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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-25-2019

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©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Living THE VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER APRIL 24-30, 2019 valleybreeze.com @ Calendar 7 Entertainment 2 Movie 3 Real Estate 6 Recipe 4 Classifi eds 9 QUICK INDEX Traditional Parenting JOHN ROSEMOND Finding hope in a frightening place Local nonprofit donates Cuddle Bags to children in need NORTH PROVIDENCE – After an accident landed 2-year-old Lucas Antone of North Providence in the hospital last summer, all he wanted was his stuffed bear to cuddle, but his family didn't have it with them. Upset that she couldn't give her frightened son what he wanted, Amy Antone grew determined to make sure that other children have a little source of comfort during difficult times. Always looking for ways to give back to the community, Antone cre- ated Cuddles of Hope Foundation, a nonprofit organization that donates gift bags – filled with a brand new stuffed animal, a coloring book, and crayons – to children in hospitals and shelters around New England. "After being in the situation in the hospital, I know how much it would have meant to me to receive some- thing like that," Antone, who grew up in North Providence and works as a compliance consultant for CVS Health, told The Valley Breeze. It's a small gesture, she said, but one that she knows would have provided Lucas with some comfort while he was seeing doctors and By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer melanie@valleybreeze.com Raising children vs. parenting There is child raising and there is "parenting." America replaced the former with the latter in the 1970s and it's been downhill ever since. My mother – a single parent during most of my formative years – was not parenting me. She was raising me, bringing me up. She did not, there- fore, "get down to my level" when she spoke to me. Both literally and figuratively, I looked up to her. That's where I wanted to be; up there, where she was. As did nearly all 1950s parents, Mom raised me according to tradi- tional understandings of children and parental responsibility that had been handed down, relatively unchanged, from generation to generation since the dawn of human history. She was the boss, for example. She was not trying to be liked by me much less my friend; nonetheless, she was affectionate, funny, and always there when need arose. Largely because it was clear that she was my superior in every sense of the term and that I depended on her as opposed to the other way around, I respected her. I don't think today's mothers are clear on how important it is that their children, especially their sons, see them as powerful, capable, albeit lov- ing, women. But then, today's parents are "parenting," which is all about See PARENTING, Page 4 See CUDDLES, Page 5 Let Andre "D" AGENT be YOUR Agent - Together we'll get home! Call me Andre "D"agent and I will get you top $$$ for your house now! 401-439-5227 (cell) Email me andygoul@gmail.com SELLERS you should know . . . WHAT are you WAITING for? . . . if you wait to put your house on the market, more houses will be 'FOR SALE' this SPRING and SUMMER, which means less $$$ in your pocket because of competition. Now Open in North Providence Bagels and Baked Goods made from scratch and Baked Fresh Daily. Organic Coffee, Breakfast Sandwiches, Deli Sandwiches and more! Drive Thru Service Expires May 9, 2019. Valid at North Providence location only. FREE Small Coffee Iced or Hot 401-421-2222 1480 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence Mon. - Fri. 5:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. 6 a.m.-4 p.m; Sun. 6 a.m.-3 p.m.

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