December 2011

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

You Decide: Giving Kids a Choice When Making Decisions With Positive Discipline

If you offer kids two choices and ask them to decide (à la Positive Discipline), they get structure and power while you control the outcome — and avert a stand-off


Cultivating Gratitude During the Holidays: How to Teach Your Kids to Be Gracious and Give Thanks This Christmas

Despite its good intentions, Christmas becomes a buy-fest, pushing otherwise fiscally responsible parents into crazed over-spenders and turning sweet, polite children into green-eyed gimme monsters


I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty: Why Constantly Telling Your Little Girl She’s Beautiful Does More Harm Than Good

It’s been said that women who were constantly told they were beautiful as young girls have poorer self esteem than those who were praised for other attributes (or not praised at all). What do you think?


Longtime Friends and New Moms Bond Over Parenthood (and the Occasional Dance Party)

I’m grateful for the friendships that have not only survived motherhood, but deepened because of it


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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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