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

Lady Gaga Is Fat — Really? Some Thoughts on Self-Image

Mama Greenest chimes in on weighty issues and Lady Gaga

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Child Vaccines: Saying No (and Feeling Good About It)

Our blogger stands by her decision not to immunize her child


Brawny vs. Recycled Paper Towels: How to Tell If Your Eco-Friendly Napkins Are Worth It

Do you use recycled paper towels? Rags? Bleached napkins? Here’s how to tell which option is the greenest — the answer may surprise you


Back to School: Tips for Boosting Your Child’s Immunity and Preventing Illness

As her toddler begins preschool, our blogger shares holistic tips and tricks for boosting immunity and keeping her kid from getting sick


Establishing Healthy Eating Habits (and Setting a Good Example) for Your Kids

Mama Greenest tackles the challenge of being a good example (and setting healthy eating habits) for her toddler


Stress Relief: All-Natural Remedies for Destressing and Relieving Anxiety

Kids and work got you stressed? Here, we list our favorite natural remedies to help you chill out


Can Antiobiotics Make My Kid Fat? A Study Reveals Link Between Antiobiotics and Childhood Obesity

A recent study from Britain discovers a link between antibiotics in children and obesity


Tyrannical Threes: How to Get Your Toddler to Sleep in Her Own Bed (Part 2)

The sleeping saga continues! Does crying it out lead to severe psychological issues in children? Or is it a legitimate way to get your kid to sleep?

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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?


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?


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


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


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


Healthy, Homemade Ice Pops and Easy Summer Snacks for Kids

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


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


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

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


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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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