Hudson Valley Parent

HVP January 2015

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4 Hudson Valley Parent ■ January 2015 ON OUR COVER This month's cover kid is Mia Bella Cuomo, 5, from New Windsor. Mia loves dressing up and getting dirty in the garden. She also loves animals and the outdoors and playing with her older brother, Mason. Photo by Michael Bloom 8 I am a Hudson Valley Parent Josh Kroner: Teaching kids to give peas a chance BY KATHLEEN WILLCOX 10 Early education guide Find 12 of the best schools for your child 12 "Don't leave me!" 10 ways to make drop o easier BY RACHAEL MOSHMAN 18 "Bang, bang! You're dead!" Are toy guns OK for our kids? BY MALIA JACOBSON 22 Winter wonderland! Hudson Valley's best ski and sledding spots 24 Snowed in! 11 winter storm surivival tips BY CAROL J. ALEXANDER 27 Putting up a ght The Newburgh Boxing Club keeps kids o the streets BY BRIAN PJ CRONIN In this issue COLUMNS FEATURES 6 Editor's Journal: The good ght. BY KATY WEBER 7 Family Life: Simple ways to save money now 30 Calendar: Great places to go and things to do 36 Marketplace: Hudson Valley products and services 38 Dining Out: Orange County Choppers Café BY BRITTANY L. MORGAN HV PARENT READER FEEDBACK What are your parenting resolutions for 2015? "Have more patience and yell less. I need to remember they are little no matter how tall and mature they act (sometimes)." — Graceanna Carratu, Wappingers Falls "Listen better, stop what I'm doing and look my boys in the eye when they are taking to me." — Bridge Capawana, Fishkill "Accept the fact that I cannot do it all. Some things can wait for tomor- row and my husband may not do things the way I do and that is okay. My son is happy, healthy, and loves his momma and daddy and that is all that matters." — Sarah Dunne, Fishkill "Less TV and YouTube videos. Also, more learning play time." — Amy Hale-Latin, Kerhonkson "Less Facebook and cell phone!" — Nicole Arellano, Middletown "Yell less, shop less (unless it's a REALLY good deal), organize more." — Heidi Moran, Middletown "Enjoy every single little moment, because they are growing up in a fl ash." — Aimee Olivet, Pine Bush "Yell less, hug more, try some- thing new every month." — Jennifer Anstey, Middletown "Be present, celebrate small vic- tories, brush off the small stuff and enjoy our family time." — Rebecca Bonhomme, New Windsor 12 22

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