THE BERKSHIRES — With Black Friday behind us and Cyber Monday taking place today, it is evident that the Christmas season is upon us. In fact, according to Lifetime, The Hallmark Channel and ABC Family, it’s been here since Nov. 1, when the Countdown to the Countdown to Christmas movies began. The holidays even invaded(…)
Kelly Bevan McIlquham
Berkshire Family Focus posts about family life in the Berkshires written by its founder and Berkshire County mom, Kelly Bevan McIlquham.
THE BERKSHIRES — With family still around after Thanksgiving, thoughts of Christmas, decorations, tree trimming, family, family and more family, things have been a little hectic here at the Berkshire Family Focus home office and the homes of our contributors. But we’ve managed to bring you some wonderful features, columns, crafts, recipes and more for(…)
THE BERKSHIRES — December Holiday Walks have become a Berkshire County staple throughout the holiday season, and this year is no different. Walks taking place from Williamstown to Great Barrington this weekend (Dec. 6-8) not only bring the community together and out into the cold weather this time of year, but have also become a(…)
“The best gift you can give to your children is not your time. It is not books. It is not college funds. It is not the best private school. It is not the biggest Pinterest-themed Birthday parties. It is not your amazing cooking. It is not your immaculate house. It is not your crazy-good multitasking(…)
THE BERKSHIRES — There is an ongoing debate within communities as to whether or not schools should celebrate or recognize various religious holidays during the school year, and at no time is this debate more heated than around the “December” holidays. Some schools allow holiday celebrations, bring in families to discuss their various traditions and(…)
Money Matters: ‘Tis the season to spend and Greylock Federal Credit Union’s Vicky May has some tips for using your debit card this month
THE BERKSHIRES — ‘Tis the season for overspending, maxing out credit cards and over-drafting with your debit card, so I wanted to share a few tips with you all once again — this time we’re talking about navigating the nuances of the Debit Card. 1. Using Debit Cards (Check Cards) Debit Cards offer a convenient(…)
THE BERKSHIRES — At our house, the holidays revolve around food and tradition, and two of our favorite family traditions are sharing latkes with our friends the Pyser’s during Hanukkah and waking up to Grandma’s Sticky Buns (or Cinnamon Buns as the recipe says) on Christmas morning. This year we’d like to share our tradition(…)
The Berkshire Book Bag: Families will fall in love with whales and Sheffield author Hester Velmans after reading 'Isabel of the Whales' and 'Jessaloup's Song'
Note: This column highlights local authors from Berkshire County who write for children and families. It will include a little about the author featured that month and a short review of one or more of their books. This month’s featured author is bestselling author Hester Velmans of Sheffield. First a little about Hester Velmans: Hester(…)
This past weekend, Thing 1 (for those of you not familiar with Renaissance Mom, that’s my 14-year-old daughter) opened our family room trunk/coffee table to find a real-life treasure inside — a box full of photographs. You know what those are don’t you? Not those digital things that stay on your smartphones for years clogging(…)
Passion. Defined as “a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something” or “a strong feeling (such as anger) that causes you to act in a dangerous way.” Is it possible to have too much of it when it comes to your kids? I don’t know. I’ve been thinking about this(…)