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John Boccacino

John  Boccacino is monthly contributor to Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine. He reported on sports and local news for more than 6 1/2 years with the Democrat and Chronicle newspaper. He is currently the Director of Sports Information for Keu

Giving birth to a child is supposed to be a joyous occasion. But what happens if, instead of feeling pride and exuberance over their new bundles of joy mothers instead experience feelings of panic, fear, and depression? more

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Many people believe that it is too expensive and time consuming to prepare healthy, filling, and nutritious meals for their families. Foodlink take issue with that opinion and have been hard at work teaching classes on how to prepare healthy options. more

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Instead of gearing a child’s education around the older staples of reading, writing, and arithmetic, educators have shifted their philosophies to incorporate more science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) into the curriculum. more

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Going back to school should be an exciting, adventure-filled experience. However, many children will find themselves in a new school in the fall. How can parents and educators help children? more

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Nowadays, there are more resources than ever for new parents when it comes to addressing their parenting questions, and in the technological age, it’s no surprise that a majority of those new sources are online. more

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When Hunter Kelly came into this world on February 14, 1997, his arrival was a joyous occasion for his parents, Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly and his wife, Jill. But little did they know how much their world would change. more

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Before your family goes about adopting a new, four-legged member of the family, local animal shelters say there are several steps to follow to ensure long-term happiness, both for the family and for the pet. more

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While student attentions are focused on mastering their skills, there is a dedicated group of teachers, parents and administrators who are working to slow down or even reverse the Common Core Standards Initiative. more

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In April of 1998, Melissa Marie Sengbusch was a vibrant, ambitious 17-year-old high school senior, but everything changed when she was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome, a rare form of Leukemia. more

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As early swimming allows the baby to use muscles that cannot yet be used while on dry land. The development of these muscles can help aid in a baby’s ability to walk at an early age while also fostering better hand-eye coordination .... more

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When it comes to studying the ancient discipline of martial arts, there are many misconceptions abound regarding this physically and mentally demanding activity. Rather, there are have much more practical and pragmatic goals contained in lessons. more

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According to the most recent data, in the United States there are approximately 45 million children between the ages of 5 and 18 who lace up their cleats, don their jerseys and play competitive youth sports. more

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For the parents of the roughly six million American children living with food allergies, going to school means another, more daunting task: keeping their children safe at school from the potentially life-threatening allergic reactions that can arise more

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RYAN ORTIZ-MCCULLOUGH AT Daystar

For parents seeking day care options in and around Rochester, there exists a bevy of choices that offer creative activities and ample social interactions in an educational setting. But what about parents of medically fragile children ? more

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