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HVP September 2017

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Page 20 of 39 n Hudson Valley Parent 21 Independently Owned and Operated Poughkeepsie Plaza 2600 South Rd Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Do the Math: Discipline & Structure + Martial Arts Training + Convenient 6:30 Pickup It adds up to a great alternative to a standard after school program We are on a Spackenkill School Bus Route! 85 EAST MAIN STREET WASHINGTONVILLE, NY 10992 Call us today at (845) 496 9121 The Kleister Law Group "Your Neighborhood Law Firm" We are happy to provide legal services in the following areas of law: Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Matrimonial, Family, Criminal, DWI, Traffic Tickets, Wills, Lititgation and Landlord/Tenant. • Brand new, state of the art facility • Digital X-rays • iPad station in the waiting room • TVs mounted on ceilings during dental work • Great kid friendly space • Always taking extra time to listen & work through fears Tips to get your child on the path to independence As your child gets older, you can work in developmentally- appropriate tasks related to self- care, eating and household rules. GETTING DRESSED. Typically, between the ages of 2 1/2 and 3, kids are capable of dressing themselves. Give them easy access to their clothing with drawers that open easily and low closet rungs. If your child spends an eternity trying to decide what to wear, limit the amount of clothing to choose from. CLEANING UP. From the earliest age possible, make it a non-negotiable rule that spills get wiped up and things get put away where they belong when we're done using them. Have kid-friendly tools handy, such as a small broom, dustpan and brush, and a low drawer filled with rags that can be dropped directly into a laundry basket when done. EATING. Can a 4-year-old make himself a snack? Yes! Give him smaller, lightweight utensils, along with easily reachable kid plates and food. SELF-CARE. Buttons, shoelaces, zippers. Teeth-brushing. Hair-combing. Hand-washing. Once your child has the fine motor skills to rock these tasks, you should only be on stand-by. TRANSITIONS. Beyond the obvious transitions of morning, bedtime and mealtime, look for places in your child's life where setting up a routine might make things less stressful for everyone, such as leaving a playdate or party, spending an overnight with relatives, or visiting the doctor.

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