Hudson Valley Parent

HVP Novemer 2016

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4 Hudson Valley Parent n November 2016 ON OUR COVER In this issue COLUMNS FEATURES 6 Editor's Journal: Stuck in the middle BY FELICIA HODGES 28 Child Behavior: Adjusting to adolescence BY PAUL SCHWARTZ 30 Calendar: Great places to go and things to do 38 Marketplace: Hudson Valley products and services HV PARENT READER FEEDBACK What advice would you give for talking to your kids about sex? Along with the direct information, also have the good conversations with spouse and friends, and let them eavesdrop on those. And keep the more explicit conversations to when kids aren't anywhere near, not even asleep. — Elle Key My kids are age 5 so we don't talk about the act of sex, but have started conversations about appro- priate ways to share affection, what it feels like to love someone and empowering them to talk about their bodies openly. — Roxanne Ferber My daughter is 5 and we openly talk about body parts, touching, love, relationships, periods, sharing affection and how babies are made (what happens inside a woman's body). We don't actually talk about the physical act but we do openly and honestly answer any questions she has. — Katie Angel I think it's very important when a child starts asking questions and showing curiosity to provide age appropriate information and create an honest open dialogue. Sex is something that is still looked at as so taboo, just like questions about drugs, and I think the first step is making children feel like no subject matter is off the table. — Meghan Dillon-Mellen 8 I am a Hudson Valley Parent Todd Poteet: The art of teaching BY BRIAN PJ CRONIN 10 K-12 School Guide A special section with some of the best area school programs 12 Sweet treats! Pictures from our Hudson Valley Parent V.I.P. trip to Frida's Bakery 14 Everything you always wanted to know about adoption (but were afraid to ask) Information about how the adoption process works BY STACEY LUTZ 18 What parents can learn from their child's report card What you can expect to glean from school progress reports BY KAREN KAUFMAN ORLOFF 22 Let's chat about sex: Having 'The Talk' with your kids Effective ways to discuss the birds and the bees with your children BY MJ HANLEY-GOFF 26 Prepping your home for holiday visits Spruce up your castle for the family and friends happening by BY FELICIA HODGES 37 Holiday finds for Tweens & Teens Ideas to help entertain the older young ones in your life BY FELICIA HODGES Cameron, our 2016 Cover Kid top vote-getter, is a third-grader from Newburgh who enjoys arts & crafts projects, playing on his Xbox, taking karate lessons and reading. He was photographed at Frida's Bakery and Café in Milton. Photo by Michael Bloom

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