One mom's plan to raise a kid — without raising greenhouse gases

Tyrannical Threes: How to Get Your Toddler to Sleep in Her Own Bed

Our mama has trouble keeping diapers on her kid — and her kid in her own bed. Got advice?

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Difficult Conversations with Kids: How to Talk to Your Children About Sex and Parts "Down There"

Why do we substitute cutesy words for sex organs when talking to kids?

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Mama Greenest Defends Uma Thurman and New Baby: How Soon Is Too Soon to Take Your Newborn Out in Public?

How soon is too soon to take your newborn out in public? Uma Thurman finds herself in the center of this debate

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Verbal First Aid: How to Calm Down Your Kids When They’re Hurt

Scraped knee? Don’t freak out! Here’s how to employ Verbal First Aid — courtesy of Hudson Valley’s 2012 Person to Watch Judith Acosta — to calm down that kid

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Naptime or Not? Knowing When Your Baby is Ready to Be Put Down for a Nap or Stay Awake

Like some adults who can survive on a handful of hours a night while others need a full eight, some toddlers need more and some less

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Healthy, Homemade Ice Pops and Easy Summer Snacks for Kids

Heat waves feel much cooler with these kid-friendly (healthy) snacks and ice pops

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How to De-Clutter Your Home When You’ve Got Messy Kids

Local parents chime in on how to toss their kids’ clutter, including putting items on consignment and hosting clothing exchanges and toy swaps

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Common Children’s Illnesses: Chicken Pox, Coxsackievirus, Roseola

How to tell the difference between three common children’s viruses

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Difficult Conversations with Kids: How to Answer Tough Questions and Talk About Serious Subjects With Your Children

How do you talk to your little kids about serious issues like death and love? Mama Greenest wonders if she’s being too sensitive

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2012 Sunscreen Guide: Choosing the Best Sunscreen, New FDA Rules, and How to Avoid (and Check for) Skin Cancer

Learn from the Tanorexic Mom and wear your sunscreen

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Transitional Objects (Like Safety Blankets and Stuffed Animals) Help Reassure Kids When You’re Apart

An old T-shirt gains a second — and more meaningful — purpose for Mama Greenest

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Reusable Snack and Sandwich Bags from Again Bags in Pine Bush, NY

Pine Bush, NY company Again Bags offers cute (and reusable) snack bags to help eliminate plastic waste

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Time Magazine’s Breastfeeding Cover: Good for Print Image, Bad for Attachment Parenting?

Is Time magazine’s latest cover — featuring a mother breastfeeding her three-year-old son — actually good for the attachment-parenting cause?

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Differing Personalities: Understanding Your Spirited, High-Needs Kid

Dealing with a mini introvert when you’re an extrovert (and vice-versa) is a challenge all parents face

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When to Get Pregnant and Have Children: Before or After Age 30?

When it comes to having kids, women have a tough decision to make. At what age should they know?

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How to Stop a Whining Kid (Without Whining About It)

Mama Greenest tackles the most annoying sound in the universe: the toddler whine

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One mom's plan to raise a kid — without raising greenhouse gases

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Shannon Gallagher

Shannon Gallagher
Rhinebeck, NY


Dutchess County native Shannon Gallagher is a contributing editor for Hudson Valley Magazine. An erstwhile thrill-seeker, these days she courts disaster of a different variety wrangling a spirited toddler, honing her vegan baking skills, and chasing the ever-elusive work-family balance. She teaches Pilates and does fascial bodywork, and lives in Rhinebeck with Coraline, a cat named Otie, and Sushi the Fish (named, of course, by the toddler).

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