Hudson Valley Parent

November 2013

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HUDSON VALLEY Parent Publisher TERRIE GOLDSTEIN Editor KATY WEBER Layout & Design ENGLE PRINTING Media Advisor ROANNE PATTERSON Office Coordinator MERLYN AKHTAR Social Media Coordinators ERIN JOHNSON GLORIA DARMANIN Intern DIANA GILLETTE also publishers of MY family baby The HUDSON VALLEY GUIDE Hudson Valley Parent is published monthly by: The Professional Image Marketing & Public Relations Inc. Give thanks for the little things L ast year at Thanksbrief, chaotic and messy, giving, our plans to but it was a holiday feast travel to a faminonetheless (and both my ly member's home fell kids discovered that they through rather last-minlove cranberry sauce!). ute, and we ended up This month we feature having a small dinner at a list of creative ways to home with our two young show gratitude in your children. Neither my everyday life, and to husband nor I were feeling recognize the blessings very festive, especially all around us. I hope you knowing that our kids find it as inspiring as I do. likely wouldn't sit still Editor's Academic redshirting for a formal dinner, and Journal definitely wouldn't touch If you've ever quesmost of the traditional fixtioned whether your ins like mashed potatoes, cranberry fall-birthday child will be ready for sauce or stuffing. kindergarten, then our article about We purchased the smallest turkey academic redshirting is a must read. we could find and hoped for the Local mom Sarah Coppola interbest. I remember feeling sorry for views parents, teachers and experts myself because it didn't feel like on knowing when to delay kindera special day, and nobody was garten, and what factors to consider appreciating my efforts. I asked in the decision-making process. my 5-year-old daughter to help set The perfect shot the dining room table —which she The holiday season is upon us, did begrudgingly. When the food and that means it's time to start was finally ready to be served, I thinking about your annual holiday discovered that my daughter had card. For those of us who like to surprised us with little notes at our send out photo cards of our children, place settings, which read: "Happy it's time to gather up the kids and Thanksgiving" and simply "I love say "cheese," whether they want to you". or not! Our social media coordinator My heart swelled as I realized Gloria Darmanin asks the experts on how much I truly had to be thanktips for taking the best pictures of ful for each and every day, right in our kids. my own home. The meal itself was KATY WEBER 174 South Street Newburgh, NY 12550 Phone: 845-562-3606 Fax: 845-562-3681 This publication is copyrighted by the publisher. Reproduction without written permission of the publisher is prohibited. Hudson Valley Parent welcomes submissions, although we cannot accept responsibility for work submitted nor guarantee publication. A MEMBER OF I'm thankful for the little girl who left these notes at our place settings last year. 6 Hudson Valley Parent n November 2013

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