Author Archives: Helen Hoart

Are We Putting Too Much Academic Pressure on Young Children?

My granddaughter’s kindergarten class has an honor roll. If you make honor roll, you’re parents are invited to a small ceremony honoring the children’s achievement.  If you’re a kid that doesn’t make the honor roll, the child gets to go … Continue reading

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Is An Apology Necessary?

Recently, a 10-year old boy was out bike riding with his dad in our neighborhood.  He wasn’t paying attention and rode into our mailbox.  The mailbox, pictured here, was a gift from one of our children and honors our Boston … Continue reading

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Message for Our Grandkids: It’s Okay to Feel Sad

 In our happy-face culture, we rarely hear people express they are sad.  But that’s exactly what happened to me recently.  My Yoga instructor had her two dogs die in a horrible accident.  It happened on a Sunday night.  She cancelled … Continue reading

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A Funny Thing Happened in Church

Combine children and church and sometimes the results can be hilarious.  Our own experience came when one of our sons was about seven.  During Christmas instead of going to our usual children’s mass, we inadvertently took the family to a High Mass.  … Continue reading

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Grandmothers for marriage equality

I’m starting a movement today—Grandmothers for Marriage Equality. The Supreme Court has ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and 12 states now allow same sex couples to marry. I’ll get to why I believe grandmothers should work for … Continue reading

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Thinking about miracles

I’ve been thinking a lot about miracles recently.  That’s not surprising given that we’ve just celebrated Easter and Passover.  Also it’s not surprising since we are just beginning to experience the miracle of spring here in the Northeast. Of course, … Continue reading

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What kind of world will our grandchildren inherit?

I was at the gym the other day and overheard a conversation that shocked me.  Two women were talking about the weather forecast and climate change. The forecasters were predicting yet another major and frightening storm. The conversation went something like this: Woman … Continue reading

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The naming of grandma—it’s a difficult matter

Shortly after I announced to friends and family my son and his wife were having a baby—our first grandchild—almost the first question—after do you know the sex—was what are you going to be called? My response: “Grandma, I guess.” I … Continue reading

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Kids watching videos in a restaurant: your opinion please

A friend told me  about an experience that left me with very mixed feelings.  She and her husband took her daughter, son-in-law and 2-year old toddler out dinner.  As soon as they sat down at the table, the daughter whipped … Continue reading

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Let’s end the mommy wars this mother’s day

Let’s end the mommy wars this mother’s day. This past week a Time Magazine cover (at right) showing a 3-year old standing on chair so he  can nurse ignited a fire storm. Wow. It is certainly an arresting if not shocking image and … Continue reading

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