Hudson Valley Parent

HVP - January 2014

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In this issue FEATURES 10 Quit yelling! What's happening only at HV Parent's Facebook community Local parents take the Orange Rhino challenge BY DAWN GREEN 15 What's the rush? Tips for conquering the morning madness RACHAEL L. NEVINS BY I am a Hudson Valley parent Helene Sola: Nurse. Author. Animal lover. Superwoman. BY KATHLEEN WILLCOX 20 22 Karate kids start the year with this great way to get fit and gain confidence Kick LINDA FREEMAN BY 27 Little reader retreats Kid-friendly bookstores in the Hudson Valley BY SARAH COPPOLA 30 Snow day Terrific things to do in the snow BY KERRIE MCLOUGHLIN COLUMNS 5 Family Life: The best fitness apps 6 Editor's Journal: Twenty years and growing. BY KATY WEBER 8 Child Behavior: Kids and cutting BY DR. PAUL SCHWARTZ 19 New Moms: Preparing for breastfeeding 32 Calendar: Great January fun 37 Marketplace: Hudson Valley products and services 38 Dining Out: The Melting Pot in Poughkeepsie ON OUR COVER This month's cover kid is Jesse, a 10-year-old from Monroe. Jesse loves to read and write, and she plays upright bass in the school orchestra. Jesse was photographed at Iron Dragon Fitness & Self Defense in Middletown. Photo by Kit DeFever; 4 Hudson Valley Parent n January 2014 We asked our Facebook friends: "Do you have any parenting-related resolutions for the new year? Our editor wants to yell less, explore nature more, and 'find her zen' despite the chaos of toys, capless markers, and a car with a backseat that resembles a trash heap. What are your parenting resolutions for the new year?" Here's what they had to say: "Nurture myself. Individual date days with my kids. Breathe." — Roxanne Ferber, Saugerties "It's always yell less and be more patient for me." — Gizella DiVenere, Saugerties "I need to find some patience, enjoy the moment and make a little time for myself so I can be a better mom." — Sarah Balogh, Lake Katrine "I really need to try harder to not always being doing something. Whether it's cleaning, laundry, organizing; I need to give my children more undivided attention and simply play with them!" — Jessica Bigelow, Kingston "Less TV time and more playing outside." — Chris Neilson Ruger, New Paltz "More family time with games and crafts. Less technology and more imagination." — Alisha Christine, Kingston

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