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

Pamela Druckerman’s Bringing up Bébé Book Examines Parenting from a Parisian’s Perspective

An American Mother in Paris thinks the French do it better in her new book, Bringing up Bébé

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Preschoolceived Notions: Choosing a Preschool for Your Child Means Getting Realistic

As Baby Green reaches another milestone — preschool — our resident mama scraps preconceived notions for peace of mind

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Spring Cleaning: Household Items that Double as (Eco-Friendly) Cleaning Products

Mama Greenest shares her tips for cleaning using common, environmentally friendly household items

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Winning at Weaning: We Did It!

Our local mama successfully weans her toddler — and realizes the bond between them is stronger than ever before

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Unmarried with Children: Is Staying Together For the Kids Overrated?

One Valley mom ponders the merits of the mantra “love the one you’re with”

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Formula 101: The Bad News About Feeding Your Baby Formula

Our guest blogger spills on the real facts about formula

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Separation Anxiety: When Attached Parents Need to Distance Themselves

A solo trip away from home may be alright with her kid, but can one Valley mama handle it?

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Can Yoga Hurt You? The New York Times Seems to Think So

Is it true? Our blogger defends yoga against renowned teacher (and Rhinebeck resident) Glenn Black’s surprising claims

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Upstate NY Mother With Cancer Denies Treatment to Protect Baby, Dies; Local Businesses Rally to Feed Baby Breastmilk

A dying mother’s wish inspires the Hudson Valley to provide milk for Baby Violet

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Consistency and the Crayon War: You’ll Teach Your Kid a Lesson, But at What Price?

In an effort to maintain consistency, one mom’s power struggle with her toddler ends up costing them both

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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

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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

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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?

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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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Is Eating Local More Important than Buying Organic?

Inspired by a book on ethical farming, Mama Greenest wonders which is better: Eating local food, or buying organic (if you can’t do both)?

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Toddler Rules Every Mom and Dad Should Know

Toddlers got you stressed? Sit down and share a laugh with Mama Greenest’s favorite “facts” of parenting

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

About This Blog

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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