Function or Fashion: What do your teens wear to school in the winter?

My high school daughter left for school the other day in her sneakers. If it weren’t for the fact that our driveway is a bit of a hill and we’re surrounded by mounds of snow, and the day before were slammed with 6 more inches of snow and an ice storm significant enough to close school for the afternoon and evening I’d think nothing of it. I’m not entirely sure, to be honest, how she made it up our … [Read more...]

Sledding, Physics and Helmets…All Part of the Same Equations

Don’t tell this to my kids – but my favorite place to sled as a kid was a hill in the woods behind a friend’s house. And, my second favorite hill was at the high school, Senior Hill, which ended at the driveway entering the campus. Talk about violating just about every sledding rule there is! If I only knew then what I know now. The statistics on injuries from sledding may surprise you. The … [Read more...]

Frostbite and Frostnip: what you need to know

Here in New England, we're on the way to another record snow fall year. Barely a month into Winter, and my town is already running out of places to stash the snow! It's hard to tell what's wearing on people quicker these days...the constant shoveling or the dipping temperatures. While shoveling may seem impossible at times, even more daunting is trying to convince stubborn kids that coats, hats … [Read more...]

Pick Three Goals for a Healthy New Year!

Happy New Year! I hope your 2011 is off to a fantastic start. Do New Year’s resolutions work? How many years have you made ‘em and broken ‘em fairly quickly? Don’t worry...I’m right there with you! Let’s face it. Resolutions are one of those “better in concept than reality” sorts of deals. I’ve pondered many a resolution and even created a few columns about them over the years and have yet to … [Read more...]