Activities and Events in the Berkshires that focusing on parenting, Things to Do, Berkshire County, Massachusetts

The Pros and Cons of Parenthood [COLUMN]

The Pros and Cons of Parenthood [COLUMN]

Yet again our children are up to their usual shenanigans. Well, one child in particular. This child has the Midas touch only in reverse. It seems that everything he touches manages to break, croak or crash. After a particularly bad incident involving the car and a hairy, mythical creature that supposedly jumped out in front(…)

Lenox Public Schools to host youth marijuana use consequence event with Berkshire United Way

LENOX — Lenox Public Schools will host an event in conjunction with the  Berkshire United Way and the Berkshire Youth Development Project on March 19, at 7 p.m. at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School titled “Youth Chronic Marijuana Use: What’s the Big Deal,” The event will feature Rick Cresta,a clinical social worker and adjunct(…)

‘The Lost Generation of Boys’ topic of discussion at Stockbridge Library Sunday

STOCKBRIDGE — This Sunday, Jan. 14,  at 4 p.m., an informative and provocative talk by Dr. Jonathan Aronoff, titled “The Lost Generation of Boys” with Dr. Jonathan Aronoff. Dr. Aronoff is a licensed psychologist, board certified psychoanalyst, and certified personal and executive coach with a private practice in Stockbridge. For the last 10 years Dr. Aronoff(…)

Would you like a free summer activity kit for your kids? Here’s how to get one in the Berkshires

STOCKBRIDGE — Summer is upon us and there is research that suggests kids can lose up to three months of learning during the long summer vacation, defined as — The Summer Brain Drain. On Tuesday, June 4, at 6:30 p.m. Meagan Ledendecker of the Montessori School will present a free workshop titled “Avoid Summer Brain(…)

Free ‘Screen Time and Children’ class offered at Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER, Vt. — Computers, iPods, iPhones, iPads, video games, television sets — how many hours does your family spend behind a screen? This Sunday, May 19, at 3 p.m., the Northshire Bookstore will host an afternoon session where parents can learn about ways to connect with your children and reduce your family’s screen time. The(…)

Free parenting workshop offered at Berkshire County Head Start in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD — As we all know parenting doesn’t come with a handbook, so any little bit of knowledge we can glean from others to help us along this tumultuous journey is usually much appreciated. Next Wednesday, May 15, Berkshire County Head Start is offering a helping hand with its free “Beyond Bossing, Begging and Bribing”(…)

GUEST COLUMN: A belated Autism Awareness Month post (How do I do it? Like any other parent does)

Note: April was Autism Awareness Month, and because the month seemed to fly by we are just getting this special guest post to you now. BY VERNETTA MARRA The conversations always start the same — with innocent questions. Do you have kids? How old are they? Then inevitably they ask a question which leads me(…)

Berkshire County to talk about sex and teens next week

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire United Way, in partnership with Face the Facts — an initiative to reduce teen pregnancy — will host a free community conversation and dinner on Monday, April 29, from 5-7 p.m. at Taconic High school in Pittsfield during which a conversation will continue regarding what’s been happening with our the BUW’s teen pregnancy initiative, its next steps and(…)

Talking to your kids about the Boston Marathon Bombings

Yesterday, while vacationing in Florida with my family I returned to our townhouse — after a day of visiting a manatee center, playing in the surf and lounging poolside with a celebrity gossip magazine — to a text from my mom: “Bomb at Boston Marathon and JFK Library 2 dead 49 injured so far.” Before(…)

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