Monday, December 16, 2013

Getting Through the Holidays: December's Parent Talk Featured Discounts!

Written by Caitlin Moran

Getting ready for the holidays? Use these discount get yourself through with less stress - pamper yourself (or your spouse), get your little ones ready for all those pictures, have your groceries delivered, and shed a few extra holiday pounds! TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE!!!!! You have paid your dues – now get the reward!

European Wax Center - FREE eyebrow, underarm, or bikini line WAX for new female customers! Or upgrade to a bikini full or Brazilian and get 50% off! FREE eyebrow, ear, or nose wax for men! You MUST mention that you are a Parent Talk member. Located at 244 Needham Street, Newton, or call 617.964.7400.

Dellaria Salon Needham - Receive 20% off children's cuts on Monday and Tuesdays with select stylists. Receive 15% off for all Parent Talk members!

Roche Bros. - One time free home delivery ($9.95 value) for new or existing customers of Roche Bros. Use code: Parent Talk

JFit 360  - 20% off a personal training package.

If you visit the Member Discounts page by clicking here, you can view all of the discounts, or search by category (fitness, activities/classes, home, clothing, food, retail, sitters/au pairs, spa/hair, photography, tutoring, pets, and other). This should make it easier to find what you are looking for! Happy searching!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Have you ever volunteered with Parent Talk?

Parent Talk would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our members and non-members who have volunteered this past year!  Without our volunteers, we would not be able to pull off the great events, lectures, sales, play groups, play space, etc. We would like to recognize the following volunteers for their recent work with Parent Talk:

  • Shalini Broderick who stepped in to take over registrations for lectures.

  • Joyce McCafferty, Kathy Fritz and Nikki Amara Myers for the record setting Fall Sale and for instituting a mentor/mentee dynamic to ensure succession planning.

  • Ed Kim for helping to keep the Parent Talk website updated for over a year.

As we are wrapping up another year and thinking about the upcoming year, please consider volunteering and getting your family involved with service.  Volunteering has many benefits.  You get to meet new people, help your community and further your skill sets.  Volunteering with children has additional benefits.  As parents and caretakers, we know that children are constantly watching everything we do.  By modeling the behavior you would like your children to repeat (for example, volunteering) you can show them firsthand that they can make a difference and have them feel good about helping their community become stronger.  Volunteering with children helps them learn the importance of giving back, while giving them an opportunity to remember what they have to be thankful for.

Parent Talk has several volunteer opportunities coming up soon, including Frosty’s Festival ( on December 15th, a New Years Countdown to Noon with Josh from Jammin’ With You, upcoming lectures and the Summer Camp Fair.  Some of these events, especially Frosty's, would be a great opportunity to volunteer with your kids.  If you are interested in volunteering with Parent Talk, please contact Maggie Shapiro at

Monday, December 2, 2013

Holiday Craft Ideas for Kids

With Thanksgiving now behind us and a hectic Christmas season in our midst, many of us will be busy making lists and checking them about a hundred times. There's a lot to do and never enough time to fit it all in. But here at Parent Talk we've thought of a way you can tackle a few of those endless list items at once - you can give your credit card a break, spend some quality time with the kids (the season IS about them after all, right?), and maybe even make a gift for Grandma! Here are 5 fun Christmas crafts from our Winter Holidays Pinterest board that you and your children can make together. 

1) Button Christmas Tree Ornament 

This cute and simple craft is also a great way to work on counting, color sorting and patterns with your little one(s)!

These glitzy ornaments can also be used as decorations or gift tags. Try experimenting with different colors of glitter.

Who needs a rainbow loom when you have pipe cleaners and beads? These candy canes not only encourage fine motor development, they also double as ornaments!

If you haven't taken a Christmas card picture yet, these adorable hats will add just the right amount of holiday fun. Trace your child's hands to make the antlers.

Give the kids a tree of their own to play with - it provides endless entertainment while helping to prevent (or at least limit) damage to your actual tree and ornaments.

For more holiday crafts - and no clean up for you - join Parent Talk on Sunday, December 15th for Frosty's Festival and Sing-a-long, from 10am - 12pm at the Dover PlaySpace, Caryl School, 4 Springdale Ave, Dover, MA. See you there!

Written by Kristen Capodilupo 

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