each photo shoot had a unique story, including a cover shot at Fenway in which we captured Dylan with Jason Varitek, our former Red Sox catcher. My wife, Laurie, and I chronicled our beautiful adoption experience, where after a year of planning and praying, we were blessed to travel to China with Dylan, and return with our daughter, Skylar. We were so deeply inspired by our adoption experience that we sought to include more coverage in the magazine for adoptive families. Over the years, our kids have read the magazine with much pride, offered their comments on our covers (we feature only local kids) and made numerous other suggestions. In fact, Skylar recently expressed an interest in writing a feature for young kids in each month’s issue. But this month, it seemed rather appropriate that I engage Dylan, my soon-to-be 16-yearold, to add some perspective about, well, turning 16, right? Not really.

As far as Dylan is concerned, turning 16 years old is not the new 18 or 21. Sure, he looks forward to learning to drive (yikes!), but as I searched for some deeper meaning from him on the passage of 16 years, well, he struggled. In exactly his words, “Pop culture has put this almost mystical stamp on turning 16, as if you finally start ‘living’ once you turn 16. I find that ridiculous because a kid who just turned 16 has no more ‘freedom’ than an old 15-year-old.” Despite the impressive sentences Dylan put together for baystateparent, they weren’t quite the magical sentiments we were counting on, but kudos to Dylan for keeping it real. As far as he is concerned, turning 16 is no biggie. I can’t say the same. You see, I am proudly witnessing firsthand Dylan’s transition to, let’s say, young manhood. While he has his moments, and I’m told they all do, what an amazing young man he is. He inspires me every day. He’s an incredible person, musician, student, and most importantly, brother and son. How fitting that I can pay a small tribute to him in this issue – our family business no less. As I think more about this milestone for baystateparent, I must thank our staff. This is where I’ll reveal my “soft,” rather than “sweet” spot. When you spend so many years publishing a parenting magazine and talking with staff about the kinds of issues families face, you become family. There is so much care and passion in the way our staff works on this product every day that I can’t help but be humbled by them. No surprise to me that they have consistently earned recognition for publishing one of the best – often the best – regional parenting magazines in the United States. Finally, 16 years - what about a wish? Let’s start with another sixteen years, and then some. Kirk Davis, baystateparent Owner Dylan Davis also contributed to this column (in so many ways)

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May 2010, baystateparent featured Kidz b Kidz, a local non-profit that use children’s artwork in products sold to foster healing and comfort in a child’s hospital. This month, we congratulated founders Nancy Corderman and Jan Weinshanker for their May 2012 feature in Family Circle magazine. The Kidz b Kidz response was too perfect not to share: “Thanks so much baystateparent! But you know, a feature in Family Circle is like a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, but baystateparent is home to us.” My name is Hannah Castner. I am 11 years old, and my mom rocks. My mom started a summer theatre camp [Nashoba Summer Theatre Camp] for me and my sister when the camp we had been going to canceled. This is the third year she

is running it. At the camp, she has to control 70 kids ranging from ages 8 – 17. She starts working on the camp in January and doesn’t finish until September. She does not even get paid. My mom also has two children with Aspergers. Hannah Castner, Lancaster Editor’s Note: This is a great tribute to your mom for Mother’s Day! We’ll keep an eye out for the production she directs this summer.

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On December 29, 2011, Matthew Chasse was tragically killed in an automobile accident. A graduate of Wachusett Regional High School in 1989 and Becker College in 2001, Matthew was an exceptional teammate and athlete. To commemorate Matthew Chasse’s legacy, we welcome you to the First Annual Matthew Chasse Memorial Golf Tournament to be held at Wachusett Country Club in West Boylston on July 16, 2012. The proceeds from this event will go to Matthew’s two sons, Patrick and Christopher, along with a contribution to the college fund of his special friend Lilly. Please go to to register. Dinner and after-golf event tickets are $40.00 pp. If interested in more information, including sponsorship opportunities and donating raffle items, please email or call Hollie Lucht at 978-422-2930. Holly Lucht, Sterling

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he guilt started 12 years ago when I first met Big Mama. I knew right then and there that if I was going to land her, there was only one way to do it, the old-fashioned way: lie!

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we’d have a cool car (we have an SUV with 4-month-old spilled milk and dead earthworms stuffed in the seats). I made a pledge that this year’s Mother’s Day would be good, especially after I got her a vacuum last year. Big Mama was mad. When she pulled out of the driveway and left a patch of rubber, my 48 calls went right to voicemail. Plus she came home way after the kids were fed and in bed. LOL – she probably wanted a new microwave! This year had to be better or we were going to be sitting in front of a judge, splitting our assets. Since we lack the “bling” (we have to borrow money from our kids), I had to be creative. It hit me: I could baby-sit our kids! If Michael Keaton could do it in Mr. Mom, so could I. I could do it all month: get the kids to practice, make dinners, do laundry. Plus this would totally fit the budget. During the first week of my gift, I was reprimanded in one of those group emails by a psychotic coach who did not want the kids to show up a half hour into the game. I got pulled over for speeding while trying to make the game “on time” (really coach, he just sits on the bench anyway!) Thankfully, the next few days went surprisingly well, and I told my hot bride she could go to the gym (no, I did not say “you look like you could use it”), and I would make dinner. So there I was making sweet potato fries and rockin’ some Journey song. The kids were outside fighting peacefully and throwing rocks at our lamppost light when I had one of those mommy moments: ”’s 20 past 5.” I was in full-panic Code Red. I was supposed to pick up my crazy 6-yearold diva from dance class. “No, that’s on Tuesday,” I realized. I calmed down. Then Code Red again! I threw the spatula, spraying olive oil all over

the walls. Tuesday was tap class, but Monday was pole dancing or something. I sprinted out of my house, and in my haste, put my hand – followed by my face – through the screen door. I screamed as the screen cut my face. Then the two cats – who are supposed to stay indoors – ran right past me and into the great blue yonder. I swear they were giggling. “Everyone (yes, I had extra kids over): lock and load. We’re 20 minutes late.” We raced off to dance class. When we pulled up, she was looking out the window of the place, cute as anything, like a pet trying to get adopted. Super-Daddy-Mom didn’t forget his kid after all (for too long any way). As we drove down our street with the windows down singing Stevie Wonder’s “Superstitions” we noticed our neighbors gathered at the bottom of our driveway. I beeped, waving and rocking out. They just pointed. Three firetrucks jammed onto my lawn and driveway, their hoses running through the windows of our house. Guys in gigantic rubber boots walked around with axes. My kids cheered in the backseat, “Cool. Daddy, the fire department is at our house.” I got out of the car and entered my house. It was like walking into a movie set: cabinets dangling from the wall, all blackened; my microwave melted; huge fans blowing a burnt plastic smell everywhere. I was in shock, completely overwhelmed. I usually spruce the place up before Big Mama gets home. It’s one thing to have some dishes piled up in the sink, but I was pretty sure she was not gonna like this. I started to panic. Could I hide the kitchen from her? Would she see the broken glass and water and the smashed stove? In the midst of my panic attack, my 10-year-old “know-it-all” found a way to remind me of what was truly important: “Dad, can you take me to the arcade tonight? You promised.” It was then that I realized two things: I had better call my wife and tell her to pick up one of those already-cooked whole chickens from Stop and Shop, and I had better return my stupid babysitting gift and pick up a Coleman camping grill for Mother’s Day instead. Dirty Laundry columnist Stephen Rich is a Plymouth father of four. He tells baystateparent that all of his stories, including this one, are true, and unfortunately, not exaggerated. Dirty Laundry is a monthly humor column about day-to-day life raising kids. It’s about not being afraid to air out the “dirty laundry” and say it like it is, making the rest of us not feel so alone. To book comedian Stephen Rich, contact Dawn Christensen at Loretta LaRoche Productions: or 508-746-3998 x 15.




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My mommy loves me when the morning sun is glowing warm and bright My mommy loves me when the silver stars are glist’ning in the night

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rystal Godfrey LaPoint meets me at a quaint café in Fitchburg – a city she has only called home for a year. Within 10 minutes, as she recites a passage from her newly-released children’s book about a little girl coping with her mother’s depression, my throat is burning and I am wiping the tears from my eyes. It isn’t my finest professional moment, but emotions can be hard to control sometimes and I have stopped apologizing for it. To some degree, my response has surprised me. I didn’t have a mom who suffered from depression, and I don’t suffer from depression either. But Crystal does, and her kids have endured a childhood and adolescence full of uncertainty and fear because of it – just like Crystal once did when growing up. And maybe the fact that I have just met this woman should make my heart a little harder, but motherhood is a strange sorority and

And I know my mommy loves me still when her eyes are filled with tears.

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pretty soon I am wishing every child had a copy of her book. “This book is blatantly autobiographical,” she admits readily, recalling not only her childhood but also her experience raising three kids while dealing with chronic depression, a highly stigmatized mental illness – a perception she seeks to play a part in changing. But the reality is that there were days she didn’t get out of her bathrobe. Days she was paralyzed by her own sadness, unable to drive her kids to baseball practice or home from a friend’s house. Days when her children – like the young narrator of her book -- had to console her. “I have felt that guilt about feeling like I am not a good parent, and I have also felt that fear and confusion of being a child in the same situation. We’ve come a long way, but it is still so shameful.” It is estimated that one in three women is dealing with depression, and the numbers are just as grim for men. And

“...there were days she didn’t get out of her bathrobe. Days she was paralyzed by her own sadness, unable to drive her kids to baseball practice or home from a friend’s house. Days when her children – like the young narrator of her book -- had to console her.” 14 MAY2012

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according to LaPoint, the statistics only reflect the people who come forward to seek help – entire segments of the population still believe depression to be a form of weakness. Indeed, she says, the prevailing mindset among those who have never experienced crippling depression is that people should “snap out of it” or “stop acting like crybabies.” “There are a staggering number of

children whose parents are wrestling with this invisible disability,” LaPoint says. The powerful stigma attached to depression in our society, she says, “silences so many of its victims.” LaPoint’s strategy in dealing with her depression was to be completely honest with her children and to always let them know what was going on. “It was important to me that even

on my darkest days, my kids knew that it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t their fault â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and that there would always be good days to follow.â&#x20AC;? One frightening episode found LaPoint, an accomplished pianist and composer, unable to summons the fine motor skills to play her piano. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My 12-year-old walked in and saw me sitting there at my piano, unable to move my fingers,â&#x20AC;? she says, adding that the experience was a side effect of one of the many trial medications she has used to gain the upper hand over her condition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There I was, a virtuoso without the ability to play, and I knew there was no hiding what was going on.â&#x20AC;? And so LaPointâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s children â&#x20AC;&#x201C;her two now-20-something sons Tait and Kyle and her 18-year-old daughter Genevieve â&#x20AC;&#x201C; understood one very simple thing: â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were good days and then there were days where mom retreated into darkness. And none of it was their fault.â&#x20AC;? In order to appeal to the widest range of children, the child who narrates the story is nameless and almost genderless. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted the book to be as universal as possible,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exclude anyone.â&#x20AC;? Her goal, in creating and self-publishing the book, is to bring a sense of social justice into the world of mental illness and help kids to come to terms with what it means to have a parent wrapped up in a world of depression and sadness. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just the kind of chronic and clinical depression that affects families â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it can be situational too, whether they are dealing with grief or divorce or any number of circumstances. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important for kids to know they are still loved, even through hard times.â&#x20AC;? There are two aspects of the book that make it stand out, and this is not to mention the fact that there is no other childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book that tackles this delicate subject matter in such a direct and sensitive way. The manga-esque illustrations were done by a friend of LaPointâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter, and LaPoint credits the art as being a strong component of the book. And as it turned out, young artist Crystal Eldridge has a connection of her own to the story. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I called her to ask if she was interested in the project and I read her some of the text I had written,â&#x20AC;? says LaPoint. On the other end of the line was a silence that contained a barely audible catch in the throat. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She whispered â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;This is my life.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; And I told her â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my life tooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.â&#x20AC;? But making the book even more meaningful, LaPoint has included a CD that contains a recording of the text sung enchantingly to music â&#x20AC;&#x201C; piano music, of course. LaPointâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own composition â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a form of art that is so deeply personal LaPoint canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help but dream that children will be able to use it to soothe themselves through the days â&#x20AC;&#x153;when my mommy cries.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music enhances the emotional impact,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And the thing about music is that we remember words that are set to music more than we do words that we read, and this way children can really carry the message in their hearts.â&#x20AC;? It is LaPointâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream that school

counselors, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s therapists and parents alike can use her book to help children cope with the sadness they are exposed to at home. She has already received positive feedback from people who went looking for a book just like it and were relieved and delighted to find that it actually existed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The book allows children to take a familiar situation out of the immediate players,â&#x20AC;? she adds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a way to express love, support and reassurance during tough times without having to focus on the source of grief directly.â&#x20AC;? When My Mommy Cries is available

through Amazon and Barnes & Noble online, and costs $19.99. Amanda Roberge is a freelance writer and mother of three girls who muses online at

Dealing with Depression and Sadness There are many resources for parents dealing with depression and sadness. suggests the following basic tips:

â&#x20AC;˘ Cultivate supportive relationships. â&#x20AC;˘ Challenge negative thinking. â&#x20AC;˘ Take care of yourself. â&#x20AC;˘ Get regular exercise. â&#x20AC;˘ Eat a healthy mood-boosting diet. â&#x20AC;˘ Know when to get additional help. Other online sites, says LaPoint, can be a great resource for parents. She suggests visiting and as two great places to start.


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unrecognizable to myself? I never found that book. So, three years later, when my fraternal twin daughters were approaching their third birthdays, I decided to write it myself. I had shared some of my own personal parenting experiences—as well as my struggles with clinical depression—on my blog, Baby Squared on, which I still write today. But I wanted to tell my story in a less piecemeal way. And so, my memoir Double Time was born, after a one-year labor. (No epidural, just lots of coffee!) I hope that Double Time is a reassuring and entertaining read for anyone who is—like I was—eager for a glimpse into what parenting twins is really like. I also hope it’s comforting to anyone facing the enormous challenge of parenting while clinically depressed. I’d love to hear what you think.

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What Boston mom Jane Roper really craved when she was expecting twin girls was a book about the personal side of mothering twins. She couldn’t find one, so she wrote the book herself.

Jane Roper writes the popular Baby Squared blog on Babble. com and is the author of Eden Lake, a novel. Her writing has appeared in Poets & Writers, Salon, Slate, and The Rumpus, among other publications, and she holds an MFA from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Jane lives in the Boston area with her husband, singer-songwriter Alastair Moock and their twin daughters. Visit Jane at


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Minnesota may have the twin cities. But Massachusetts has the twins. A study by the National Center for Health Statistics reported that in 2009, nearly 5% of births in the Commonwealth were twins—the second highest twinning rate in the nation. (Top honors go to Connecticut.) And between 1980 and 2009, the twin birth rate in Massachusetts doubled. The reason for the increase is twofold: many assistive reproductive procedures are covered by insurance in Massachusetts, and more women are having babies past the age of 30. I never thought that I—or, more accurately, my children—would end up contributing to these statistics. Even in the midst of treatment with ovulation drugs for infertility, which carried with them a 20% chance of multiples, I assumed I’d beat the odds. I never even prepared myself for the possibility of twins. So when I found out, about six weeks into my

pregnancy, that I actually had, as the ultrasound technician put it, “two pregnancies,” you could have knocked me over with a feather (had I not already been lying down). Once the initial shock subsided, and I was faced with the reality of preparing for my impending twin motherhood, I began seeking out advice, tips, stories—anything to help give me a glimpse of what life with two babies was going to be like. I joined my local mother of twins club. I bought a couple of books about twin parenting, with information on what to buy and how to nurse for two. But what I really craved was someone’s first-hand account of mothering twins. And not just the nitty-gritty, logistical details, but the more personal side of the story: was it hard to bond with two babies at once? How could I help nurture my twins’ individuality? And would the chaos and challenge of suddenly having two children crowd out my personal and career life entirely? Would I become

A Dose of Double Time An Excerpt from Jane Roper’s New Book about Parenting Twins. It got suddenly very quiet in the exam room. I was just over six weeks pregnant, at the fertility clinic for a follow- up ultrasound to make sure my pregnancy was on the right track: not ectopic, not an empty egg sac, not a false alarm. There were five of us crammed into the tiny room: a young doctor doing the ultrasound; the senior

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/ sex life over? And, dear God, what if I just don’t have what it takes to be a mother of twins? I’d been nervous enough about the prospect of one baby, but this? This was ridiculous. But the only question I could manage to choke out was: Could I really not eat cold cuts? Because of the bacteria or nitrates or what ever the reason was you weren’t supposed to eat them when you were pregnant? Because I ate a lot of turkey sandwiches. “You’re probably OK with turkey,” the younger doc said. “But I’d stay away from the more processed stuff , like olive loaf.” The older doctor nodded sagely. “I’d definitely stay away from olive loaf.” By the time my daughters were six months, people had regularly started referring to me as a Mother of Twins. “This is Jane,” a friend or colleague might say when introducing me to someone else, “and she’s a mother of twins!” I always found this odd. I was a mother, yes, and gradually knitting this new part of me into my sense of self. But I didn’t think of myself as a different species of mother— as other people seemed to— simply because I happened to have carried both of my children in my womb at once. I don’t mean to disparage anyone who has referred to me as a Mother of Twins or will in the future; I know it’s meant in

of shopping cart and say a brief, silent prayer of thanks to whomever it was who came up with this brilliant design innovation—perhaps some pencil- necked engineer in a skinny black tie and short-sleeved shirt, circa 1958. Love that guy. It occurred to me somewhere in the produce section that I probably should have sanitized the handle of the cart, but I was hoping that the bacteria would cut me a break. The shopping itself wasn’t that difficult. When Elsa started to get fussy, I gave her a graham cracker (the girl always was and continues to be easily placated by carbohydrates). To reach anything on the low shelves, I had to remember to squat straight down, not bend over, lest Clio go tumbling out of the backpack onto a shelf of canned goods. Above all, I had to keep moving. One does not linger thoughtfully in a grocery store, carefully scrutinizing labels and comparing prices, when one is accompanied by two small ticking time bombs in diapers. To my great satisfaction, the trip was a success. In fact, the only thing that slowed us down was a handful of twinlookers, but they were of the most harmless sort. They just smiled and waved at the babies, asked if they were twins, and moved on. In one case, eager to practice my crapola Spanish, I was the one who struck up a conversation, with a young Spanish- speaking couple that

"...I was managing to successfully mother my twins -- an accomplishment in and of itself -- and still do other things that were important to me."

a fond, almost adulatory way. The way someone might say, “She’s the first violinist in the New York Philharmonic!” or “She’s an astronaut!” (Well, not quite like that, I guess.) I always liked it better when people said things like, “She’s a writer and a copywriter and a blogger and she’s a mother of twins on top of all that!” Because for me, this was the real accomplishment: that I was managing to successfully mother my twins— an accomplishment in and of itself— and still do other things that were important to me. I did, however, begin to think of Mother of Twins as a subcategory of my identity. I started to own it. I think it was in large part because I was getting better and more confident in the whole stereo mothering thing. I learned to anticipate what the various challenges in any given scenario would be, even if I wasn’t always able to surmount them with grace or even success. I felt less intimidated by my own children and more comfortable with (and accustomed to) chaos, in public as well as at home. Case in point: when the girls were 8 months old, I went to the grocery store with them, by myself, and didn’t have a nervous breakdown in the process. This was, in part, a training exercise. My husband, Alastair, a professional singer/songwriter, would be going on tour in Europe for a few weeks the next month, and although I would have help from parents and sitters, I would also be on my own with the girls for significant stretches of time. I wanted to be sure that I could handle doing errands with them if necessity demanded. I planned for our outing like it was a trek in the Himalayas. Gear: backpack baby carrier, bottles, snacks and an extremely detailed shopping list. Pretrip prep: feed babies, put on clean diapers (them), pee (me). Game plan: park right next to shopping cart return area and obtain cart; open rear door of Subaru Forester and place baby backpack at edge of cargo area; put lighter baby (Clio) in pack, squat down, and put pack on; retrieve heavier baby (Elsa) from car seat and place in seat- shelf thingy at back

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doc who’d overseen my fertility treatments; a nurse; my husband, Alastair; and me— lying on the table with my feet in stirrups and an ultrasound wand plunged up into my ladyparts. Seconds earlier, the doc wielding that wand had been providing a running commentary on what we were seeing on the screen— a friendly little tour of my reproductive organs: “Right here’s your cervix, here are your ovaries, and this, you can see, is your uterus— nice thick lining there— and right here . . . we should be able to see the . . . uh . . .” There was (forgive me) a pregnant pause. I held my breath and waited for the bad news: the embryo was gone or dead or implanted in the wrong place. This was going to be just one more disappointment, one more defeat. Who was I to think that my subpar reproductive system could actually sustain a pregnancy? And what had we been thinking, telling our parents the good news the same day we got a positive pregnancy test? Stupid, stupid, stupid. The doctor now maneuvered the wand until it felt like it was horizontal inside me. “OK, so,” he finally said. “We appear to be looking at two pregnancies.” Two pregnancies? I thought. What the hell does that mean? How can one person have two pregnancies at the same time? Unless . . . “It’s twins?” I said, idiotically. “Yep,” said the doc. “Congratulations.” I looked up at Alastair, dumbstruck. I might have smiled a little, in a “holy crap, can you believe it?” sort of way. Mostly, though, I was searching for reassurance, proof that he didn’t hate me for this. After all, it was my lazy ovaries, and their subsequent dosing up with fertility drugs, that had gotten us into this. And anyway, why had I been so eager to start down the road of fertility treatments? We’d only been trying for a year before we went the intervention route. We could have kept at it a little longer on our own. It might have happened. Looking at him, I wondered if he was thinking all of these same things, hoping he wasn’t. But I’ve known the man since I was 18 years old, and there are still times when I find his face difficult to read. For a man as funny and often downright silly as Alastair is, his smiles are surprisingly few and far between. And although his eyes have an impressive capacity for twinkling—one of the qualities that drew me to him in the first place— his poker face is equally good. He gave me what could be vaguely interpreted as a smile, squeezed my hand and then squinted back at the ultrasound screen. The older doctor, who had been sitting silently on a stool near the sink this whole time, finally spoke. “It’s really something, isn’t it?” His smile was thoughtful but smug, as if he’d known this all along. And maybe he had; my HCG numbers from the blood pregnancy test a few weeks earlier had been through the roof. Come to think of it, maybe that’s why he was here in the first place. I looked back at the ultrasound screen, and there they were: two little black beans in a field of fuzzy gray, each with a small white spot in its center where a heart would soon grow. Something about the fact that there were two of them made them seem more alive, more human, than I think would have been the case if there were only one. They were hanging out together. Keeping each other company. How strange. How utterly surreal. The doc at the controls hit a button and the image froze. “We’ll give you that shot to take home as a souvenir,” he said. Then he looked over my shoulder at Alastair and said, very seriously, “Are you OK? Do you need to sit down? You look kind of pale.” “No, I’m OK,” Alastair said, this time smiling for real. “But you’re sure there are only two in there, right?” Before we left the exam room, the doctors asked if we had any questions. Any questions? I had about a million, tumbling and vaulting through my brain: Can my (rather petite) body handle this? Will I be OK? Will they be OK? What if they’re born premature, with all kinds of terrible complications? And while we’re at it, how are we going to afford this? Am I going to have to quit my job? Are our careers / social life

I heard say, “que lindas!” as they smiled at the girls. “Son gemelitas!” I said, extremely proud of the fact that I knew the word for “little twin girls.” At which point the couple launched into a series of questions in rapidfire Spanish. I could handle names and ages, but I’d never learned the Spanish words for “fraternal” and “identical,” so I smiled apologetically, played the “sorry, no entiendo” card and moved on to paper goods. Every item in my list was successfully added to the cart. And once we’d made it through checkout (“identical or fraternal?”) and into the parking lot, I even took a picture of the occasion, for posterity: Elsa, sitting in the carriage, with a sack of basmati rice on one side of her and jug of laundry detergent on the other. (Clio, you’ll recall, was on my back.) Only I took it with my lousy, no- frills cell phone, and when I sent it to myself it was about a half-inch square, and I couldn’t increase the size without it turning all blurry. But I still have it, saved on my computer: a tiny, less-than-postagestamp-sized reminder of a very large accomplishment. In fact, I started to sort of dig the challenge and adventure of this kind of solo outing with the girls. The times it didn’t go horribly awry, that is. It was as if the part of me that used to love making packing lists and poring over Lonely Planet guidebooks to map out a course for my next travel adventure had found a new outlet. One that involved diapers and wipes instead of a money belt and a Swiss army knife. Double Time goes on sale May 8. Jane Roper will appear at Brookline Booksmith in Brookline on May 8, at Newtonville Books in Newton Center on May 17 and at Club Passim in Cambridge on June 1 (along with Steve Almond and with music from her husband, Alastair Moock).





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Toad of Toad Hall. Littleton High School Performing Arts Center, Littleton. 7:30 p.m. Performed by students from the Imago School. Based on Kenneth Grahame’s classic novel The Wind in the Willows, the play focuses on Toad’s obsession with moving vehicles, the trouble this causes for him and his friends’ (Rat, Mole, and Badger’s) attempts to “cure” him. A$8, St. $5,$25 family. 978-897-0549,

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1TUESDAY Moms Club of the Montachusett Area. Peoples Church, South Main St., Ashburnham. 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Monthly, every first Tuesday. For mothers and kids in Gardner, Westminster, Ashburnham, Winchendon and Athol. 978-334-8789,

2WEDNESDAY FREE Wee Care Infant Oral Health Program. 223 Walnut St., Ste 22, Framingham. 10 a.m. Monthly, every first Wednesday. Children under three years of age are invited to register for this free seminar with examination designed to help parents assure a cavity-free child. The informal format assures that all parents’ questions will be answered by this pediatric dental specialist. Space is limited. 508-8755437, Castle Kids Story Hour. Higgins Armory Museum, Worcester. Every first Wednesday. From damsels in distress to mighty dragons, share tales of adventure, from well-known fairy tales to modern picture books in the setting of a medieval Great Hall. Includes museum admission, program with craft related to the story and a snack. $12 for A/C pair. Confirm before attending.

3THURSDAY FREE Support Group for Parents with children who have emotional disturbances. Wayside Youth, 118 Central St., Waltham. Meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdsays, 6:30 – 9 p.m. 781-891-0555 x 34 or email

4FRIDAY American Girl Historical Character Scavenger Hunt. American Girl, Natick. Take a scavenger hunt throughout the store, collecting fun facts about each historical character along the way. Discover what it was like to grow up in America’s past, and find hidden clues to solve a fun puzzle. Free American Girl Poster. Visit for more details.

5SATURDAY FREE The Lexington Fife & Drum Muster and Colonial Concert. The Minute Man National Historical Park Visitor’s Center, Route 2A, Lexington. 12 – 5 p.m. This event features 30 fife and drum corps from around the country. The uniformed musicians, representing different time periods in American History, perform our nation’s historical music in an outdoor concert. This free event includes a parade, colonial vendors, reenactors and more. Enjoyable

Frogs, Pollywogs & Fairies...Exploring the Vernal Pool. Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St. (Rt.16), Natick. 1 – 2:30 p.m. Discover some of the fantastic creatures that inhabit Broadmoor’s vernal pool. From frogs and tadpoles to fairy shrimp, explore what hides under the water and lives around this seasonal pool. Fees apply. 508-655-2296 or email broadmoorprograms@ Parent Talk Semi-Annual Used Clothing, Toy & Equipment Sale. Christ Episcopal Church, 1132 Highland Ave., Needham. 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. FREE 14th Annual Somerville Open Studios. Noon – 6 p.m. Visit nearly 400 artists in over 100 venues who will open their homes and studios for you to explore everything from fashion to interactive art. Also May 6. Farm Machinery Weekend. Davis Farmland, 145 Redstone Hill Rd., Sterling. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Kids can climb on tractors, operate dump buckets, beep tractor horns and meet the farmers who operate these machines every day. Admission fees apply. 978-422MOOO (6666), Also May 6. FREE Westborough Spring Festival. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. A wide variety of events for all ages from a fishing derby, music festival, dog show, food festival, 5K road race, carnival, vehicle fair and more. Also May 6.

6SUNDAY PMC Bolton Kids Ride. Florence Sawyer School, 100 Mechanic St., Bolton. Noon – 3 p.m. Open to cyclists ages 2 to 14. There is a $10 registration fee and a suggested $25 fundraising minimum. Pan-Massachusetts Challenge Kids Rides need tots, teens and in-betweens to spin their wheels and raise money for cancer research and treatment. To register, visit For more information, call 800-WE-CYCLE. Family Fishing Festival. Brookline Reservoir, Rte. 9 at Sumner Rd., Brookline. 9 – 12 p.m. Cast a line, learn about fish in our waters, safety, ethics and fishing equipment. If you have fishing equipment, bring it along. A limited quantity of fishing equipment and bait will be available. $5 per family. 508-389-6309 or Total Wellness for Inspired Pregnancy. You Attract Wellness, 697 Washington St., Newton. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Prepare for ecstatic birth! Enhance and expand your entire experience of pregnancy to one that is deeply fulfilling. This will be a full day of therapeutic treatment and education to nurture you in your pregnancy. Massage, yoga and pilates will be incorporated with teaching to empower and support you during this precious. Course fees apply. Mommy and Me Tea Party. Paint Your Own Pottery, Northborough. 9 – 10:30 a.m. Tea and yummy treats. Epiphany Children’s Boutique will display their Tea Clothing Collection to offer a special promotion. $25 per couple plus pottery pieces ($10 minimum.) 508-393-3100,

FREE Westborough Spring Festival. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. A wide variety of events for all ages from a fishing derby, music festival, dog show, food festival, 5K road race, carnival, vehicle fair and more.

7MONDAY FREE Minizicians with Musician Jackie Landry. Leominster Public Library. 10 - 11 a.m. Kids ages 6 and under are invited for an interactive musical concert with musician Jackie Landry. No registration required. Parent Group Tour. Oak Meadow Montessori School, 2 Old Pickard Lane, Littleton. 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. Prospective parents for the 2012-2013 school year are presented with an overview of the fundamental principles of the Montessori Method as well as the philosophy of this independent school serving students from age 3 through grade 8.

8TUESDAY Dino Day. Boston Children’s Museum. Held on the second Tuesday of every month. Explore dinosaurs in every area! A$12, C (1-15) $12, C (under 12 months) FREE. FREE Bitty Twins Animal Safari. American Girl, Natick. Your little girl can join the Bitty Twins for an imaginary animal adventure! At this fun event, preschoolers can punch-out and color paper animals to take home. Free and open to the public. For girls ages 3 and up. FREE Sample Music Together Class. Trinity Church, 440 Main St., Shrewsbury. 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Join Gina from Music Together for singing, dancing, instrument play and more with your infants, toddlers and preschoolers. RSVP required at .Other sample dates available. 978-729-3697. Fashion and Image: A Mother/Daughter Workshop. Roudenbush Community Center, 65 Main St., Westford. 6:30 – 8 p.m. During this lively, interactive workshop that includes an art component, moms and daughters will discuss challenges they might have with current fashions and explore the importance of creating a signature style. Take-aways include a customized wardrobe checklist and tips on how to shop for clothes that are appropriate for school, work or special events. Course number RCC-E9089. $25 per family. 978-256-9391,

9WEDNESDAY Garden Discovery Program for Ages 3-5 with Adult. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr., Boylston. 10 – 11 a.m. Begin inside with an activity and storytime. Then step outside for a short walk to discover what (or who!) is new in the garden. A/C $8 NM. For more information, email Montachusett Mothers of Multiples Monthly Meeting. Our Lady of the Lake Church, 1400 Main St., Leominster. 7 – 9 p.m. Described as a “fun group of parents of twins and multiples who live in the Central Massachusetts area.” Preschool Playtime. Barrett Family Wellness Center, 107 Otis St., Northborough. 9:15 – 10 a.m. An integrated playgroup designed for children of all abilities ages 2.5 to 5. Parent participation is welcome, but not required. The therapist-led 45 minute session will

incorporate fun-filled gross and fine motor activities in the 1,000 sf sensory gym and fine motor room. 508-898-2688,

10THURSDAY Thursday’s Tales. The Discovery Museums, Acton. At the Children’s Discovery Museum, 11 a.m. Admission fees apply Preschool Playtime (Ages 3.5-5 years). Barrett Family Wellness Center, 107 Otis St., Northborough. Weekly on Thursdays, 9:15 – 10 a.m. Enjoy an integrated playgroup designed for children of all abilities ages 2.5 to 5. Parent participation is welcome, but not required. The therapist-led 45 minute session will session will incorporate fun-filled gross and fine motor activities in the 1,000 sf sensory gym and the fine motor room. 508-898-2688, MOPS meeting (Mother of Preschoolers). Heritage Bible Chapel, Princeton. Meets every second Thursday, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. A typical meeting includes refreshments, conversation, a presentation relevant to motherhood and some type of creative activity. Children (ages 0-5) are welcome to come or attend an exciting Moppets program. princetonmops. Story Hour at the Old Sturbridge Village. Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge. Weekly on Thursdays, 9 – 10 a.m. Story and open play time with old-fashioned toys. Admission fees apply. 508-347-0244, FREE Parent Support Group in Worcester, Worcester. PPAL Office: 51 Union St., 3rd Floor/ Suite 308, Worcester. Monthly, every second Thursday.

11FRIDAY Meet Mercedes the Therapy Dog. The Discovery Museums, Acton. At the Children’s Discovery Museum, 10 a.m. Come meet Mercedes and her handler Christine Macdonald from the Pets & People Foundation. Learn about people therapy through pets and all about Mercedes’ role in the organization. Mercedes is a standard poodle and she’s ready to greet you!, FREE Fort Point Art Walk Spring Open Studios. 300 Summer St., Boston. 4 – 7 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Noon – 5 p.m. May 11 – 13. Hours vary. Explore the studios of painters, jewelers, ceramicists, photographers, sculptors, textile artists and more. Explore Boston’s changing Fort Point and see the unique waterfront warehouse district that is one of New England’s largest arts communities. Artists’ demonstrations, talks, hands-on activities. Visitors to Open Studios pick up a map and directory brochure, and can walk from building to building, exploring our historic warehouse neighborhood. FREE parking. 617-423-4299,

12SATURDAY March of Dimes’ March for Babies. Registration: 11:30 a.m. The nation’s oldest walk fundraiser honoring babies born healthy and those that need help to survive and thrive. A memorable and rewarding day for the whole family including live music, costume characters, face-painting and more. 800-525-9255, FREE Fort Point Art Walk Spring Open Studios. 300 Summer St., Boston. Noon – 5 p.m. See May 11 listing for more details. BAYSTATEPARENT 19

OH,THEPLACESYOU’LLGO The Art of Craft. Fayerweather Street School, 765 Concord Ave., Cambridge. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. A familyfriendly arts experience. This indoor/outdoor open market of contemporary and traditional arts, crafts and artisanal foods celebrates local artists. Children are invited to participate in many activities from dancing or listening to live music by local musicians, having their face painted or grabbing a snack at one of the Fayerweather “Food Truck” booths. In celebration of the ever-growing food truck scene in the area, the children and parents have been inspired to run a faux food truck of their own. $5 per person; $20 per family. 617-876-4746, Yard Sale to benefit Why Me?/Sherry’s House. Hosted by the MOMS Club of Charlton/Southbridge at St. Joseph’s Church, 10 H. Putnam Ext., Charlton. 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. 508-784-1543. Flooky & The Beans. Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 2:30 p.m. This popular children’s music group is the brainchild of Bay State illustrator, Rob Zammarchi. Ages 3 – 6. $10pp. flooky. com, Fun Fair. NGES, 46 Waterville Street, North Grafton. 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Games, pony rides, bounce houses, paint your own pottery, crafts, face painting, DJ music by Josh Briggs, balloon sculpting by Andi the Clown, Interactive stations from Best Buy and food donated by Pepperoni Express, Swirls and Scoops and other local businesses. May Day Celebration & Puppet Show. The Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts and Humanities (QVCAH), 111 Main St., Southbridge. Events include May Pole dancing, mask making and flower wreath/ tiara workshop, puppet show at 2 p.m., May Queen Pageant, live music and more. Spring Open House. Worcester Academy of Music. 2:30 – 5 p.m. FREE Musikgarten classes so you can try out the classes before signing up. Nature’s Music (newborn to age 2) will be from 3 – 3:30 p.m. and Cycle of Seasons (ages 3-5) will be from 3:45-4:15 p.m. 508-635-6900,

13SUNDAY Celebrate Mothers! The Discovery Museums, Acton. At the Children’s Discovery Museum, 10 a.m. Create a beautiful necklace out of colorful pasta to give to your mother. Admission fees apply. FREE Fort Point Art Walk Spring Open Studios. 300 Summer St., Boston. Noon – 5 p.m. See May 11 listing for details.

FREE 104th Lilac Sunday. Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Join lilac enthusiasts from all over New England to celebrate a beloved Boston tradition. Delight your senses with a hillside of heavenly fragrances and dazzling colors. There will be tours, live outdoor music, art, children’s activities and food vendors (picnicking is allowed on this special day only). 2012 Lilac Sunday T-shirts and other and other merchandise will be for sale. Family Art-Making Workshop. ICA Boston, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Three sessions: Noon – 1:30 p.m.; 1 – 2:30 p.m.; 2 – 3:30 p.m. Begin with a short tour of the exhibition Figuring Color with a family programs educator (approx. 20 min.), then work with color, design, and layered construction to create a 3-D collage that represents your family, using color as the main ingredient. $40 (2 adults/2 children). 617-478-3100,

Mother’s Day Festival. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Films, animal presentation, illustrated talk on Mother’s Day traditions, flower pounding drop-in art, sing along, brunch and more. A$15, Sr. $13, St. $11, Y (16 and under) FREE. Mothers Spa Day at Davis Farmland, Sterling. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Pamper Mom at this complimentary spa day, while kids make Mom a Mother’s Day surprise. Moms receive free admission all day. 978422-MOOO,


Annual Duckling Parade. Boston Common Public Gardens. Registration, 10:30 a.m.; Parade, Noon. Children can parade through Beacon Hill dressed like characters Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey and end in the Public Garden near the famous duckling sculptures. Prior to the parade there will be plenty of family entertainment including a face painter, balloon artist and a magician. Mayor Menino will greet families at the end of the parade and actors from the Wheelock Family Theater will do a dramatic reading from the book. Family registration fee: $35 advance; $40 on the day of the event. 617-267-7366,

FREE Eric Carle Celebration. Marlborough Public Library, 35 W. Main St., Marlborough. Ages 2 – 8. Stories, games and crafts. Sign up is required; space is limited. 508-624-6902,

Mother’s Day Walk for Peace. Town Field Park, 1565 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester. 7 – 10 a.m. Began in 1996 for families who have lost their children to violence.


Storytime at the Danforth Museum School of Art. 123 Union Ave., Framingham. All ages are welcome, but stories and songs are geared for ages 3 – 6. 508-620-0937, Half-Price Admission for Moms at Southwick’s Zoo, Mendon. 35th Annual Birds and Breakfast. Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St. (Rt.16), Natick. Walks at 7, 8, 9 or 10 a.m. Guided 90-min. bird walks followed by a homemade breakfast at the Nature Center. Pre-register: 508-655-2296 or email Oceans Are Talking! Firehouse Center For The Arts, Newburyport. 3 p.m. This musical call-to-action recorded and performed by Sam Lardner is to enlighten K-6 children and their families about the most critical issues facing the world’s oceans. These live concerts are powerful educational drivers to help families take


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action in protecting the oceans. Students will leave with big smiles on their faces, but also with some new understanding about the challenging, real-time, environmental issues that will shape so much of their future. A$11 St. $9. 978-462-7336,

FREE YOU Youth Group. 51 Union St., Suite 312, Worcester. Meets every Monday, 5 – 6:30 p.m. YOU is a non-therapeutic youth group for teens between the ages 14 and 19 who are interested in making connections and making a difference while living with mental health, behavioral or emotional needs. Dinner is FREE. 508-767-9725 x204 or email

Drool Baby Expo. Sponsored by Magic Beans. 6 - 9 p.m. The Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston. Sample new products, win incredible prizes and walk away with an amazing gift bag. For parentsto-be and new parents, too. Bring grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends who are looking for the best products for babies.

16WEDNESDAY Moms of Multiples. First Connections, 111 ORNAC, Suite 1009, at Emerson Hospital, Concord. Monthly, every third Wednesday. All moms who are raising multiples are welcome, including expectant moms. Share and gather tips and strategies to ease day-today challenges, and enjoy some uninterrupted adult conversation! 978-287-0221, ONGOING Aloft! The Wonder of Kites. American Textile History Museum, Lowell. Wed. - Sun. 10 a.m.

- 5 p.m. Ends May 27. Kites have entertained children and adults for thousands of years, but have also had a profound impact on history as objects of artistic expression, cultural and religious symbols, tools of war and instruments of science, technology and mathematics. Celebrate the history, the significance, and the fun of these tethered aircraft in three fascinating exhibits. Plenty of hands-on kite making and kite flying activities for all ages. 978- 441-0400, FREE Westford Kiwanis Apple Blossom Festival & Carnival. Abbot School Grounds, 25 Depot St., Westford. May 16 – 20. Wed. - Fri., 5 – 10 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sun., Noon – 5 p.m. 603-474-5424. Poking in Ponds. Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester. 10 a.m. If you are between the ages of 3 and 5, bring your favorite adult for a thematic hour of a story, an activity and a naturalist-led walk. Registration is required: 508-753-6087.

17THURSDAY FOR PARENTS Beyond Sibling Rivalry. Olin College, Needham. 7 – 9 p.m. Parent Talk, the community-based organization in Boston’s Metrowest area dedicated to families with young children, invites parents to listen and learn with clinical psychologist and author Peter Goldenthal, Ph.D. Do you wish your children got along better? Are you tired of being your kids’ personal referee? Discuss root causes of sibling rivalry and give practical guidance to resolving conflicts. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. $20 advance; $25 at the door. FOR MOMS Ladies Night Out. PYOP STUDIO, 290 W. Main St, Northborough. Grab your girlfriends, food, drink of choice and get half off your studio fee from 6 – 9 p.m. 508-393-3100,

18FRIDAY Friday Evening Hayride and Campfire. Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Lincoln. 4 p.m. Watch for birds flying at dusk and evening fireflies as you ride a hay wagon through the meadows. Stop at the campfire for stories, s’mores and a special night time visitor. Watch for the glorious colors of the sky as the sun begins to set. Visit massaudubon. org for prices and more information. FREE Moms Club of Hubbardston. Location TBA. Meets every third Friday. MOMS Club of Hubbardston Area is a chapter of the International MOMS Club, a support group for mothers serving the towns of Barre,

Hubbardston, Princeton and Templeton. Email Joanne at for details. 508-667-8102. FREE Admission. Providence Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum, Providence, RI. 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8 p.m. 401-273-5437, Family-friendly Drum Circle. First Congregational Church, Corner of Main St. and Rt. 140, Shrewsbury. An unusual drumming circle, one of the very few locally to encourage families and intergenerational participants. 774-614-9620, Charlotteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Web. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 7 p.m. Aso May 19 & 20, 1 p.m. General admission tickets: $10pp. 617-9262787,

19SATURDAY Especially for Me! Free Evening for Families with Children on the Autism Spectrum. The Discovery Museums, Acton. 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Pre-registration required. Visit EspeciallyforMe2012-4 to register. Zoo 100 Day. Franklin Park Zoo, Boston. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Zookeeper encounters, entertainment and more! Watch as some of the animals, including the tigers, African wild dogs, keas and others, receive birthday themed enrichment items including ice treats and paper mache â&#x20AC;&#x153;cakesâ&#x20AC;? filled with treats. The first 1,000 visitors to the Zoo will receive a complimentary mini cupcake or frosting shot, courtesy of Sweet Cupcakes! A$17, Sr. $14, C (2-12) $11, C (under 2) FREE. 617-541-LION, FREE Boston Kite & Flight Festival. Franklin Park Playstead, Dorchester. 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 p.m. Bring your kite or make one in the park, â&#x20AC;&#x153;rentâ&#x20AC;? a bike for free, play games and have a spring picnic. An event for all ages! PMC Brookwood School Kids Ride. Brookwood School, 1 Brookwood Rd., Manchester. 9 a.m. - Noon. Open to cyclists ages 2 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 15. Pan-Massachusetts Challenge Kids Rides need tots, teens and in-betweens to spin their wheels and raise money for cancer research and treatment. $10 registration fee; $25 fundraisin minimum. To register, visit kids.pmc. org. 800-WE-CYCLE.

Heroes Weekend. Davis Farmland, 145 Redstone Hill Rd., Sterling. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Farmland thanks our local heroes this weekend by inviting firefighters, police officers, armed service personnel and their families to Davis Farmland ADMISSION FREE with a valid I.D. Kids can put out a pretend fire, climb onto a fire truck and even check out the inside of a real police car! Meet Smokey the Bear and talk with other local heroes about what they do in your town. Admission fees apply. 978-422-MOOO (6666), Charlotteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Web. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 1 p.m. General admission tickets: $10pp. 617-926-2787, Also May 20, 1 p.m. Concord ArtWalk. Concord Center, Thoreau St., Depot Area, West Concord. 10 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 p.m. See local artist displays, demonstrations, performances and more at this annual celebration of the arts. Meet Abby Kelley Fosterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Family. Liberty Farm, 116 Mower St., Worcester. 2 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 p.m. Go back to the mid-1800s to meet radical abolitionist and womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rights activist Abby Kelley Foster, her husband Stephen Foster and their daughter Alla. Tour their family home, Liberty Farm (a National Historic Landmark) and celebrate Allaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 165th birthday. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities. Suggested donation $5, Children FREE. Email or call 508-767-1852. FREE North Andover Sheep Shearing Festival. Old North Andover Common. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Activities include sheep shearing and herding demonstrations, pony rides, craft fair, food vendors and more! 978-685-5320, 978-682-5212.

20SUNDAY Cadillac Day: Larz Anderson Auto Museum. 15 Newton St., Brookline. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. A$10, C (5-12) $5, C (6 and under) FREE. 617-522 6547, FREE 5th Annual Celebration of the Dr. Martin T. Feldman Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Room! Leominster Public Library. 1:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 p.m. Guest performances by


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Wild About Amphibians. Mass Audubonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St. (Rt.16), Natick. 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2:30 p.m. Learn about frog and salamander friends and take a short walk to the marsh and vernal pool to see more animals in the wild. Fees apply. 508-655-2296,

FREE 6th Annual General Aviation Fun Day. New Bedford Regional Airport, New Bedford. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Something for everyone: local dance studio performances, karate demonstrations, Mad Science of Southeastern Mass, formation flying, aircraft displays, skydivers, airplane rides, Buttonwood Park Zooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Zoo Choo, and so much more. Donations welcome. Fees will be charged for rides.



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FREE Outdoors with Kids Boston. Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan. 2 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 p.m. Join the Appalachian Mountain Club and Mass Audubon for outdoor fun as local author Kim Foley MacKinnon discusses her new book Outdoors with Kids Boston. This information-packed guide from the outdoors experts at AMC focuses on 100 close-to-home outdoor experiences in and around the city. Enjoy Foley MacKinnonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s picnic-blanket talk while your kids take part in the Nature Play Date, digging in the dirt, making dams in the stream or building a shelter. Afterward, join a guided naturalist walk along the scenic Snail Trail. Rain or shine. Email:


Geared Up For Kids 2012. DCR Cutler Park, 140 Kendrick St., Needham. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Bike ride, 5K Run/Walk, family fun. Help raise money for childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brain cancer research. 617-872-2850, kintera. org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=483266. PMC Shrewsbury Kids Ride. UMASS South Street Campus, directly behind BMW of Shrewsbury 750 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury. 9 a.m. - Noon. Open to cyclists ages 3 to 13. Pan-Massachusetts Challenge Kids Rides need tots, teens and in-betweens to spin their wheels and raise money for cancer research and treatment. There is a $10 registration fee and a suggested $25 fundraising minimum.800-WE-CYCLE, PMC Natick Kids Ride. Belkin Lookout Farm, 89 Pleasant St., South Natick. 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11:30 a.m. Open to cyclists ages 2 to 12 There is a $10 registration fee and a suggested $25 fundraising minimum. 800-WE-CYCLE, Charlotteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Web. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 1 p.m. General admission tickets: $10pp. 617-926-2787, LUKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2nd Annual Run, Walk, Stroll for Fun. Quinsigamund State Park, Worcester. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. This fun, flat 5K course is for all abilities. Family fun includes food, music, raffles, bounce house and more. Help to raise funds for services to the youth and families of Central Massachusetts, and to raise awareness of mental health issues. Rain or shine. $25 advance registration: 978-345-0685, luk/luks-2nd-annual-run-walk-stroll-for-fun.

21MONDAY FREE Drop-In Playgroup for Mobile Babies (up to age 3). Isis Maternity, Arlington. 4:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5:30

HomeSchool Meet & Play. Boston Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Homeschool families who are interested in connecting with one another can drop in to Countdown to Kindergarten to meet, share ideas, talk and play! Admission fees apply. Also June 18.

Recycle Build-Art. Boston Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum, Boston. This drop-in art activity is for ages 2 through adult in Countdown to Kindergarten. Visitors will use simple recycled materials to â&#x20AC;&#x153;build, create and innovate! $12pp, C under 12 months, free. Also June 26. Understanding the Connection between Vision and Learning. Needham Public Library; 1139 Highland Avenue, Needham. 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8:30 p.m. Learn all the ways that vision issues affect a childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s learning and behavior. Find out about the growing field of behavioral optometry. Learn to identify red flag behaviors which might provide clues to a childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unidentified vision problem. Presented by Dr. Abbondanza. 508655-3813, Visting Day. Walnut Park Montessori School, 47 Walnut Park, Newton. 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10:15 a.m. The day will consist of an introduction of the school, tour of the school, classroom observation and a Q&A session with the Head of School. Walnut Park is an authentic Montessori school for children 2.9- 6 years of age. 617-202-9772,

23WEDNESDAY FREE Just Twos Storytime. Leominster Public Library. 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10:30 a.m. Every Wed. Stories and musical activities for children, age two, and their adult caregivers. Registration is not required. FREE Make Way for Ducklings Walk. California Street near Watertown Square by the Charles River, Watertown. 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11:30 a.m. Dress your little ones in yellow like ducklings, decorate your stroller or carriage and join the Watertown Family Network as you walk along the river looking for geese, ducks and turtles. Enjoy music with Beth and perhaps have a little picnic. Rain date: May 30th. 617-926-1661,

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24THURSDAY Budding Naturalists: Spring Explorations for Preschoolers. Mass Audubonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St. (Rt.16), Natick. 10:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11:30 a.m. Explore different habitats around the sanctuary and watch for the creatures that inhabit them. Maximum of 8 pairs. Pre-registration is required. 508-655-2296

FREE Play Date. Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free for families: up to two adults per family accompanied by children ages 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12. Youth 17 and under are always admitted free to the ICA. FREE Family Activity at the Arnold Arboretum. Harvard University, Cambridge. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Drop in for a family activity such as a scavenger hunt, science investigatin, craft, guided walk, etc. 617-384-5209, Also June 30, July 28 and Aug. 25.

ONGOING Toddler Time. Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center 333 Nahanton St., Newton. Thursdays, 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11 a.m. Ages 18 months â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 years with adult. Facilitated, toddler-friendly activities and social time in a nurturing and stimulating environment. $8 drop in but call to confirm before attending any group listed in the baystateparent calendar as things can and do change. 617-558-6522.

FREE Craft for Ages 3+. Lakeshore Learning, Newton and Saugus. New craft every Saturday from 11 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 p.m. FreeCrafts4Kids.


AIS 44th Annual Memorial Powwow. 4H Camp Marshall, 92 McCormick Rd., Spencer. 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Rain or shine. Bring lawn/camp chairs for seating. Enjoy MA Northern & Southern Drums, seminars, Gourd Dance, afternoon and evening intertribal dance sessions, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities, Saturday evening feast, artifact sale, traders and more! A$15, Y$7, C (12 and under) $4. Email JasonLantagne@yahoo. com or call 508-528-6885. Also May 27th.

FREE Kids Jam. Boston Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum. 5:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8:30 p.m. Free admission every Friday night. An all-ages dance party in Club Common! Led by kids Supported by adults. Also June 29. FREE New Parents Coffee Hour. Stella Bella Toys, Inman Square, 1360 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 10:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11:30 a.m. Join other new parents for free coffee and muffins every Friday. 617-491-6290

26SATURDAY FREE Street Performers Festival at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Downtown Boston. This 3-day festi-

Wool Days. Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge. May 26 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 28. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sheep get their annual hair cuts and historians demonstrate how wool is processed from shearing, scouring and carding to dyeing, spinning and weaving (in other words, from sheep to shirt). Try your hand and test your history IQ at our textile

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27SUNDAY Fairy Circus by Tanglewood Marionettes. Puppet Showplace Theatre, Brookline. 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2 p.m. The Fairy Circus features classic trick puppets and beautifully handcrafted marionettes. The puppets will dance, play instruments, juggle, contort, transform and fly through the air with the greatest of ease, all to the music of favorite composers! Ages 4+. $10pp. AIS 44th Annual Memorial Powwow. Spencer. See May 26 listing for details.

28MONDAY FREE Memorial Day Open House. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 10 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. FREE Alastair Moock Concert. John F. Kennedy (JFK) Library & Museum, Columbia Point, Boston.10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Toe Jam Puppet Band. Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford. 12:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1:30 p.m. Zoo admission (A$6, Sr. & teen $4.50, C (3-12) $3, C under 3 FREE + $5/family. FREE Newburyport Spring Fest. .newburyport. com/events/springfest/.

29TUESDAY FREE Hatha Prenatal Yoga with Jessica. Destination Maternity, Natick. 5:15 - 6:30 and 6:35 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7:50 p.m. Confirm before attending:

30WEDNESDAY FREE & ONGOING Singalong Story Time. Barefoot Books, 89 Thoreau St., Concord. Wednesdays, 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4:30 p.m. All ages. Call to confirm: 978-369-1770,

31THURSDAY Fun at the Discovery Museums. Acton. Build It! 10 a.m. at the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Discovery Museum LEGO building for toddlers! Weekly storytime at 11 a.m. Take Aparts, drop in from 1:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4:30 p.m. at the Science Discovery Museum.

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Who’s been there for baystateparent the past 16 years? Our creative director, Paula Monette Ethier, who helped to launch the magazine on May 1, 1996. For the past 16 years, Paula has referred to baystateparent as her third child. Paula has two boys, Nick and Bryan, who were just 10 and 8 when the magazine was founded. Now they have a sister in baystateparent. Growing up with their “sibling” meant having tempting food in their refrigerator with “Photo Shoot” sticky notes warning them to not eat. It meant early-morning luaus and other productions staged in their home as they tried to sleep. And because we work in advance, it meant their mom was probably so over Christmas in October. In the early days, Nick and Bryan’s photos appeared throughout the pages of baystateparent - an ad here, a feature story there. Today, the two young men, now ages 25 and 23, are in the publishing fields themselves, Nick as sports editor for Stonebridge Press and Bryan as an undergrad majoring in English. Both have contributed feature stories to bsp, and Bryan is currently our proofreader. “As someone who for a time wanted to go into graphic design, I’ve always appreciated the layouts, and the way my mother makes eyecatching covers. I also like that bsp isn’t afraid to tackle serious and controversial topics in their issues,” says Bryan. As bsp celebrates its Sweet 16, here’s a few words from her big bros: What was your perception of your mom’s job when you were a kid as compared to now? When I was younger I imagined her job as being a lot of fun, and I was proud that she worked on a widely-circulated magazine. I still feel the same way today, but now I know how much hard work goes into what she does. - Bryan

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When I was younger I thought my mom would sift through pictures and decide where to put them in the paper. Now I realize her job entails so much more — planning photo shoots, assisting the photographer on said shoots, working with the editorial staff on what the paper will look like and laying the paper out. - Nick

Do you have a favorite cover? My favorite cover is the one with my cousin Christopher on it [January 2003]. He is a very brave, strong and happy boy who has been through far too much for someone his age. - Bryan Editor’s Note: Christopher, who has Down syndrome, is a cancer survivor. I would like to say that the cover I was featured on is my favorite [November 1997], but there is some bias there and the magazine was still in its early stages. Over the past few years the covers have looked much better, and I really liked the one with the female boxer [September 2011]. - Nick Were you protective of baystateparent growing up? Growing up, I loved seeing bsp in stores or seeing people reading it. It made me happy to know that my mom worked on a magazine that helped people in their lives. I still get a thrill when I see it today. - Bryan There was always a bundle of baystateparents at the grocery store I worked at in high school. I would get a little ‘mad’ when people would pass it by. However, I would frequently see people grab a copy on their way out. This always made me smile and realize that this is why my mom does what she does — to give people parenting tips, let them read good stories and see good photos and to make people happy through the magazine. - Nick


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and elegant works of art serve as cake toppers and paper sculpture gifts. Recently, a fan of her bridal work asked, “Do you make these in color?” and commissioned her to recreate her daughter and niece’s Sweet 16 gowns. baystateparent followed suit, asking Aimee to create a christening gown for this month’s Celebrations issue. Both miniatures are pictured here. Not only will Aimee recreate any dress for her clients, she can make a custom floral bouquet for any occasion using Japanese, Italian, recycled and local handmade papers. Your bouquet will never wilt and looks just as stunning as the real thing! More of Aimee’s designs can be found at her website for Paper, Gowns, & Glory: Paper, Gowns, & Glory is located at the Stove Factory Studio, 523 Medford St., Charlestown, MA 02129. 617-669-9647, Aimee’s work can be found at Children’s Hospital, the John Raimondi Gallery, on the streets of the City of Boston and in homes throughout New England.

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volunteers. And if it weren’t for Newton mom Lisa Vasiloff he may not be having a party at all. Ten years ago, Lisa co-founded Birthday Wishes, a Massachusetts-based non-profit that hosts birthday parties for homeless children. It started as a simple family volunteer project, as Lisa was frustrated that she couldn’t find a meaningful place to volunteer with her sons who were then ages 7 and 10. “I just called a shelter in Newton and asked if we could come in once a month and throw birthday parties for the kids. It was great. We decorated and did party games. I’d bring my boys and their friends and they’d help do the temporary tattoos,” says Lisa, who took turns with friends hosting parties. She continued

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for 8 months at one shelter, stockpiling gifts and party supplies in her basement. When she got a call from another shelter and then another, her volunteer project steamrolled and she incorporated Birthday Wishes in 2004, adding her first paid staff in 2005. Today there are nine staff members, two of whom are full time. “We still operate on the very same model. It’s very grass roots and the parties are thrown by all volunteers,” says Lisa. Today, it’s all about Patrick, who brings a week’s worth of excitement to his party. His stepfather Robert travels 3 ½ hours from Salem by public transportation to watch his son race around, a twisted balloon sculpture on his head, as he goes from limbo to parachute to hula hoop.

Patrick beams during the birthday song, but is too excited to eat his cake. He receives a personalized backpack with a ball, Frisbee, books, Mad Libs, badmittion set and Star Wars PJs. When he pulls out a new bat, he lights up and turns to his brother, “Cody, a bat! A bat!” His shelter friend, Cameron, wants Patrick to play. Patrick is eager to share, “Look, you can play with my ball! Here!” He is hoping for a sleepover in Cameron’s room that night so that he can wear his new Star Wars PJs. Patrick says thank you to everyone. Patrick shares the spotlight with three other children celebrating their birthdays this month. Their birthdays provide entertainment and hope for

shelter families, all of whom are invited. At Patrick’s shelter, parties typically attract 30 plus children, and today there are three who stand out. Three sets of big brown eyes and full cheeks peek behind a broken shade, playing hide and seek with us, smooshing their lips onto the window. They look about 2, 4 and 6. We all laugh and wave and beckon them to join us, but they watch the entire party from inside the shelter, smiling shyly, too scared to join the fun. It is this image we’d like to photograph, but safety regulations prohibit us from taking their picture. “It’s so hard to watch. I really wish they would come out,” says Julie Stanwood, who has been a Birthday Wishes party planner and coordinator for six years. Julie, a Northborough mother of five, became involved in Birthday Wishes so that she could volunteer with her children. She and her children ran birthday parties at their assigned shelter every month for a year and a half. “It doesn’t take a ton of time – about four hours a month,” she says. “It makes a huge impact.” The impact is two-fold. Julie recalls a 9-year-old boy she met who had never had a birthday party and had no idea what to do. “Some of these kids have never had that warm and fuzzy birthday feeling,” says Julie. But she also sees the effect Birthday Wishes has had on her family. Her children’s birthday parties are now much simpler than they used to be, and her older children often pass on the presents, preferring that guests bring gifts for the homeless children Birthday Wishes serves instead.

Sadly, many homeless children – almost 3,000 families – are not placed in shelters, as there is simply no room. The state must house them in scattered sites, motels across the Commonwealth. These families are often isolated – without transportation – sometimes hours from their hometowns. Party coordinators deliver a Birthday in a Box to these families, but coordinators – and any guests for that matter – are not allowed into state-funded motel rooms, so they meet families in their motel parking lot. Out of the trunk of a car, families receive their child’s present and all of the supplies to throw a party in their motel room. While inviting others into their room to enjoy the party is breaking state rules, and the state has restrictions on the amount of belongings each family can have at any one time, parties are kept simple.

mother’s care so that parents can do errands is not always feasible as there are no guests of any kind allowed in motel rooms. Often, families rely on nonperishable junk foods to fill their bellies. Keep in mind, most motels do not have safe outdoor areas for children to play. Life for the homeless child living in a motel is often a lot of TV, junk food and more TV. While it is hard not to jump to conclusions about a situation in which many of us do not understand, Lisa says, “Suspend your judgment. You have absolutely no idea what these people have been through. Nobody wants to be homeless. People have different capacities to deal with things.” She also tells us that a lot of parents are dealing with mental illness. “Getting out of bed in the morning in itself is a victory,” she says. She reminds us, “We just don’t know.

who are less fortunate. “To me, it’s my shelter, my kids,” she says. “It’s heartbreaking to know that a little child hasn’t had a birthday.” For the one-hour party she throws every month, Sherry tries to find out what the child’s niche is and shops for the supplies. “My friends pitch in,” she says. One of her neighbors, a little girl, even handed her a bag of coins and said, “Could you give this to another little girl who needs it?” When a birthday child gives her a hug and thanks her for coming, Sherry always responds, “I wouldn’t miss it.” After the party, she sits in her car, taking a few minutes to reflect, thinking, “I made a difference.” She looks forward to when her 4-year-old son is old enough to volunteer with her. “I am so proud to be part of this. More people need to hear about this,” she says.

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Birthday Wishes is always looking for volunteers. A party coordinator is assigned to one shelter, receives thorough training and makes a one-year commitment so that one person knows the culture of the shelter. But help is also needed behind the scenes, on a committee, in the office, stuffing goody bags, raising money....anything. “It is an absolutely amazing way to make a real impact on a child because even though it’s not food, shelter, clothing, it’s bringing a child recognition on the day they were born and making them feel special,” says Lisa. Birthday Wishes creates two hours of laughter and fun for families that are in a traumatic living situation. “It’s something when all of the homeless families in the shelter come together. We are serving a totally unmet need Evelyn Rodrigues, a case and we’re doing it with our kids,” Patrick Connaster make a wish, cheered on by his brother Cody (L) and Birthday Wishes volunteers. manager at Friendly House says Lisa. in Worcester, says that before As Patrick’s stepdad takes a Birthday Wishes began to help families picture of his son, surrounded by his It’s about making kids happy. Granted at the shelter, parents would just have to siblings, he turns his head and comments, some of them have had long histories figure out how to celebrate on their own. “When they’re happy, we’re happy.” Imagine living in a single motel room of substance abuse and violence, and Now her party coordinator comes once Patrick gets his mother’s attention, with your children in an unfamiliar city some of them are just on the edge, kids a month to celebrate all of the month’s holding up something small and says, far from family and friends. Children are kids. They are polite and helpful and birthdays. “I’m keeping this.” He tucks his treasure, often make the long ride back to their want to help. Their resilience is what Parents are encouraged to attend parties a single blue birthday candle, into his original school in a state-funded shuttle. is incredible. Thank goodness they are and participate in crafts and games with goody bag. Since homeless families often move resilient.” their kids. These parties are actually around, it is often best for the child to teaching tools for parents. Today, a For more information on Birthday be kept in one school system. The state’s dad makes a duct tape headband for his Wishes, visit or call expense to transport these children is daughter, his shirt pocket stuffed with 866-388-9474 ext. 1. Executive Director, exorbitant. “Mommy, the ‘birthday girl’ is here!” handmade bookmarks. Lisa Varioff, can also be reached at lisa@ This motel room has no kitchen, just a This is the nickname that Birthday “We have simple parties to model for dorm fridge and microwave in which to Wishes party coordinator, Sherry the parents how to make paper bag prepare the family’s meals. Since many Robbins, has received from the children puppets and play freeze dance so that Carrie Wattu is editor of baystateparent. She is parents do not have a car, their only in the Leominster shelter in which she they know they can do it when they get proud to celebrate baystateparent’s 16th birthday groceries are delivered by the food pantry volunteers. The West Boylston mom has out of shelter,” says Lisa. by raising awareness of homeless children once a week. If parents are fortunate, been volunteering for Birthday Wishes Birthday Wishes sets a $35 - $40 limit in Massachusetts who deserve birthdays. She they may be in walking distance of a for three years. “When you walk in, they on gifts to keep the program consistent encourages families to donate excess birthday gifts store, but if they are caught walking have no problem giving you a hug, and for all children. and supplies to Birthday Wishes. baystateparent along a dangerous road – such as Route that’s why I keep doing it,” she says. Every child leaves with a goody bag, and donated $1,000 to Birthday Wishes this month. 9 – with their children to get groceries, Sherry, who works in a transitional for those children not in attendance, bags the children will be considered at risk. homeless program for pregnant women, are left with the shelter coordinator. Leaving children in another homeless feels she has a lot to share with people

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In Diapers Was Not as HARD As This BY

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I still remember it like it was yesterday. My 9-year-old was very sick, and I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even know it. I thought I was taking him to sick call at the pediatricianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office and then back to school. I never knew his life was going to change so drastically that day ten years ago. Matthew had been wetting the bed more than once a night. I had no idea what was wrong with him, but I knew something was not right. The nurse practitioner told me that Matthew had a lot of glucose in his urine. She believed it was caused by juvenile diabetes and that he needed a specialist. I thought we would make an appointment for some time over the next couple of weeks, but we were instructed to go immediately.

I had no idea what diabetes was, and I thought for

sure that they were wrong. He had eaten three bowls of Frosted Flakes for breakfast, and I was positive that this was why his glucose level was so high. He begged me for a donut on the way to the specialist, but I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let him have one. My biggest regret that day is not buying him that donut. At the specialistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, my husband and I learned that Type I diabetes is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the pancreas no longer produces an adequate level of insulin. When there is not enough insulin present, the body is unable to use the food eaten as energy, and blood glucose levels rise. Insulin must be injected into the body to make up for the pancreas not working. My husband and I had to learn how to measure shots and give them to our son, whom we had to hold down. We also had to learn how to read blood sugar levels and to count carbohydrates to keep

track of every piece of food that went into his mouth. Since that day, Matthew has pricked his finger and taken his blood glucose level over 20,000 times. I had just given birth to my fourth son. Before the day Matthew was diagnosed, I would have told you that having four kids (three in diapers) was the hardest thing I had ever managed. Today I say that diabetes has been the hardest. You can never just run out of the house; you always have to make sure you have a blood glucose meter, extra sugar and snacks with you. You also never stop worrying. I worried that his sugar level would go down while he was sleeping. I worried that it would go down while at his friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house, and I really worried every time he stepped on the ice to play hockey. So many factors can affect your blood sugar when you have diabetes: the amount of food you eat, your activity level and even the cold weather. One of my biggest worries arose when Matthew got his driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license, as he has to check his sugar level every time he gets in the car to drive. Like every other thing I tell him to do, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always happen. We had a scare one morning when I heard him leave for hockey practice. A few minutes later, I heard him walking around the kitchen. I got up to see what he was doing and discovered that he had no idea what was going on. I gave him a juice box, and his level jumped back up. He insisted on going to practice while I insisted on driving the car. When we got to the rink, I saw the blanket from his bed. He had no idea why or even how it got there. It scares me to think

what would have happened if he drove to practice that morning. He could have seriously hurt himself or, God forbid, someone else. Matthew is now a sophomore in college and life with diabetes has gotten easier. He no longer needs to give himself shots because he is on an insulin pump which continuously gives him a small amount of insulin and then more when he eats. However, Matthew doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t live his life like every other college student. He has to remember to check his level and know how many carbs he is eating at all times. This is not easy for him living on his own, and he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always do what he is supposed to. I worry every night. To help the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation find a cure, our family and friends have participated in the Walk to Cure Diabetes for the past ten years. Walks are held in October in Agawam, Boston and Worcester. For information on JDRF please visit Sarah Beevers is a North Shore mom of four boys who spends most of her time in the hockey rink watching them play hockey and the rest of her time doing their laundry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On My Plateâ&#x20AC;? is a forum for Massachusetts parents. Do you have a viewpoint youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to express, a story or experience youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to share? It can be serious, humorous, persuasive, informative...whatever youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to share with an audience of 100,000 parents. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be a published writer to be considered. Please submit essays to for consideration.

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you’ve heard her on The Mel Robbins Show or seen her on A&E’s reality show, Monster In-Laws, you know one thing about her: Mel doesn’t mince words. Mel Robbins has made a career of tackling issues through no-nonsense, thought-provoking conversations that challenge people to think. And she’s done it with a singular mission: to help people get what they want out of life – personally and professionally. The down-to-business talk show host and self-made businesswoman is also down-to-earth in person. Raised in a small Michigan town with strong family roots, Mel is as unpretentious and welcoming as her Sherborn farmhouse. And, like her renovated home, Mel’s family life is a mix of tradition and modifications to create just the right fit. It’s in Sherborn that Mel and her husband of 15 years, Chris Robbins, are raising their three children, Sawyer (13), Kendall (11) and Oakley (6). The small-town, rural feel of Sherborn and supportive neighbors are a perfect fit for the Robbins family. Mel’s life philosophy, “It Shall Be,” is tattooed on her wrist and ingrained in everything she does. 36 MAY2012

“If you believe it, and if you force yourself to take steps to make it happen, it shall be. That’s the philosophy of how I parent; it’s the philosophy of my business, of how I live my life,” she says. Mel speaks from experience. A Dartmouth Law School graduate, Mel began her career in New York City as a trial lawyer. After moving to Massachusetts in 1997, Mel decided the legal profession wasn’t for her, and got a job at a start-up internet company. She began to explore career options with Handel Life Coaching co-founder Lauren Zander, when Zander encouraged Mel to become a coach herself. Mel went on to launch her own, one-woman executive coaching business, where she coached high-powered executives from Fortune 500 companies to reach their professional and personal goals. Mel’s coaching led to TV appearances, which ultimately kindled her fascination with the media business, particularly radio. “I love radio. Radio is my passion,” Mel says. “Nobody edits me. It is a very intimate medium because you are in someone’s car, kitchen or headset.” Others have described Mel as a “breath of fresh air” in talk radio, which is a primarily male-dominated industry. Last year, Mel extended her no-

nonsense advice to TV. As the relationship expert of A&E’s reality show, Monster In-Laws, Mel tackles thorny, real-life family relationships. Mel moves in with a troubled family for a week and tries to restore failing relationships through life coaching skills with creative tactics. “It’s my job to force these families to talk about the stuff they don’t want to talk about and to hammer through it. And to remind people on a very guttural level what’s truly important, which is their familial relationships,” she says. If you can’t hear or see Mel in action, you can read her inspirational advice in her book, Stop Saying You’re Fine. The books gives practical, how-to advice on overcoming self-imposed obstacles and achieving success in life by understanding the neuroscience behind the inertia that holds people back from achieving their dreams. Mel is as passionate about her kids as she is about her career. Her “can do” attitude extends to her parenting philosophy. “It’s important for kids to understand that in a family, it’s not a ‘momocracy,’ it’s a democracy,” she says. “Mom has a life, too. What I believe is healthy is for my kids to see a loving relationship between Chris and I first, then to see a

loving relationship with myself.” She describes her children as uniquely different. The oldest daughter, Sawyer, is “thoughtful, serious and has the most infectious belly laugh that you will ever hear.” Kendall is “deeply curious, deeply emotional and amazingly interesting.” Oakley, the youngest is “a typical boy – he bops all over the place. He’s a polite little kid,” she says. With two entrepreneurs as parents, the Robbins household gets hectic, as the massive family calendar tacked on the wall shows. Mel and Chris have managed to keep their family close and cohesive by simplifying tasks like grocery shopping, delegating chores to the kids and making time for family dinners, weekends away and time together. “Chris and I both grew up in families that had family dinners. The majority of families only meet together two to three times per week. Having family dinner together is huge,” Mel says. Mel and Chris hold a family meeting every Sunday night to go over their schedules and put the kids’ activities on the tack board. Even with the best organization, though, Mel says their parenting is “very fluid, it’s a mosaic of different things.” “The second you set your schedule and

you think that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got things nailed, one of your kids no longer wants to do karate,â&#x20AC;? she laughs. While some two-career families hire a nanny to help with the kids and household, Mel and Chris donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Instead, they tap into teens in the neighborhood for help. When sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not on the road for Monster In-Laws, Mel broadcasts her radio show from her home office. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I do radio because it allows me to be there for my kids,â&#x20AC;? she says. Mel hopes to continue in what sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s described as her lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;radio â&#x20AC;&#x201C; while being able to be present for her kids. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to make sure our kids are interested in other people, that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re respectful, that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re kind, and that they do their job, whatever that might be,â&#x20AC;? she says. For Mel, her job is â&#x20AC;&#x153;having real conversations,â&#x20AC;? a job that she describes as her lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve found what it is I want to do for

the rest of my life,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now all I need to do is show up and earn the privilege of doing it.â&#x20AC;? For more information, visit melrobbins. com. Check out her show on Mondays on A&E,, or learn more about her book at amazon. com/Stop-Saying-Youre-Fine-Discover/ dp/0307716724. Trish Reske is an award-winning freelance writer, business owner, blogger and mom of four fabulous kids. She and her family currently reside in Westborough, MA. You can follow her on Twitter@trishreske or catch her latest blogposts at

Take 12 with Mel Life Philosophy: â&#x20AC;&#x153;It Shall Be.â&#x20AC;? If you can figure out what you want and have the courage and the sheer will to feel

scared, you will make anything happen in your life.

What Drives me Nuts: Myself. I drive myself bananas.

Favorite Family Pastime: Family dinner

Current Family Obsession: Dancing. The kids love to stand on the mantle and put on dance parties.

Inspiration: My husband, my mom, Howard Stern, J.K. Rowling, Judge Judyâ&#x20AC;Ś Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m inspired by anyone who has the gumption to go for what they want and keep pushing forward. Wish for My Kids: Happiness

Biggest Parenting Surprise: How it solidified incredible lifelong friendships. Friends are the family you choose. We have a very tight extended family here in Sherborn.

What Monster In-Laws has Taught Me: That every human being wants to feel like they matter. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re being a pain with other family members, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in pain. We all need to hear why weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re important.

One Sentence to Describe Me: How about one word? Real.

Favorite Thing about Being a Mom: Experiencing the endless capacity for love. It just keeps expanding. It surprises and overwhelms me.

Best Part of My Day: When the kids run off the bus

Favorite Massachusetts Activity: Going on a walk at Rocky Narrows with my family and the dogs

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COUNTDOWN! MetroWest YMCA Day Camp Camp Open House June 23, 2012

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8 one-week sessions June 25 - August 17, 2012 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. AM/PM extended day options

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Mass Audubon Nature Day Camps In Central MA Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary 414 Massasoit Rd. Worcester, MA 01604 Camp Director 508-753-6087 x 13 Serves Children Ages 4.5-16

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A unique opportunity to learn about the natural world. Meet new friends and have lots of fun! Specialty sessions such as digital photography, teen adventure trip and woodworking. Experienced staff who provide a safe, educational, and noncompetitive camp environment. Small group nature study. An experience that will last a lifetime!

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