Hilltown Families

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Would you ever give your children an e-book reader as a gift? Amanda Saklad writes, “If I had the extra $150 plus to spend, sure! A trip to...

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Leading up to the Dr. Susan Linn’s visit last week for the Hilltown Families Community Conversation, The Importance of Creative Play in a Commercialized World with Dr. Susan...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS What can we do as parents (and as a society) to protect and promote creative free play for our kids? Share your suggestions, ideas and questions: Joshua M....

QUESTION AND ANSWERS With school in session and the colder months upon us, colds and flu are common ailments. What are some of your tried-and-true home remedies for beating & treating...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Are there subjects/topics you wish schools WOULD teach your kids? How about ones you wish they WOULDN’T? Laura Hoffman replies, “I’m beside myself that they are choosing not...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Lori Peters writes, “My son is kindergarten age next year and I am thinking about school options. I know that kindergarten isn’t mandatory in Massachusetts and I am...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Where’s a good place to pick pumpkins with the kids in Western MA? Patricia McCarthy Krutiak recommends, “Whitney’s Farm Stand. Route 8. Cheshire, MA.” (Berkshire Co.) Heather Dunham...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Anyone have any tips on how to get kids to practice their musical instruments… with out nagging them? David Walsh writes, “Take them to a show (more than...

Looking for a educational PODCAST or WEBSITE to support your kids learning? Here are 10 recommendations made by Hilltown Families' readers...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Temper tantrums! Remember them? Experiencing them for the first time? What works/worked for you when your little angel screams like a little banshee, holds her breath until blue,...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS PB&J. Cheese stick. Yogurt. – (Snore!) – Does your inner chef have a fresh, creative idea to share for our back-to-school, lunch toting kids? Leslie Lynn suggests, “Hummus...

Hair cuts! Parents are often thinking about getting their kids hair cut as the beginning of the school year approaches... and preK kids who have yet to have their first...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS What’s the wackiest but most useful advice you’ve ever received as a parent? Gayle White recalls, “Feed her when she’s hungry, she’ll stop when she’s full. (Maybe not...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS What is your favorite kid-friendly restaurant in Western MA? Jennifer Martin recommends, “Freight Yard Pub in North Adams. Sarah Suriner-Hagadorn recommends, “Flavours in Pittsfield Justin Richard recommends, “Green...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Ear piercing … many girls around my daughters age are having them done and now she’s begging to have her ears pierced too. Any recommendations on where to...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS J.W. writes, “Has anyone yet dealt with their t(w)een aged daughters wanting to shave their legs? My 13yo daughter has recently asked if she could. At what age...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS What do families with TEENS do when they do not want to participate in family outings or summer vacations? Do you force them along? Let them stay at...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Are your kids still in diapers? What do they swim in? Carrie Snyder writes, “We use the Bummis Swimmis reusable diaper!” Diane Hinze Kanzler writes, “We used Imse...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Can anyone recommend a good place for kids to take swim lessons this summer? Megan Rubiner Zinn recommends: “Craig Collins at the Valley Swim School (at the Clarke...

Question and Answer This week let’s talk about chores, allowances and how to teach kids about money management: First, let’s discuss chores… What chores are your kids expected to do around...

Question and Answer Any recommendations on great outdoor places to bring the preK kids to play during summer days? Audrey Nystrom Anderson recommends, “Spray park in South Amherst. Wading Pool at...

Question and Answer What’s a good non-toxic bug repellent you feel comfortable using on your kids to protect them from all those biting, stinging, parasitic summer companions? Marya Kozik LaRoche recommends:...

Question and Answer End of the school year is fast approaching! Any suggestions on gifts to give teachers and administrators to thank them for the past school year? John Heffernan writes:...

Question and Answer What are the going rates these days for a mother’s helper? For 1 child, or 2 children+? And how about a babysitter? Do you pay according to experience,...

Question and Answer Anyone have kids just learning to ride a bike, or transitioning out of training wheels? How are you teaching them to ride their bikes? Anyone have some great...

Question and Answer What scents bring back vivid memories from your childhood? Jeanne Ionata remembers: Wet earth after it’s just rained in the summer… wild grapes… melting tar. Jackie Amuso Dolby...

Question and Answer Where can you get the best cup of coffee in Western MA? Lisa Hall Blackmer recommends: Brewhaha, North Adams. (closed Wednesday) across from MASS MoCA. Julianne Thibodeau Krutka...

Question and Answer Where’s a great restaurant families can go for Mother’s Day Brunch? Sarah Lewis recommends: “Opa Opa’s in Southampton.” Judy Bennett recommends: “Chandler’s“ Judie Isabella recommends: “Ashfield Lakehouse!!! Great...

Question and Answer Can anyone recommend intergenerational opportunities for children/elders in Western MA? Marie Westburg writes: The Council on Aging is joining forces with The Williamsburg Intergenerational Gardening Program and started...

Question and Answer What is your favorite way to discover and explore history with your child/ren? Abbe Laine Schiowitz writes: “We lovelovelove the Natural History Museum at Amherst College, admission is...