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Why fuzzy friends are good for your heart


As we explored in our Winter 2013 issue of Surprises, kids are naturally predisposed to love fuzzy and feathery creatures (and scaly and creepy ones too): babies as young as six months will try to get closer to dogs and cats, given the chance. While the love isn’t always mutual, it’s amazing when it is. These priceless bonds can start ... Read More »

Why do kids love trucks so much, anyway?

Bruder MACK Granite Dump Truck

Just what is it about trucks and other construction equipment that makes little kids go crazy? Little boys, especially, delight in learning the names of every kind of digger, dozer, and excavator, and every day that the garbage truck shows up is a holiday. Advice columnist Kerry Kelly Novick speculates that the love of trucks is just an extension of ... Read More »

South Shore, here we come (again)


Last February, we closed our Hingham store. It was a very hard decision, and at the time we vowed to return to the South Shore as soon as possible. In the months that followed, we spent a lot of time driving around Route 3 and looking for a new home. A few months ago, we found it. But by then, ... Read More »

Goodbye, Isis


It will be 12 years ago this April that I became a mother for the first time. Like so many new moms, I knew so little. When a friend discovered a New Mothers Group that met in the basement of someone’s home in West Roxbury, I didn’t hesitate to sign up. I was tired, scared and overwhelmed. Any support was ... Read More »

Role Models


Kids learn about the world by watching the adults around them, and they love to put their observations into action (even when you wish they wouldn’t). That means it’s important to set a good example for your children with everyday kindness and generosity, and by including them in the activities you enjoy the most. Melissa & Doug Fire Chief Role ... Read More »

2013 in Review: 13 Products That Defined Our Year

Time flies extra-fast when you’ve got kids. One minute, they’re a helpless baby, the next minute they’re walking, and the next thing you know, they’re in kindergarten (and then, college). Whew! The same thing happens with a thriving business in a constantly-expanding industry – you have to remind yourself, sometimes, to stop and take stock. The turn of the calendar ... Read More »

Fun for the first, second, and third year: Top Ten Baby & Toddler Toys for Holiday Shopping


Compared to most gift-giving occasions, shopping for a holiday gift for a new baby can be refreshingly simple: babies don’t know what holidays are, and won’t be offended if, say, you pick out a sweater that doesn’t flatter their complexion. Their tastes are unformed, their opinions limited to “I don’t like cold / loud noise / hunger” and “I do ... Read More »