Hudson Valley Parent

HVP May 2016

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Page 30 of 39 n Hudson Valley Parent 31 Let Van Vliet Orthodontics be the future of your smile! 19 Woodside Place, Highland, NY 12528 (845) 691-8330 Dr. Van Vliet and his team focus on the latest technology in orthodontic care including: 3D Imaging 3D Intraoral Scanning 3D SureSmile Results Call today for a complimentary consultation though I'm gasping for air after a few minutes, I love his affection." According to the American Acade- my of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, growing up with a pet can usher in a host of benefits. Children with pets learn how to be responsible and they learn big-picture lessons - especially about the circle of life, from birth and illnesses to accidents and death. Kids often confide in their pets, treating them like a trusted confi- dant - and the pets listen with no judgment, which helps kids share their feelings. Pets also cuddle and provide comfort, which helps kids develop compassion and non-verbal communication skills. "One of the most amazing things our pets teach us is empathy," says Dr. Alexandra Barrientos of Earth Angels Veterinary Hospital. " We see ourselves in them and I think that opens humans up to see things from a different point of view." This might just make up for all those mornings when you sacrifice extra shut-eye to get up and feed your "baby." Lisa A. Beach is a freelance writer, humorist and recovering homes- chooling mom. Find more at www.

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