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Contents September 2017 |

Volume 33 • Number 1



Rescheduling the School Day


Head Off Homework Battles

Later starts for middle and high school.

Tips to stay on track and alleviate stress.

W H AT ’ S I N S I D E 6 Family F.Y.I

Super Food of the Month Grandparent’s Day Music to Our Ears

10 Featured Products

12 Bookshelf

New Graphic Novels

19 Family Cents Meaningful Gifts

Open House Events..... 26

In Sickness and in Health

34 Singleminded

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Directories 22 Farms 24 Schools & Childcare Centers 30 Entertainment & Party Needs 31 Classes and Enrichment


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ART DIRECTOR Debbi Murzyn ASSOCIATE EDITOR Jean Abernathy CALENDAR EDITOR Andrea Michelson ADVERTISING SALES Holly Castro, David Morney

Boston Parents Paper is published monthly by Parenting Media Inc. Please note that the advertisements in this magazine are paid for, which allows this magazine to be free to the consumer. 60,000 copies of Boston Parents Paper are distributed to more than 1600 locations in the region. Past issues are available on our website, Send letters to the editor or article submissions to Submit events to our Family Friendly Calendar at

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Happy Grandparents Day!


nnually the first Sunday after Labor Day is celebrated as Grandparents Day. The tradition started in 1978 while President Jimmy Carter was in office and has carried through to today because, well, who doesn’t love to honor Grandma and Grandpa? So whether your child can see theirs in person to offer a hug or have to settle for a phone call, make sure to let ’em know they’re loved.

Music to Our Ears September is Classical Music Month and if you aren’t already a fan of the genre, you may be surprised by some of its alleged benefits. Classical music has been shown to help treat insomnia in college students (if only it worked on toddlers!) and a study found that playing it softly while dining actually encouraged people to eat slower and therefore consume fewer calories. Read more about kids and classical music by visiting


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Boosters and the back seat: Car seat safety is important for kids of all ages! Kathy Kiley, BSN, RN, CPEN, Nurse Educator GIVE ME A BOOST! When most kids turn 8 they think they can graduate out of their booster seat. The fact is that most children don’t fit properly in a vehicle’s seat belt until they are 10 or 11. Keep your child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness and tether until he or she reaches the height or weight limits allowed by the car seat’s manufacturer. Then it’s time to travel in a booster seat until he or she is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly. Using a belt-positioning booster seat keeps your child safe by helping the seat belt fit properly over the stronger parts of the body. Seats are available with and without back portions. Whatever seat you choose, be sure your child fits in it properly: the lap belt should lie low and snug over the thighs, and the shoulder belt should cross the shoulder without touching the neck, then cross the middle of the chest. One of the benefits of using a booster with a high back is that it has a built-in seat belt guide to prevent the belt from touching the neck. IT’S THE LAW! In Massachusetts the child passenger safety law states that all children must be secured in a federally approved car seat until they are 8 years or 4 foot 9 inches. Most states have child passenger safety laws with booster seat provisions which help reduce injuries and deaths by requiring children who have outgrown car seats to use booster seats through age 8 or until the seat belt fits properly. A study of five states with booster seat provisions in their law showed a decreased rate of children who sustained fatal or incapacitating injuries by 17%. 20% OF BOOSTER SEATS ARE MISUSED. Don’t move into or out of a booster seat too early! Use a booster until at least 4 feet 9 inches tall and between 80 and 100 pounds. Most kids will be between ages 8 to 12 years old, not the 8 years of age required by law. Don’t move a child out of a car seat and into a booster before they are big enough: this causes unsafe belt positioning which could cause injury. Do not let the child put the shoulder belt under their arm or behind their back. THE BACK SEAT IS SAFER!. The back seat is safest for kids! Children seated in a booster seat in the back seat of the car are 45% less likely to be injured in a crash than children using a seat belt alone. Keep your child in the backseat through age 12.

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raphic novels are a huge hit, but did you realize that they bolster students’ confidence and reading skills? Kids enjoy reading them, and this makes them want to read more. They also build a sense of story structure, character development and vocabulary. Here’s a selection of new graphic novels to share with kids this fall. “Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties,” by Dav Pilkey (Graphix/Scholastic; 256 pp.; $9.99; ages 6-10). Our hero Dog Man has his paws full when his nemesis Petey the cat creates an adorable mini-me with a U-Clone-’Em machine. But Lil’ Petey refuses to be evil and thwarts plans, wins over the furious fish. Kids love the goofy humor in this new favorite from the creator of Captain Underpants.

“The Great Art Caper,” by Victoria Jamieson (Henry Holt/Macmillan; 64 pp.; $7.99; ages 5-9). The secondgraders’ classroom pet, George Washington the hamster, continues his adventures with friends Barry the bunny and Sunflower the guinea pig, this time saving the students’ art show from sabotage by the mischievous mouse Harriet. Young readers new to graphic novels will love imagining the secret life of their classroom pets. “Hilo 3: The Great Big Boom,” by Judd Winick (Random House; 208 pp.; $13.99; ages 7-12). When Hilo the robot boy crashed to Earth, he met DJ Lim, an ordinary boy who was the best of friends. In this new installment, Hilo and DJ must track down their pal Gina when she’s sucked into a mysterious portal. My students love Hilo’s outrageous humor as well as the true friendship between DJ, Gina and Hilo. “Older Than Dirt: A Wild but True Story of Earth,” by Don Brown and Dr. Mike Perfit (HMH; 112 pp.; $18.99; ages 9-14). This engaging nonfiction graphic novel explains a wide range of earth science, including the Big Bang, the formation of landmasses and the development of different life forms, all the way to modern climate change. The illustrations and brief text make the complex issues accessible, and the groundhog’s banter with her worm friend adds essential comic relief. F ED ER AT I O N F O R C H I LD R EN W I T H S P E C I A L N EED S

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“One Trick Pony,” by Nathan Hale (Abrams; 128 pp.; $14.95; ages 8-12). Hostile aliens have devastated Earth in search of technology, but Strata and her friends stumble upon a cache of robots, including a super robot pony. Determined to protect her family and friends from the wrath of the alien Pipers, Strata leads the aliens on a wild chase in this fast-paced sci-fi adventure. “Real Friends,” by Shannon Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham (First Second; 224 pp.; $12.99; ages 8-12). In this graphic novel memoir, Shannon Hale focuses on the trouble she had figuring out friendship issues throughout elementary school. The format is perfect for this audience — blending images, short text and visual storytelling to help young readers see just how hard friendship issues really are and understand some ways through them. “The Sand Warrior,” by Mark Siegel and Alexis Siegel, illustrated by Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller and Boya Sun (Random House; 256 pp.; $12.99; ages 10-13). This complex fantasy launches a new series, 5 Worlds, as young sand dancer Oona Lee finds the courage, wisdom and skills to save her planet and friends from destruction. This epic quest will appeal to fantasy lovers who



will want to read it carefully, gleaning many clues from the interweaving storylines. Outstanding visual feel to the many worlds, with characters of many sizes, shapes, and skin tones. “Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt,” by Ben Clanton (Tundra; 64 pp.; $7.99; ages 6-10). This is a terrific graphic novel for beginning readers, with cheerful Narwhal who’s determined to be a superhero. Narwhal’s superpower turns out to being a true friend, especially when his best friend Jelly is nervous at every turn. Adorable and charming, perfect for kids who’ve moved beyond Elephant & Piggie. “Swing It, Sunny,” by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (Graphix/Scholastic; 224 pp.; $12.99; ages 9-12). The book is set in the 1976-77 school year, and Sunny is starting middle school after spending a summer with Gramps (in “Sunny Side Up”). When her big brother Dale is sent to military boarding school after getting into trouble with drugs, Sunny worries about him. This poignant narrative authentically captures a young tween’s family struggles and developing friendships. Mary Ann Scheuer is a teacher librarian. Find more books Mary Ann recommends sharing with children at her blog, Great Kid Books, http://greatkidbooks.blogspot. com.

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iven the choice, Damarisse Valladares, a junior in high school, would prefer a later start time to the school day. “I think there are a lot of reasons starting school later would be good,” says Damarisse. “Families would have more time to get to school, so I believe there would be less tardiness. If students could wake up later, they would feel less drowsy and be more alert. We could start the day more relaxed, feeling less stress.”

Teens Need More Sleep Students like Damarisse are not the only advocates for a later start to the school day. In 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published a study reporting that on school nights, 87 percent of high school students and 59 percent of middle school students slept less than the 8.5 to 9.5 hours recommended by health experts. The primary reason is early school starts that conflict with


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the students’ circadian rhythms — their bodies’ 24hour physiological cycle. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) concurs and, along with the AAP, recommends that the start to the middle and high school day be 8:30 a.m. Few schools are following this advice. In fact, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, the

“More and more athletic directors are coming to recognize that later school start times go hand-in-hand with successful athletic programs. Athletes who get healthier sleep are likely to be stronger, safer and more successful on the playing field.” — Ziporyn Snider average school start time in the U.S. is 7:59 a.m. Many Boston public middle and high schools have staggered starts beginning as early as 7:25 a.m. and as late as 9:30 a.m. Massachusetts has one of the earliest start times for high school students in the country. “The reason so many middle and high schools have early bell times has to do with finding ways to save money,” says Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD, Executive Director and Co-founder of Start School Later (, a coalition of health professionals, sleep scientists, educators, parents, students and other concerned citizens dedicated to increasing public awareness about the relationships between sleep and school hours. Ziporyn Snider explains that school systems wanted to save money on busing costs. “But even schools districts that don’t bus kids moved earlier to match their hours with the majority of schools. This helped with

afterschool activities as well as staff needs.”

Dangers of Lack of Sleep The National Sleep Foundation determined in a 2010 report that two-thirds of high school students get less than seven hours of sleep, and 33 percent of teenagers report falling asleep in school. Insufficient sleep in teens is associated with obesity, migraines and immune system disruption. It contributes to risky behaviors, such as smoking, drinking, stimulant abuse, depression and suicidal tendencies. Contrary to common belief, school schedules are not set to accommodate working parents. Ziporyn Snider explains, “The whole idea that schools now run at times that help working families is absurd. In the same district, an elementary school may open at 9:00 a.m. and an early start school may close at 2:00 p.m. No matter

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what, parents have to work around school schedules and adjust their lives.” “I can see pluses and minuses for adjusting the start to the school day,” says Dan Robinson, middle and high school principal. “There is empirical evidence that a later morning start is healthier for teens, but that necessitates a later afternoon dismissal, and that’s tough on school sports programs.” “More and more athletic directors are coming to recognize that later school start times go hand-in-hand with successful athletic programs,” counters Ziporyn Snider. “Athletes who get healthier sleep are likely to be stronger, safer and more successful on the playing field.” A study published in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics in March 2014, titled Chronic Lack of Sleep Is Associated with Increased Sports Injuries in Adolescent Athletes, concluded that sleep deprivation appears to be associated with injuries in the adolescent athletic population. “Encouraging young athletes to get optimal amounts of sleep may help protect them against athletic injuries.”

Legislative Response Since 2014, three states have passed bills related to this issue. This past April, the California Legislature passed SB 328, which mandates that the school day for middle and high schools begin no earlier than 8:30 a.m. It will now go before the appropriations committee and the full State Assembly for approval. An early start to the school day is not an American idea. Countries around the world begin the day at times close to those in U.S. cities. Chinese students attend school from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. but enjoy a two-hour lunch. The school day in Japan and the United Kingdom begins at 8:45 a.m., but 8:00 a.m. seems to be the norm in many countries. School calendars have seen few changes in the last 100 years. Ziporyn Snider says, “People don’t like change. They assume that the way things are done now is the best way, but there is evidence from hundreds of school districts that confirm that the later start is a good thing.” Between 2010 and 2013, the CDC funded a study on academic success in high schools with later start times. Eight high schools in five school districts in Minnesota, Colorado and Wyoming participated. There were significant decreases in absences and tardiness in all grades. Grade-point averages increased for first-period classes.

What You Can Do Access local, state and national petitions to start school later at ( Join Start School Later. There are 94 chapters in 26 states and the District of Columbia. “Healthy school hours are a fundamental part of student health and well-being,” concludes Ziporyn Snider. “This should be a priority.” As the mother of five, Susan Solomon Yem has experienced all kinds of parenting. Tell her your stories at susansyem@

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omework battles can be heard all over town each night as parents attempt to help their children manage their time and complete their tasks. Some children can focus easily and breeze through their work, while others have trouble getting started, may get frustrated easily or get distracted by the slightest noise. If you approach homework time with a calm and encouraging attitude, your child can eventually learn to get it done without complaining and yelling. The skills you help your child develop in doing homework will serve him or her well in college or in the work world. You’re not alone if you and your child find homework time to be a stressful part of the day. Even

5-year-olds are asked to do homework, which can interfere with their important work called “play.” Many parents are exhausted in the late afternoon and evening and become impatient as they try and get dinner made and on the table before tackling homework. Many children have after-school programs and sports and come home wanting downtime instead of memorizing spelling words. A homework plan is definitely needed, unless you have an independent and compliant child who doesn’t need reminders or direction. Teachers give homework to help children learn responsibility and develop and practice skills. It’s also a good way for parents to be involved in their child’s education. Many teachers

use homework as a diagnostic tool to understand a child’s strengths and weaknesses, so it’s important for parents not to do their children’s homework for them. There are some schools and teachers who don’t think homework is needed, but most schools still require it. All children need time to relax and connect with family, so it’s important that the amount of homework is reasonable. If you think your child is getting too much homework, you can ask the teacher to help you understand why he or she is giving so much. You are your child’s best advocate, so find out why your child is stressed by the amount or type of work required. Keep track of how long the homework takes over the course of September 2017 |


the week, and then talk to the teacher about your observations. Sometimes children struggle with homework because of learning differences, not because they don’t want to do the work. Watch and see which subjects are hard, and don’t get angry if your child gets frustrated. Your child may not be able to tell you that he or she is having trouble remembering how to pronounce certain words or how to access the multiplication table in his or her mind. Here are some tips your family can use to stay on track with homework: Have a family meeting to establish homework guidelines. Some children need some time to play or relax right after school, while others prefer to get their homework done right away. Talk with your child, and come up with a plan together that fits well with his or her temperament and age. Some questions to consider are: • Who does your child like to get help from? • What environment and room does he

or she work well in? • What time of day is best? • Set aside a quiet time for everyone in the family to decrease distractions. Although turning off the television is essential, some kids do well with music playing during homework time. Experiment to see if music helps or hinders. • When children are hungry, they have a harder time concentrating. Offer a healthy snack before or during homework. • Organize supplies, and have them easily accessible. A big homework box with everything your child needs works well. • Give positive feedback when you see your child making efforts. “Mateo, your handwriting is getting so easy to read. I see you’ve been working hard at it.” • Don’t criticize when your child makes a mistake. If there’s a regular problem, talk to the teacher about his or her expectations. • Pay attention to your stress level. Take slow easy breaths, and stay calm.

After a long day of school and work, everyone is tired. • If your child gets frustrated easily, he or she may want to do homework at the kitchen table to be near you. Help your child get started. Some children need more help than others, so respect different temperaments and learning styles. • If your child complains frequently, evaluate the homework to see if it’s too hard. • A timer can help a child to pace his or her work and to take breaks at reasonable intervals. Some children will work for five minutes and think they’ve been at it for much longer. • Allow computer or TV time after the homework is done. This incentive to complete the assignment works for many children. Most likely, homework is harder now than when you were in school. Help your child enjoy learning, and don’t expect perfection. Rona Renner, RN (“Nurse Rona”), is a nurse, a parent educator and a temperament specialist. You can learn more about her at

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Meaningful Gifts The gift of a bike is one of the best investments you’ll ever make in your kid. By Aaron Crowe

I biked to a shopping center and spent some of my spare change on a soda. I biked to friends’ houses all over town. I biked with a buddy for miles to a creek on a hot summer day so we could cool off and catch frogs. Eventually, I rode my bike to school, summer jobs and errands, and I used it for paper routes.

My memories of that gift got me thinking about other great gifts that either I’ve received or we’ve given to our daughter. Not just great from the standpoint of fun, but from helping to gain skills to be used throughout life. There are all kinds of educational toys that parents give their children

Having that freedom allowed me to become self-sufficient and independent and gave me more people to interact with. It also got me out of the house. Having that freedom allowed me to become self-sufficient and independent and gave me more people to interact with. It also got me out of the house. Last Christmas my wife and I bought our daughter, then age 12, ne of my favorite childhood a bike. In fact, we bought bikes for memories is enjoying the all three of us. So far it hasn’t turned freedom a bike gave me. As into the bike-riding family that I soon as I learned to ride a bike, I imagined, mainly because of heavy remember being able to explore our rains for months, but my hope is that neighborhood more and ride far into it will at least give my daughter room a field behind our house. to enjoy the freedom to be out on her That freedom, I think, is one of the own. best gifts parents can give children She hasn’t used it as much as and is one way to teach them to I thought she would, but I’m still become responsible adults. hopeful it turns into one of the best With that freedom to roam my gifts she’s ever received. My first neighborhood came the responsibil- bike didn’t last for too many years, ity to bike farther out and make sure but a bike my parents gave me one I was home on time. It also gave me Christmas when I was about my a chance to explore more of my little daughter’s age lasted me through world. college.


with the hope that it will spark an interest that could lead to a career, better learning skills or at least open a door that they’ll want to explore more of. We’ve given our daughter plenty of those types of gifts — all starting with the idea that they’ll be a lot of fun too — and I think the telescope we gave her is one of the best. I had a standing telescope when I was a child, and I remember staring at the moon for long stretches of time with it at night and wondering what was out there. Music is another gift that I think is great for kids, or anyone for that matter. Knowing which album to get someone can be difficult, so a gift card may work best. I have strong memories of going to a record store on my bike on the day a new album came out and playing it at home for

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We’re trying to raise a child who will love the world and being in it, and showing her the importance of taking time off to enjoy life is a gift that I wish she’ll take full advantage of. Maybe a bike will be a small part of that. hours and memorizing the lyrics to my favorite songs. My daughter is the same way, though with digital music. She sings and dances to new music, and I’m positive she didn’t inherit her dance moves from me. A gift we give ourselves as a family each year is a vacation. Some years it’s more intensive than others, depending on our budget, but the point is to go away for a few weeks or more and visit someplace new. Last summer, for example, we spent all of July in Europe. Dealing with new things, such as food, people and places, is the main skill we want to teach her. Experiencing new cultures or new places is something we hope she’ll continue to do in adulthood.

Finally, I try to give my daughter the gift of me taking time off to do things with her. I realize this may not be the best gift a child would want, and that a new iPod, book or anything else would please her in the short term. I remember my dad taking me out of school a few times to go fishing. While I wasn’t a big fan of fishing, he was, and it was always fun to be out with him. My freelance work allows me to set my own hours, so I’m free in the afternoon to do things with her. I also take days off from time to time to do something with her or pick something to do on a whim because we have the time. We’ve bought rush tickets a few times this year when my wife was working, giving me a

chance to take my daughter out for lunch and a musical. I don’t know if she’ll be able to do that with her children someday, but I hope that she at least sees the benefits of taking a weekday off and going to a baseball game or something else. We’re trying to raise a child who will love the world and being in it, and showing her the importance of taking time off to enjoy life is a gift that I wish she’ll take full advantage of. Maybe a bike will be a small part of that. Aaron Crowe is a freelance journalist who specializes in writing about personal finance. He writes for a number of websites, including his own at

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Butterfly Census 10am to noon, Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, 1280 Horseneck Road, Westport. Savor the last remnants of summer, enjoy some time outdoors and learn about butterflies at the annual Allens Pond Butterfly Census. For ages 2 and up. FREE. 508-636-2437;

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ur local farms offer so much more than just delicious produce. Several feature corn mazes, oftentimes with puzzles to solve within. Some provide the opportunity to explore them at night by flashlight. Lace up your sneakers and head on in! Connors Farm, 30 Valley Road, Danvers. Maze is open daily from Sept. 9 – Oct. 1. Admission includes additional activities like pig races, bounce houses and barnyard animals. 978-777-1245; Pakeen Farm, 109 Elm Street, Canton. This mini maze is perfect for the mini-kid. Enough maze to have the experience without overwhelming the younger crowd. Fall harvest hours start Sept 7, open Thurs - Sun., 781-828-011, Kimball Farm, 780 East Broadway, Haverhill. Maze opens on weekends starting Sept. 10; a haunted maze is also offered. 978-807-3214; Marini Farm, 259 Linebrook Road, Ipswich. Maze is open 7 days a week starting Sept. 9 – Oct. 31, with flashlight nights on select weekends. 978-238-9386;


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SAT., OCT. 7, 11AM-3PM Annual Harvest Festival & Benefit for Emerson Hospital • Face Painting • Games & Prizes • Pick-your-own pumpkins • Entertainment • Food • Raffle • Pony, hay rides & Petting zoo • Live music by Monadnock Bluegrass

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1 Friday Gloucester Schooner Festival Varying times, Gloucester Harbor, Gloucester. Artisans, entertainment, food and more await at this major maritime and sailing event. Sunday morning’s Parade of Sail is a highlight. FREE. Through Sept. 3.

Dirtopia! 10am – 2pm, The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Acton. Dig, sculpt and squish in a giant pile of dirt. Dress for a mess. Drop in. Free with admission. Through Sept. 4. 978-264-4200;

Patriot Place Outdoor Movie Series 6pm, Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro. Catch the pre-show entertainment on the plaza, followed by The Angry Birds Movie at sunset. FREE. 508-203-2100;

Astronomy After Hours 8:30-10pm, Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston. On clear nights, view stars, planets, the moon and more from the observatory atop the parking garage. FREE. Fridays through November. 617-7232500;

2 Saturday Butterfly Census 10am to noon, Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, 1280 Horseneck Road, Westport. Savor the last remnants of summer, enjoy some time outdoors and learn about butterflies at the annual Allens Pond Butterfly Census. For ages 2 and up. FREE. 508-636-2437;

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s fall creeps in with its wonderful crisp cool evenings and pumpkin flavored beverages, it’s time to plan the annual farm excursions. There’s nothing quite like the juicy snap of a bite into a freshly picked apple. And kids love all the extras, from petting zoos to hay bale mazes. With so many nearby options, why not change it up each year and try a new apple picking spot or corn maze? Visit applepicking for even more listings. Berlin Orchards, 310 Sawyer Hill Road, Berlin. Hop aboard the hay wagon for a lift out to the orchard where you can choose from several varieties. Don’t leave without a visit to the farm animals and a cider doughnut snack! 978-8382400; . Honey Pot Hill Orchards, 138 Sudbury Road, Stow. Pick apples and pears in a scenic (but hilly!) orchard, then hop on a hayride or explore one of the three hedge mazes. 978562-5666; Lanni Orchards, 294 Chase Road, Lunenberg. Pick your own apples in September and October by the pound, notbag! Check the website for fun weekend events including their annual Apple Festival and Harvest Weekend. 978-582-6246; Russell Orchards, 143 Argilla Road, Ipswich. With more than two dozen kinds of apples, this is the place to go if you like variety. A tasty bake shop, winery and lots of kids’ activities round out the options. 978-356-5366;


17th Century Saturday 10am – 7pm, The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem. Travel back in time to the 1600s with guided tours and living history labs. Adults, $14; youth, free. 978-744-0991;

King Richard’s Faire 10:30am – 6pm, King Richard’s Fairgrounds, 235 Main St., Carver. Entertainment, exciting rides and skilled games abound at New England’s largest Renaissance Festival. Adults, $32; youth, $16. Weekends and Monday holidays through Oct. 22. 508-866-5391;

Movie Under the Stars 7:30pm, Francis William Bird Park, 251 Washington St., East Walpole. Celebrate the end of summer with an outdoor family-friendly movie. FREE. 508-668-6136;

4 Monday, Labor Day Bread & Roses Heritage Festival 11:30am – 6pm, Campagnone Common, Lawrence. A multicultural labor and social justice arts and music festival. Family events include trolley tours, pony rides, face painting and more. FREE.

5 Tuesday Peek a Blue Hike 11am, Houghton’s Pond, 840 Hillside St., Milton. Join the Friends of the Blue Hills for their bi-weekly baby and toddler hiking series. Snacks and drinks provided. FREE. 781-828-1805;


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ntroduce the kids to a nostalgic lunchbox favorite – Marshmallow Fluff – at a festival devoted to the stuff, Somerville’s annual Fluff Festival. The ooey, gooey spread was invented in Union Square nearly 100 years ago. You’ll find kids activities, cooking and costume contests and many other diversions, but

noon to 8pm, Assembly Row, 300 Grand Union Blvd., Somerville. A culmination of a summer of activity, with live music, art, a sidewalk sale, food, children’s activities and a fireworks show. Through Sept. 10. FREE. 617-684-1511;

Friday Evening Hayride and Campfire 4pm and 6pm, Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, 208 S Great Road, Lincoln. Welcome the beginning of fall with a hayride around the farm, followed by campfire stories, s’mores and a special night-time visitor. For families with children ages 0-14. $19.50. 781-259-2200;

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Nights 7pm, Frog Pond, Boston Common. Catch an outdoor viewing of Honey, I Shrunk The Kids. FREE. 617-635-4505;

9 Saturday Butterfly Census 10am to noon, Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, 1280 Horseneck Road, Westport. Savor the last remnants of summer, enjoy some time outdoors and learn about butterflies at the annual Allens Pond Butterfly Census. For ages 2 and up. FREE. 508-636-2437;

don’t leave without stopping by some of the local restaurants. Many will feature special dishes highlighting the star ingredient. The Fluffernutterinspired doughnut from Union Square Donuts was quite the hit last year. Fluff Festival, Sept. 23, 3-7pm, Union Square, Somerville. FREE. fluff-festival.

Show and Tell Day 10am to noon, Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History, 235 Wellesley St., Weston. A day to share and explore collections of


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Cambridge Carnival International Noon to 7pm, various locations, Cambridge. A colorful and festive celebration rooted in African traditions with a costume parade, international foods, crafts, kids’ activities and more. FREE. 617-8630476;

14 Thursday TASTE of Jamaica Plain 6-9pm, Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston. Enjoy food, music and an auction in a fundraiser for ESAC. Adults, $50; youth, free.

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10 Sunday Reading Fall Street Faire Washington Park,100 Washington St., Reading. A community festival with a children’s area, performances and classic car show. FREE.

Farm Day, BBQ & Apple Pie Contest 11am – 3pm, Verrill Farm, 11 Wheeler Road, Concord. Chow on some BBQ as you listen to bluegrass, then take a hayride or enter the apple pie contest. FREE. 978-369-4494;

Melrose Victorian Fair 11am – 4:30pm, Main Street, Melrose. A hometown festival

The Big E 8am – 10pm, Eastern States Exposition, 875 Memorial Ave., West Springfield. The largest fair in the Northeast returns with top-name entertainment, rides, animals and amazing cream puffs. Through Oct. 1. Adults, $15; youth, $10.

Friday Evening Hayride and Campfire 4pm and 6pm, Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, 208 S Great Road, Lincoln. Welcome the beginning of fall with a hayride around the farm, followed by campfire stories, s’mores and a special night-time visitor. For families with children ages 0-14. $19.50. 781-259-2200;

Herrmann’s Royal Lipizzan Stallions 5pm, Cogswell’s Grant, 60 Spring St., Essex. A demonstration of the highest levels of horsemanship. Through Sept. 18. Adults, $18; youth, $15. 978-768-3632;




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Fall Harvest Day 9am – 4pm, Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, 208 S Great Road, Lincoln. It’s harvest time! Enjoy cooking demonstrations, tastings, a tour of the fields, garden activities and up-close encounters with some of the animals that love to visit the garden. For all ages. FREE. 781-259-2200;

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10am – 5pm, Aleppo Shriner’s Auditorium, 99 Fordham Road, Boston. Learn about pet care and activism as you visit exhibitors and rescues. Bring your pet! Through Sept. 17. FREE. 800-977-3609;

Hey Day 11am – 5pm, Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Road, Princeton. At this special event, children can enjoy a minimaze, hayrides, farm animals and pumpkin painting, as well as cider, produce and baked goods from the Princeton Farmers Market. For all ages. $10. 978-464-2712;

Endless Summer Waterfront Festival Noon to 5pm, Hull Waterfront, Hull. Enjoy food, music, eating contests, bounce houses, an art show, kid’s art creation area, touch a truck and more. FREE.

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Wild About Turtles 1 – 2:30pm, Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot Street, Natick. Visit “up close and personal” with some of the turtles found around Broadmoor. For ages 4-16. Adults, $15; youth, $9. 508-655-2296;


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19 Tuesday Peek a Blue Hike 11am, Houghton’s Pond, 840 Hillside St., Milton. Join the Friends of the Blue Hills for their bi-weekly baby and toddler hiking series. Snacks and drinks provided. FREE. 781-828-1805;

22 Friday Apple Honey Harvest 3:30 – 5pm, Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, 208 S Great Road, Lincoln. Visit the bees and taste delicious honey-and-apple combinations, then finish the afternoon with apple crafts. For ages 0-8. $15.50. 781-259-2200;


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Plum Island COASTSWEEP 9am – 5pm, Joppa Flats Education Center, 1 Plum Island Turnpike,

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tion of the impacted gland. My surgery was on Valentine’s Day that year. While the parathyroid lives close to the thyroid, it is actually unrelated. However, during the operation, my doctor biopsied some growths he had previously observed in my thyroid and discovered that I had cancer. Thyroid cancer moves slowly, and my doctor promised me my particular type would not kill me. Six months after the first operation, I had another to remove my thyroid and almost all of my parathyroid (the disease had not corrected itself with the first surgery). I shared very few details with my children. I did not want them to worry. My daughter, who thrives on drama, did get a little carried away in her concern for me though. I was fortunate that the cancer I had did not require radiation or chemotherapy. Life could return to normal quickly for us. But these surgeries — and one more unrelated one I had during the prior year — revealed to my family that Mom was vulnerable, and this mom does not like being vulnerable.

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We are a reasonably healthy family. During their growing-up years, other than annual checkups, our visits to the doctor were pretty rare. There were occasional trips to the emergency room for stitches, sprained ankles and twisted wrists. Jake got a concussion playing lacrosse that kept him in a dark, stimulus-free room for seven days. Aside from my annual visits to the gynecologist, my medical (and dental – oops) care was minimal. And those annual visits may not have been so annual. Every few years I would schedule a physical but, more often than not, cancel it or give the appointment to one of the children. A colleague chastised me for this lack of self-care. I don’t like getting scolded, so I finally kept one of those appointments. I remember exactly where I was when the nurse called with my test results — in rush-hour traffic. She told me I had a lot of calcium in my blood. I thought that was a good thing. Shouldn’t we all have a lot of calcium? Not in our blood. It was an indication of parathyroid disease. I had never heard of parathyroid disease, so I asked Jake, who was riding along with me, to look it up on his phone as I continued to drive.

The child who knows this best is Jake, my youngest. Before we moved to San Francisco, Jake took annual trips from Boston to the Bay area to visit his oldest brother. They share a summer birthday. The year he turned 14, I dropped him at the airport and went home to do a thorough housecleaning. Unfortunately, two hours in, I slipped on the wet bathroom floor, dislocating my knee and hitting my head on the side of the bathtub. I ended up in the emergency room, where I got 12 stitches and a new pair of crutches. Jake felt terrible that he was not there to help me. He is here now, and the only one of the kids I have told about my new diagnosis. While we don’t talk about it much, and he does not appear to be overly concerned, almost every day he shares a link to information he has found about my condition. And he makes sure I take care of myself. I worry that I am burdening my youngest because he is the one who is geographically closest; but I should overcome my reluctance to tell the others. Just as I was their primary caregiver when they were children, they are now mine.

was recently diagnosed with a condition that has a significant impact on me. It is not life-threatening, but it is annoying to have to pay such close attention to my health. This is the latest in a series of concerns that reminds me that it’s tough to get sick when you’re a single parent. Several years ago, there was a particularly virulent strain of flu infecting scores of people, including my son Paul. He missed a week of school as he suffered through aches, chills and fever. One morning as I was heading out the door to take his siblings to school, Paul came down the stairs speaking gibberish. He had become dehydrated and was hallucinating. It was pretty frightening. I didn’t want the younger kids to be late, but I also did not want to leave Paul alone. Fortunately, my neighbor was still home and came in to watch Paul while I drove the others two miles down the road to school. I was very happy that I did not succumb to the flu that season. In fact, I remember telling myself, “I cannot get sick.”

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