SUMMER BUCKET LIST 2020

By Dallas Ernst, AAA

“With crowd-less sporting events, cancelled concerts and places like parks and beaches allowing less visitors, the summer of 2020 will certainly look different, but there’s still plenty you can do to make the most of the season. From ways to cool down to classic summer games, foods and outings, our summer bucket list is filled with activities you can enjoy from home, in your own backyard and locally.”

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10 ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH GRANDPARENTS ON ZOOM

By Jody Mercier, Mommy Poppins

“For families like mine, with grandparents spread across the country, a Zoom date is an easy, satisfying way to foster face-to-face connections between generations. While a casual chat is fun in itself, sometimes we like to up the ante and incorporate some fun activities into the video session. Here are our 10 favorite activities and games that kids can do with grandparents over Zoom.”

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BEST NEW KIDS’ BOOKS FOR SUMMER READING: AGE-BY-AGE LIST FOR PRESCHOOLERS TO TEENS

By Kelley Hayworth, Mommy Poppins

“We polled librarians, parents, and publishers for their top summer reading picks, and came up with 30 exciting new books published in 2020 to suit various age groups, including preschoolers, early readers, middle schoolers, and high schoolers.”

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MASSACHUSETTS EASES REGULATIONS ON CHILD CARE CENTERS AND SUMMER CAMPS

By Diane Cho, NBC10 Boston, June 2020

“The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care is adjusting its guidelines for reopening child care amid the coronavirus crisis.”

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100 FUN SUMMER IDEAS FOR KIDS & PARENTS

By Laureen Miles Brunelli, Verywell Family, 2020

“Check out this list of 100 things you and your kids can do to fight off summertime boredom. Don’t let your kids have all the fun—many of these activities are fun for the whole family to share. So join in!”

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26 AT HOME ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

By Megan Johnson, Family Vacation Critic, 2020

This List of various activities from the Family Vacation Critic can help spark new ideas on how to keep busy this summer!

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TALKING TO KIDS ABOUT RACISM, EARLY AND OFTEN

By Jessica Grose, New York Times Parenting, June 2020

“Many parents are wondering how to talk about the deaths and unrest with their children. But just as important in the long run, especially for nonblack parents, is how to keep the conversation about race and racism going when we’re not in a moment of national outrage, and to make sure all children see black people as heroes in a wide range of their own stories, and not just as victims of oppression.”

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TEENS BRAINS ARE TO BLAME FOR LACK OF SOCIAL DISTANCING

By Dr. Judith G. Edersheim, Naples Daily News, May 2020

“The research shows that brain development occurs in stages: The areas of the brain responsible for basic drives and reward-seeking behavior mature first, before the areas controlling more complex actions like impulse control, planning and complex reasoning. The latter area, called the prefrontal cortex, is not yet fully developed in adolescence. In fact, it doesn’t finish developing until around the mid-20s.”


PARENTS IN THIS MASS. TOWN COULD FACE A $300 FINE IF THEIR KIDS GATHER IN GROUPS

By WCVB 5 News Boston, April 2020

“In a letter to Cohasset residents, the town’s public health agent said failure to comply with Gov. Charlie Baker’s COVID-19 state of emergency order could result in a $300 per day fine.”

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ALL THE VIRTUAL CONCERTS, PLAYS, MUSEUMS AND OTHER CULTURE YOU CAN ENJOY FROM HOME

By AJ Willingham & Hena Sharma, CNN, April 2020

“Countless cultural experiences have been brought to our small screens as we spend more time at home. And while nothing can replicate the swell of a live orchestra or the quiet murmur of an art gallery, there are numerous cultural experiences at your fingertips to help make your time indoors more artful and imaginative.”

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IN A TIME OF DISRUPTION, PROTECTING YOUR CHILD FROM THE RISKS OF SUBSTANCE USE

By Linda Richter PH. D, Director of Prevention Research and Analysis, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, March 2020

“Be kind to yourself. Give yourself a break. While effective parenting should not be put on hold, neither does it need to be put in overdrive. We do not need to feel obliged to create the perfect homeschooling environment for our children, schedule their every waking moment and make the most of their wide-open time.”

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WELCOMING AN ADULT CHILD BACK HOME BECAUSE OF COVID-19

By Kevin Collins, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, March 2020

“You’re likely experiencing a variety of emotions — happy and thankful that your child is healthy, safe and back at home, or perhaps, concerned about how your family will manage with everyone under one roof. How long this will last and what will the academic, financial or health outcomes be?”

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HELPING CHILDREN COPE WITH EMERGENCIES

By The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

“Regardless of your child’s age, he or she may feel upset or have other strong emotions after an emergency. Some children react right away, while others may show signs of difficulty much later. How a child reacts and the common signs of distress can vary according to the child’s age, previous experiences, and how the child typically copes with stress.”

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COPING AFER A DISASTER CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY BOOKLET

By The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created an activity booklet to help parents and educators talk to kids about how to cope after a disaster. This booklet provides strategies for families and educators to help children talk about their feelings after a disaster and learn positive ways to express their emotions in uncertain times.

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HOW PARENTS CAN HELP YOUTH WITH STRESS

Tech Talk Tuesdays, Screenagers, March 2020

“When people get asked to rank their level of perceived stress, teens on average report higher levels than adults. There are many reasons teens report stress, including academic-related stress and stress from relationships with peers and family.”

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HOW CAN I PREVENT MY CHILD FROM OVERDOSING?

By Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, February 2020

“Your first goal is of course to encourage your child to seek treatment for their drug use. But there are things you can do to help prevent them from overdosing in the meantime.”

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HOW TO TALK TO TEENS ABOUT ALCOHOL & DRUGS

By Parent Toolkit

“If you haven’t had a talk about substance use with your teen before, now is the time to start. Check out these tips.”

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DO YOU REALLY ‘SEE’ YOUR CHILD?

By Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., The New York Times, January 2020

Helicopter parenting has become the American norm, but it may not be the best way to connect with our kids.

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TEACH YOUR KIDS TO FAIL

By Jesse Grose, The New York Times, January 2020

“Getting comfortable with setbacks will keep them curious and engaged.”

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THINGS TO DO ON WINTER BREAK: 25 FAMILY STAYCATION IDEAS

By Kathy Sima, We Have Kids, December 2019

“Here are 25 ideas for fun, inexpensive things to do over the school break that will help keep the whole family busy.”


SCIENCE SAYS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL KIDS HAVE PARENTS WHO DO THESE 5 THINGS

By Christina DesMarais, Inc.com, December, 2019

“If raising kids to be successful was an easy thing, a lot more people would be wealthy, healthy and surrounded with great relationships. In reality, getting children from infancy to adulthood so that they grow into thriving human beings takes a lot of work and intention. Here are several things experts say the parents of the most successful kids do differently.”


STUDY: KIDS WHO HAVE HELICOPTER PARENTS MORE LIKELY TO BURNOUT, HAVE A HARDER TIME TRANSITIONING TO ‘REAL WORLD’

By Cory Steig, CNBC, November, 2019

“A new study from Florida State University found that kids who had helicopter parents were more likely to experience burnout from schoolwork, and they had a harder time transitioning from school to the real world.”




AM I ENABLING ADDICTION BY HELPING MY CHILD

By Partnership for Drug-Free Kids & Center on Addiction


THE ONE QUESTION EVERY PARENT SHOULD QUIT ASKING

Huffington Post


HIGH SCHOOLERS WHO DON’T DATE ARE LESS DEPRESSED THAN THEIR COUNTERPARTS

CNN Health, October 2019


MEMO TO PARENTS: THE COLLEGE YEARS WILL BE OVER BEFORE YOU KNOW IT

The Boston Globe, September 2019


AN AMAZING PARENT AND A STYLISH, WELL-ADJUSTED KID

The Boston Globe, September 2019


MY SPOUSE OR PARTNER DOESN’T AGREE ON HOW TO HELP OUR CHILD WHO IS STRUGGLING WITH SUBSTANCE USE. WHAT DO I DO?

Partnership For Drug-Free Kids, August, 2019