Hudson Valley Parent

HVP Feb 2015

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4 Hudson Valley Parent ■ February 2015 ON OUR COVER This month's cover kid is Addy Lee Pagones, 9, from Beacon. Addy loves to read, swim, golf and play with her bulldogs. Photo by Michael Bloom 8 I am a Hudson Valley parent Jessica Poser: Education through the arts BY BRIAN PJ CRONIN 10 Hudson Valley Parent's Camp Guide Great summer camps in the Hudson Valley 17 Happy campers How to pick the right summer camp experience for your child BY CHRISTA MELNYK HINES 22 A chance to shine Are specialty camps best for your child with special needs? BY DENISE YEARIAN 26 Let's have a ball! Hudson Valley's best indoor play spots 28 Has the Tooth Fairy come yet? The 'going rate' on today's teeth BY CHRISTA MELNYK HINES In this issue COLUMNS FEATURES 6 Editor's Journal: Into the woods. BY KATY WEBER 7 New Moms: Breastfeeding is good for moms, too 32 Calendar: Great places to go and things to do 37 Marketplace: Hudson Valley products and services HV PARENT READER FEEDBACK How do you get your kids to clean up their own toys? "We make it a game. Who's going to be the first to put the Legos in the bucket? Who's going to be the first to get ALL the stuffed animals off the floor? Make it fun and the kids will jump in." — Roxanne Ferber, Saugerties "I'm a totally blind stay-at-home dad, and it's still a struggle to get my 12-year-old daughter to pick up after herself, especially with severe ADHD. I've learned recently that example is key. If we live in chaos, that's what our children learn. My wife and I are now making it a point to try to keep the apartment clean. The "Well, Dad, you guys don't do it" line always used to irritate me to no end, but I guess it was God's way of giving me a kick in the rear!" — Keith Murray, Port Jervis "I set a timer. If it's not cleaned up when timer goes off, toys go away and he can't play with that toy he didn't clean up the next day!" — Lori McGivney, Washingtonville "You tell them if they don't pick up the toys, you will throw the toys in the garbage. When they don't pick them up, you throw them in the garbage. They will never, ever again leave the toys on the floor when you tell them the next time to pick them up. True story." — Cristina Eve, Middletown "After a few warnings, things dis- appear, only to be given back when earned! Mostly for older children!" — Laurie Ryan, Fishkill 17 26

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