Having “The Conversation” with Your Family

I was lucky. My mother had a cancer scare when she was sixty-three. During that episode, we had many heartfelt conversations about what might happen, how she wanted to be treated, and how she wanted to die. Twenty years later, when she began to experience dementia, I knew it was time to have the conversation …

Screen Time for Children

by Warren Berkowitz As a local special-education administrator, I had the privilege of helping parents deal with the many challenges of raising their children to be healthy and responsible citizens. One of the most difficult issues for today’s parents is regulating their child’s screen time. How much screen time is enough? Too much? What kind …

The Hungry Heart

 “This is your brain. This is drugs. This is your brain on drugs. Any questions?” This was the script for a TV ad by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America in1987—and the first time most Americans realized that drug abuse was a serious and growing problem in our country. The man with the frying pan …

Preschool – The Most Important Grade?

On Saturday, April 5th, Blue Hill residents will have the opportunity to vote to provide the financial support for a public preschool program at the Consolidated School. Although three quarters of all children participate in preschool programs nationwide, many people are unsure about how to measure the cost and benefits, particularly of public preschool programs …

Food Rules

Many of us, the older generation at least, grew up in families where mothers cooked and fathers didn’t, most everything was made from scratch, and butter was its own food group. Kitchens had a shelf with dog-eared cookbooks, but only a few recipes were really followed, the family favorites.   Today, when many women work …

Every Week Is Women’s Health Week

This year, National Women’s Health Week was celebrated from May 10th (Mother’s Day) to May 16th. The goal of this week was to empower women to make their health a priority, and served as a time to help women understand what steps they can take to improve their health. But health doesn’t happen just one …

Teens and Alcohol: What’s a Parent to Do?

June is just around the corner. School and family graduation celebrations are already being planned. But what kind of parties are your teens planning to attend, perhaps without your knowledge? We tend to think that all teens who drink alcohol are troubled or live in stressed environments. Experts connect “adverse childhood experiences” (ACES), such as …