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Boston is home to several great museums, the New England Aquarium, and Zoo New England, providing educational and entertaining experiences for families with children of all ages, but the price of admission can be discouraging. Fortunately, most of the area public libraries have agreements with the museums and other attractions that allow library patrons to check out passes for free or discounted tickets.
It's the thing every expectant parent dreads and every new parent comes to accept within hours of their child's birth: the copious amounts of poo that little bodies are capable of producing. For families interested in "going green," cloth diapers may be an appealing alternative to sending endless bags of disposables to the landfill. But where to start? Fortunately, while cloth diapering can seem overwhelming, Boston has several local resources to help figure out if cloth diapering is right for your family.
If you have found something fun to do in Roslindale, there is a good chance that the Roslindale Village Main Streets (RVMS) organization is behind it somehow. A non-profit organization, RVMS works to make Roslindale a vibrant place to live or visit by sponsoring events, supporting local businesses, and making the neighborhood beautiful.
Jamaica Plain is a great neighborhood for families and kids, whether you are making your home there or just visiting. With tons of green space, playgrounds, and children's classes, it is easy to find activities for kids of all ages.
As a parent, finding time for doctor's appointments, job interviews, or the much-coveted date night out can be challenging enough -- finding someone to watch the kids can be even more difficult. Turning to your virtual village to organize a childcare cooperative is a great, free alternative to costly babysitters or drop-off centers.
A babysitting co-op lets you trade time watching each other's kids for time to do real grown-up things like go to appointments, clean the house, or just take a break. Lots of parents do this informally in a "you get my back this time, I will get your's next time" approach, where the only reckoning of debts owed is karmic. This works great among friends, but tends to involve only a small group of select people. Creating a more formally organized cooperative allows parents to expand their network of willing sitters while accurate tracking keeps things fair and equitable. Here's how to get started:
They say it takes a village to raise a family, but few parents these days live in such small, tight-knit communities. Fortunately, the wonders of technology can help create a virtual village where parents can turn to other parents for support, information on events, and even gently used clothes and toys.
Expert baby wearers and new parents alike will find something to celebrate during International Baby Wearing week October 7-13. Intended to raise awareness about baby wearing, the week will include free, fun activities, plus opportunities to try different types of baby carriers.