Parenting

By - 12/5/13 - 8:59 am
Lion and pizza

Mike reports that when he ordered a pizza from the Randolph Papa Gino's last night, he made a request: "Draw a lion on box, please. Even if cheesy." As you can see, they delivered. He adds:

My one year old saw it and roared. Which was my entire reason for the request.

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By - 11/13/13 - 1:50 pm

Boston Police report they are investigating how a toddler girl wound up at 1833 Washington St. yesterday afternoon with injuries that would claim her life.

Police say she was found unresponsive around 4:40 p.m. and was declared dead at Boston Medical Center. The Globe reports authorities do not consider her death "suspicious."... Read more

By - 11/4/13 - 10:11 am

Some Globe columnist determines the reason so many people in their 20s don't have jobs isn't because the economy sucks and the middle class is disappearing, but because their goddamn coddling boomer parents were too nice to them and didn't kick them out of the nest to forage for bananas.

Is this what John Henry meant when he wrote: "A newspaper needs to... Read more

By - 10/29/13 - 1:08 pm

BPS added extra security to the Hyde Park Education Complex today after a staff member found a gun outside the building. In a statement, BPS says:

There is extra security in place in and around our school today. A staff member found a firearm outside the school building and we notified Boston Police, which are investigating. The situation is secure and teaching and learning are

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By - 10/21/13 - 6:32 am

Everything normal, but BPS still warns:

Unfortunately we do not have complete confidence that service will continue every day. Parents should continue to have alternate plans in place. We will send automated phone calls and update this website in the event of a service disruption.

By - 10/20/13 - 12:13 pm
Kid with chain

UPDATE, Monday: The city Parks Department reports the chain was fixed this morning.

A concerned citizen of the parental type (we assume) files a complaint from the South End:

Titus Sparrow park playground climbing ladder is broken and dangerous! Please fix!

By - 10/18/13 - 7:16 pm

Bill Clinton's getting an award at the Harvard School of Public Health next Thursday and the kids at Boston Latin School couldn't be more thrilled. Not because they get to mingle with Bubba, because they don't, but because the fact the award is being given across Avenue Louis Pasteur from the school means they all get out of school 2 1/2 hours early so the... Read more

By - 10/10/13 - 6:27 am

There he was, at the other end of the line at 6:03 a.m.: BPS Robocall Guy, alerting us that school buses are rolling in the city of Boston today, but cautioning that, as parents, we should continue to maintain contingency plans, just in case.

The Globe reports the bus company has put two union leaders on leave.... Read more

By - 10/9/13 - 6:16 am

BPS Robocall Guy seemed more chipper in his early morning call today, but he urged parents to check the BPS Web site later, just in case, and said the T remains free to all BPS students today.

Car service Uber is offering free rides to and from Boston schools today.... Read more

By - 10/8/13 - 6:34 am

Boston Police cruisers and community-center vans were pressed into service as impromptu school buses when school-bus drivers struck this morning over proposed work-rule changes - including a new bus tracker for parents.

BPS says the strike by United Steelworkers of America Local 8751 caught it unawares:

Because of this, students will not be marked late and absences will be marked as “excused” in

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By - 10/6/13 - 7:23 pm

A one-year-old in a stroller escaped injury, but both his parents were seriously injured when a car driven by a teenager swerved into them in a crosswalk at Columbus Avenue and Dartmouth Street around 3:20 p.m., Boston Police report:

Officers spoke with a witness who stated he was stopped at the intersection of Columbus Avenue and Dartmouth Street attempting to take a left when

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By - 9/3/13 - 9:02 am

Schools open tomorrow with a new policy that lets any student get a free lunch, regardless of income eligibility or whether their parents have filled out paperwork.

"Children can focus on learning when they are well-fed, and families can focus on education when they don’t have to budget for school meals every week," said BPS Interim Superintendent John McDonough. "This program makes sense for students.

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By - 8/15/13 - 3:25 pm

The Dorchester Reporter posts an update from the family.

By - 7/23/13 - 11:51 am

The New York Times looks at the odds of somebody's kids heading up the economic ladder, finds that can still happen in places such as Boston, not so much in the South and the Rust Belt.

By - 7/16/13 - 10:40 am

Big slideBig slide. Photo by Rob Bellinger.

Greg Cook explains what makes Chuckie Harris Park, which opened yesterday, different:

By building the slides into the hills at Harris Park, GroundView makes them handicapped accessible. And climbing back to the top of the slide is made

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By - 6/26/13 - 7:30 am

State law requires 180 days of education for Massachusetts students, but most BPS high-school kids really only get 175. At my daughter's school, finals were last week, so the kids are spending this week watching movies in classes (she reports she saw parts of "Gattaca" and "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" yesterday).

Of course, this is nothing unique to this year - it's been... Read more

By - 6/24/13 - 5:03 pm

A West Roxbury District Court judge set bail at $50,000 today for a 16-year-old who allegedly got into a fight with school police at the former Hyde Park High School on Friday when he refused to give up the gun they say he was trying to sneak past them, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The teen, whose brother attends New Mission High... Read more

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