Airplane travel with kids: 20 tips for maintaining your sanity

Only six months after the birth of our third child, my husband and I decided to do something spontaneous and took the whole family on a trip to Europe. Many said we were crazy and stalked our Facebook pages daily in hopes of watching hilarious stories of jet lag and... more

On the Park Bench: A Boston nanny’s balancing act means both child care and self care

“This is one of the only professions where you get paid to be passionate about someone,” says Shateara H., a Boston-based nanny and babysitter. “Who doesn’t want to get paid for caring?” Indeed, the 27-year-old former middle school teacher puts her passion to work: She fields three to... more

Home Health Care vs. Home Care: What’s Right for You?

Caring for an aging parent or relative isn’t always easy physically or emotionally. But with the average U.S. life expectancy up to age 79 in 2013 — compared to 68 in 1950 — it’s increasingly becoming the new normal for families to be raising kids and taking care of... more

In-Home Care vs. Assisted Living: What's Best for Your Family?

Adults don't all age the same way at the same time, so having an open and honest conversation with the senior in your life can help determine the best type of care to suit their needs. Two common options for seniors who require care are private, in-home care from... more

How Microchips Can Help Your Missing Pets Come Home

A pet chip implant could save the life of your beloved cat or dog. Most pet owners already know the basics when it comes to ensuring their cat or dog is well cared for. It’s important to feed them a well-balanced diet, make sure they get plenty of exercise and... more

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How to Get Rid of Fleas in the House

While many veterinarians suggest methods to kill or prevent fleas using chemicals and medication, there are also several DIY ways to rid your pet and your home of the pesky parasites. If you have a pet in your home, chances are you’ve dealt with fleas in the house at some... more

Summer camp cost: breaking down the rates for day, sleep-away and specialty camps

Parents know that the prices for after-school care and extracurricular activities for children vary widely. Summer activities can have just as wide a range — anywhere from economical, public day camps to expensive, specialty sleep-away camps. Here’s a look at the different types of camps, and the costs associated with... more

8 Ways to Find Child Care on Vacation

Family vacations are great for bonding with loved ones as you get away from your normal routines. But a family vacation can sometimes feel like no vacation at all for parents chasing after kids. Parents need time to themselves, and not just for romance, but to relax, reconnect and revisit... more

Power of attorney: Know the types and how to draft a form

A power of attorney (POA) form is a legal document saying you’re granting someone else (the attorney-in-fact) the power to act on your behalf. The biggest benefit to creating a POA is that it allows you to choose who you want to represent you if you’re unable to manage your... more