Hudson Valley Parent

HVP March 2015

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4 Hudson Valley Parent ■ March 2015 ON OUR COVER This month's cover features Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus, with his children — Emma, 5, Charlotte, 2, and Kristof, 9 months. Photo by Michael Bloom 8 I am a Hudson Valley parent Steve Neuhaus: Local food for local families BY BRIAN PJ CRONIN 10 'Mom, I'm gay' Hudson Valley moms on parenting their LGBT teens BY DAWN GREEN 14 Sex after baby Bedroom tips to rekindle the romance BY SARAH J. SWOFFORD 19 Help with the tough stu Planned Parenthood programs get the conversation started BY ELORA TOCCI 22 A wee bit o' fun! The scoop on local St Patrick's Day parades 24 Avoiding the entitlement trap Raising responsible kids in a consumption-crazed culture BY MALIA JACOBSON 27 Local volunteers brave the shave More than 70 set to shave their heads for cancer research. BY KATY WEBER In this issue COLUMNS FEATURES 6 Editor's Journal: 'Why do boys have tails?' BY KATY WEBER 7 New Moms: Expert tips for the delivery room and beyond 18 Child Behavior: 'The talk': When and where to begin 30 Calendar: Great places to go and things to do 37 Marketplace: Hudson Valley products and services HV PARENT READER FEEDBACK What funny questions or comments about the birds & the bees have your little ones asked you? "After seeing a picture while I was pregnant and explaining that he was in there, my son asked 'Mommy, how did I get in your belly?' (Insert awkward look here)." — Crystal Martinez, Hopewell Junction "When my daughter was 4 or 5, she asked me, 'Why does Daddy have an extra long sprayer on his vagina? And what are those things behind? Beets?' I couldn't even contain my laughter. I was in tears. So now we still joke that girls have vaginas and boys have sprayers and beets." — Adrienne Miller, Saugerties "My daughter asks all women who have babies if they gave birth to those babies. She also tells them when she gets older she will be hav- ing babies! She once asked me why it hurts daddy to get hit in the penis. How's that for awkward?" — Katie Angel, Hopewell Junction "Our new cat went into heat last week and my daughter couldn't understand why she was acting so bizarre around our older, neutered cat. I had to explain a LOT more about how babies are made than I ever thought I would to my 5-year- old daughter!" — Liz Westinghouse, Saugerties See page 6 for more great reader quotes on the birds & the bees. 22

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