Hilltown Families

Sustainability: the River Knows the Way Biology tells us that water is life. Religion tells us that life is sacred. Biology does not want to admit that life is sacred (because...

We call vacations “a breather” for a reason. Pain Specialist & Yoga Instructor Ginny Hamilton and her spouse recently took a grown up vacation. In "Off the Mat: Reflections on the...

Optimism is a gift, but resilience is home grown. Contributing writer Sarah Mattison Buhl explores how to develop resilience in ourselves and our children.

Under the Hat: Independent Music Education with 2015 Latin Grammy Award winner, two time Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner, western MA-based Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer).

A River Is Always In Synch Like tiny submariners bursting up and out of the bottom of the brook, breaking into wings and soaring for a short time above the world...

Using natural object as a medium allows us to make the connection between the land and art. A favorite nature-based art project for Candice is vegetable stamping... with her...

Books support literacy and learning. And when you have too many books in duplicate and falling part, they can even support creative-free play! This month in "What to Play? Play...

This has been the worst season for sickness. Well for me anyway, a first time mom with a toddler in daycare! It seems toddlers are the best and worst patients. They...

Ginny Hamilton readily admits that her son is her best teacher, even if she rarely consents to being a student in his playroom classroom. Testing in first grade, in this...

"But without that wealth of experience, my children won’t know what they are worth. They won’t know of their courage. They won’t know they have the moxie to steam-engine forward. So,...

Living the life riparian—what does it mean? What could it mean? How can we live it? The best place to consider these questions is by the river side. Every river drains...

Pain specialist & yoga Instructor Ginny Hamilton is committed to answering her young son’s questions honestly. Even about sex. Even in public. Deep breaths and pregnant pauses, in this month’s "Off...

Making Snow Where There is None Winter is here. But without snow in New England it feels a little different. I am not complaining, because it is nice to take the...

In Chile Rivers are everywhere, and one of the joys of paying attention to them is—if you let them, they bring you places far from what you have left behind. Sometimes...

Cooking shows are robbed of their central sensory features – the ability to smell and taste the food being prepared. To compensate, they have to create a full-spectrum visual and audio...

Parents, especially expectant and new ones, are inundated with free advice. What’s a friend to do when ASKED for ideas about parenting in our crazy world? In this month’s "Off the...

This month in "The Good Life: A Year of Thoughtful Seasons," Sarah explores what it means to be independent in a sea of opposition, reflecting on the bravery of her father...

"Under the Hat: Independent Music Education" with 2015 Latin Grammy Award winner, two time Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner, Mister G.

We carry the ocean inside of ourselves. This is a fact; but, due to our cultural make-up, it is a fact that is not connected presently to a larger intelligence. What...

Here are a couple of ideas that integrate creative-free play with thoughtful ways children can reciprocate their love and caring of the elders in their life...

What a great time of year to tell stories! Share family stories. What was this time of year like when you were little? What holidays did you celebrate? What special activities...

Dane writes, "My standard challenge is this: if you can read every ingredient on the box (for the younger kids), and identify what it is (older kids), it counts as food....

Do you let your kids quit? Do you let yourself quit? In this month’s "Off the Mat: Reflections on the Practice of Parenting," Ginny Hamilton explores the difference between being comfortable...

The Gift of Myself I do not have the ability to support my children monetarily. I admit that for a long time that could sometimes get me down, especially during the...

Making Giving about Giving This is the time of year to think about not just our families but also for our community. Living in such a small valley makes it easy...

A Great River Teacher: Greenfield’s Karl Meyer

Where did all the play go? Am I the only parent that is mourning its loss? The new math makes sense to me. I read Old Dogs, New Math: Homework Help...

Before Dane was a cook, she was an eater. And before she was an eater, she was a reader. Check out some of her favorite children's books that feature great food...

The Dalai Lama says “kindness is my religion.” I was taught how to be polite, not how to be kind. In this month’s Off the Mat: Reflections on the Practice of...

This Halloween, give back when receiving candy from your neighbors. Here are 4 easy handmade crafts kids can make before Halloween night to carry with them and to give back to...