"Now more than ever, our children need angels."
So begins our annual "superheroes" issue, as we shine a light on the (often unsung) work of people who toil away to make life better for hurt, sick or suffering little kids.
People you want to know.
Like the quiet dad who got fed up and started a radio show to support special-needs kids. The Air Force major who adopted an entire school. Or the mom who has found a way to get teenagers involved in public service - hundreds of 'em!
Out & About:
Getting School Ready:
From our Readers: Letters to the Editor
About this issue
I can easily fall prey to celeb stalking with the best. The illustrious ones who get me giddy would likely be considered a bit off the beaten celeb track. My gal pals offered peculiar looks when I said that the 9:30 meeting request from our now-infamous local “Bachelor” Jason Mesnick had to fit within my new yoga-devoted life. But when was I all too happy to let that yoga door slam shut on me? It was the other day at 9:28 when my phone lit up with the (617) Boston area code. I immediately broke my yoga oath, certain the call was from none other than Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, “America’s most celebrated and influential baby doctor since Benjamin Spock.” It was worth a few downward dogs to take that call; Brazelton was offering his praise for Getting to Calm, ParentMap’s first book title, written by our own famous and celebrated Drs. Laura Kastner and Jenny Wyatt. Brazelton’s bottom line? “Required reading for any parent who struggles with their teen!”
Our 2009 Superheroes issue is my favorite of the year, because we get to do a little celeb stalking, ParentMap style. We survey ordinary parents (heroes themselves!) and distinguished community leaders to bring you 14 “selfless strangers” who are dedicated to helping children and families — often those who walk the fine balance between hope and despair. We are grateful to Will Austin, our own form of paparazzi, for the gorgeous photos that capture the essence of the 2009 Superheroes who glow on the pages of this issue — and my oldest daughter, Ari (above right).
Party with us in spirit as we celebrate our sixth birthday, 19 Parenting Publications of America (PPA) awards for excellence in editorial and design, and PartyMap! Have a blast with PartyMap with its rockin’ musical party ideas, essential party guide, and tips for cutting back — even as you go all out to celebrate!
— Alayne Sulkin, Publisher/Editor