One Step Closer: The Blended Family Mosaic

Hillary Harvey explorest the blended family dynamic at the Dunn household.


Got Breast Milk?

When breastfeeding isn't an option, some families buy and share breast milk. Hillary Harvey talks to Hudson Valley parents who are staying all natural.


Playing Push-Pull: The Social Life of a Tweenager

Tweens are the first to tell you they have it rough. Amid the temper tantrums and eye rolling, they're straddling childhood and adolescence. But in the face of all its ensuing challenges, it's a transition where adults largely close their eyes and hold their breath until it passes.


Zen and the Art of Discipline: Teaching Adults to Stop Fighting Like Children

The hula hoops hang, unused, around the Kindermusik classroom in Red Hook while the students, in their stocking feet, sit in rapt attention. The teacher, Beth Anspach, in a tie-dyed t-shirt that reads, "We wish you well," animatedly details a framework for disciplining children. It's called Conscious Discipline, and it differs from traditional methods in its aim to strengthen a child's will rather than break it.


Detachment Parenting: Giving Kids Free-Range

At some point, the family focus shifted from an experiential, spontaneous childhood to an idealized, blog-worthy parenthood. When did we start hollering at the teenaged umpires during our kids' soccer games? When did we stop letting our children run barefoot in the grass?


The Rush of the Ride

The Hudson Valley's BMX Scene
At first glance, BMX might seem dangerous. But like any sport, there's more to it.


Opting Out

The Nontesting Movement
There is a growing number of teachers, parents, and students protesting the standardized testing rules put in place by Common Core and the No Child Left Behind Act.


Spawn vs. Spawn

Your Guide to Sibling Rivalry
Especially at the end of winter, sibling rivalry can pose a challenge. But what’s behind the bickering isn’t always hostility.



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