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HVP September 2017

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6 Hudson Valley Parent n September 2017 Publisher TERRIE GOLDSTEIN Dir. of Consumer Development BRITTANY L. MORGAN Editor CASSIDY BRIGHTON Executive Assistant LESLIE CORTES Media Advisors CHRISTY OLIVIER MATTHEW SILVERMAN Layout & Design ENGLE PRINTING also publishers of MY family MY family Hudson Valley Parent is published monthly by: The Professional Image Marketing & Public Relations Inc. 174 South Street • Newburgh, NY 12550 Phone: 845-562-3606 • Fax: 845-562-3681 This publication is copyrighted by the publisher. Reproduction without written permission of the publisher is prohibited. Hudson Valley Parent welcomes submissions, although we cannot accept responsibility for work submitted nor guarantee publication. I t's that time of year again. Summer has wound down to a close and the brisk evenings of fall are rolling in. Bathing suits have been packed away to make room for school clothes and summer parties have halted just in time for the first bell to ring. As we settle into a new season and a new school year, kids and parents are greeted with a whole new set of opportunities. September has always felt like a time of new beginnings. Every year, as I turned to that crisp first page of my notebook and made my first marks with a sharpened Ticonderoga, I embraced the chances a new school year and its routines could bring. While impending changes can bring excitement for some, for others they can bring stress and anxiety. This is especially true during major transitions. Is your kid stressed about heading off to a new school? Are you nervous about sending your child off to school for the first time? Maybe just the thought of balancing homework, after-school activities, your own job and some much needed family time is making your head spin. Relax. Let Hudson Valley Parent ease (at least some of) the back-to-school jitters. Every parent wants their child to experience success. Take a vow to make this year the best year yet and facilitate success in your little one. This month, we have advice for parents from Dr. Paul Schwartz on the ingredients that go into a successful child. See what you can do to encourage your child to be curious, persevere and become an avid reader. Take some of the edge off with a routine that works for your family. Not only will this help the morning madness and the extra-curricular chaos, creating a routine for your child to follow can also make them more independent and responsible. Read opinions from doctors, teachers and a local mom on just how vital routines are, especially when it comes time to get ready for September. This September is the first one I can remember where I have not been confronted with the daunting task of choosing what to wear on the first day of school and searching for the perfect matching sets of folders and three-ring binders. September is still a chance for new beginnings in my family. My sister- in-law faces all new territory as my nephew heads off to kindergarten. My twin brother will be six hours away starting his next adventure at pharmacy school in Buffalo. They will have to embrace this school year with grit and create routines that work for them. Even though I am not packing my backpack this fall, that doesn't mean I have to stop looking at this time of year as a chance for new beginnings for myself. I can still look at each new day as a chance to flip to a new fresh notebook page. So sharpen up your pencils, lace up your new sneakers and pack a healthy lunch. The kids are off to school and Hudson Valley Parent is here to help! New seasons, new beginnings CASSIDY BRIGHTON Editor's Journal

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