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HVP September 2017

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22 Hudson Valley Parent n September 2017 Evan Hershkowitz, DDS, MPH 1001 Route 376 • Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845-214-0008 We'll make your child's dental visit playful, fun, & stress-free! • Specialize in infants through adolescents and children with special needs • General anesthesia available in our fully-equipped suites • State-of-the-art facility offering the latest technology Ahoy, Matey! Come Sail the Seven Seas with a Smile! 2016 things we enjoy and help parents build-in valuable moments of connection. Time is the enemy So then why do many parents resist creating and keeping routines? Lack of time is the enemy here. It's simply quicker and more efficient to do certain things for our children, especially when everyone's rushing out the door or trying to enjoy some quality evening hours as a family. We modern adults used to multi-tasking and doing it all often find it hard to give up control. "An extra challenge for working parents is finding a caregiver who will mirror the routines you've set up," adds Dr. Cigliano. However, if we remind ourselves that time and energy spent now is an investment in our children's future, the pros far outweigh the short-term cons. Maintain flexibility Parents may also worry that too much structure will cramp everyone's sense of spontaneity and creativity. That's why flexibility is important. There are times when rules are made to be broken, like staying up late to watch fireworks or skipping dinner clean-up for an ice cream outing. Departures from routine create a sense of excitement, keep things special, and help make memories - as long as they're not the norm. When we think of routines as a framework that helps make life easier and less stressful, our kids will thrive on that security and be able to create their own structure when ready. Jennifer Castle is a freelancer and author of books for kids and teens, including the Butterfly Wishes book series coming from Bloomsbury USA in December 2017. She lives in New Paltz with her husband and two young daughters. INDEPENDENCE (Continued from Page 20) 3206 Rt. 9W New Windsor, NY 12553 (845) 561-5227 ORANGEPEDIATRICCARE.COM ORANGE PEDIATRIC CARE, P.C. Looking for Quality, Compassionate, Personalized Pediatric Care? Maria Bernardez, MD - Board Certifi cate, FAAP Pediatrician Back to School, are your children ready? Favorite HUDSON VALLEY PARENT Healthcare Professionals & 2016 MARK YOUR CALENDARS HUDSON VALLEY FESTIVALS & FAIRS • Carnival Rides • Live Music • Great Food • Live Entertainment

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