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Our Fall 2018 group scheduleis up at our Parents Group Page.

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kimHow to make Devices Not Divisive: Screen-Time Workshop, with Kim John Payne

Saturday September 15, 11:30am-1:30pm
The Village Closet
2 Main Street, Cummington, MA

We are thrilled to have local author and educator Kim John Payne of Simplicity Parenting come to speak on the topic of screen time in the modern world and how to manage it with our children.

This talk is not “Anti Screen” but “Pro-Connection” to Nature and People. Free childcare and refreshments will be available, and the Village Closet will also be open on this day. Among the topics discussed will be:

  • How to maintain loving limits, warm, firm and calm discipline and strong family connections in a world where increasingly “screens are supreme.”
  • How to build focus, grit and good judgment so that our kids do not become overwhelmed with media driven images but can shape their own self esteem, hopes and dreams.
  • How to encourage respect when negative images of adults pervade pop culture.
  • Fitting in with friends. “Won’t my kids be disadvantaged if I limit screen media?”
  • Aloneness vs. Loneliness. Helping kids know the difference.
  • The alluring world of no boundaries that screen use develops and how this makes discipline difficult.

This talk is free and open to the public. Refreshments and childcare will be provided.
Please share, and RSVP on our Facebook event page.


United Way Diaper Drive – August 1–August 29

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August 1 — August 29
Stop by The Village Closet or one of our other diaper drop-off locations (TBD) and donate a box of disposable diapers or some wipes. The sizes that are most needed are 4, 5, and 6. Pull-Up training pants are helpful too! United Way’s goal this year is 25,000 diapers and 25,000 wipes! Learn more at


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