Michelle Mady

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Michelle is a lifelong New Englander who lives in Stoneham and works in Charlestown. She is a preschool and toddler teacher at a small private preschool and holds a master's degree in early childhood education, which has come in useful at both work and home. She has a supportive stay-at-home-dad for a husband and is a mom of five children. She has three boys in middle and high school, plus two girls in elementary school. Michelle teaches infant and toddler classes for early ed teachers, runs workshops for parents through Boston Naps, and runs her own business, The Parenting Survival Expert, offering parenting tips and support. In her spare time, she can be found reading a murder mystery novel, sipping far too much coffee, and dreaming of a home in the mountains.

My Social Anxiety, and How I Gifted It to My Son

I have always struggled in social situations. Anyone who knows me professionally may be surprised to hear that. I am great at fundraising at work, talking to parents about their child’s development in my classroom,...

Buy the Gift Card :: Why Gift Cards Are a Thoughtful Gift

Every year, I put as much thought as possible into gifts for my friends and family. For many years I had a strict rule that a gift card could be part of a gift,...
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Jokes for Kids :: Humor from the Preschool Set

Everyone loves a good joke. There’s something about laughter that is stress relieving and contagious. With three sarcastic, witty teenagers trying out new material on their unsuspecting family members, there is a lot of...

Family Fun for All :: Activities for Teenagers in Boston

It can be so difficult to find fun family activities in Boston when you have teenagers! I always have a hard time finding the right fit. They are still children, but they're way too...

I Am a Mom of 5, but I Don’t Love My Kids the Same

I love my children, and there are times I feel I was put on this earth to raise these five humans. Being a mom is the best part of my life, and I can't...

A Day of Family Fun at King Richard’s Faire!

Fall is my favorite season. I love everything from the crisp leaves to pumpkin spice to apple picking. But the fall tradition my family loves most of all? Visiting King Richard’s Faire in Carver! Renaissance faires...

Dear Coupons :: I Love You, but I Hate You

Disclaimer: Although this specific instance is about Kohl’s Cash, this scenario has also happened to me with Target rewards, Stop and Shop gas points, CVS Cares coupons, and so many other "discounts" — or,...

An Adventure in Boston Harbor :: Our Family’s Tips for Visiting George’s Island

There’s a lot to like about Boston. There are bustling city neighborhoods, quiet green spaces, and plenty of shopping and fun to be had! We have aquariums, museums, and parks galore. Our city is...
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Visiting Boston :: Children’s Hot Spots

I was born and raised in the Boston area, and my mother always filled our weekends with activities and outings. So I have brought a bit of that into my own parenting! Plus, as...

Can You Hear Me Now? Cell Phones and Kids

I remember my first cell phone. It was ZacK Morris-esque and had room to save nine phone numbers. Texting was more difficult than it was worth — we used acronyms, not to be cute,...

Family Dinner Bonding Time :: Who Would Win?

“Who would win? One of every Pokémon — or a million lions?” At first thought, this sounds like such a silly question. Who would think of this? But this one question describes the most precious...

Valentine’s Day :: Romantic Event, or Yet Another Obligation?

It’s almost Valentine’s Day. Ugh. GREAT! Don’t get me wrong, I love my husband. I love romance. I love, well, LOVE. But a day with so much emphasis on society’s definition of romance is...