Hudson Valley Parent

HVP April 2019

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4 Hudson Valley Parent n April 2019 INCREDIBLE PARENTS RAISE Meet this month's cover kid Lyla, 11, and her mom Christine, from Poughkeepsie. HVP: What are some struggles you have had to overcome as a parent that you didn't expect? Christine: I struggle with not being able to just snap my fingers and take away my daughter's anxieties. HVP: Lyla was featured in our November magazine because of her bravery. As she gets older, how will you continue to nurture that bravery? C: I will encourage Lyla's bravery by communicating with her and guiding her through the tough teen years. I will continue to help build up her self esteem and keep a positive attitude. HVP: What makes Lyla incredible? C: Lyla is incredible because she is accepting of everyone. She is always willing to help at school and home. She is a leader and stays true to herself. HVP: What makes you an incredible parent? C: Lyla makes me an incredible parent. She has my back and I have hers. I am her Mama Bear! In this issue FEATURES 8 I am a Hudson Valley Parent Nicole Benjamin is a momtrepreneur on a mission to make a clothing line that is perfect for strong, sassy, sweet girls BY PAUL SMART 10 Me Time: Just for Women Springtime home and hearth tips to make your home an oasis 14 6 ways to get your teen involved in the community Looking for a way to give back? Get involved with organizations across the Hudson Valley BY MICHELLE PETERSON 15 Real Talk How do you talk to your kids about suicide prevention? BY DR. PAUL SCHWARTZ AND KRISTINA LASHER 16 7 terrific camps Let us help you pick the best camp! 18 4 talks every mother-daughter duo should have Mothers share the most important lessons their daughters need to know before they go through puberty BY JILL VALENTINO 22 4 things you need to know before you buy a home Lawyers and real estate agents share top tips for first-time home buyers BY OLIVIA L. LAWRENCE 26 2019 Biggest Smile contest winner revealed Happy kids and their winning grins. Thanks to our sponsors Windsor Dental Center, Touro College of Dental Medicine and Craft Smiles Pediatric Dentistry 28 Is your family safe from Lyme disease? Mothers share the scary reality of having a child with Lyme disease BY ELORA TOCCI 32 Calendar Egg hunts and spring festivities your family will love! Sponsored by:

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