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HVP - May 2014

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4 Hudson Valley Parent n May 2014 In this issue 12 I am a Hudson Valley parent Terrie Goldstein: Putting ideals into practice BY KATHLEEN WILLCOX 18 Hooray for the Hudson Valley! 20 of our favorite places to go — right in our own backyard BY GAYLA GRACE 22 "Dad, what's a chalkboard?" How much have our schools changed in 20 years? BY BRIAN PJ CRONIN 26 20 years of playtime Our children's leisure, now and then BY BILL SPRING 30 Greening our plates How feeding our kids has changed BY LINDA FREEMAN 36 Raising 'digitods' Toddlers and technology — how worried should we be? BY SARAH COPPOLA COLUMNS FEATURES 5 Family Life: Surprising ways to beat seasonal allergies 6 Editor's Journal: There's an app for that BY KATY WEBER 8 Child Behavior: A brief evolution of parenting BY DR. PAUL SCHWARTZ 10 Common Core @ Home: Will New York State abandon the Common Core? 19 New Moms: Tummy time 40 Calendar: Great places to go and things to do 44 Marketplace: Hudson Valley products and services 46 Dining Out: T he Dutch Ale House in Saugerties ON OUR COVER HV PARENT READER FEEDBACK Dear editor, I was very happy to read the article on "Letting go, saying no" in the March issue of Hudson Valley Parent. Millions of people in America and tens of millions worldwide are affected by Autism Spectrum Disor- der, and it was encouraging to read about the Forbes family and how they have not only accepted autism, but they have chosen to focus on the good as well as the opportunity that it brings for growth and change. My only criticism was the use of non-person first language, especially on the magazine's cover: "Raising an autistic child" (rather than "Raising a child with autism"). It is time to disable the label, and respectfully put the person before the disability. — Jenny Fox Dear editor, In the March issue, Laura Licata Sullivan wrote about her stress and anxiety about being a mother of a child with autism. There is no doubt she has stress and anxiety. The article, however, states that parents of children with autism experience greater stress than par- ents of children with other learning disabilities. I found this to be very upsetting. Other learning disabilities are not defined and the article appears to in- validate that there are children with many other types of medical condi- tions for which their parents can have as much stress (and sometimes more) than parents with autistic children. I am sure the article did not mean to invalidate the stress and anxiety felt by a parent of any child with medical impairment or long-term conditions; yet it did. — Sandra Rich This month's cover kid is Maya Jade Diaz, 14, from Washingtonville. Maya loves gym- nastics and is a high honors student at Washingtonville Middle School. Photo by Michael Bloom 18

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