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Contents February 2017

Volume 32 • Number 7

What’s Inside 6 Publisher’s Note

New Beginnings

8 Teen Talk

Teens and Antidepressants

10 Family F.Y.I. New Guidelines on Peanut Introduction 5 First Aid Tips to Teach Kids Don’t Skate on Thin Ice

12 11 Media Titles

For Big Brothers and Sisters

14 Bookshelf

Teaching Children Empathy

16 Family Cents

Investing Resolutions for Babies

18 Know Yourself

Adventure Series 1

23 Calendar 34 Raising Dad

Time Off Radar

Directories 19 29 31 33 4

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✼ Publisher’s Note

New Beginnings I’M NOT GOING TO KID EITHER YOU OR MYSELF. My husband and I didn’t purchase the Boston Parents Paper because the thought of being a publisher again was so appealing. Owning a media company in Boston didn’t cross our minds until a few months ago. Its purchase most assuredly was not undertaken on a whim. Like many of you, I have been raising my family from the advice of Boston Parents’ Paper for years. Owning it was as incomprehensible to me as becoming Mayor of the fine city of Boston. It was only when a phone call came alerting me to the possibility that Boston Parents Paper was going to be shuttered in January, that my husband and I became interested in Boston’s most trusted and influential medium for parents and families. The thought of the lights being extinguished Our mission at Boston Parents Paper shaped an idea for the is to build on two of us: We could make a difference. Returning ownership back to a small independent company what Boston could provide this media company the ability to Parents has set think creatively, move quickly and celebrate its up and to serve unique role in the state of Massachusetts and the the families as Northeast region. So we jumped in. First task at hand was running the 2017 Camp a resource and and Summer Expo on January 21st at the Dedham a connection Health and Athletic Complex. With only two weeks to the Best of to prepare we had our hands full. On the day of what Boston the event we hosted 60 camp and summer program exhibitors, allowing them to connect with over 300 has to offer. greater Boston families who are looking for the best opportunities for their children this summer. The event was a success! We couldn’t have done it without Lars and Michelle and the dedicated staff of Dedham Health and Athletic complex and most importantly, all of the hard work from the employees at Boston Parents’ Paper to set the event up. We very much enjoyed meeting all of you who were a part of this event and are looking forward to continuing the mission of Boston Parents Paper. Our mission is to build on what Boston Parents has set up and to serve the families as a resource and a connection to the Best of what Boston has to offer. We would love to hear your feedback, good and bad, to help make our organization more attuned to your needs as a parent. Sincerely, Tracy McKean Publisher


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✼ Teen Talk

Should I Give My Teen Antidepressants? By Peggy Spear


hen my son was 15 and just starting high school, my family moved to New Orleans for my husband’s job. The culture shock was swift and intense, and we all felt it, but especially my son. He began to suffer crying jags, intense anxiety and an aversion to his new school. It was more than severe homesickness — he was suffering from depression and anxiety. His new doctor prescribed a low dose of the antidepressant Prozac, which helped a bit, until we moved back to the state nine months later, at which point he didn’t need it at all. I am thankful for the help the drug gave him, and I had no qualms about giving it to a teenager. What I do regret is that I did not take his recovery a step further, and added some cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to the mix. According to the National Institute of Health, a mixture of therapy and medication is the best way to combat anxiety and depression in not only tweens and teens, but adults as well, says Margie Ryerson, a family therapist. Sometimes, just therapy alone is needed to help teens deal with depression and anxiety. As for drugs? “There is no pure answer,” Ryerson says, when drugs should be administered, except in extreme cases, such as a


child is exhibiting suicidal thoughts or actions, or has thoughts of or is exhibiting actions of hurting someone else. For garden variety anxiety and depression like my son was feeling — which can in itself be crippling for the child and terrifying

recommendation — you don’t need to give the child antidepressants if you don’t want to.” But if a parent chooses to give a child medication to fight anxiety and/or depression, she says to be sure to include talk therapy, preferably CBT, as well. CBT is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment According to the that takes a hands-on, National Institute practical approach to problem solving. Its goal is to of Health, a mixture change patterns of thinking of therapy and or behavior that are behind medication is the best people’s difficulties, and so change the way they feel. way to combat anxiety D. Raymond Hearey, a and depression in not child and adolescent psychionly tweens and teens, atric specialist, agrees with Ryerson that drugs alone but adults as well. may not be the most effective way to treat adolescent for the parents — Ryerson depression and anxiety. suggests a team approach, “Parents should have the which starts with the child’s child assessed by a psypediatrician or family doctor. chiatrist, to see if drugs are They can assess the child — a good option,” he says. Don’t even as young as nine — and rely on the child’s doctor to recommend counseling or prescribe the medication, he psychiatry, or both. says. When a family is choosing Hearey says there is no a counselor, Ryerson sug“magic age” when it is okay gests that it might be a good to administer drugs — he idea to have family therapy, has seen children as young and to let the child in on inas six respond well to mediterviewing several prospeccation, while older teens may tive therapists so that they not. Still, he says he would feel empowered in making a prefer not to prescribe medichoice. cation to children and teens The second tier of treatif there are other options, ing anxiety and depression, like therapy, that will work Ryerson says, is seeing a as well. psychiatrist for evaluation, “Only use medication and seeing whether they recwhen it is needed,” he said, ommend antidepressants. adding that the decision “Remember, it’s just a must be made by the psy-

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chiatrist, the parents and the child. The other nebulous area is the particular medication that is prescribed. Hearey says clinically, “there is no right answer,” but that some have shown better results in teens and children than in adults, and vice versa. Again, a psychiatrist will know those areas better than a pediatrician. Ultimately, like most hard parenting decisions, whether to give your teen antidepressants is a judgement that needs a lot of study, input and faith — and hinges on how well you know your own child.

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✼ Family F.Y.I. Saving a Permanent Tooth

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Black History Month “If there is no struggle there is no progress.”

Your child takes a hit to the mouth with a basketball and knocks out a tooth. A permanent tooth! Before you panic, here are step-by-step instructions from Linda M. Blaschke, a pediatric dentist in Pepperell: 1. Find the tooth. Handle it by the crown (the part of the tooth you would see in the mouthwot the root.

2. Rinse the tooth with water only. Do NOT clean it with soap, scrub it or handle it unnecessarily. 3. Inspect the tooth for fractures. If it’s sound, try to reinsert it into the socket. Have the child hold the tooth in place by biting on gauze or a folded paper towel. 4. If you can’t reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing the patient’s saliva or milk. If the child is age 12

and older, the tooth may be carried in the child’s mouth beside the cheek. 5. Your child must see your dentist immediately! Time is a critical factor. 6. If a child chips or fractures a permanent tooth, also act quickly and bring any tooth fragments with you to the dentist. Rinse the mouth with warm water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling.

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hese words are as relevant today as they were in 1857 when the famous statesman, writer and orator first used them. Black History Month, or National African American History Month, was started in 1926 as a weeklong celebration coinciding with the birthdays of Douglass (Feb. 14, 1818) and Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12, 1809). See our Calendar for suggestions about things to do to celebrate Black History Month.


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Don’t Skate on Thin Ice


hen temperatures drop into the “brrr” zone, New England offers great opportunities for outdoor ice skating, but make sure to skate safely! • Contact your local police or fire department and find out which skating ponds are checked for safety and what the conditions are. • Check the ice for holes, cracks or debris. It should be smooth, thick,blue or clearcolored, with ice thatis at least 6 inches thick. Light grey, dark black or slushy ice is not safe. The ground around the edge of the ice should be frozen, with no flowing water near the edges of the ice. • If while skating, the ice starts to crack beneath you, get down on all fours (distributing your body weight evenly), stay low and crawl to safety. • Never skate alone. For a list of ice skating ponds in Massachusetts, visit

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oston boasts a great many borewwdom-busting attractions during school vacation week, February 20-24. Boston Children’s Museum is one of the most influential children’s museums in the world. Not only does Boston Children’s Museum successfully keep kids entertained, but it offers hands-on experience in a science, technology, engineering and math. The Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston has a Mapparium®, a three-story, stained-glass globe, and its special school vacation week program focuses on being a part of a community and helping others. If you just want to get out and blow off steam in a bounce house, Pump It Up in Peabody will be hosting more open-tothe-public hours. Check for additional times.

ARE WE THERE YET? ... NOW? If your family is traveling for school vacation week, keep kids comfortable and well-fed. Have them wear lightweight layers in the car and make sure to provide plenty of water and some nutritious, nonsugary snacks, which are different from the snacks they eat every day. Mad Libs books are a perfect way to keep them laughing, and they’ll learn grammar in the process.

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he rate of peanut allergies are growing. A serious peanut allergy can lead to anaphylaxis and even death which means some parents avoided introducing peanuts to their children. In January, an expert panel published new guidelines about when to introduce some infants to peanut containing foods as a way to prevent food allergies. “Many, many people were asking their doctors, their pediatricians, ‘We’ve heard about this wonderful information; what should we do?’ “ said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “The professional societies — such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, etc. -- all decided they needed to get together and sit down in a few meetings and put together some guidelines.”

What are the guidelines? The recommendations are “really simple and straightforward,” Fauci said, explaining that the intention was to answer the typical questions of family physicians.

Recommendations fall into three categories. The first category includes children who are believed to be most likely to develop a peanut allergy: infants who have severe asthma, egg allergy or both. Parents can either introduce these children to peanut-containing food at 4 to 6 months or get a reference to an allergist who will give the child a skin prick test or a blood test to see whether the infant is allergic to peanuts. If not allergic, parents should follow the recommendation of introducing peanut-containing foods at 4 to 6 months. However, if the infant is allergic, parents should refrain. The second category includes children with mild to moderate eczema; less likely to have an allergy, these infants should be introduced to peanut-containing foods about 6 months of age. Finally, the third category belongs to children with no eczema or food allergies and no family history of such. These children can either be fed peanut-containing foods or not at any age, based purely on family and cultural preference. “So if it’s severe, go to an allergist,” summarized Fauci. “If it’s not severe, give (peanut-containing foods), but give it at 6 months.” For infants with no family history of allergy or no food allergies themselves, “don’t worry,” said Fauci: Just give them whatever foods the family prefers. “Something as simple as that ... we think will go a long way in decreasing the incidence of peanut allergy in society,” Fauci said.

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11 Media Titles


for Brand New Big Brothers and Sisters


hat could be more exciting than a new addition to the family? For siblings, so many feelings can come with the announcement or arrival of a new baby— anticipation, eagerness, nervousness, worry and sometimes lots of different emotions at the same time! Older siblings might feel proud and excited to help with a new baby, but also concerned about their shifting place in the family. They might want to discuss their feelings, or they might need encouragement to express their (maybe mixed) emotions. As parents, we want to reassure our kids that they are loved and important, no matter what. Books and other media are such a wonderful window into the variety of feelings that kids may have around new babies, and are a great springboard for discussion. When our second child was born, I appreciated content that gently presented and normalized a whole spectrum of feelings about new babies for our older daughter. Below are some of our favorites. For more, check out SmartFeed’s handpicked media suggestions: FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT Games to Play Together Great Bedtime Stories — ­and much more. Enjoy! APPS FOR NEW BIG BROTHERS AND SISTERS Sago Mini Babies (age 2-5) I love all the Sago Mini apps, and Babies is no exception. Users get a chance to feed, dress, and play with a collection of impossibly cute baby animals. Really well designed—and fun!


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The New Baby (age 3+) Featuring Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter characters, this sweet, interactive story follows Little Critter as he meets his new baby sister. Engaging, fun, and straightforward enough for the youngest users. BOOKS FOR NEW BIG BROTHERS AND SISTERS The Baby Tree (age 4-8) A young boy learns that a new baby will be joining his family, and wants to know where the baby will come from. A series of well-meaning friends, neighbors, and grownups provide pieces of the answer—but their answers are confusing! Ultimately the boy’s parents explain how babies grow. A helpful list of questions and answers follows the story to guide parents whose children want additional information. The New Small Person (age 3-8) Elmore Green starts out life as an only child, and delights in arranging his small toys without interruption, eating jellybeans (and not having to share the orange ones, his favorites), and enjoying the attention and adoration of his parents. But the arrival of a new, small person (his baby brother) changes everything. A funny but heartfelt story of sibling rivalry and acceptance. Everywhere Babies (age 0-3) A sweet celebration of babies and their families, their triumphs and challenges, and the love that families share. A perfect first book for little ones, and a gentle introduction to babies for young siblings. The Family Book and We Belong Together: A Book about Adoption and Families (age 2-5)

Illustrated in Todd Parr’s signature style, these books celebrate all kinds of families and the people in them. Nice choices for young readers. A Baby Sister for Frances (age 4-7) Frances has a new little sister, and she’s not sure how she feels about it. So many of the mixed feelings a new sibling can bring are represented here, and in such a loveable, true way. This one is an oldie (expect pretty traditional gender roles) but still a goodie! Pecan Pie Baby (age 5-8) Gia’s going to be a big sister, but she is jealous of the new baby who gets all kinds of attention, even before it is born. Through reassuring conversations with her mother, she begins to warm to the idea— and understands the ways she and her family will always be connected. A MOVIE FOR NEW BIG BROTHERS AND SISTERS Babies (Age 7+) Babies presents an amazing and intriguing look at babies and families around the world. This documentary follows 4 babies—in Japan, Namibia, Mongolia, and San Francisco—and takes an in-depth look at their first year of life. A great choice for older children and adults to watch together and discuss. A TV SHOW FOR NEW BIG BROTHERS AND SISTERS Ruby’s Studio: The Siblings Show w(Age 4+) This creative, fun show features real world problems that siblings encounter, and presents creative, compassionate ways to solve them. Features an adorable cast of kids and catchy music and dancing.


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Seven delightful books help children develop empathy and kindness. Choose Kindness. Teach Empathy. Listen Actively. “Each little thing we do goes out, like a ripple, into the world.”


s we start a fresh new year, I want to take a moment to focus on kindness. We can actively shape the conversations by choosing books that focus on friendship, empathy and compassion. Share these picture books, start a conversation, plant a seed of kindness. Show children that they matter, that their actions have the power to impact other people. “Be a Friend,” by Salina Yoon (Bloomsbury; $17.99; ages 3-8; 40 pp.). This adorable friendship book follows Dennis, a little boy who only communicates through miming. One day at school, he kicks an imaginary ball and—to his surprise—his classmate Joy catches it! A delightful story about finding a kindred spirit and discovering a new friend. “Big Friends,” by Linda Sarah, illustrated by Benji Davies (Henry Holt; $16.99; ages 4-8; 32 pp.). Best friends Birt and Etho love playing pretend with cardboard boxes every day— racing, battling pirates, constructing forts. When another boy joins them, Birt retreats home sulking, until Etho and his new friend use their imagination to create an invitation Birt can’t resist. “If You Plant a Seed,” by Kadir Nelson (Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins; ages 4-8; 32 pp.; $18.99). A rabbit and a mouse work together to plant a garden, but when other creatures ask to share they refuse. In this metaphor for friendship, Nelson shows young readers: “If you plant a seed of


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selfishness, it will grow, and grow, and grow, into a heap of trouble.” The lush illustrations complement the spare text that reads almost like a fable, letting readers think about how they reap the “seeds of kindness.” “My Friend Maggie,” by Hannah E. Harrison (Dial; $17.99; ages 3-7; 40 pp.). Paula and Maggie are best friends, but when this duo (a beaver and an elephant) encounter a bully at school who teases Maggie because of her large size, their friendship is put to the test. At first, Paula gives in to peer pressure and shuns Maggie; but in the end, she realizes that a true and loyal friend is the best sort you can have. “Each Kindness,” by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis (Nancy Paulsen / Penguin; $16.99; ages 5-9; 32 pp.). Maya arrives in the middle of winter to a new school. Behind her back, Chloe and her friends call Maya by the harsh nickname “Never New” for the second-hand clothes she wears—until one day, when Maya’s seat is empty. Chloe realizes the hurt she’s caused too late to do anything about it, and readers are left to ponder the way we impact one another. Woodson does not provide easy answers, but helps children and adults talk about important questions.

— Jacqueline Woodson

“One,” by Kathryn Otoshi (KO Kids Books; $17.95; ages 3-7; 32 pp.). Author Kathryn Otoshi uses round splashes of watercolors (where the colors are characters themselves), showing the impact of bullying without labeling or stereotyping it. Blue is having trouble with Red. Blue is quiet, but Red likes to tease: “Red is HOT. Blue is NOT.” As Blue withdraws from the group of friends, Red literally grows bigger, meaner and angrier. But then the number One comes along. One stands up to Red, saying “If someone is mean and picks on me, I for One, stand up and say No!” “Can I Play Too?” (an Elephant and Piggie Book), by Mo Willems (Disney Hyperion; $9.99; ages 4-8; 64 pp.). Gerald and Piggie start playing catch, when Snake slithers up asking to play too. Snake is sad when the pair wonders whether he can play catch: “You do not want to play with me?” Snake asks sadly. “No!” exclaims Gerald. After some giggle-inducing bonking, creative play eventually overcomes the awkward moment as the trio figure out how they can play together. Mary Ann Scheuer is an elementary school librarian. Find more books she recommends sharing with your children at her blog, Great Kid Books,

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Four Investing Resolutions for Babies By Aaron Crowe


new year can be a time to rethink priorities. From getting healthy to making sure your finances are on the right track, the start of a new year can be the impetus for change. Having a new baby can also get you to rethink your priorities, as any new parent knows. With fresh starts in mind, here are four resolutions to consider so that your baby grows up to be a smart, and wealthy, investor:

Start a college savings fund — now College can be an investment in a child’s future. Starting to save for child as soon as a child is born can be one of the best investments a parent will make to help their child. Don’t wait a month or so after your child is born. Because if you delay it now, you know what will happen next — you’ll continue finding excuses not to do it and eventually your kid will be asking you how they’ll afford to go to college and you won’t have an answer.


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A 529 plan is one way to save for college. Legally known as “qualified tuition plans,” they’re available in all 50 states as a pre-tax way to invest money. The other type of 529 plan allows tuition to be paid ahead of time at some colleges. Whatever amount you invest regularly in a college savings account, it can only help your child possibly avoid borrowing money to pay for college. In 2015, 68 percent of graduates from public and nonprofit colleges had student loan debt, with an average of $30,100 per borrower, according to the Institute for College Access & Success.

Open a savings account for your child The personal savings rate in the United States has dropped regularly since the 1970s, and is now at 5.7 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Americans averaged an 8.32 percent personal savings rate from 1959 until 2016. If you want your child to be a saver, then open a savings account for them as soon as they’re born. Why would a baby need a savings account? Because you’re likely to get some cash gifts either now or on their birthdays. That money is meant for the child, not for you to spend on a night out, so do the honest thing and put the money away in the child’s savings account when you get it. Yes, savings accounts pay lousy interest rates now. Even if they do go up soon, it may be more profitable to put the money in a long-term CD or an investment account in the child’s name. The point is to have some sort of account to put gift money in. If you’re feeling especially kind, contribute to it every month with an automatic deposit from your checking account.

Invest in one stock For the cost of one share of stock, you can make your child a long-term investor by joining a Dividend Reinvest Plan, also known as DRIPs. The compounding interest from paid dividends of DRIPs is reinvested to buy additional shares of continued on page 20 >>>

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ust as the five senses work in conjunction to move us forward in our everyday lives, the team at Know Yourself has worked collaboratively to bring the concept of an educational graphic novel adventure to life through creativity and innovation. Since its inception, Know Yourself CEO Nancy Howes has placed a key emphasis on creative storytelling and compelling narrative, two important ingredients that make the Adventure Series a vibrant gumbo of learning across all educational spectrums. “In terms of modern pedagogy, it’s widely accepted that children learn more thoroughly when they have different access points, when they’re learning with story, when they’re learning with illustration and relating what they’re learning to a geographic place and time,” Howes said.

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These very old systems can be seen in “Fangs of Philosophy,” where the storyline of this first Adventure Series brings you back to ancient Greece in 350 B.C. where you meet Greek philosopher and scientist Aristotle. The choice to feature Aristotle as the Time Skaters crew’s first teacher was no coincidence. “He decided the way to be in the world was to be of the world, and walked with students as he taught them,” said Howes. “Ultimately we wanted every adventure to be a micro-expression of what we’re doing at Know Yourself in general, and that is taking children through a tiny process of problem solving and of personal recognition.”

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Condensing something as complex as the human body down to a digestible format for children proved challenging for Howes and her staff. The writing and research process involved working

together with a wide range of science writers and educators to ensure that every Adventure Series, while fun and entertaining, was also authentic and meticulously factual. “With Know Yourself, it’s so interesting because we’re incorporating so many different angles; we’re incorporating education, we’re incorporating science, we’re incorporating history, so we have a lot of research to do,” said Sam Sattin, director of comics at Know Yourself. “So we can have a lot of fun with the stories, but then when it comes down to the educational elements we can have fun with them, but we have to make sure that we’re accurate.” Although there are other educational comic books on the market, Sattin said that one of the main ways Know Yourself sets itself apart is by keeping an expansive vision of its mission. “Know Yourself has a very specific mission but it’s not narrow, and what I mean by that is that you look at a lot of other comparable

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Part of the beauty of comics is the opportunity for collaboration. Much like the five senses, the different characters at Know Yourself come together for one common goal: to make an Adventure Series come to life. “So when you come up with an idea for a comic, you have to figure out first how it is going to translate to the page,” said Sattin.

“You have to start thinking about your visual storytelling skills: How do you depict pacing? How do you measure beats of a story? What happens when a page turns? What are you expecting to see when you turn that page? And what problems can be posed if you don’t understand exactly how that process works?” Moving the elements of visual storytelling forward in an Adventure Series includes working with a diverse cast of talented artists who can trust the vision for the narrative and who can also be trusted with bringing that vision to fruition. “But even if I’m specific, an artist is never going to draw something like you imagined it. And that’s okay because often it ends up being a more interesting process, more realized when you see how someone interprets what you write, so it’s a cool thing that happens.” Sattin said that what makes moving the process forward from concept to creation both cool and fun is working with a diverse team of artists and writers as unique as the Time Skaters crew themselves. “We’re about inclusiveness and we try to make sure we reflect the world how it truly is,” said Sattin.

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the stock at little or no cost. You can enroll in a specific stock’s DRIP after buying only one share, and can contribute to it regularly with automatic debits from a checking or savings account. You don’t have to regularly buy additional shares of stock, but you child will thank you in 20 years if you do. At the very least, that one share of stock will show your child the value of investing for the long run. Who knows, they may want to someday invest their allowance there and end up investing in other stocks.

Invest in an index fund If picking one stock for a DRIP is too risky for you, show your child the benefit of cutting investment costs by investing in an index mutual fund that has low expenses. Since you’re unlikely to beat the market, find a mutual fund that mirrors popular groups of stocks and bonds, such as the S&P 500 index. Mutual funds charge management fees, ranging from 0.06 percent on a diversified index mutual fund to 1.5 percent or more on an actively managed fund. Do your child a favor and invest in a fund that has the lowest possible fees — which are usually index funds. Find one that is 1 percent lower than an actively managed fund and you’ll save tens of thousands of dollars over an investing lifetime. You may not be able to successfully make all of these investing resolutions in the new year for a new baby, but two of them should be no-brainers: opening a savings account for any money given to your child, and starting a college savings fund. Start the stock market investments if you can afford them, even if it’s only with a few hundred dollars. It will someday show your child how much you care about their financial future, and can be a way for them to learn how to invest on their own.

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5 Sunday Chinese New Year Parade and China Cultural Village – Boston 11 am, Beach Street and other nearby streets in Chinatown. This event marks the biggest annual celebration in Boston’s Chinatown, home to the third largest Chinese community in the U.S. With troops of colorful lion dancers, drums and cymbals, firecrackers, and great food, this is a special event you won’t want to miss! FREE

WinterFest Weekends – Harvard Noon to 5pm, Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard. Bring your sleds, snowshoes and cross country skis to explore the snow covered hills and trails. Then warm up at the fire with cocoa and explore the museum. Weekends through March 19th. $5. 978456-3924,

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The Young Company Winter Festival – Stoneham This year, the young company presents four fantastic Winter Festival shows! Family-friendly The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Junior (Feb. 4-5) takes us on an incredible adventure all across the globe, while The Emperor’s New Clothes (Feb. 4-5) teaches us to open our eyes to what’s right in front of us! Mary Poppins (Feb. 2 & 4) uses magic, common sense, and a spoonful of sugar to teach the entire Banks family to value one another. Lastly, the dark and edgy Sweeney Todd (Feb. 3-4) shows us just how far some will go for those they love. $15 http://www.stonehamtheatre. org

Family Tracking at Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary – Norfolk 1 – 2:30 p.m. There are hints of life everywhere in the winter. Become an expert tracker and enjoy a morning of winter exploration in search of animal tracks and signs of deer, coyote, fox, fisher, otter, mink, rabbit, and mice. 1:00 – 230 p.m. Registration required. Ages 5 and up. Adult $9.00, Child $7.00, 508528-3140;

African-American Patriots Tour – Boston 12:45 pm Visitor Information Center, 139 Tremont St., Boston. A 90-minute walking tour of the Freedom Trail focusing on AfricanAmerican Bostonians. Weekends through Feb. 26. Adults, $14, children, $8. 617-357-8300,

Owl Festival – Natick 1 & 3 pm, Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St., Natick. Get an up-close view of local owl species, including the great horned and screech owl. Registration required. Adults, $18, children, $10. 508-655-2296;

Josh and the Jamtones – Brookline 10:30am, Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. Josh and the Jamtones are an interactive, ultra-powered dance party machine, making fun and interactive music for kids and their grownups! Adults, $13, children, $10. 617-734-2501,

Science on Saturday – Cambridge 10 -11 am MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Experience a presentation with fun demonstrations in which students can volunteer, and explore hands-on activity booths explaining the science of flight and rocketry. FREE. museum

Super Bowl Sunday Pickup Games – North Easton 10 a.m.-noon Governor Oliver Ames Estate, 35 Oliver St., North Easton. Get some fresh air and indulge in a game before the Big Game, as we supply footballs and you supply the players. FREE.

JCC All Camps Fair – Newton 2-4 pm Leventhal-Sidman JCC 333 Nahanton Street, Newton. Make lifelong friends and memories. Check out the JCC All Camps Fair to learn about overnight and day camp opportunities. FREE.

Art Carts: Family Fun – Eastern and Western Tea- Worcester 2 pm. Worcester Art Museum 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, England and Japan are both known for their tea service: England for the beautifully formal tea parties, and Japan for the elaborately choreographed cha-no-yu ceremony. Discover the differences (and similarities!) between these ways of making and serving tea while getting a hands-on look at both tea sets. Free with admission.

6 Monday MFA Playdates – Boston 10:15 am. Museum of Fine Arts 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. Bring your toddler to enjoy story time and looking activities in the galleries, followed by art making. Tours leave on a rolling basis starting at 10:15 am. Each month focuses on a specific theme. Recommended for children ages 4 and younger with adults. No registration required. 617-267-9300,

7 Tuesday Babywearing Tour at the Gore Museum – Waltham 10 – 11 am. 52 Gore Street, Waltham. Are you a new parent? Looking to get out of the house and be with other adults in a museum? Come to our special babywearing tour led by a veteran babywearer. Come see the gorgeous 1806 mansion, and we won’t mind if your baby sleeps – or cries – through our tour! $12. http://

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\ Calendar 8 Wednesday Exploring Music – Easton 10-11 am, Children’s Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton. This popular program offers a variety of creative musical activities: singing, rhythm making, dramatic interpretation, listening and learning about different forms and styles of music and lots of movement. Free with admission. 508-230-7130;

9 Thursday Free Admission at the I.C.A. – Boston 5-9 pm. The Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston. The ICA offers a robust variety of exhibitions, music, dance, film, talks, tours, family activities, and teen programming throughout the year. Expand your horizons with every visit and discover something new. Repeats Thursdays. FREE. https://www.

Art Carts: Family Fun — Arms and Armor – Worcester 1 pm. Worcester Art Museum 55 Salisbury Street, Worceste Knightly armor is nice and shiny, but how does it feel? How heavy is the armor? Is it comfortable? How and why did they decorate it? Discover the answers to these questions and more with our handson armor activity! Free with admission. http://www.worcesterart. org

Finding Home by Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre, Monica Leo – Brookline 8 pm, Puppet Showplace Theatre, 32 Station St., Brookline. A spectacular puppet cabaret celebrating one of New England’s master marionettists. Ages 8 and up. $15. 617-731-6400,

Second Fridays, MIT Museum - Cambridge 5 - 8 pm, MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Learn how social media can make little issues big, introduce diverse voices and build communities. Free with admission. 617-253-5927,

Family Dinner Night – Boston 6 – 8 pm, KITCHEN at Boston Public Market, Every second and fourth Friday this winter, kick-start your family’s weekend all together with an unforgettable night out. Adults, $30, children, $15.

11 Saturday Kids in the Kitchen – Boston 10 - 11am. Join us on Saturday mornings and Monday holidays in The KITCHEN for a series of cooking classes for kids ages 6-12 to learn about local food and the journey it makes from the farm to the table. In these hands-on classes, kids explore and taste the seasonal bounty of the region through the local vendors of the Boston Public Market. Advanced registration is required! Costs: $9 per Trustees of Reservations member; $15 per non-member. http://

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Various locations, Providence, R.I. A two week festival of exciting films from around the world, presentations and hands-on filmmaking workshops. Through Feb. 26. See website for a full line up of events. 401-209-7585,

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A chocolate and ice festival featuring samples and chocolateinspired menu items as well as a series of ice sculpture installations throughout downtown. Through Feb. 12. FREE. salemmainstreets. org

6:30 – 8 pm, Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St., Natick. Learn about owl calls, behavior and habitat as you search and listen for screech and great horned owls. This program is for ages 6 and up. Registration required. Adults, $15, children, $9. 508-6552296,

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Wayne Potash’s Rock and Roll Party Album pre-release concert – Brookline 10:30am, Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. Wayne and his band will be performing a special interactive rock and roll show for families with young children. It’s all about fun with lots of new songs about animals, princesses, and silly monsters. Adults, $13; children, $10. 617-734-2501;

Happy Birthday Thomas Edison! At the Science Discovery Museum – Acton 2-4 pm. Join us for Take Aparts and celebrate inventor and businessman Thomas Edison’s birthday! Grab a screwdriver and discover resistors, capacitors and more as you uncover the inner workings of everyday electronics and inspire your inner Edison! Free with admission. 978-264-4200, http://www.discoverymuseums. org


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designs of pop up card gifts and greetings-each with a unique heart-shaped message of love for your Valentines. Free with admission. 978-456-3924;

14 Tuesday, Valentine’s Day Snowshoes at the Gore Museum – Waltham Bundle up and enjoy the snow this winter! Snowshoes are available for children and adults to rent when the grounds are snow-covered (January – March). One hour rental is $5 per child under 16, and $10 per person 16 and up. Rental hours are Monday through Friday 10 to 3 and Saturday 12 to 3. Admission $12. 52 Gore Street

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16 Thursday Ice Age on Ice – Worcester

12 Sunday WinterFest Weekends - Harvard Noon to 5pm, Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard. Bring your sleds, snowshoes and cross country skis to explore the snow covered hills and trails. Then warm up at the fire with cocoa and explore the museum. Weekends through March 19th. $5. 978456-3924;

Family Fun Day: Happy Hearts - Harvard 1 - 4 pm. Come to the Wayside Visitor Center for a family craft program in preparation for Valentine’s Day! Choose from various

Based on the incredibly popular Ice Age movie franchise, the allnew story and live ice show will bring an avalanche of adventure to audiences everywhere in North America. Through 2/20 $27 and up. DCU Center 50 Foster St.,

STEM for Beginners – Easton 10 -11 am, Children’s Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton. This program will encourage children to ask questions, ponder the unknown, and test ideas, giving them an edge up on science-based skills they will encounter later in school. 508-2307130,


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\ Calendar Littlest Sailors: Preschool & Family Program – Charlestown 10 – 11 a.m. USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22 : What’s for Dinner? Whether it’s 2017 or 1817 – everyone needs to eat! Explore the typical diet of an 1812 Constitution sailor by seeing and feeling real sailor food, talk about color and modern food, and imagine making a Constitution sailor’s meal. 617-426-1812,

17 Friday Bugs Bunny Film Festival – Cambridge Varying times. The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. This fun annual festival brings Bugs and friends to the screen. Catch all three films! Through Feb. 25. 617-876-6837,

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10:15 am. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston. Cake, cards and decorations mark this western lowland gorilla’s birthday. Zookeeper encounters and crafts round out the day. 617-989-3742;

10:15 am. Bring your toddler to enjoy story time and looking activities in the galleries, followed by art making. Tours leave on a rolling basis starting at 10:15 am. Each month focuses on a specific theme. Recommended for children ages 4 and younger with adults. No registration required. Museum of Fine Arts 465 Huntington Ave. 617-267-9300

Free Family Fun – Watertown 10 am to noon, Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. Experiment with paint, paper, collage, performance and movement to make yourown masterpiece. FREE. 617-923-0100;

19 Sunday Boston Area Chantey & Maritime Sing – Charlestown 2 – 5 p.m. USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22. Listen, learn, and lift your voices! Participate in your Maritime Heritage by joining a rousing chorus of sea chanteys at the USS Constitution Museum. Repeats 3rd Sunday of every month. 617-426-1812;

Hands on History – Concord 1 – 4 pm, Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Road, Concord. An afternoon for kids and families to learn together through handson demonstrations. Included with Museum admission; Members free.978-369-9763;

The Airborne Comedians – Brookline 10:30am, Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. Dan Foley and Joel Harris throw and catch birdbaths, lawn-chairs, electric guitars, and baseball bats in their hilarious juggling routines while balanced atop 6- and 7-foot high unicycles! A sure bet to make you laugh. Adults, $13; children, $10. 617-734-2501,


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Marionette Manipulation – Brookline 3 – 4:30 pm, Practice the art of marionette manipulation with a master puppeteer! Tanglewood’s Peter Schaefer will reveal the basic construction and stringing techniques used to build marionettes, then will guide participants through the essentials of marionette manipulation. Ages 8 and up. Registration Required. $30, includes Hansel and Gretel ticket. 617-731-6400,

Lunar Landing 2.0 at the PEM – Salem 10:30 am – 4 pm, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. All week long investigate the science, technology and innovation driving lunar exploration. Immerse yourself in a portable planetarium, design a spacecraft, plan a lunar colony and much more! See website for details and times of specific events. Free with admission. 978-745-9500,

Feb Fest at the MIT Museum – Cambridge 10 am – 2:30 pm, MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Every year, during Massachusetts February school vacation week, the MIT Museum celebrates National Engineers Week, with hands-on engineering-based activities, workshops, and afternoon demonstrations led by MIT students. Through Feb. 25.

Fee Free Day National Parks, Forests and Wildlife Refuges Nationwide The National Park Service just turned 100 years old! Celebrate the start of our second century by visiting a park in 2017. During ten days of the year, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. FREE http://




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\ Calendar Visit with President Lincoln – Concord 1 – 2 pm, Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Road, Concord. The Museum is pleased to again host Steve Wood and his amazing performance as Abraham Lincoln. Wood’s first-person historical interpretation, “A Visit with Abraham Lincoln,” includes stories of Lincoln’s early life, campaign debates, the Civil War, and concludes with a stirring reading of the Gettysburg Address. $15 Adults, $7 Children. 978-369-9763,

The Amazing Max Magic Show – Newton 11 am & 1 pm. Leventhal-Sidman JCC 333 Nahanton Street, Newton. The Amazing Max Magic Show is the wackiest, most interactive, highest energy magic show for families today. This show bursts with striking visual magic, comedy and loads of audience participation. Ages 3 and up. $18.

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21 Tuesday Puppet Party! – Brookline 9 am – 12 pm through 2/24, This vacation week class meets at the Unified Arts Building at Brookline High School. Delve into the art of puppetry, exploring the magical skill of bringing imaginary characters to life. We’ll build puppets and scenery and create original mini-plays that will make us laugh. Ages 5-7. To register,

Bright Star Touring Theatre – Black History Hall of Fame – Boston Meet over a dozen groundbreakers and hall-of-famers who have contributed to shaping our nation’s past, present and future. Young audience volunteers help the cast bring this show to life. The Celebrate! series, appropriate for family audiences and children ages 5 and up, highlights America’s rich cultural diversity through the arts. All performances are free and begin at 10:30 1 1/26/17 3:28 PM Page 1


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23 Thursday Art Carts: Family Fun — Arms and Armor – Worcester 1 pm. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester Knightly armor is nice and shiny, but how does it feel? How heavy is the armor? Is it comfortable? How and why did they decorate it? Discover the answers to these questions and more with our handson armor activity! Free with admission. http://www.worcesterart. org

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24 Friday A Teddy Bear Tea – Concord Noon & 3pm, Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Road, Concord. Bring your teddy for an elegant outing with tea, cocoa and sweet treats. Reservations required. Repeats on 2/25, $20 includes Museum admission. 978-369-9763,

Exploring Home at The Revere House – Boston 10:30am to noon, Paul Revere House, 19 North Square, Boston. What makes a house a home? Come explore some materials, techniques, and designs used in three centuries of construction in Boston. Facilitated by a staff member, families will have a chance to see historic building materials up close and learn about the architecture found in and around the Paul Revere House. Free with admission to the Revere House. 617-523-2338, paulreverehouse. org

Rock-a-Baby Concert – Sharon 10:30 am. Sharon Community Center 219 Massapoag Avenue, Sharon. The Rock-A-Baby band is coming to Sharon for an exuberant and fabulous kid-centric vacation week concert. Ages 0-5. $20/family (up to 4).

Powisset Kids Cook a Farm Fresh Dinner! – Dover 10:30 am - 1 pm. Powisset Farm, 37 Powisset St., Dover. Venture out during school vacation! Join Powisset Cooks! in the kitchen as we will create dinner that even the pickiest children will like.$30. 508-785-0339,

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26 Sunday Fun with Animal Footprints and Signs – Natick 1 – 2:15 pm. Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St., Natick. Have you wondered what animal made those tracks? Do otters like sledding? Who is traveling on the trails or through your yard? Come find out how to solve these mysteries as we explore Broadmoor looking for tracks and signs of otters, rabbits, deer, coyote and many other animals. Learn what tracks can tell us about which animals are active during the winter, where they go and how they survive. This program is for ages 6 and up. Registration required. Adults, $14, children, $8. 508-655-2296,

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erms, as you may know, are alive. Which is how I know they’re out to get me. Just like my kids. It’s like they’re planning together. I’ve never heard germs are conscious, but I don’t know how else to explain their timing. I must’ve done something devastating to the germ world (virus world? I don’t know). Maybe it was all the allergy shots that stopped them when I was a kid. But they know when I’m about to take time off. They know when I’m about to go somewhere. They know when I need to relax so my life in general doesn’t make my head explode. And then they strike. Through my children. Going through flu season is awful, for a number of reasons — some of which have nothing to do with people actually getting sick (or very sick, anyway). My four girls are generally healthy. Until vacation is involved. They’ve all been sick at Disneyland. I can draw you a map of where they’ve all upchucked inside the park. Which is a family thing. I threw up at Disneyland when I was a kid. As did my aunt. As did my cousin. Or maybe his pants just exploded. Anyway, my wife and I went away for a weekend last month, to make sure we remembered why we got married. And, not


unexpectedly, my eightyear-old came down with a fever the day before we left. The kid hadn’t as much as sneezed in six months. Luckily she was scheduled to stay with grandma. Grandmas are great. When they were just moms, they let us run down the middle of the street and otherwise disappear for 14 hours at a time when we were

Going through flu season is awful, for a number of reasons — some of which have nothing to do with people actually getting sick (or very sick, anyway). The worst part was the kids. Not because they were suffering, but because they become as useful as monthold Jell-O when their parents get sick. The kids didn’t feel great, but it was nothing that stopped them from going to

dates people who smell bad, or whatever. Then you walk into their room, and the fake coughing immediately starts. Again, it makes me want to apologize to my mom. Because I’m sure I did the same thing. No one was

seven, but if one of their grandchildren as much as sniffles, they want to fly in three specialists from Sweden and back up a big rig full of antibiotics to nip this bug in the bud. So we felt OK leaving. Until the next day, when I became almost too sick to get out of bed at the hotel. I was like that for three weeks. Then it was my wife, then it (sort of) came back around to the other kids. November wasn’t just a bad month for turkeys in our world.

school, or going to parties, or playing video games for nine hours straight. I think one of my kids actually fell down while faking a cough. It was like watching a bad flop in the NBA. I love my girls, but it’s like they smell something in the air and decide to work it to their advantage. And then you wonder whether maybe they mean it. Until you hear them on the phone with their friends, laughing and talking about who wears what ugly clothes and who

going to outsick me. Even if they were really sick. Now we’re (hopefully) through with this year’s bout with the bugs and can move forward into 2017. And, obviously, I need to keep the vacation plans a secret as long as possible. I’m not sure I totally understand the connection, but I do know I don’t need to give the germs and my kids any more advance notice than necessary.

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