Hilltown Families

Hilltown Families' contributing writer, Ginny Hamilton, tends to look on the bright side - though she finds beauty, peace, and hope shine all the more in the darkness. In this month’s...

For many, this last month ushered in strong feelings of uncertainty for the future. Mindfulness meditation is a useful tool for embracing uncertainty and learning to live fully and compassionately within...

This month the Ripple takes us to the riverside, to witness a life larger than we imagine, older and stronger than the mountains and the sky, and as immediate as we...

Some of my favorite time with children is spent baking. Children love it, and if I am not too performance driven, I love every minute, too! Baking with toddlers can also...

Jack-o-lanterns and early voting. Costumes and politics. In this month’s Off the Mat: Reflections on the Practice of Parenting, Ginny Hamilton looks at fear in this election season and shares tools...

Teaching Tolerance I don’t know about you, but I am counting the days until this election season is over. I am tired of the nastiness, and am saturated with the hate...

It's pumpkin time in Western Massachusetts, surrounding us with their plump beauty of orange (and even white, red and yellow!). I try to stretch the pumpkin and squash season out to...

This month, Ginny takes solace in the likelihood that she’ll be through the crazy-making cycles of perimenopause before her son hits puberty. Cycling, in this month’s Off the Mat: Reflections on...

Apple Chutney When our vegetable garden begins slowing down, we begin apple season. We harvest our own apples, visit friends who have apple trees, and gather apples from wild trees and...

Emergent Curriculum: Honeybees

Ginny Hamilton grew up in a storytelling family. Her son is being well versed in this tradition. In this month’s "Off the Mat: Reflections on the Practice of Parenting," Ginny looks...

"My daughter only has one set of grandparents," writes Logan in her column this month. "And while my husband’s mom and dad love her dearly, they are both in their 90’s...

Under the Hat: Songwriting with the Seasons

This month, Hilltown Families' Contributing Writer, Sarah Mattison Buhl, shops with her 13-year old daughter, and carries home more than her shopping bags can hold.

Bugs of Summer Toddlers love bugs and insects or they are terrified of them! Either way the curiosity that bugs and insects evoke in young children is endless. I am a...

Imagine the long course of evolution that took our species out of the trees of Northeastern Africa, led us on the great tribal migrations that dispersed us across the globe, and...

Off the Mat: Reflections on the Practice of Parenting

Art Abandonment... the simple act of leaving little works of creativity for others to find; spreading art, joy and kindness. This month in "Let Them Grow: Fresh Ways to Engage Toddlers...

The Lessons of Drought In the one hundred and twenty years that flow records have been kept for the Westfield River, never has it been as low as it is today....

Raising a loving hero, in Off the Mat: Reflections on the Practice of Parenting.

Summer is a time to invite, explore and rethink. Hilltown Families Contributing Writer, Sarah Mattison Buhl, is rethinking what makes a group dynamic, and how it can be changed for...

Working with herbs and spices help children make the connection between farm and table, or in our case front yard and table. Making these connections early on is a great way...

Potty training? There’s a book. Sleep training? Plenty of step by step approaches. How to ride a bike? YouTube tutorials galore. How to be honest? Ginny's sources aren’t on the library’s...

The immediate and primal power of music to illicit emotional response is hard-wired into us as humans. Whether we’re conscious of it or not, we listen to music for many different...

We have talked a lot about engaging children in nature-based art. It is a fun and easy way to get outside, have fun and expose your child to the process of...

When I started writing this column in 2011, I did so hoping to inspire readers to “make the world of rivers bigger than the world of pavement inside of you!” Rivers...

In this month’s Off the Mat: Reflections on the Practice of Parenting, Pain Specialist & Yoga Instructor Ginny Hamilton shares how she is trying to drink more water, one little way...

My favorite thing to do is collect early spring flower pedals and let them dry for use on the contact paper. Daffodils, crocuses, dandelions, daffodils, early mint leaves are all out...