Stories about: Parenting

Help your children succeed: Let them play

A child engages in lego play
PHOTO: ADOBE STOCK

If you want to make sure that your child succeeds, make sure that they … play.

The job of children, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), is to play. In fact, the AAP has a policy statement about the importance and power of play — and encourages pediatricians to do everything they can to get children to play — even writing prescriptions for it.

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Helping heart patients overcome developmental issues

Focus on Boston Children's Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: PATRICK BIBBINS/BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

If you have a child with congenital heart disease (CHD), you’re likely well-versed in the medical issues your child may face. But many parents don’t realize their children born with CHD may also be at risk for developmental problems.

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Sajni walks among the stars: A parent’s perspective

Sajni, pictured here with a horse, was diagnosed with DIPG when she was just 7 years old.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHAKRABARTI FAMILY

In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Prabal Chakrabarti writes about his daughter Sajni. 

Our daughter Sajni Chakrabarti was only 7 and a half years old when she was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of brain cancer –  diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) – and given only nine months to live.

Sajni loved life and learning. She spoke French fluently, played the violin and read avidly. And after she became sick, even as she struggled and was sad, she kept her bright-eyed glow and laughter all the way through. She still aimed to change the world, even writing a letter to the White House on climate change.

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Coping with grief

illustration of sunset to symbolize grief
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: FAWN GRACEY/BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL. BASED ON ORIGINAL ARTWORK BY ELIZABETH DOVICH

The line wraps around the stage in the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center and extends down the aisle. Stepping up to the microphone, a man in a yarmulke says a name, then places a long-stemmed rose in a nearby vase. Behind him, a little blonde girl whispers her sister’s name and walks to the vase. Behind her, a large family clad in matching t-shirts emblazoned with a baby’s smiling face follows suit. When everyone has had a turn and returned to their seats, a medical resident begins reading dozens more names as clinicians and staff from Boston Children’s Hospital cycle past the vases, each adding another rose.

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