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ARE YOU BEING HONEST WITH YOUR KIDS? How could it possibly be time to talk to your baby about something like sexually transmitted diseases? The Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts has a parent education program, Let’s Be Honest: Communication in Families that Keeps Kids Healthy, to help prepare parents to talk with their children about sex and sexuality. Age-appropriate workshops are for parents with children in early childhood and elementary, middle and high school. For more details, visit parents; call 617-616-1658 or email and kids.

Sports, schools, classes, camps. Every program in which your child participates requires you to fill out a lengthy form with all of your family’s personal information. It’s the same information, over and over and over. And if you have more than one child, it can get frustrating. Plus, did you ever think about your 5-year-old toting around your family’s health and financial information for just about anyone to see? Rochelle Nemrow is a mom who wanted to stop the madness. She started the Weston-based FamilyID so that parents only have to fill out one online form that can be accessed by numerous program providers and used for more than one child. Over 85 organizations in the Boston area are using the platform now. Let your child’s program provider know that there could be a better way!

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Leominster mom Tiffany Ordile taught herself to knit when she was a child and has been knitting ever since. She works full time as a financial analyst, but since becoming a mom in August of 2010, Tiffany took a business cue from her tiny muse, Calista. She started an Etsy business, Baby Bird Knits, inspired by the way her daughter would sweetly look up at her and open her tiny mouth when she was a hungry newborn. Tiffany’s adorable knitted baby hats include designs for every occasion. Soon to be unveiled is her “mom” tattoo hat as well as Easter designs. Check out her work at or facebook. com/babybirdknits.

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Sprout, and Benardi’s Formalwear, tell us that boys think prom a week or two, or even just days, before. Your sons are not telling the truth, moms and dads. They need to get their butts fitted for a tuxedo and provide the florist with as much information as they can about their date’s dress several weeks before prom. Much to mom’s, and more importantly, dad’s relief, our prom inspiration this year is not Kardashian skin and bling, but gorgeous vintage, simply feminine and romantic. Our South Shore photographer, Stephanie Piscitelli of Bellini Portraits, chose a soft, creamy color palette. Classic hair accessories, called fascinators, from William and Kate’s royal wedding could be making their way onto the prom scene, says Walsh. Sprout is stocked with vintage tulle, ribbons and bleached peacock feathers and Walsh can make a prom headpiece to rival Kate Middleton’s fashions all day long. Just as there are other ways to get noticed without showing so much skin, there are ways to get a prom glow without putting one’s health at risk. Please share with your teen our story on alternatives to tanning for prom (page 35). Melanoma is now the most common form of skin cancer in white females ages 20 to 24, and using tanning beds increases this risk by 75%. Lastly, we have three announcements that we do not want you to miss: 1. Do you have video of your child meeting his sibling for the first time, taking her first steps, getting that first

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he article about the lack of gifted education in our state was very much appreciated [Jan. 2012]. I want to applaud the town of Framingham and the few other towns mentioned in the article for providing a challenge for all of their learners. There are teachers and principals who want to support these kids.They need the support of the state in their efforts for gifted kids. - Laura Trendel, Northborough Thanks for the gifted children piece [“Ignored: Gifted Children in Massachusetts,” Jan. 2012]. As a parent of a gifted child, I can certainly agree with the points that were touched upon! - Cristin Murphy, Worcester I would love to add “Why I Love...Jewish Day School” to your Yearn to Learn section [Jan. 2012]. There are 13 Jewish

Day Schools in the Greater Boston area, each offering a high-quality, cutting-edge spectrum of both comprehensive Jewish (religion, Hebrew language, holidays, history, etc.) and secular (math, science, language arts...) education. On a personal note, my son went to the Billy Dalwin PS at Temple Emunah and had a beautiful positive early childhood experience. Currently, I am so grateful my children attended Solomon Schecter Day School in Newton. My daughter is in the 3-year-old program at their preschool, Gan Shelanu, and my son is in kindergarten. Both kids come home happy and singing in Hebrew and English. Thanks to a very generous financial aid package, my children can attend Schecter. I am beyond pleased with the classroom instruction, small class size, the quality and quantity of the “extras” - art, music, library, gym, free play - the warmness of the community and the emphasis on living life with a moral compass - learning how to be “a good person.” Every day at Schecter is a blessing. - Rachel Weinstein, Waltham

The article, “Ignored: Gifted Children in Massachusetts,” prompted me to respond (Jan. 2012). As one principal told me, “If they’re so smart, why don’t they teach themselves?” That’s not “ignored,” that’s dismissed. Gifted children are dismissed as nonexistent by most educational systems. Gifted children are left to fend for themselves. The author mentions how a gifted child might “get on a bus” and ask an age mate about his opinion on busing. The author does not even mention how quickly the average gifted child learns never to ask an age mate a question like that again, let alone a teacher. Being stuffed in a locker looks funny on Nickelodeon until it happens to you because you ask too many questions in class. The only positive portion of the article, in my opinion, is the author’s suggestion that parents do something the bureaucracy of public education has been actively preventing parents from doing: advocating for their child’s education. Most schools would rather have a gang turf brawl on their playground during lunch than a mildly inquisitive parent. Think I am kidding? Try being a “general contractor” of your child’s education and see how the public school and quite a few private ones treat you. Parents, you are your child’s best hope. Becoming your child’s subcontractor? Better you should become your child’s blunt, stern-faced, advocate and act the part of any competent female bear who will lay down her life for her cubs up until the moment it is time for those cubs to grow up and face the cruel world, alone.

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Myth #2: Flavored milk, like soft drinks, contains a lot of added sugar. Research shows that flavored milk contributes just 3% of added sugars to kids’ diets as opposed to sodas and fruit drinks which contribute close to half and provide little to no nutritive value (2). Plus, not all the sugar you see on the labels of flavored milk is “added sugar.” A portion of the total grams of sugar actually comes from naturally-occurring lactose. Plus, dairy companies and schools have worked together to reduce the amount of added sugar in flavored milk by 38% in the last five years (3)!

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seemed harmless when my daughter drank a strawberryflavored milk last week. When she started laughing uncontrollably and bouncing up and down in her seat, we both knew that this pink concoction, filled with the dye, Red 40, was serious stuff. School officials are starting to pay attention to some of the negative effects of flavored milk so much so that Massachusetts schools plan to ban sweetened, flavored milk by August 2013. The New England Dairy Council has something to say about this as do local nutritionists.

The New England Dairy Council debunks five milk myths that they feel parents should consider when debating whether flavored milk gets a pass or fail in school. They write: Myth #1: Flavored milk isn’t as nutritious as white milk. Milk – whether white or flavored – plays a vital role in helping Americans, especially children, meet their needs for important nutrients. In fact, flavored milk offers the same nine essential nutrients as white milk, including three of the four “nutrients of concern” that kids are not getting enough of – vitamin D, calcium

Myth #3: When flavored milk is removed from schools, kids will drink white milk. If consumption dips, it will eventually rebound. A recent study showed that eliminating flavored milk from schools resulted in a dramatic 35% drop in overall milk consumption, which means many children will miss out on essential nutrients that milk provides. During the second year of that same study, students did not move toward white milk, and overall milk consumption did not rebound (3). Without a glass of milk at lunch-time, it’s almost impossible for kids to meet their needs for the important vitamins and minerals that milk provides. Myth #4: Flavored milk is contributing to the obesity crisis among America’s children. Actually, the opposite is true! Flavored milk provides children with good nutrition, and leading health organizations agree that flavored milk is a positive trade-off for soft drinks, which are the primary source of added sugar in children’s diets. In fact, 95% of all 8-ounce servings of chocolate milk served in schools have 150 calories or less, and studies show that children who drink flavored milk do not have a higher body mass index (BMI)

than those who don’t (4). Myth #5: Most parents want schools to ban flavored milk. Despite some of the high-profile debates over flavored milk, a recent study of 1,000 moms found that more than half would be opposed to a decision made by their children’s school to stop offering flavored milk. In fact, 80% of moms do not support the removal of chocolate milk from the lunch lines and school cafeterias (5). Most moms agree that kids need healthy choices at school, including chocolate milk. baystateparent asked local nutritionists to respond to the New England Dairy Council’s five milk myths. Their reaction follows. Sugar is primarily responsible for the obesity epidemic in this country. And it’s not only sugar that is added, but artificial flavors and colors as well. Even the FDA has finally acknowledged that food colorings are linked to hyperactivity in our children. While I know many families rely on milk, we don’t do dairy in our family. For me, eliminating dairy meant getting rid of my lifetime struggles with asthma. We get our calcium from greens and seeds, which are far superior sources because they also include minerals like magnesium, selenium, Vitamin K, etc, which help with the absorption of calcium. Additionally, an excess of animal protein actually leaches calcium and other minerals from our bones, which is why, despite the fact that our country consumes so much dairy, we have some of the highest rates of osteoporosis in the world. Donna Morin, M.Ed, CHHC, Certified Health Coach,, Wrentham Low fat or non-fat white milk is the best choice, but if your kids will only drink flavored milk, let them! Milk, whether flavored or not, is an excellent source of essential nutrients like calcium and vitamin D, which are important for building strong and healthy bones in your child. Since flavored milk does contain more calories from added sugar, it’s best to only drink on occasion and

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in small portions of 8 ounces or less. To encourage your children to drink white milk at school, provide only white milk at home. If they are used to drinking it at home they will be more likely to choose it on their own. Also, drinking white milk with them will also help encourage this behavior. Lauren Herrick, RD LDN, Clinical Dietitian at New England Baptist Hospital, Boston

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Brett Blumenthal, Be Healthy Boston, I just don’t understand the big push for dairy foods as the primary source of calcium. Sugar is sugar. If you introduce children to chocolate milk in schools of course they’ll go for the chocolate milk! If it is not an option, kids that drink milk will go for the plain milk. Kate Scarlata, RD,, Medway The Wattus won’t be buying strawberry milk again anytime soon; however, after reading the viewpoints above, there is definitely room for the occasional chocolate in our lives. Carrie Wattu is editor of baystateparent.

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CABIN FEVER CRAFT Every family has mounds of T-shirts collected from vacations, concerts, road races, festivals, sports, school events and more. Save them from a fate of ending up in the rag bin as we’ve found a way to recycle, revive and reuse them by turning them into great carry bags! You Will Need: • 5 Straight Pins •1 Pen • 1 Dinner Plate • Scissors • Sewing Machine • Old T-shirt

Step 1: Use your scissors to cut the sleeves off of your T-shirt, approximately 1/4 inch after the seam where the arm meets the T-Shirt.

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opening with half of the plate on and half off the T-shirt, creating a half circle around the neck. Trace the half circle and cut along the line.

pin the bottom of the shirt closed along the hem. Sew the bottom of the T-shirt closed. Reinforce your tote by sewing over the seam a second time.

Step 4: Keeping the T-shirt inside-out and laid flat, draw a 2- inch square in the bottom corner of each side of the T-shirt. Cut out both squares. On one of the squares, pinch two opposing corners with your fingers, pull them away from each other so that they create a straight line from corner to corner. Pin that edge and sew along the straight line. Repeat for second square.

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Step 5: With the T-shirt still inside out, apply a piece of duct tape to each shoulder from front to back, measuring approximately 6 inches long. Turn T-Shirt inside out.

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My bride had been telling me for months that we needed to plan a family fun trip. I thought we’d go to a Bruins game but since that is like a million dollars, I jumped when another dad invited my family to stay at his place and ski. I thought that since we didn’t have to pay for hotel rooms, this was going to be cheap. However, traveling with other families is always challenging because you have to figure out ways to get the kids to do what you want without using swear words so you don’t freak out the other parents. Otherwise, they’ll figure out that you’re actually crazy, your family sucks and then they’ll never let their kids sleep over your house. It will be all over Facebook. Despite the risks, we said, “Yes, we’d love to.” First a little background: My wife, Big Mamma, and I have two “premeditated” kids then two more “accidental” kids. Not one of us skis. All the kids do is run around like they are high on red dye. One is a professional boss. He’s 10 years old and knows everything and does not need to listen to any adult. He also has a tendency to make loud obnoxious noises for no reason. We also have a 5-year-old Jersey Girl Diva (our little Rookie-Snooki) who is a walking stick of diva dynamite (ready to blow up over anything). Then we have our 8-year-old boy (Think Swiper from Dora. He annoys everyone, any way he can). Lastly, there’s the wanna-be nun, my good-as-gold 11-year-old daughter who sleeps with a crucifix and channels my mom when she reminds me that we need to get to church. Yes, we decided to take this crew to stay in someone else’s home. Thank God there was no security deposit involved because within nine minutes of our arrival we broke one coffee mug followed by a strange thud from the second floor. My wife went to investigate and within minutes returned, saying, in a voice mixed with panic and anger, “You’re not going to believe this...” Living with my family, I have learned that I need to be a believer.

Everything is possible with my kids! Somehow – and no one knows why --- the lid to the toilet (yes the upper porcelain heavy cover where only a plumber would go) fell off the toilet and got chipped! I saw the other wife look at her husband, giving him a look that said, “I told you we should have invited the Sullivans.” Finally, after a long night of destroying other people’s property, morning came, and we packed up to hit the slopes. The kids got mad at me for packing all the “wrong” snowsuits. (Back home, we have this Salvation Army pile of winter gear and I have no clue what is what. So I just grabbed what I grabbed). Gloves didn’t match. Some kids were missing minor things like boots and socks. Our 5-yearold got upset because she had to wear the only thing we could find in the truck: a pair of her brother’s Power Ranger flip flops left over from summer. I can’t stress enough that we’ve never skied, which means I’m unfamiliar with the whole “ski process.” I fought for a parking spot, where I guess you’re only allowed to pull up and throw your stuff out before leaving to go find another spot. We pulled up and started throwing kids and gear out as if the inside of the truck was on fire. The kids were pissed off, all the gear was mixed up and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches spilled all over the parking lot. Somehow a guy who worked for the ski place spotted us, out of all the thousands of other people in the lot, and thought we needed help (or marriage counseling). I wonder if it was the daughter standing unattended on the sidewalk in flip-flops and a tank top that gave it away. Anyway I thought my wife was going to cry because the guy told us we were in the wrong place and we need to off-load in another place way across the lot near the equipment “rental lodge.” I had to leave my wife alone with four kids to fill out the ski rental paperwork and get them fitted while I parked the truck two miles away and waited for a shuttle back. My spoiled kids barely carry

a lunch box to school so we couldn’t imagine that they would easily carry their own skis, poles and boots. I told my kids they had better put on a smile, shut their faces and have the most fun of their lives or I would beat them all. It sounds like I’m complaining, but surprisingly, after two hours of standing in lines and paying over $600 for lift tickets and rental stuff, we were ready to go! Well almost. We needed to have a “flash mob scavenger hunt” after my son dropped his $85 lift ticket. We found it within thirty minutes with the help of all the ski rangers. The actual skiing was much harder than I thought. I couldn’t even take care of myself on the stupid chair lift thing, never mind help my kids. None of us knew how to stop or turn, and I refused to pay extra for the lessons, which is why we were all balled up like decorations on the freaking bunny slope. At one point, I saw a kid going like a flying squirrel off the path, landing belly flop style. All I could see were the ends of the skis and the dad digging the crying kid out. I remember thinking, “That blows for them. He’s got snow all down his jacket. “Wait…That’s my kid!” But after a few runs, we all improved and I was able to get a couple of seconds to myself to take it all in: the snow, people having fun, the view, couple of deep breaths. There I was, all by myself with thousands of people, on top of the bunny slope, not thinking about a mortgage payment, not racing to get to some kid’s practice. I looked down the bottom to see a crowd of people forming a circle. I thought, “This place is really nice. They have something for everyone here. Hot chocolate, snow boards and even entertainment at the bottom of the slope.” I looked more closely at the entertainment, and it was my 5-year-old diva squaring off with Big Mamma. They were in the middle of an all-out screaming match like you’d see on a reality show. I watched as my daughter started flinging her hat, mittens, then her jacket to the ground, and, as if it was in slow motion, I saw my wife turn to the top of the bunny slope and yell up to me, “You deal with her.” She walked off in the strange way you do when you’re wearing clunky ski boots. The crowd of people shifted their gaze to me, and they had questions: Why was my wife doing all the work in the first place? When are you going to come down here and get your daughter, or are you going to stay up there and philosophize all day, Socrates? Then I saw my little Rookie Snooki throw herself into the snow and I wondered how much those Bruins tickets really were after all. Dirty Laundry columnist Stephen Rich is a Plymouth father of four. This monthly humor column is about day-to-day life raising kids. Basically 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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never thought I would be on the receiving end of this question. I have cringed witnessing it happen to others, then laughed recounting the story to friends. A few months ago, it happened to me. I was at the soccer field on a Saturday morning. I had on a pair of jeans that are probably a size too small and a blousy peasant style shirt that I thought was the perfect choice to mask the muffin top pushing up over my jeans. I thought it was a cute outfit, until I bumped into the mother of a child that my daughter Elena had attended daycare with. I had not seen her in a good two years. We caught up for a minute with pleasantries, “How are you? The kids? Oh they are getting so big etc.” I saw her glance toward my expanding midrift, and then I knew it was coming, “Are you expecting?” I wasn’t expecting, and I really wasn’t expecting that! Deep sigh. It’s true. I have gained a good 20 lbs. in the last year. It came out of nowhere. Pants that once slipped on easily, I now can’t even attempt to close. It is a little depressing. “No, I’m just fat. I have put on about 15-20 lbs. Some of the medications I take cause weight gain,” I replied. Then she did what most people do, the worst possible thing she could do, she tried to back track. “Oh, no, I mean you look healthy (aka fat). How are you feeling anyway?” “I feel great,” I replied. I had just complained to my oncologist about the scale tipping on the high side. I have not been this heavy since I was pregnant for real. I am not the only cancer survivor complaining about weight gain. I have spent too much time Googling Tamoxifin, the drug I take to prevent cancer recurrence, and weight gain. And guess what? I am not alone. If that is supposed to make me feel better, it doesn’t. It only corroborates my story that this extra 20 lbs. is out of my control. There are women on cancer forums posting about their 30 lb. weight gain, and no matter how much

they exercise, they can’t shake it. The second comment came from a mom at back-to-school night. She is an adorable petite woman who used to boost my ego when I saw her at after school pickup. One day she told me I looked like I belonged in Hollywood. I remember looking behind me to make sure she was talking to me. I told her she was my new favorite mother at the Butler School. These days, since I am trying to avoid what my body really wants to wear - yoga pants - I had on another pair of jeans that I crammed myself into. It was hard to button them, but I forced it. The shirt I was wearing was not as blousy. I had a nice roll pushing up from the pants, creating a seemingly permanent mark on my abdomen; they were so uncomfortable. I saw her glance down at my stomach, and I knew it was coming. I just looked at her blankly and said, “I’m just fat!” What I appreciate about her is her lack of apology. She simply stated, “Hollywood, what happened?” I told her I thought my medication was causing me to gain weight. I didn’t add in the amount of wine and triple cream soft cheese I consumed this summer. Dessert, I haven’t missed it in weeks. Admittedly, it is not just the drugs; it is some bad habits as well. The other day, my husband, Arthur, caught me dipping chips into cream cheese. He has had to listen to me complain that none of my clothes fit, and I am sure when he sees this behavior, he can’t hold back his comments. “Do you really think you should be doing that?” The truth is, I know I shouldn’t, but I like to eat. What can I say? I signed up for the gym but haven’t been yet. However, I have completed my third Pilates class. I am hoping that I can make a dent in the 20 lbs. before it gets any worse. The last thing I want is someone asking me in the new year if I am expecting twins. Jennifer Palmer (pictured above) is a Belmont mom of two and a breast cancer survivor. Read more of her musings on her blog





laurie puhn

“I love my husband, but I don’t like him.” That’s a comment I hear quite often in my couples mediation practice. Over the years, I discovered something: Many people are nicer to strangers than they are to their spouses.

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he “liking” feeling tends to disappear as everyday job stress, parenting decisions, financial woes and child-induced sleep deprivation start to bring out the worst in us. When overwhelmed by life, small things may seem like “the last straw,” and you might even wonder if you are married to the right person. As a lawyer, couples mediator and author of Fight Less, Love More, people turn to me for my expert relationship advice. Many assume that because I have the answers, I must have a perfect marriage. The truth is, I have a happy marriage and I love my husband, but still, we have the good and bad days that strain the liking feeling and require me to put my own communication advice into practice. Conflict is normal, especially for parents, but how we choose to respond to it will either strengthen or weaken the relationship. One day, my husband told me he’d be home from work earlier than usual. He even told me which train he would be taking. I put his early arrival time into my afternoon schedule so my (then) 2-year-old son and I would be home to greet him, and enjoy some playful “Daddy time.” When my husband’s designated arrival time passed, each additional minute pushed me into a worsening mood. At 50 minutes past his planned homecoming, I was furious. Why wasn’t he here? Why wasn’t he answering his cell phone? Enraged at this point, the only excuse that could save him was a train delay. My husband showed up more than an hour after I expected him displaying a freshly trimmed head of hair, acting like nothing had happened. “So you got a haircut?” I asked. “Yes, I had time today, so I figured, why not?” That was it. I ripped into his thoughtless selfish behavior and the fight began. But minutes later, reality hit. In our pre-child days, I would have been more understanding and explained how I felt about his late arrival. Now, with my energy drained from attending to a very busy

2-year old, I acted as if his haircut was akin to finding out he cheated on me with his hairdresser.

Our Best Selves Frequently, I witness this over-reactive response from my clients. We are our best selves early in our relationship. We show each other empathy, respect and patience. As time passes, we come to expect those things from our partner, but we tend to deliver them less and less. Use of the words “thank you” and “please” become sparse, replaced by comments like “You have to…” and “Why didn’t you…” which are set-up comments for a fight. So what can a person say to prevent such unnecessary battles? The answer is to stop and ask yourself one wise question when you feel your blood beginning to boil: Ask, “What do I want my spouse to do differently next time?” In my situation, I wanted him to call me in advance to tell me that his plans changed and that he would be home later than expected. If I had shared this futureoriented solution instead of yelling at him for what had already happened we would have skipped an unhappy battle. As soon as I realized my short-tempered mistake, I apologized and asked for what I wanted. Interestingly, during that brief conversation my husband was flattered to learn that I was looking forward to his coming home early and was disappointed by his lateness. I also shared that I had rescheduled a play date for our son so we would be home to greet him. Our five minute talk ended with the agreement that if his plans changed, he would immediately call me. To this day that agreement has had a positive influence on our relationship. So my advice for couples who want to love, and like, their mate for a lifetime is: Don’t focus on the problem. Do focus on the solution. A little wisdom makes a big difference. Laurie Puhn is a Harvard-trained lawyer, couples mediator, relationship expert and bestselling author of Fight Less, Love More: 5-Minute Conversations to Change Your Relationship without Blowing Up or Giving In. You can find her online at



Project: Loved BY

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We arrive at the orphanage on the other side of the world. The day is finally here – one we have prepared for months. We are led up a flight of stairs in warm, bright sunshine. As we reach the top, a woman walks out of a room holding the hand of a tiny girl. Her face is as I had memorized it from a picture. Her body... impossibly small. I cross the few feet that separate us and kneel down to take her hand. She flinches back in alarm, her eyes confused. Her nanny unceremoniously picks her up and deposits her in my arms in one swift movement. She screams in panic, fighting to get away from me. I let her go and watch her run away from me. An hour later, she stands between my husband and me as we sit on the floor and allows us to gently rub her back and feed her Cheerios. She will not look at us, keeping her eyes fixed ahead of her. Finally, I put my arms around her small frame and cautiously pull her to me. To my surprise, she does not resist. She sinks into me and rests her head against my chest. She begins to take small peeks at me. Taking in one part of my face at a time, she never looks


Highlights of February’s Adoption-Related Events


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at me for longer than a moment. Her eyes are clouded with worry. She does not know me yet. I am a stranger to her...and I am her mother. The first year is a collection of sleepless nights with her small body draped across mine, ensuring I don’t sneak away while she sleeps. The days are filled with my “velcro baby” attached to me at all times. I am exhausted, I worry a lot, and our 4-year-old son gets the short end of the stick most days. But slowly things change. The trust begins to grow. Her face begins to shine in a healthy, relaxed glow that only routine, love and a full tummy

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Mandy Mulliez is a mother of two: son, Louis, age 9, through birth, and daughter, Anna, age 7, adopted from Vietnam in 2006. Mandy’s love for adoption came with the arrival of her sister, who was domestically adopted into her family 30 years ago. She has spent time over the last five years capturing the stories of modern adoption from families of widely

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varying circumstances and backgrounds. In 2008, she joined with fellow adoptive mother and renowned family photographer, Jennifer Weintraub, to begin documenting the extraordinary families they met along the way in their own adoption journeys. Out of this collaboration, Project: Loved was born, and they have photographed and

groups to share personal concerns and needs around adoptive parenting. AFT provides education, advocacy, support and more. They welcome adopted individuals, birth parents, foster parents, pre-adoptive parents and all those with a connection to adoption. Just drop in to a group: mspccorg/aft.

to adults seeking to adopt from foster care in Massachusetts. Please visit the Department of Children and Families website at (Click on Adoption, then Foster Care and Adoption Information Meetings to find the MAPP training link) for a schedule of MAPP trainings or call 800KIDS-508 (543-7508).

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Eleven-year-old Hector is an athletic Hispanic child who takes great pride in his abilities. He enjoys activities where he can engage with his peers and showcase his strengths. Hector loves being involved in organized sports, and has participated in a soccer league and on a basketball team. When he wants to relax, Hector plays video games and watches television. He is learning to speak Spanish. School can be difficult for Hector because of his significant delays, but he does well with written rules and routines. Despite his disabilities, his teachers report that "he places great effort in his work" and he completes assignments to the best of his abilities.

Legally free for adoption, Hector would benefit from a two-parent, experienced family with at least one father in the home and no other children or only those who are much older. The ideal family for Hector would help him maintain contact with his birth family and help him to reach his fullest potential. To learn more about Hector or the adoption process in general, please call the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) at 617-54-ADOPT (617-542-3678.) Part of the process to adopt a child from foster care is a training course. After an initial home visit by a social worker, you may be invited to attend the Massachusetts Approach to Partnerships

interviewed over 50 families to date from around the country, forming a beautiful gift book for perspective adoptive families as well as those already well versed in the process. Publishers - take note! They are looking for their perfect fit. Mandy, her husband and two children, live in Needham, Massachusetts.

of every month. Reservations are required: 508-791-4488, Please submit March’s adoption-related events by Sunday, February 5th to be included in the March print edition of baystateparent. Events submitted after the 5th of the month will be included in our online calendar online. To submit an event, visit and click “Calendar” and “Submit an Event.”

in Parenting (MAPP) training. The MAPP course is typically held one night per week for ten weeks. MAPP training is designed to help pre-adoptive parents gain the best possible understanding of, and preparation for, parenting an adopted child. This training includes information about the needs of children who are waiting to be adopted and what behaviors they might exhibit. MAPP teaches communication, positive discipline and self-esteem building techniques. It also discusses the resources and supports available to adoptive families. A couple considering adoption should attend MAPP training together.


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ESKIMO KISS: Brianna Nichole Shvetsov, 11, of Western Massachusetts rubs noses with Picco the puppy.

Daisy Sandwich: Adriana and Devin Rochelle with Daisy in West Boylston.

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Puppy in the Middle: The Dennehy girls, Shannon, 4, and Colleen, 2, in their Worcester backyard.

Princess and the King: Emma Rae of Leominster with her puppy, King Cody of Pheasant Run.

Sweet on You: Madison Brown of Oxford, pictured here at age 3, with Tyson.

Puppy Heaven: The Jarvi sisters of Shrewsbury, Jordan, 8, and Taylor, 4, hug Toby.

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TODDLER PROGRAMS Sweet Simi: Abby Hoffman of Sharon, 9, is smitten with her adorable dog, Simi.

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Day Party she’ll absolutely love.

BY anina hendrick

visited Paris one spring with my foreign language club in high school. It was a beautiful with flowers blooming and trees blossoming everywhere, very lovely and romantic. This trip inspired a lifetime love of all things Parisian especially décor. When I designed this Valentine’s Day party table for baystateparent readers, I chose a Paris theme. I wanted to evoke that glamorous but dreamlike feeling and recreate the romance of Paris and an old-movie feel for the holiday that celebrates love. As a girly girl, I wanted to make sure that this theme included a lot of pretty details. From the jeweled cupcake stand, which I thought looked like a chandelier, to the ruffles on the cupcakes and tablecloth, I tried to use romantic



elements that almost created a ballroom feeling. I added strawberry milkshakes to balance out the table as well as tissuepaper pink roses, made by me. One thing that I always try to do is plan the event around the party table whether it is a dessert table or a table where a sit-down dinner is being held. It can also be a piece of furniture you already own, like a hutch or armoire. If you don’t have the space to set up a table, you can work with what you already have by using fabric, scrapbooking paper and/or wrapping paper to temporarily transform an existing piece of furniture into a custom piece for your event. The most important thing to remember is that when you are planning a party, thinking outside of the box can turn out great results.

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Sweet Escapes BY

baystateparent staff

he grandparents have volunteered to take the kids for a long weekend. The children are all at sleepovers. Your best friend is in town and will hold down the fort while you sneak away overnight. Your quality time as a couple is often dependent on the generosity of caregivers you trust, so when you get the opportunity to retreat, we know you don’t want to be disappointed. Here bsp staff members suggest four getaways we think will make you very happy.


A Little Inn on Pleasant Bay, Orleans, Massachusetts The Cape is a must for summer. For a relaxing spot to rest your head, try a B&B like The Little Inn on Pleasant Bay. I fell in love with this inn the moment we drove up. From the white beadboard lining the walls, to the blue hydrangeas in bloom, the details of the inn are quintessential New England. Not to mention the lovely innkeepers make an amazing breakfast that you can enjoy on the front porch with the water view or in the backyard’s Victorian garden. Their bread pudding is the best I have ever had! - Staci Bisset, bsp account executive

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Romantic. Relaxing. Very elegant. This resort, located on 1,000 feet of pristine coastline, is family friendly, but there is something special that makes it a winner just for adults. My husband and I treated ourselves to the couples’ massage at the onsite spa, and it was absolutely wonderful! We walked the secluded beach and then enjoyed the oceanside hot tub, complete with a waterfall. We dined at Sinclairs in the hotel, which was very nice. We were impressed that each room offers private balconies overlooking the ocean or resort views; many rooms have been recently renovated with plush amenities. The Juniper Beach Resort & Spa is a place to do absolutely nothing, or enjoy nightlife at the resort or just a short drive away. Plus, it’s only about 17 miles from the Palm Beach Airport, making it an ideal weekend jaunt. - Paula Monette Ethier, bsp creative director

An overnight at Foxwoods is a little like being on a cruise ship; there is always something going on. And once you’ve arrived, you don’t have to drive anywhere or go out into the cold to experience it all. There are dozens of restaurants for every budget and palate, including the gourmet restaurant, Paragon, in addition to live entertainment, gambling, shopping and great people watching. Pool hop between three onsite hotel pools, and book yourself a treatment at The Norwich Spa or G Spa. In just about an hour’s drive from Worcester County, you can experience so many diverse activities all under one roof. On our overnight, we took in the Princess Diana exhibit, dinner, a concert, gambling and a free dueling piano show at the comedy club, Comix. We topped it all off with a great night’s sleep in a beautiful room. - Carrie Wattu, bsp editor

The Black Point Inn, Scarborough, Maine I felt like we stepped into a novel when my husband and I spent the weekend at The Black Point Inn last fall. The rugged Maine coastline and the historic grand hotel were the backdrops for a weekend full of dreamy relaxation and great conversation. Together, we went running, biking, took naps in our comfortable room, read books, walked the pretty beach and checked out the nightlife in neighboring Portland, which was a blast. Look for their off-season packages for a rate that may include some meals as well. We couldn’t have picked a better place to spend quality time together. - Carrie Wattu, bsp editor BAYSTATEPARENT 23


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uick! Name three activities you could do this weekend that would be fun and leave you feeling super feminine, yet strong and empowered! Tick Tock…Tick Tock. Got them? Okay, is pole fitness one of them? No? Well, you might want to think about including it, then. I took my first-ever pole fitness class last month and what a blast it was. Always up for trying something new, I jumped at the offer when Boston Pole Fitness invited me to try a session with instructor Philip Deal. Since witnessing the Chinese pole act in Circus Smirkus with my son last year, it’s been a bucket-list desire of mine to give it a try. Not being quite so talented at climbing poles, however, I knew I had my work cut out for me. And so would Philip. The pole workout room is set off to the side of the Gold’s Gym workout area on Landsdowne Street in Boston. It was cool inside, and Philip explained later that he prefers it this way so he doesn’t sweat, making it difficult for pole traction. And traction you need. You get it mostly from your skin, so shorts and tank tops are the preferred clothing style. We began the class with a yoga mat and some stretching exercises. After that,


we moved into a soothing head stand position, using the poles as support. Head stands are often used in yoga, and are a great way to reverse the gravitational pull on our bodies. An inverse position like a head stand helps to reduce compression of the lower lungs, allows oxygenated blood to make it to the brain more easily and stimulates the lymphatic system, which improves immunity function. Then it was on to a few basic pole moves. Today, pole dancing often conjures images of titillating stripteases in “gentlemen’s clubs,” but historically, pole dancing was meant as a celebration of femininity. Women performed dances around the pole (meant as a phallus) to welcome fertility, and the dances were performed in the company of other women. The rolling and undulating hip movements were expressions of celebration in the power of the female body. In her book, The S Factor, Sheila Kelley explains that the dance “was performed by women and for women exclusively.” The dancing became more suggestive in the western world after the Depression, in traveling side shows, and then later in Burlesque theatre. Now pole dancing is evolving once again. About twenty years ago, Fawria Mondey Deitrich began teaching the art of pole

dancing to women, and produced the first instructional video. Today, there are a number of groups leading the charge to take pole athletics to the next level, including the International Pole Sports Federation and the Pole Fitness Association. In 2009, the first U.S. Pole Dancing Championship was held on the East coast. These groups are even petitioning to have pole fitness added as an Olympic sport. Of course, these are the hard-core men and women heading to the competitions. What about the pole classes? What keeps women of all ages coming back? “Pole fitness is the best!” says Laurie*, from

Boston. Since she started the classes, she’s lost ten pounds and fits into jeans she hasn’t worn in years. “I keep coming back because I enjoy the rush I get from learning new tricks and spins!” At the studio, a number of classes are offered for varying abilities. I took part in a beginner’s class, where much of the time was spent focusing on the basics- learning to climb, hold onto, swing and hang from the pole. It was quite the workout, engaging my whole body, and I left with more than one bruise. Philip assured me that as one learns proper positioning, there will be fewer bruises.

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Turns out, pole moves require a great deal of choreography, too. With my lack of experience in this area, that might explain why my presence on the pole left a little to be desired. Samantha Star, an instructor at Boston Pole Fitness, explains that teaching a woman how to move on the pole requires “dissecting skills, figuring out how and why she works, and breaking down each move to a level anyone can achieve- then building it back up to create dynamic power moves.� But one does not only gain physical strength from a pole fitness class. The philosophy behind pole fitness is to instill confidence in women. (Pole fitness classes are open to men

as well, but at this time, classes in Boston are primarily female.) “Pole fitness is more than learning how to do cool tricks that make people say, ‘wow’!� says Amy, also from Boston. “It’s about taking an activity traditionally associated with the denigration of women and using it as a form of empowerment. Pole fitness has taught me to appreciate my body and to awaken strength and grace I never knew lay within.� And pole fitness isn’t only for adults. A visit to the website for the Jasmine Dragons, out of Ohio, showcases many of its kid-size classes, some of which combine aerial hip-hop and pole moves. Some of the school’s students have competed internationally. In India, the traditional sport of Mallakhamb is regaining popularity. In this sport, athletes- often boys- climb wood poles and perform various poses and feats that seem to defy gravity itself. As for me, I don’t foresee any competitions in my future. Or circus performances. But I do see myself trotting back to the studio- somewhat gracefully, I hope- to pull myself back up on that pole and give it another twirl. Why? Meredith, another participant in the class, says it best, “It’s a great workout, yet it’s like playing on a jungle gym!�

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5-year-old niece, Tess, dives into the ocean with her clothes on so that she doesn’t have to change in and out of a bathing suit. She asks her dad to take out the tandem bike, so that she can kick back as he does all the work. She goes to the bathroom wherever and whenever, as finding a restroom is just too much work. She’s got a reputation for being lazy, and she has everyone fooled. Tess climbed a 32-foot rock wall at the Central Rock Gym in Worcester with enthusiasm...again and again and again. This is no easy feat. I celebrated my friend Christine’s 40th birthday at Central Rock, treating my svelte marathon-running friend to an evening of climbing. Sweaty and shaky, we dragged our 40-year-old bodies up the walls with much effort. Climbing was a challenge! Perhaps this is why I shared tears with 28 FEBRUARY2012

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my sister as Tess reached the top. My three daughters looked at us like we were off the wall for actually crying, which we literally and figuratively were. Here was this “lazy” kindergartner, who didn’t give up and rapel as soon as she encountered a tricky maneuver. She stuck it out and fought, trusting the staff belaying her (supporting her with a harness and ropes) and worked out the problem. Her determination was palpable. We watched her strength and confidence with a newfound appreciation for what this little girl could really do. If Tess could do this, she could do anything! After scaling down the wall, our sweaty Spider-girl exclaimed, “I want to have my birthday party here!” It would be a twohour drive for her guests, but my sister, buoyed by her daughter’s enthusiasm, took note. My brother-in-law schemed of ways to incorporate a rock wall into their

backyard. The confidence and empowerment brought to climbers of all ages and abilities makes places like Central Rock so special. My 7-year-old daughter, Mary, summed it up that day, “I feel so powerful.” What a great sentiment for girls. “Rock Climbing builds confidence, trust, focus, strength and problem solving ability,” says Ed Hardy, who opened the 14,000 square foot gym with his brother, Joe, in May 2009. “Each climb from the bottom to the top is a ‘problem’ that needs to be sequenced and solved by the climber. This problem-solving process makes the sport very communicative and social. Our members are vocal and open with others, versus other gyms where everyone is plugged into their personal iPods and there to ‘suffer through’ their daily workout.” The Hardys want to show that working out can be fun and that meeting people can happen in creative places like rock climbing facilities versus online or places that are not conducive to getting to know someone. Ed also points out, “Rock climbing workouts exercise forearms, fingers, shoulders, biceps back and legs, without any impact like running or other cardiovascular workouts.” This winter, instead of taking the kids to another movie, consider getting vertical as you take your children to new heights. Even grandparents can try! Couples can get a sitter, skip the same-old dinner out and climb as a couple. Central Rock is extremely family friendly, conveniently located in Worcester and waiting to see how high you can go. Location: Central Rock Gym is located next to Sam’s Club and Higgins Armory on 299 Barber Avenue in Worcester. They have a second location on Route 9 in Hadley. Ages: Rock climbing is for anyone ages 4 and up, beginners and advanced. Fridays are Family Night: Enjoy climbing, music and socializing every Friday night from 5 to 10 p.m. Parents climb for $9 and children under 18 climb for $7. This is $5 off the regular day pass rate. Parents can belay for free. Central Rock will even lend you the equipment for the night. Family Night applies to families of three or more. Also note that Ladies Night is on Mondays and High School Night is on Wednesdays.

For Beginners: Beginners should take Central Rock’s Introduction to Climbing Class offered Monday through Friday 5 and 7 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m., 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. and Sundays 12, 2 and 4 p.m. Receive an orientation of the facility and learn how to put on your gear, tie your knots and the basics of rock climbing. You will even learn to “belay” (a safety system in which the climber is safeguarded from falling on the taller walls by a partner on the ground who uses ropes and anchors). After taking this class and coming for a few visits, it is common for climbers to make huge progress very quickly. It is easy to go from a beginner to intermediate climber in just a few months. Afraid of Heights? “The most common excuse people give us for not trying the sport is their fear of heights,” says owner Ed Hardy. “We tell people that they have to come in and see how it works. People often come in with a fear of heights and leave with a sense of accomplishment and overcoming their fear. The reason this happens is because climbing is done with gear and a learned safety system. Every climber is lowered nice and slowly by your climbing partner.” Costs: Parents can belay their kids for free after taking an introduction class. Central Rock will even lend them gear as long as they pay for their kids. The second option is for Central Rock to belay the kids, by appointment or at one of their regularly scheduled times for $25 a kid, which includes climbing, gear and a staff to help for 1.5 hours of climbing. Normally a child is $12, and $7 for gear, so it’s only $6 additional for all the belaying so it’s a good deal if you don’t want to belay. Bonus for Parents and Kids: Central Rock offers exercise equipment, weights and daily yoga, pilates and fitness classes (you can just drop in for $10 per class). Also check out Central Rock for birthday parties, boy/girl scout outings, team building events and summer camps. For more information, visit Carrie Wattu is editor of baystateparent. To recommend a daytrip destination for Let’s Roll, email

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osian Golemi, a native of Albania, never dreamed that he would have the opportunity to live in the United States. But when his family won a US visa lottery, he welcomed it with open arms. When he and his family arrived just two and half years ago, Josian knew limited English, mostly phrases he picked up from watching television in Albania, as most of the programming is American. Today the friendly teen has a close group of friends and is a top student at South High Community School in Worcester, where he is a senior. With his high grades, he could apply to any college in the country; some of his friends are attending Ivy League schools. Josian, however, decided to apply to local colleges in order to be close to his family. Josian has chosen to pursue medicine because he excels in math and science and loves to help people. “When my father had his surgery at UMass,” he says, “I saw how [much] care the doctors gave to their patients … I’m used to the caring, taking care of siblings.” He certainly is. With three younger siblings and parents who speak little English and do not drive, Josian takes on a tremendous amount of responsibility at home. When the Golemis first arrived in America, Josian began baby-sitting his little sister while his parents worked the second shift at their respective jobs. His responsibilities have since expanded greatly; he likens himself to a social worker. He pays bills, fills out paperwork for food stamps and welfare and drives his family members to their doctor and dentist appointments: duties that most American teens would shy away from. Yet he does not view these obligations as a

burden. “It’s the basic thing you need to do for a family,” Josian says. His generousity does not stop with his family. Every week he asks his principal, Maureen Binienda, if there is community service that he can do. In the past, he helped with decorations for Worcester’s First Night celebration, volunteered at Elm Park and worked for the St. Patrick’s Day parade. One has to wonder why Josian chooses to do so much volunteer work when he already has immense responsibility at home. He says, “It’s a great opportunity to meet new people. It makes me feel good, getting out of the house and doing different things.” Impressive. Mrs. Binienda is impressed as well. “What amazes me is [that] no matter where we are, with what group, he is always able to strike up a conversation with the directors of the community service and fit right into the conversation with them,” she says. “He tries to find something to connect with every person that he meets, and I think that is a great skill to have.” Despite his vast responsibilities and tight schedule, Josian still finds time to play soccer with his friends, who have a difficult time reaching him as he doesn’t have a cell phone, which is practically a requirement for a teen today.

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He sees himself as a typical teenager, and believes teenagers are similar everywhere. “Being a teenager is a tough age,” Josian says. What he feels sets him apart from other teens are not his obligations at home, his high marks in school or his volunteer work. It is the lack of a cell phone to stay in contact with his friends. But Josian is not typical. He barely knew English when he came to America just two years ago, and now faces a bright future at one of the top colleges in the country. Josian has received a full scholarship to Holy Cross College in Worcester where he will major in pre-med. Bryan Ethier is a Millbury-based freelance writer working towards his degree in creative writing.

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icole Drew discovered two monumental things about herself early in life. One is that she has an autoimmune disorder, Type 1 Diabetes, and two, that she can rock a microphone in front of large groups of people. Both have changed her life for the better. It all started when Nicole was 9 and got really sick, drinking seven to eight waters a day, sleeping for hours at a time and loosing 30% of her body fat. Her doctor thought Nicole had a virus. It wasn’t until Nicole slipped into life-threatening

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diabetic shock that her doctor diagnosed her with Type 1 Diabetes. It was a surprise to Nicole’s parents as no one in Nicole’s family had diabetes. Nicole spent five days in the hospital before being discharged to live life with this new challenge. The Drews received minimal guidance on how to manage the Type 1 Diabetes. The disease requires constant monitoring of blood sugar throughout the day, taking insulin and being diligent about diet and exercise. “We had to figure it out ourselves,” says Nicole, who had to take four to six insulin shots a day. At age 9, Nicole learned how to give herself the shots in her stomach, arms, legs and back. Nicole, who is an only child, and her parents spent the following year longing for support to navigate this new chapter in their lives. “It was chaotic,” recalls Nicole. But at age 10, Nicole met her numberone supporter, Kerry Packard, a day camp director at The Barton Center for Diabetes Education in North Oxford. “She is the nicest, bubbliest, cheeriest person ever,” says Nicole.

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ost teenagers would flip if their younger brother went into their bedrooms without permission and rearranged the clothing in their bureaus. Not Steven Barber. He has an extraordinary friendship with his brother

Austin, age 15, who has autism. When Austin recently “Austin-ized” Steven’s bedroom, moving all of Steven’s belongings into different places, the good-natured high school junior just laughed. “We do not fight,” says Steven. While Steven has seen plenty of his

She also discovered the American Diabetes Association (ADA) which Nicole says is the most amazing thing to have happened to her. “I know everyone in the Boston office. They are family,” says Nicole. The ADA invited the Drews to speak about their family’s experience at a Boston Children’s Hospital event. A 12-year-old Nicole surprised her family by taking the microphone out of her parents’ hands. As she opened her mouth to talk about something that is very personal to most people - health - Nicole also opened a new future for herself as a public speaker. “I wouldn’t let my parents talk,” says Nicole. Nicole’s speech has been symbolic of her personal journey to advocate independently for herself and others. “I tell people that diabetes is hard but I could not imagine not having it. It’s a blessing in a way because I have so many great amazing friends through it,” says Nicole. Today, Nicole is an 8th grader at Mount Alvernia School in Newton, a basketball player and an active volunteer in the ADA’s Youth Leader Program in New England with another one of her super-

friends “beat on” their younger siblings, he is still surprised to be recognized as a stand-out teen. He says he’s just a typical kid. He plays football, works part-time at Market Basket and likes math. “I don’t see myself as inspiring just because I am affectionate towards my brother,” he says. But it’s more than that says his mother, Jennifer Barber. Steven gives his brother something that Jennifer cannot provide, a normal teenage life. “Steven is such a good kid. He lets Austin try and experience high school like any other teenager,” she says. Steven drives Austin to school every day, takes him to high school basketball games, brings him out for food and invites him to hang out with his friends. Steven’s positive attitude has impacted his friends. “My friends love Austin,” Steven explains. “He’s always happy and finds happiness in everything. That’s why my friends and I love him so much.” The brothers have attended the same schools for most of their lives. In elementary school, Steven would visit his brother in his classroom and sit with him and the other students with special needs at lunch. Sometimes Steven would skip recess to join his brother inside the school. “I was protective of him,” Steven says. Steven’s biggest worry is kids making

supportive and positive mentors, ADA representative, Anna Floreen. Anna has seen Nicole grow as a leader, mentor and friend to her peers and professionals. “She speaks eloquently to corporations, telling her story and spreading awareness about her illness. She also serves on the Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes Committee. In this unique role, she is able to act as a liason representing youth and voicing her opinion and ideas to adults,” says Anna. “She is truly amazing,” says her mom, Janice Drew. “She has chosen to educate others about diabetes, speaking of her challenge at corporate breakfasts, schools, company meetings and medical conferences.” Without her diagnosis, Nicole says she wouldn’t be the passionate public speaker she is today. “I can stand in front of 200 people and talk without being nervous,” says Nicole. In a diabetic world, Nicole’s life is constantly governed by the numbers of her blood sugar as well as questions such as, “What is your number? How high is your number?” But this past October, Nicole, redefined the power of numbers in her life. She was the top fundraiser in the ADA’s Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes on the Boston Common, raising almost $11,000. Advocate. Speaker. Mentor. Fundraiser. Nicole has made the choice to see that her biggest obstacle in life has given her many gifts. She says, “My goal is to make a difference.” Carrie Wattu is editor of baystateparent. During the interview, Nicole Drew also emphasized how much her school nurse, Mrs. Sybil Estes, has done for her. “She’s amazing.”

fun of his brother as Austin has difficulty communicating and repeats what others say to him. While many of the kids at school are kind, there are always those who will make jokes at Austin’s expense. Steven felt supported when his school held a seminar asking for students to refrain from using the word “retard.” “It comes as no surprise to me that Steven and his brother have a special relationship,” says Steven’s English teacher, Deborah Feingold. “He is a very warm and engaging person who is respectful to his teacher and friendly to his classmates.” When Steven is asked to explain his brother’s condition to others, he says that his brother is young in mind but physically a teen. He has spent his life educating his peers about Austin perhaps most effectively by simply treating his brother like one of his friends. As Steven begins to contemplate college, where he is considering majoring in law or business, he is concerned, as he has never been away from his brother. However, it is this very friendship that has made Steven realize that he must make the most of each new experience. We could say his plan is to “Austinize” college by bringing Austin’s happy outlook onto campus with him. Carrie Wattu is editor of baystateparent. BAYSTATEPARENT 39


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Camp Arrowhead on the shores of Lake Cochituate (just outside Boston) is sponsored by the Town of Natick Recreation and Parks Department. The day camp serves both kids (age 5 and older) and adults with a wide range of disabilities from late June through mid August. A one week trip to Lion’s Pride Camp in Durham, NH offers a residential experience later in August. Camp Arrowhead is open to Natick residents with some spaces available to non-residents. Each camper is paired with a teen companion in what appears to be a very successful community-based support system. Contact Camp Arrowhead at 508-647-6530 or

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GO SCREA-UM: They’re creepy and their kooky...they’re altogether ooky. Catch The Addams Family musical in Boston, Feb. 7 - 19.

GO SKATE: Skate at Old Sturbridge Village during Community Skate Nights, Feb. 19 and 26.

GO DOG GO: SMeet a magnificent team of sled dogs at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Reserch Center in CT, Feb. 22 & 23.

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1WEDNESDAY Open House Jackson Walnut Park Schools. 200 Jackson Rd., Newton. 9 – 11 a.m. Tour this private, Catholic, elementary school sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston.

Powers Music School faculty present a musical rendition of the children’s book “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.” Ages 3+ but all are welcome! Reservations recommended: 617-993-2880. Also, 617-484-4696, ONGOING Winterfest. Fruitlands, Harvard. 1 p.m. Every Sat. and Sun. through Feb. 18. Sledding, skating and fun. $20 per carload. Owl Festival. Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, Natick. 3 – 5:30 p.m. Live owl show followed by a guided prowl to listen for owls in the wild. 3 - 4 p.m. is the Owl Up Close and Personal with the Owls of Broadmoor: A$18, C$10. At 4:15- 5:30 p.m. take an all-ages owl prowl, A$12, C$8. 508-6552296, Full Moon Snowshoe Adventure and Owling. Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary. 280 Eliot St. (Rt.16), Natick. 7 – 8:30 p.m. Take a guided

Mary Poppins Movie. Coolidge Theatre, Brookline. 10:30 a.m. A$7, C$5. Digging for Mastodons: Discovering an Ice Age World in the Colorado Rockies. This is a family program at the Harvard Musuem of Natural History, Cambridge. 2 p.m. Paleontologist Dr. Kirk Johnson will share the latest news about Snowmass Village, the massive site in the Colorado Rockies where he’s leading a team that has recently unearthed a treasure trove of over 5,000 fossils of Ice Age animals—including mastodons, Columbian mammoth, Jefferson’s ground sloth, giant bison, camels and other species. A$9, C$6, C under 3 FREE. Family Dance. Scout House, 74 Walden St., Concord. Meets the first Sunday until March 4. Fun for all ages! Participatory folk dance for families with live music by Cal Howard & Friends. Features supportive teaching of New England contras and


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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 A and child.


3FRIDAY FREE Admission. Children’s Museum of NH, Dover NH. Every first Friday from 5:30 – 8 p.m. 603-7422002, Full Moon Owl Prowl. Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, Natick. 7- 8:30 p.m. Sound is one of the best ways to locate and identify owls. Learn about their calls, behavior and habitat. Walk through moonlit fields and forests listening for screech and great horned owls. Pre-registration required. Fees apply. 508-655-2296,

4SATURDAY FREE Musical Story Program. Belmont Public Library, 336 Concord Ave., Belmont. 10:30 a.m.


ONGOING Playing Together:Games. EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester. Runs until Sept 9. Try out a multitude of games that span generations and cultures in this special hands-on exhibit that explores the imaginative ways people have invented to play together through games. The exhibit includes 14 games of strategy, math, luck and physical coordination from around the world. A$14, C (218)$8, Sr.$10. 508-929-2700,

St. Joseph School Open House. 47 Whitcomb St., Webster. 5 – 7 p.m. Tours of the school will be given every half an hour by the principal and dean of studies. Spaghetti supper will be held from 4:30 – 6 p.m. 508-943-0378,

Dan Zanes Concert. Weston Auditorium, Fitchburg State University, North St., Fitchburg. 7 – 9 p.m. Dan Zanes of Del Fuegos’ fame is the “leading man of the family music genre.” This concert brings his heartfelt initiatives—sharing songs from the Spanishspeaking Americas and singing with students from Memorial and Longjso--to this stage in a show called ¡Nueva York! Tickets: 978-665-3347, fitchburgstate. edu/cultural.

ONGOING YOU Youth Group. 51 Union St., Suite 312, Worcester. Meets weekly on Mondays, 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 x 204 or email

ONGOING The Addams Family. City Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre, Boston. Daily from Feb. 7 – 19. $33 - $103. 866-348-9738,

All About Me with Mommy. Claytime, Shrewsbury. Meets every first Wed. until June 6. Create a special project with your toddler. Fees apply. 508-798-9950,

Take a Look Morning. Applewild School, 120 Prospect St., Fitchburg. 9 a.m. Prospective parents of kids in grades K – 8 can tour the school and see teachers and students in action. No RSVP necessary. 978-342-6053, x110,

FREE Drop-In Playgroup. Wayland Children’s & Parents Association (WCPA), Wayland Town Building Gym or local playground, Wayland. 10 – 11:15 a.m. For children 5 and under. Open to the public. Call ahead to confirm all details. 508-358-7076.

Play with your kids in a unique space, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln.

snowshoeing tour under the full moon. Explore the fields and forests under the stars and moonlight and search for owls and other night wildlife. Preregistration required. Fees apply 508-655-2296,

squares and international folk dances. Ages 5+. All dances are taught first. $5pp, $25 family max. 781438-4387,

Petersham Montessori School Open House. 28 New Salem Rd., Petersham. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. For parents of children ages 2.9 - 6. 978-724-0246,

FREE Drop Into Art. Danforth Museum of Art, 123 Union Ave., Framingham. 2 - 4 p.m. Families are invited to visit the Museum and then create works of art together on the First Sunday of the month. Perfect for children ages 5-10 with adult. Call to confirm. 508-620-0937,

Antique Sleigh Rally. Old Sturbridge Village. 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. A genuine New England sleigh rally. See horse-drawn sleighs in action, including cutters and bobsleighs, as they compete for awards. A$2, Y (3-17) $7, C under 3 FREE.

Eye Wonder Family Program. Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park, 5 Sandy Pond Rd., Lincoln. 1 – 3 p.m. A monthly drop-in program for families which focuses on careful looking and creative art projects. $12, Y$8, C under 5 FREE.



FOR PARENTS Starting Vegetable and Herb Seeds Indoors. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr., Boylston. 1 – 4 p.m. Learn how and when to start your favorite garden crops indoors. Then go home and teach the kids. $40pp.

FREE & ONGOING Preschool Storytime. The Blue Bunny, 577 High St., Dedham. 10:30 a.m. Every Monday. Just drop in but please call ahead to confirm. 781-493-6568.

FREE & ONGOING Singalong Story Time. Barefoot Books, 89 Thoreau St., Concord. Wednesdays, 4 – 4:30 p.m. All ages. Call to confirm: 978-369-1770, Drop In Children’s Museum of NH. 6 Washington St., Dover, NH. 10:45 – 11:30 a.m. This interactive weekly drop-in program for children ages 2 - 4 and a parent or caregiver includes art, music, movement and conceptual learning. $9 A/C pair, $8 each additional member. Parents of Twins. Our Lady of the Lake Church, 1400 Main St., Leominster. Meets every second Wed. until May 9. 7 – 9 p.m. Described as “a fun group of parents of twins and multiples who live in the Central Massachusetts area.” Provides educational, social and emotional support to mothers and expectant mothers of multiples in the local area. Winter Programs for Little Explorers. 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. 10 – 11:30 a.m. Open to families of children ages 2 – 6. $9pp, C$7. 978-8879264, FREE & ONGOING Baby and Me: Loving and Learning Together. St. Peter’s Church, 929 Main St., Worcester. 10 a.m. - Noon. An opportunity for adults and infants (ages birth to 1 year old) to get together to share experiences, discuss the joys and challenges of parenting and have fun. Please call ahead to confirm: 508-421-4500.

9THURSDAY FREE Music and Movement. Barefoot Books, 89 Thoreau St., Concord. 7 – 8 p.m. This interactive session for parents will include common misconceptions regarding children’s aptitude, the Theory of Multiple Intelligences proposed by Howard Gardner, basic music competence, modeling of parents, teachers and caregivers and the best environments for children’s learning. Presented by BAYSTATEPARENT 47

OH,THEPLACESYOUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;LLGO Vic Lalli, B.S., of Music Together of Assabet Valley. ONGOING Little Explorers. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard. 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 a.m. on Thursdays. Little Explorers is similar to preschool classroom circle time experience. Stories, music and crafts are offered around a weekly theme. Fees apply. Call ahead to confirm. 978-456-3924, Lowell Winterfest. Feb. 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11. Highlights include human dogsled races, Look of Lowell Fashion Show, a micro-brew competition, gallery walk, live music and soup bowl competition in this annual festival in Lowell, a city in northeastern Massachusetts. Pages/Winterfest.aspx/.

Lowell Winterfest. Feb. 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11. Highlights include human dogsled races, Look of Lowell Fashion Show, a micro-brew competition, gallery walk, live music and soup bowl competition in this annual festival in Lowell, a city in northeastern Massachusetts. Pages/Winterfest.aspx/. Blown Away: An Original Play featuring the Peanuts Gang. Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square, Newburyport. Feb. 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12. Fri. - Sat., 7:30 p.m. and Sat. - Sun., 3 p.m. Featuring an all-child cast, Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy and the whole gang share in this fast-paced show of vignettes that charm the audience with dance,

11SATURDAY Kid-Friendly Concerts. The Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 2 and 3:30 p.m. Enjoy performances by The Hampshire Young Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus. 413- 658-1100, FREE Families Connect: Free Movement Workshop. Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts 551 Tremont St., Boston. 2 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3:30 p.m. Explore how everyday movements can inspire dance with BCA Resident Contrapose Dance through an interactive

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 bsp calendar. 617-558-6522. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS). Heritage Bible Chapel, Princeton. Meets the second Thursday of each month, 9:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11:30 a.m. Find a supportive community of mothers with a wealth of experiences to share. A typical meeting includes refreshments, conversation, a presentation relevant to motherhood and some type of creative activity. 978-464-5100,

Nature Adventures for 5 -7 Year Olds. Broadmeadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester. 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 p.m. This hands-on nature program is held on the second Thursday of each month for 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7 year olds. Explore the topic indoors -- with investigations, crafts and activities â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and outdoors a 400-acre wildlife sanctuary. (Homeschool classes for 8 - 13-year-olds meet at the same time.) $12pp.


song, and laughs. A wonderfully endearing slice of Americana, the Peanuts comic strip delights us with precocious children interacting in a world where adults are never seen. 978-462-7336, firehouse. org/L3-shows-family4.html. Salemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Sculpture Festival. Feb. 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 14. The City of Salem celebrates Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day with a series of wine and chocolate events at local establishments and ice sculptures. Worcester Sharks vs. Manchester. DCU Center, Worcester. 7:30 p.m. $15 - $35pp.


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workshop. Limited spaces available. To register, call 617-426-1119 or email Laura Veirs & the Tumble Bees Concert. Club Passim, Harvard Square, Cambridge. 3:30 p.m. Tumble Bee, the first childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s record from the prolific Laura Veirs inspires listeners to lean in close and hit replay. Much more than simply a record for children, Tumble Bee defies category to stand on its own as a vibrant, sonically beautiful recording; listeners of all ages will revel in Veirs at her prime. $15pp., Guided Hikes. Fruitlands Museum, Harvard. 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 p.m. Enjoy snow-covered trails and hills. Bring your sled and rocket down the â&#x20AC;&#x153;OMGâ&#x20AC;? hill if you dare,



ONGOING The Wizard of Oz. Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston. Ends February 26. For adults and children ages 6+. Friday nights at 7:30; Saturday & Sunday matinees at 3; School vacation week matinees at 1 p.m. Tickets: $30 - $20. PJ parties: $15. 617879-2300,

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FOR PARENTS & FREE Support Group. 118 Central St., Waltham. First and Third Thursdays, 6:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9 p.m. Are you the parent or caregiver of a child or young adult with behavioral or mental health issues? Are you feeling alone and isolated? This free and confidential support group is for you. 781-891-0555 x 34.

Keith Munslow and his pals bring a high-energy family show to West Boylston on Feb. 11th and to the Providence Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum on Feb. 25th.

or pick a gentler slope for the younger crowd. The friendly folks from Eastern Mountain Sports will be on hand with snowshoes and x-country skis for you to try out on guided hikes. The bonfire will be roaring and hot chocolate will be for sale to warm your heart and hands. Fees apply. Become a FrogWatch USA Volunteer. Roger Williams Park Zoo, Providence, RI. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Did you know that frogs are in peril all over the world? Become a volunteer â&#x20AC;&#x153;citizen scientistâ&#x20AC;?by attending just one training session that discusses the importance of amphibians in the environment, how to tell frog species apart by their calls and how monitoring our local population helps to protect them. Then commit to monitoring a local amphibian habitat (such as a pond or lake) and collecting data on what you hear, approximately once a week for about 15 minutes. Also on March 7, 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8 p.m., March 24, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., and April 12, 6 - 8 p.m. Lowell Winterfest. Feb. 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11. Highlights include human dogsled races, Look of Lowell Fashion Show, a micro-brew competition, gallery walk, live music and soup bowl competition in this annual festival in Lowell, a city in northeastern Massachusetts. Pages/Winterfest.aspx/. Salemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Sculpture Festival. Feb. 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 14. The City of Salem celebrates Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day with a series of wine and chocolate events at local establishments and ice sculptures. Be Mine: Chocolate and Valentines. Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. See chocolate processed by hand in the manner of the ancient Mexicans and learn how it was enjoyed in the 19th century as a beverage! Get the surprising 1824 recipe for chocolate cakes. See a display of antique valentines and learn about the local connection to the iconic cards.A$20, Y(3-17) $7, C under age 3 Free. Also Feb. 12. Keith Munslow Family Fun Show. West Boylston Middle/High School Auditorium, West Boylston. 2 p.m. Keith is a Parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Choice Award winning songwriter, storyteller and comedian for kids and families. Opening for Keith will be Tim the Magician (Tim Wilder of Worcester) as an added bonus. $5pp or $15 family. For ticket information, visit Snowshoeing for Families. Broad Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester. 10 a.m. - Noon. For children ages 5+. Learn how to use snowshoes. If there is not enough snow, a hike will be provided. Hot chocolate and coffee available. Family rate: $24 or A$7, C$5. Prices includes snowshoe rentals. 508-753-6087.

Jump-Start Learning in 30 Days: A unique program combining light, sound and motion to strengthen connections in the brain and central nervous system resulting in improved Attention, Behavior, Communication, Coordination, Memory, Motor Skills, Organization, Processing, Reading, Speech, Social Skills, and Ability to Learn. 85 Constitution Lane Suite 2A Danvers, MA 01923 978-473-9720


time. Daddy/Daughter of all ages are welcome. Registration and prepay required of $18 per pair. Any additional daughters is $8.


Family Art-Making Workshop: Claymation. ICA, Boston. 1 – 4:30 p.m. Create clay models to make a short film to be shown at the end of class! Ages 8+ with an adult. $45pp.

Annual Lunar New Year Festival. North Quincy High School. 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Live entertainment, arts and crafts, cultural displays and Asian cuisine.

The Tanglewood Marionettes present: The Dragon King. Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline. 10:30 a.m.

Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Sculpture Festival. Feb. 10 – 14. The City of Salem celebrates Valentine’s Day with a series of wine and chocolate events at local establishments and ice sculptures.

ONGOING Infant Playgroup. Isis Parenting, Brookline. Every Monday, 4 – 5 p.m. Playgroups are very popular; sign-ins begin no earlier than 30 minutes prior to the start time. Space limited. No pre-registration required. $8ppNM. Please confirm before attending! Visit for a complete calendar of groups meeting in other locations.


Chinese New Year. Harvard Square, Cambridge. 1 – 4 p.m. 2012 is the year of the Dragon and the 57th Anniversary of the Hong Kong in Harvard Square. Massachusetts Avenue from the Hong Kong to Yenching will be festooned with red and gold lanterns hanging from wrought iron lampposts as everyone prepares for the grand annual Chinese New Year procession through Harvard Square and the cultural “Open House” at the Hong Kong! Enjoy a Lion Dance around a lantern-bedecked oak tree in Winthrop Park (98 Winthrop Street) and then enjoy a Lion Dance Parade over to the Hong Kong (1:30 p.m.) From 2- 4 p.m. several generations of the Lee Family will continue their tradition of community outreach by welcoming the public into the “Kong” for a special cultural open house.

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Mom’s and Dad’s Kids Expo. The Independence Mall, Kingston, MA. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 781-582-2445, Animal Footprint and Signs. Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, Natick. 1 – 2:30 p.m. Wonder what animal made those tracks? Who is traveling on the trails or through your yard? Come find out how to solve these mysteries! Preregistration required. Fees apply. 508-655-2296 or Second Annual Daddy/Daughter Breakfast. PYOP Studio, Northboro. Take your daughter out for some alone daddy/daughter pottery painting

ONGOING Ice Skating. Bank of America City Center. Greater Kennedy Plaza, Providence, RI. Nov. 19 – March 18. The 14,000-square-foot skating rink is twice the size of Rockefeller Plaza’s ice rink in New York City! Skate rentals available. May close pending weather conditions – call first. Mon. - Fri., 10 a.m. 10 p.m. and Sat. and Sun., 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. A$6, C (12 and under) $3. Skate rental $4. 401-331-5544. FREE MOMS Club of Sutton and Oxford Valentine’s Day Open House. 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. For any interested moms in Sutton or Oxford. There will be a craft for the children and a light lunch. Please RSVP to president@momsclubofsutton if you plan on attending. Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Sculpture Festival. Feb. 10 – 14. The City of Salem celebrates Valentine’s Day with a series of wine and chocolate events at local establishments and ice sculptures.

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FREE Fifth Annual TeenLife LIVE! Community Service Fair & Expo in Greater Boston. The Mall at Chestnut Hill in Chestnut Hill, 12 – 4 p.m. Meet with representatives from over 50 non-profits in Greater Boston that welcome the involvement of middle and/or high school students. Hear musical performances from area middle and high schools, visit with other sponsors and exhibitors and pick up free guides from TeenLife Boston. Storytime. Danforth Museum School of Art, 123 Union Ave., Framingham. 1:30 p.m. Every second Sunday. Free with admission: A$11, C under 17 FREE. Please call to confirm. 508-620-937,


Always wanted to visit The Eric Carle Museum in Amherst? On Feb. 11th, The Hampshire Young People’s Chorus will perform for you.

Be Mine: Chocolate and Valentines. Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. See chocolate processed by hand in the manner of the ancient Mexicans and learn how it was enjoyed in the 19th century as a beverage! Get the surprising 1824 recipe for chocolate cakes. See a display of antique valentines and learn about the local connection to the iconic cards.A$20, Y(3-17) $7, C under age 3 Free. Worcester Sharks vs. Portland. DCU Center, Worcester. 7:30 p.m. $15 - $35pp.

New Bedford. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Sing, dance and play the hour away with this charismatic band. $5 plus admission: A$6, C (3 – 12) $3, Under 3 free. Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Sculpture Festival. Feb. 10 – 14. The City of Salem celebrates Valentine’s Day with a series of wine and chocolate events at local establishments and ice sculptures.

ONGOING HOPE Youth Group. 51 Union St., Suite 312, Worcester. Meets on Tuesdays, 5 – 6 p.m. This is a non-therapeutic youth group for teens ages 14-19 who want to connect, make a difference and have fun while living with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs. Dinner is FREE. 508-767-9725

15WEDNESDAY x 204 or email ONGOING & FREE The Mom To Mom program. Trinity Church,14 Wattaquadock Hill Rd., (just off Route 117), Bolton. Every Wednesday, 9:15 – 11 a.m. Mom to Mom is designed to encourage and support all mothers, grandmothers and caregivers with biblically-based teaching on topics related to parenting, women’s health. Nursery care available for infants – kindergartners. Free to all newcomers., 978-779-5517. Moms of Multiples. First Connections, 111 ORNAC, Suite 1009, at Emerson Hospital, Concord. Monthly, every third Wed., until March 21. All moms who are raising multiples are welcome, including expectant moms. Share and gather tips and strategies to east day-to-day challenges, and enjoy some uninterrupted adult conversation! Send your email for monthly reminders in order to RSVP. 978-287-0221,


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OH,THEPLACESYOU’LLGO FREE Wee Hands: Intro to Baby Signing. Watertown Free Public Library, Watertown. 11 a.m. For children ages 2 and under. Learn some basic signs to communicate with your baby. .Register: 617-972-6435. FOR MOMS Ladies, Rock. Boston Rock Gym, 78G Olympia Ave., Woburn. Every Wed., 12 – 10 p.m. All ladies climb for $5 (rentals extra). 781-935-7325,


17FRIDAY ONGOING Winter Skate at Patriot Place. Foxborough. Mon. - Thurs., 12 – 9 p.m.; Fri., 12 – 11 p.m.; Sat. and school holidays, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. The 60-by-140-foot, refrigerated ice surface is designed specifically for recreational skating, and features a observation deck for non-skaters. Large enough to accommodate beginners and experts alike, the professional surface provides ideal skating conditions at all times. Onsite skate rentals, concessions and bathrooms are

18SATURDAY The Cat’s Pajamas Concert. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 10:30 a.m. The Cat’s Pajamas makes very cool music for kids, bringing a musical comedy twist to high-octane kid-rock. The Cats put on more than a concert—they invite the audience from the very first note to enter a wild, wonderful world of stories, dance, puppets and props, all backed by a band making great music that just happens to be for kids. A$10, C$5.

Explore Collections. Boston Children’s Museum, Boston. 10:3 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Did you know the Museum has collection items from around the world? Learn more about where these objects come from, why they were made, and how they were used. Put on white gloves and explore some of the museum’s hidden treasures. $12pp, C under 1 FREE.


President’s Day Weekend, 1820, 2012. Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. George Washington, the first U.S. president, was honored with balls and toasts in the 1830s. Take part in the celebration and embrace the joys of an old fashioned winter with ice skating, sledding on vintage 1830s sleds, and horse-drawn sleigh rides. Indoor hands-on crafts, activities and entertainment for children are also available. A$20, Y (3-17) $7, C under 3 FREE.

The Cat’s Pajamas Concert. Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline. 10:30 a.m. Very cool music for kids, bringing a musical comedy twist to high-octane kid-rock. A$9.75, C $7.75.

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Little Chefs. Imajine That, 55 Merrimack St., Lawrence. 11 – 11:30 a.m. A different food will be offered for your child to play an active role in preparing his/her meal. $5 per child (price includes a juice box).

ONGOING YAYA Young Adult Group (Young Adults & Youth Advocacy). 51 Union St., Suite 312, Worcester. Meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 5 – 6:30 p.m. YAYA is a non-therapeutic support group for young adults living with mental health, behavioral or emotional needs. Many of our young adults are transitioning from adolescence towards independence and want to make friends, build connections and develop new skills. Dinner is FREE! 508-767-9725 x204

Family Owl Prowl. Wachusett Meadow, Princeton. 5 – 7 p.m. For children and their parents. Hear a story, examine owl pellets and take a walk in search of owls. Family rate: $21 or A$6, C$3.


Bring your Baby to the Danforth Museum of Art. Framingham. 10 a.m. For parents with babies, 0 – 12 months. Learn about art, chat with other parents and play with your baby in a beautiful, welcoming environment. The museum is closed to the public during this program. Light refreshments provided. $12 per family. Just drop in! Registration is encouraged. Also March 15.

Toddler Tales. Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Enjoy a zooper fun story time with snack and craft activity. Recommended for ages 3 – 5. A$6, C (3-12) $3, C under 3 FREE.

to identify the tracks, chews, scat, burrows and other clues left by many creatures including deer, fisher and coyote. Fees apply. Pre-registration required. 508-655-2296 or email broadmoorprograms@

It’s high-octane kid rock at The Cat’s Pajamas concert, Feb. 19th, Brookline.

available and parking is free. A$8, C 12 and under $6. Ice skating rentals $4. 508-203-2100. Auto Parts Monster Jam. DCU Center, Worcester. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. An incredible familyfriendly experience starting Monster Jam monster trucks. These twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over - or smash through. Also Feb. 18.

Family Day Color. Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park, 5 Sandy Pond Rd., Lincoln. 11 a.m. 3 p.m. Families with children of all ages are invited to explore how artists employ color and black and white. Art activities, demonstrations, storytelling and more. A$12, C (6-12) $6, C under 6 FREE. Animal Signs. Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, Natick. 1 – 2:30 p.m. Winter is a great time to look for signs of animals as they forage for food and shelter during the cold winter months. Learn

Family Dance. Concord Scout House, 74 Walden St., Concord. Monthly every third Sunday. Fun for all ages! Participatory folk dancing for families with live music by Cal Howard & Friends. Appropriate for ages 5+. All of the dances done are taught first. 781-4384387, Community Skate Nights. Old Sturbridge Village.$5pp. Bring your own skates. Also Feb. 26. President’s Day Weekend, 1820, 2012. Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge. See Feb. 18th for listing details. Snowshoeing and Winter Tracking. Burncoat Pond, Worcester. Sponsored by Mass Audubon. 1:30 – 4 p.m. For families with children ages 6+. Family Rate: $36 or A$10, C$8. Snowshoes provided or bring your own and get $2 off per person. 508753-6087.

20MONDAY The Ugly Duckling. The Eric Carle Museum, Amherst. Feb. 20 – 24. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. A fun and energetic re-telling of Hans Christian Anderson’s beloved tale The Ugly Duckling. Tickets may be

purchased in advance: 413-658-1126. $6pp plus admission. Hands-on Historical Activities. The Old State House, Boston. Drop in during school vacation week. All activities take place continuously between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and are free with museum admission. Monday: Make your own coat of arms; Tues.: Tavern Games; Wed.: 18th-Century Portraits; Thurs.: A Sailor’s Life; Fri.: Colonial Broadsides. A $7.50, St. $6, Y (6-18) $3, C 5 and under FREE. Benjamin Franklin, Scientist. Old South Meeting House, Boston. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Benjamin Franklin experimented with static electricity to discover the properties of lightning. He invited a musical instrument in 1761, and a year later, he discovered the ocean’s Gulf Stream through observation! Come experiment to see if static electricity can put your hair on end! See if you can recreate the eerie sounds of his glass armonica using water glasses, and create your own ocean tide. A$6, C (6-18) $1.

to create your own works of art...with a few surprises! Admission fees apply. families/ ONGOING Ice Skating on Frog Pond. Boston Common. 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Dependent on weather. C 13 and under FREE, C 14 and over $4. Rentals available.617-635-2121. FREE Weekly Playtime. The Children’s Room at Jewish Family Service of Metrowest, 475 Franklin St., Framingham. 11 a.m. For children 0 – 4 with adult. A great opportunity for young children to play in a

Aloft! The Wonder of Kites. American Textile History Museum, 491 Dutton St., Lowell. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Kids and adults alike will be fascinated by the history, the significance and the fun of these tethered aircraft in three amazing exhibits. Plus, there are plenty of hands-on kite making and kite flying activities for all ages, including making a kite to be strung together with others in one huge community kite to be flown in the spring. Also hands-on explorationi of air currents and the principles of flight, as well as a computerized kite simulator to explore different kite designs and see how they would fly. A$8, C$6, C (6 and under) free.

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Circus Minimus. Walsh Middle School Auditorium, 301 Brook St., Framingham. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Watch as a circus tent, lights and music come out of a suitcase to put on a unique show, complete with a ring master, magician and acrobats! Advance tickets: $5; At the door: $8. 800-838-3006, brownpapertickets. com/event/216855. Birds of Prey. Providence Children’s Museum, Providence, RI. 1 p.m. Learn about majestic birds of prey with licensed raptor rehabilitator Julie Collier. Meet a glorious golden eagle, a tiny owl, a redtailed hawk, a falcon and other magnificent raptors. Recommended for ages 3+. Free with museum admission. 401- 273-5437,

Get a hands-on look at Native communities today at the Boston Children’s Museum’s new exhibit, Native Voices: New England Tribal Families.

President’s Day Weekend, 1820, 2012. Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge. See Feb. 18th for listing details.

safe and fun environment while adults can meet and connect. A light snack will be provided for the kids.For more information, contact or 508-879-3300.

Color Sleuths. Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Figuring color for inspiration then investigate and experiment with color

Family Day Color. Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park, 5 Sandy Pond Rd., Lincoln. 11 a.m. 3 p.m. Families with children of all ages are invited to explore how artists employ color and black and white. Art activities, demonstrations, storytelling and more. A$12, C (6-12) $6, C under 6 FREE.

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Worcester. 9:30 – 11 a.m. Parent and child work together to make plaster hand prints and paint. Just drop in!508-799-3136,

22WEDNESDAY ONGOING Ice Skating. The Charles Hotel, Boston. 4 – 7 p.m. This 2,900 square foot rink is open to the public. Rentals available. A$5, C under 12 $3. Call to confirm ice conditions. 617-864-1200. FREE Support Group for Moms Born in Other Countries. First Connections, 111 ORNAC, Suite 1009 at Emerson Hospital, Concord. Meets every fourth Wednesday until March 28th. Facilitated group for moms who were born in other countries, and who are now raising their own children in the U.S. Share your unique perspectives and observations, discuss language choices for children, traditional versus American roles of women, and how you are preserving your own culture within the family. New members welcome to meet others who are far from their homeland. RSVP to be added to a monthly reminder email. 978-287-0221,

A Visit with Abraham Lincoln. Concord Museum 200 Lexington Rd., Concord. 1 – 2 p.m. Watch Lincoln impersonator Steve Wood Steve Wood perform his first-person historical interpretation which includes stories of Lincoln’s early life, his campaign debates, the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, and concludes with a stirring reading of the Gettysburg Address. Registration required. A$10, C$5. 978-3699763,



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Stone Cold Science. Marlboro Public Library, 2 – 3 p.m. Amazing things happen when matter changes temperature. With the help of a Museum of Science educator and an intensely cold liquid, visitors will experience the remarkable changes of size, form and behaviors that occur when a variety of objects and substances are super-cooled. 508-624-6902, FREE Making Hand Prints.. Families and Communities Growing Together, 130 Leeds St.,

FREE Djembe dell’Arte: African Dance and Drumming. The Stephen Smith Center at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum, Dorchester. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Great for ages 5+. Experience the energy and excitement of African Dance with Djembe dell’Arte, accompanied by drumming ensemble Troupe Komee Djosee from Mali, West Africa. The performance features authentic African masks and costumes, folk dances of Mali and a lively drum circle. Reservations requiredr: 617-514-1644, Winter Detectives. Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Rd., Framingham. 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Use all your senses to investigate life above, in and under the snow. Inside the classroom after warm snacks, instructor Bonnie Drexler helps us conduct experiments with snow and ice to learn more clues about winter survival. 508-877-7630, x 330, FREE Drop in Craft. Marlboro Public Library, 35 W. Main St., Marlboro. 2 – 4 p.m. Make a fun weather wheel. 508-624-6902, Science Show. Jam Time, 86 Powder Mill Rd., Maynard. 10 – 11 a.m. An interactive, educational and fun jammin’ science show! This event is geared towards kids 3-7, but younger siblings are welcome. Stay and play indoors after the show! Free with the price of admission. 978-897-2917,

Pony Rides Sleigh rides Egg Collecting Cow Milking Ice skating

Farm Vacations Groundhog Weekend February 3-5

Winterfest Weekend February 10-12

President’s Weekend February 17-20


Winter Break February 20-26

Maple Sugar Weekend March 9-11

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OH,THEPLACESYOUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;LLGO New England Dogsledding. Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, 110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, CT. 2 p.m. Steve Crone from New England Dogsledding brings his magnificent sled dogs for an educational program on dogsledding in New England. His dogs are Alaskan huskies which originated with Alaskan Native sled dogs, and have been bred to be faster. Free with museum admission. Also Feb. 23. Stacey Peasley Full Band Show. Fundraiser for Judy Gordon Nursery School at Temple Israel Hartford Street, Natick. 10 a.m. $8 tickets at the door.

FREE Rice Day. Families and Communities Growing Together, 130 Leeds St., Worcester. 9:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11 a.m. Rice-themed activities that correlate with the book, Everybody Loves Rice. Just drop in!508-799-3136,

24FRIDAY Kids Jam. Boston Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum, Boston. 5:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8:30 p.m. An all ages dance party in Club Common! Led by kids. Supported by adults. Fees may apply.

Enjoy cocoa and treats after your exploration. Fees apply. 508-877-7630, x 3303,

Moms Club of Hubbardston. Location TBA. Serves the towns of Barre, Hubbardston, Princeton and Templeton. Meets every 3rd Friday of the month. 508-667-8102, After School Skate. Roller Kingdom, Hudson. 4-6:30 p.m. $6 admission includes skate rental Parents get in free. Skate rental for parents just $1.

25SATURDAY Play Date: Color Me Contemporary. Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wear your favorite hue to this color-themed Play Date. Explore the galleries and explore the wintry effects on the Boston Harbor with art-making activities. Tickets: Free for families: up to 2 adults per family accompanied by children ages 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12.

ONGOING Tubing Park. Nashoba Valley, 179 Great Rd., Littleton. 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 p.m. weekdays. 9

Bitty Bearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Story Time. American Girl, Natick. 10:30 a.m. Preschoolers and their parents can hear a reading of Bitty Bearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Story Time, then enjoy an art activity and tasty treats. Reservations required. For girls ages 3+. $10pp.

Winter Carnival. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crafts, foods, visiting with Alpacas, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and more. Admission applies.

ONGOING Disney On Ice: Dare to Dream. TD Garden, Boston. Feb. 17 - 26. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show is at 2 p.m. Features Tangled, The Princess and the Frog and Cinderella.

The Big Doozie Presents: The Billy Kelly Show. Amazing Things Art Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 10:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11:30 a.m. Billy Kelly is a guy with a guitar and shoes and a head and band called The Blahblahblahs and other stuff. His songs are humorous as well as funny. $10pp.

FREE Beach Day. Families and Communities Growing Together, 130 Leeds St., Worcester. 9:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11 a.m. Beach-themed activities: sand table, beach balls, fishing for paper fish and swap a gently used childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s or parenting book the family has outgrown. Just drop in!508-799-3136, wfcp.

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23THURSDAY Make a Mini Terrarium. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr., Boylston. 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2 p.m. Plant a beautiful easy to care for mini-garden in an open-topped round glass container or a glass jar. Bring it home to brighten up any room in your house! Suitable for ages 6 and up.$14pp. Drop In Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Marlboro Public Library, 35 W. Main St, Marlboro. 2 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 p.m. Watch the movie on the big screen! 508624-6902, New England Dogsledding. Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, Mashantucket, CT. See Feb. 22 listing for details. Ben Rudnick Concert. Reading High School Auditorium, 82 Oakland Rd., Reading. 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11 a.m. $5 advance tickets; $8 at the door. 781-454-7486,

FREE The Minstrel Storyteller. Families and Communities Growing Together, 130 Leeds St., Worcester. 11 a.m. - Noon. Mary Jo Maichack performs. Just drop in!508-799-3136, wfcp.,

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ONGOING The Wizard of Oz. Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston. Ends February 26. For adults and children ages 6+. Friday nights at 7:30; Saturday & Sunday matinees at 3; School vacation week matinees at 1 p.m. Tickets: $30 - $20. PJ parties: $15. 617879-2300, Animal Tracking. Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Rd., Framingham. 1:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3:30 p.m.Learn some winter tracking skills and explore the winter woods. Make a â&#x20AC;&#x153;track finderâ&#x20AC;? to use and take home.

a.m.- 10 p.m. weekends, holiday and holiday weeks. Requirements: Over age 6 and at least 42â&#x20AC;? in height. Two-hour ticket:$27.

Winter Campout. Rocky Woods, Hartford St., Medfield. 12 p.m. - 12 p.m. Learn how to build your very own snow survival shelter or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quinzee.â&#x20AC;? Participates will hollow out a pile of settled snow and create a shelter large enough and WARM enough to spend the night in. Participates will also have chance to learn no match winter fire building, use a rocket stove to cook dinner and go on a guided snowshoe hike. Pre-registration is required: $60pp. 508-7850339, FREE Meet the Author: Mary Casanova. American Girl, Natick. 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 p.m. Meet Mary Casanova, the award-winning author of our 2009 Girl of the Year books! This informal session is your opportunity to meet Ms. Casanova in person and have your favorite books signed. Open to all. Great for girls 8+.

ONGOING Hasbro GameLand. Wood Museum of Springfield History. Check out this new hands-on exhibit for children based on popular Hasbro toys and games. A$12.50, C (3-17) $6.50, C under 3 FREE. 413-263-6800,

lil iguana Safety Festival. Nashua South High School, 36 Riverside St., Nashua NH. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Entertainment, fun crafts and activities, safety and health scavenger hunt, healthy eating and tastings, jump houses, costume characters, team mascots Rock Band, Guitar Hero and Dance, Dance Revolution Stations, etc. 603-881-9805,

Shrek the Musical. The Hanover Theatre, Worcester. Feb. 24 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 26. 877-571-7469,

Tracking for Families. Mass Audubon, Wachusett Meadow, Princeton. 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 p.m. A beginner tracking

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Public Skating. North Star, 15 Bridle Lane, Westborough. 12 – 1 p.m. 508-366-1562,

FREE Sing Along. Stella Bella Toys, Porter Square, Boston. 11 – 11:30 a.m. Sing along, dance and move to the music of Jeremy Lyons! Monday mornings in Porter Square. Jeremy also performs in Inman Square on Saturdays at 11a.m.

Worcester Sharks vs. Portland. DCU Center, Worcester. 7:30 p.m. $15 - $35pp.

26SUNDAY Billy Kelly & the Blah Blah Blahs. Coolidge Theatre, Brookline, 10:30 a .m. A fun, clever and silly morning of music not to be missed. Memories with Mom. American Girl, Natick. Available during Bistro hours. Enjoy a delicious meal and one-on-one time together. Includes an American Girl book, a commemorative photo and frame and keepsakes to take home . Reservations required. For girls ages 6+. $35. Community Skate Nights. Old Sturbridge Village.$5pp. Bring your own skates. Harlem Globetrotters. DCU Center, Worcester. 2 – 5 p.m.

27MONDAY ONGOING Playgroup Drop-In ( 1-3 Years). Isis Parenting. Mondays in Arlington and Boston, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.; Needham, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. These drop-in groups are a great way to get your energetic toddler out of the house and meet other big and small people in a child-friendly environment, whatever the weather. No pre-registration necessary. Grandparents and sitters

ONGOING New Moms Support Group. South Temple Chayai Shalom, Easton. Mondays 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. 781-693-5635.

28TUESDAY Walnut Park Montessori Visiting Day. 47 Walnut Park, Newton. 9 – 10:30 a.m. Children do not accompany parents on this visit. 617-202-9772,

29WEDNESDAY Celebrate Leap Day! Beaman Memorial Library, 8 Newton St., West Boylston. 6 – 8 p.m. Celebrate LEAP DAY with West Boylston resident Loree Griffin Burns and photographer Ellen Harasimowicz as they launch their newest children’s book. An all-ages presentation will highlight the kids, birds, bugs, and (of course!) frogs the two met while making Citizen Scientists. A book sale and signing will follow, with proceeds benefitting the Beaman Memorial Library. 508-835-3711,

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Whatever you do, don’t ask Amy Grady if she is going to try for a girl. “I hate that so much,” she says, showing uncharacteristic signs of immense irritation, making me glad I didn’t ask 60 FEBRUARY2012

that question myself – I just happened to wonder aloud if other people ask it. Crisis averted by this writer, a narrow miss in the game of professional roulette called writing feature articles for baystateparent

magazine. “I am really not that interesting,” laughs Amy Grady of Clinton, bewildered. “I am not sure what else to say.” But what makes her so interesting is something that has been entirely beyond her control, the hand she was dealt in the game of family poker: she is the mother to five boisterous and ball-playing boys. Amy’s modesty is exactly what makes this mom rock: She has no idea how special she is. To quote her mom-self as she talks about how her kids often take having a pack of brothers for granted, she just doesn’t “get it.” Ranging in age from 5 to 14, with the littlest in kindergarten and the oldest in high school, they follow behind her at restaurants and malls – a real-life art exhibit depicting the evolutionary ascent of a boy into manhood. “You should see the looks we get,” she laughs. More often than not, she can be found shuttling them from one sports practice to another, or to a ball field or gymnasium. Factor in her part-time job at the Medford Roadside Assistance Company Agero, which she does alongside an ebb-andflow career in the real estate industry, her volunteerism at the boys’ schools, wine and whining with girlfriends – and she is one busy mama. And so what makes Grady memorable to everyone who comes across her path is the respect she gives her job – the overwhelming task of raising five growing boys into upstanding men and devoted husbands. “I don’t know how she does it,” says her husband Scott, who was “the boy next door” for many years while the two were growing up in Clinton. “She’s a rock star.” Is she awesome because fate handed her a unique family, or is she awesome because she takes extreme pleasure in embarrassing her sons as she drops them off at school each day by singing show-tunes just loud enough so that their peers can make out the words and demanding big wet kisses? Some would argue it’s the latter. Let’s face it: It’s hard to maintain a sense of humor sometimes, especially when you are surrounded by a species so unlike yourself. Adding insult to injury, the family even has a male cat. But Grady is a woman who likes to laugh, who loves life and who enjoys the family she feels lucky enough to have. Things aren’t always perfect, like when her oldest struggled with the addition of a new sibling. Amy sought the advice of others, and settled on taking her 3-yearold on a 1-hour date every week. “I found it really difficult going from one child to two – I thought we had ruined him,” she laughs. But if she thought that was a difficult time, clearly she hadn’t anticipated trying to get five kids to seven different sporting events in the course of an average Saturday. It is a job, she has found, that takes a village. “We are so lucky to have our parents here to help,” she says, adding that they spend a whole lot of time with their tight-knit network of extended family, who live in Clinton and surrounding towns. Her own parents, in fact, live next door. Scott and Amy, who get wrapped up in the chaos at home and tend to sort things out

during the day by email (who is responsible for driving who where, for example), work hard to put food on the table, and doing so is no small task. Their crew can easily go through a gallon of milk each day and though Amy tries to clip coupons and find deals, the grocery bill to feed five growing boys is astronomical. “You bring the food home from the store and it’s gone,” she says. The next big feat in the Grady household, says Amy, will be getting all the boys behind the wheel of a car. And in this day and age, the reality of her sons getting their driver’s licenses is overwhelming. “It’s the thing I have been worrying about since the day I brought the babies home,” she says. But as she steps over the umpteen supersoaker-water-guns strewn across the yard and bikes lying every which way, there is some solace in knowing she has a few more years to enjoy them as boys. “It’s crazy,” she sighs, rumpling the hair on a boy as he whizzes past. “But it’s the best.” Amanda Roberge is a Leominster-based freelance writer and mother of three girls who muses online at

Take 10 with Amy I am the queen of: fun. I love to plan fun vacations. I love a good roller coaster. I like to throw fun birthday parties. We love going to: Wachusett Mountain, Wingaersheek & Good Harbor Beaches, Wachusett Reservoir, Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium Current family obsessions: Football, baseball, soccer, snowboarding/skiing, and I hate to say it…the Xbox. Now that the cold has set in, I have to kick the older ones out. An inspiring parent I know: I am inspired by all the single moms and dads out there. I can’t imagine having to do it all on my own…working and raising a family. Best things about the town where I am raising my children: There is a real sense of community in Clinton. Everyone knows each other and watches out for each others’ kids. When you need them, the townspeople will rally around you and support you. Also, Clinton schools have one of the best parent volunteer programs in the state. Last year, the Clinton Elementary School Parent Volunteer Program received a “Friend of Public Education” award from the MA Association of School Committees. Biggest challenge my family faces: There are two: time management (trying to balance school, homework, sports and activities) and trying to pay for all that they want to do. If they have an interest, whether it’s football or baseball camps, joining a club soccer team or snowboarding/skiing, we do our best to support those interests.

Ranging in age from 5 to 14, with the littlest in kindergarten and the oldest in high school, the Gradys are a real-life art exhibit depicting the evolutionary ascent of a boy into manhood. How I manage sports with five boys: We call in the reinforcements, the grandparents! Our parents are great. They don’t mind representing us at games. Also, we, parents, help each other out with pickups and drop-offs. Mealtime at my house: I loathe dinnertime. It’s very rare that I make something that everyone will eat. So, I usually have to make two to three different things. They love having breakfast – pancakes

and sausages - for dinner. Their other favorite is tacos and fajitas. The three things that we can’t keep in the house are milk (approximately 6 gallons per week), cereal and bread.

I could not be the mom that I am without: my incredible best friend, my husband; and the amazing support from our parents, family members and friends. It really does take a village to raise a family!

People are surprised to hear that life with five boys is: not as hard as people think. I guess it’s all what you’re used to. I feel blessed to have five healthy boys, and they are good kids.

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