Hudson Valley Parent

HVP April 2015

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4 Hudson Valley Parent ■ April 2015 ON OUR COVER This month's cover kid is Gahvin, 2.5, from Newburgh. Gahvin is an all-round happy guy who likes to play soccer and hang out with his younger sister. Photo by Michael Bloom 8 I am a Hudson Valley parent Liz Westinghouse: Nutrition doesn't have to cost a thing BY BRIAN PJ CRONIN 10 Picky no more! Squelching the food squabbles at every age BY MALIA JACOBSON 14 You mean, French fries aren't a veggie? Local activists are bringing food education to our schools BY KATHLEEN WILLCOX 20 Totally egg-cellent! Hudson Valley's best spots for Easter Bunny pics 22 The talk we're not having, and how to have it Opening a dialogue with kids about race BY DAWN GREEN 26 When the universe says 'no' Experts discuss common struggles with infertility BY HEIDI SMITH LUEDTKE 28 Learning through play The playground project at the Center for Spectrum Services BY JACQUELINE BAIR In this issue COLUMNS FEATURES 6 Editor's Journal: Whatever works, right? BY KATY WEBER 30 Calendar: Great places to go and things to do 37 Marketplace: Hudson Valley products and services HV PARENT READER FEEDBACK Celebrity dad Ashton Kutcher recently complained that there aren't enough men's restrooms with changing tables. Should all men's room have changing tables, too? "There's no reason there shouldn't be a changing table in all public restrooms. My husband always has to go out to car to change a diaper when he's out with the kids on his own — which he does regularly, 'cause he's a parent, too! Moms aren't the only ones running errands with the kids." — Jessica Dolata, Cornwall "I agree completely. It always got my husband out of changing diapers." — Tracey Marshall, Hopewell Junction "We lived in Australia two years ago for a little while. I had a 2-year- old at the time. The difference was incredible. They cater to families with kids. They had family bath- rooms in every public place. A male or a female could go in. One of the ones I used had a microwave to warm bottles, extra diapers and wipes in case you needed, and even a little potty for small children. Then we came back to the U. S. where you struggle to fi nd a bathroom with a changing table. So disappointing!" — Allison Chastain, Pine Bush "Yes, I agree there should be one in every men's restroom. There are single dads and gay dads and dads that spending the day with their kids. There are all kinds of dads, and they have to change their kids some- where." — Pamele Kiene, Hyde Park 20

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