Hudson Valley Parent

November 2013

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In this issue FEATURES 10 A month of gratitude Creative ways to give thanks every day BY HEIDI SMITH LUEDTKE 14 Trim your turkey day Five ways to cut costs at Thanksgiving BY CAROL J. ALEXANDER 16 A hike for all seasons Hudson Valley trails can be just as fun in the winter BY ERIN WYBLE NEWCOMB 18 Ready or not? Is academic 'redshirting' right for your child? BY SARAH COPPOLA 22 Meet the teacher Tips for successful parent-teacher conferences BY SHARON NOLFI 24 Picture perfect Expert tips on taking the best holiday photos of your kids BY GLORIA DARMANIN 26 Happy Brrr-thday! Cold-weather parties can be pricey! How to have fun on a budget BY LAURA LICATA SULLIVAN 28 Managing the mounds How to keep the hodgepodge of school papers under control BY DENISE YEARIAN COLUMNS 4 Editor's Journal: Give thanks for the little things. BY KATY WEBER 8 Child Behavior: Praising: Too much of a good thing? DR. PAUL SCHWARTZ BY 12 Family Life: Indoor family fun 13 New Moms: More than just "baby blues"? 30 Calendar: Turkey trot, lights parade and more! 37 Marketplace: Hudson Valley products and services 38 Restaurant Review: The Tavern at Diamond Mills ON OUR COVER This month's cover kid is Sammy, a 12-year-old from Beacon who loves playing soccer. He plays for the town rec team and is a member of the competitive travel team. Besides soccer he a great video game player. Photo by Kit DeFever; 4 Hudson Valley Parent n November 2013 What's happening only at HVP'S SOCIAL STORIES We asked our Facebook friends: What has been your experience with those who start 'mommy wars' — feuds online or in person over different parenting styles? Are you able to brush it off or do you engage them? Here's what they had to say: "I used to engage until I realized it's a no-win situation. I am going to do the best I can for my own children. No one else can tell me what that is. I wasn't able to breastfeed my twins and I felt like I was the worst mother ever. My babies had nary a sniffle their first year of life, while many of their breastfed friends were sick more often. Not that it made me feel better, but debunked the whole 'my kids are healthier than yours' theory, and I felt less and less like I had set them on a bad path from Day One. No one should make anyone else feel like their job as a mom isn't valuable." — Roxanne Ferber, Saugerties "A lot of moms are way too judgy. I think it's important to remember that everyone is different and have different values and ideas about their family and their parenting methods. As long as someone's parenting style isn't overtly neglectful, abusive or dangerous, the best course of action is probably to mind your own business. I don't agree with all my friend's parenting methods, but I respect them because I know their best intentions are behind it." — Lauren Dean, Poughkeepsie

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