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HVP August 2018

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4 Hudson Valley Parent n August 2018 ON OUR COVER In this issue FEATURES 8 I am a Hudson Valley Parent Amal Ishak raises two boys while she turns her dreams into reality and runs a successful Orange County boutique BY PAUL SMART 10 Me Time: Just for Women HVP's editor moved into a new home and has some tips to share BY CASSIDY BRIGHTON 14 6 Dutchess County hot spots Make some art, visit alpacas, create your own donuts and more! BY KATIE RANDALL 16 Teachers vs parents Learn what role you should play in the education of your preschooler BY LISA IANNUCCI 20 Should your child take music lessons? Parents, teachers and students explain the benefits of music BY CAREN BENNETT 24 Is your child wearing the right backpack? Advice from chiropractors on how to choose the right backpack BY ELORA TOCCI 26 It's not whether you win or lose... Coaches and parents weigh in on the importance of teaching young athletes to have good sportsmanship BY OLIVIA L. LAWRENCE 28 Summer isn't over yet! Make some Ooblek, catch a foul ball at a Renegades game and more ideas to help you have fun before summer is done BY ROXANNE FERBER 30 Calendar Even more festivals and fairs to hit before school starts up again 38 New Mom Comic Babies give a whole new meaning to the term "back seat driver" This month's cover kid is Chacyn, a 7-year-old from Florida. She loves going on walks and riding bikes with her mom and cooking with her dad. Photo by Michael Bloom HV PARENT READER FEEDBACK We asked our readers: What is your favorite local beach or swimming hole? Splashown Beach, Fishkill Freedom Lake, Lagrangeville Canopus Lake Beach, Carmel Lake Taghkanic State Park, Ancram Belleayre Beach, Pine Hill Stanford Recreation Park, Stanfordville

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