Simplicity Parenting

Kim John Payne will hold a Simplicity Parenting Training at the Mountain Laurel Waldorf School in New Paltz on Thursday, March 16.

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Man Up: Expanding Our Definition of Masculinity

Within the worlds of sports and scouting, there are programs that offer alternative definitions of what it takes to be a man.

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One Step Closer: The Blended Family Mosaic

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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