Hudson Valley Parent

HVP - April 2014

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Page 15 of 46 n Hudson Valley Parent 15 Warm, Child Friendly Atmosphere Children with Special Needs Welcome! Specializing in Children from Infancy to Teens Emergencies Treated with Courtesy & Kindness Nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation and general anesthesia available 2 e take pride in providing quality, individualized, and personal care in a truly warm and friendly environment. 465 E Main Street Middletown, NY 10940 (845) 343-8212 BRACES AND INVISALIGN FOR CHILDREN, TEENS, AND ADULTS. Dr. Pachter is a Board Certifi ed Orthodontic Specialist and a Premier Preferred Provider for Invisalign. Plan your event How messy are you going to get? Arts and crafts? Water balloons? The possibilities are endless, but don't forget the muddy puddles! Perhaps a plastic swimming pool full of mud or just some mud pies? I had the "go big" mentality and chose to make a huge mud pit. Reach out to businesses First things first, I needed mud! Yes, I could have just started digging my own dirt but a local construction company stepped right up. J Mullen & Sons Inc. in Saugerties dropped off a truck full of fresh dirt. Score! Next up, snacks! What's the mess- iest snack I could think of? Ice cream sundaes. I did have to go to a couple local stores before Hannaford's in Kingston gave us buckets of ice cream and toppings. Price Chopper in Saugerties contributed a gift card for the paper goods. My Brother Bobby's Salsa supplied us with my personal favorite salsa and Adams Faireacre Farms with the chips. The local fire station allowed us to use a big water cooler. I love when a community comes together to make a difference. Don't be afraid to ask: the worst someone will say is "I'm sorry, we can't." Create invitations You will want to either make pub- lic signage or a private invite. I used Facebook events and started invit- ing every family I knew. I carried a couple of handmade invites to give while I was out as well. Include what is to be expected so they can bring a change of clothes and towels. On the invitation, we included links to the websites and asked for a donation of (Continued on Page 16) It's a reminder to all parents to let children be just that — children. pediatric dentistry pediatric dentists kids dentists childrens dentists orthodontics braces

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