Hudson Valley Parents Guide 2012

Got kids? here’s the lowdown on disciplining your toddler, dealing with teenage cyber-bullies — and keeping all ages busy at the Valley’s many kid-friendly attractions

Bringing up baby — and bigger kids, too — seems more challenging in the 21st century. Our guide helps you navigate your toddler’s “terrible twos”; choose between public, private, and home schooling; and protect your teen from cyber-bullies. And we’ve got suggestions on kid-friendly Valley services (consignment shops, birthday parties) as well as fun and educational activities the whole family will love.

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Fun Family Activities and Places to Go in the Hudson Valley, Upstate NY

Let’s take the kids! Former Hudson Valley editor Joanne Michaels gives us some tips on where to delight kiddies of all ages — from tots to teens


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Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, Poughkeepsie, NY, Offers Educational Programs for Kids

Exploration zone: Kids learn while they play at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum


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Kids’ Clothing Stores and Children’s Consignment Shops in the Hudson Valley, NY

Haute hand-me-downs: Pint-sized fashion meets the green movement at these kid-centric consignment shops


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Where to Celebrate Birthday Parties for Kids in the Hudson Valley, NY

Hosting a birthday party? Here are lots of cool Valley venues where kids can party down


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Four Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers) Every Parent Should Know

We answer four common questions about parenting, from homeschooling and time-outs to sensory disorder and cyber-bullying



Best Playgrounds in the Hudson Valley, NY

The power of play: After several decades of decline, playgrounds make a comeback. Here are four local spots that will delight your kids



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