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HVP November 2018

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4 Hudson Valley Parent n November 2018 ON OUR COVER In this issue FEATURES 8 I am a Hudson Valley Parent Melissa Banks's generosity spreads to families throughout Ulster County each year through her organization Christmas Wishes. See how she turned hardship into an opportunity to give back BY PAUL SMART 10 Me Time: Just for Women Put your healthiest foot forward with 4 top wellness tips 14 Best 9 schools Looking for a school in the Hudson Valley? Check out our guide 16 Is it better to have an extroverted child? Doctors debunk the differences between introverts and extroverts BY ELORA TOCCI 20 Here comes trouble Learn the reasons behind bad behavior and how to correct it BY KRISTINA LASHER 22 Food allergies don't need to dampen your holiday Allergen free recipes and food allergy action plans to get you through any party with children with allergies BY OLIVIA L. LAWRENCE 24 Meet 4 brave kids Incredible kids who overcome obstacles, try new things and let their courage drive them through life 26 Moms share how they cope with divorce 5 ways to deal as you navigate this transition BY LISA IANNUCCI 30 Calendar Holiday happenings and tons of festivals to kick off the holiday season 37 6 top sensory toys Learn about emotions, get moving and play! Toys that will help children on the spectrum BY RIELLY GREY This month's cover kid is Liam James, a kindergartener at Sheafe Roade Elementary School. He loves to learn about land and sea creatures and will do anything to make people laugh. Photo by Michael Bloom HV PARENT READER FEEDBACK We asked parents: What is one thing that you wish your child's school offered that it doesn't? No homework. I think the hours in school should be enough for them to learn. — Catherine C. Later start time and definitely longer lunches. — Elizabeth S. More physical activity for days when the kids are not allowed outside due to weather. The kids' productivity increases exponentially when they are able to release energy and stress. — Jennifer H. A class dedicated to teaching kids coping skills, stress relievers and emotional stabilizers. — Christina L. Healthier lunch options. — Jeanne J. A community garden. — Anna Z. Later lunch. My high schooler's lunch is at 9:30am. He could eat a house when he gets home! — Anne Marie C. Language starting at a much younger age. — Nina R.

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