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February 01, 2015

The mystery of the frazzled parent…finally revealed!

True Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad

Why are parents so confused and disoriented looking all the time? Maybe it's because while parenting is based so much on repetition and routine, it is also constantly changing....more»
February 01, 2015

Footnotes: Thoughts from the margins of a mom's life

The case of the blue police car van

When my son first laid eyes on our new car, a crossover vehicle intended to accommodate our toddler and soon-to-arrive infant, he cried, "It's a blue police car van!" As the weeks went by, I adopted the new nickname myself....more»
February 01, 2015

Baby Talk with Robert Mathis

Find out how this Colts player manages the home team

Indy's Child: You must have a busy household with four kids at home! How do you and Brandi manage it all – especially with having children of such varying ages? Robert Mathis: Brandi is the MVP of the household, she keeps it all together....more»
February 01, 2015

"Twindividuals"

Raising multiples to have their own identities

Parents with new babies are always sure to attract attention when they go out in public, and when that stroller holds two, three or four babies, that attention is… well, multiplied! "Are they twins?" "How do you find time for yourself when you have triplets?" "Your quads are adorable!" Friends and strangers alike usually can't help but refer to your babies as a package deal ("the twins" or "the triplets")....more»
February 01, 2015

Bring on the Babies!

Baby bumps, baby advice, baby names – this month in Indy's Child it's all baby talk. If you're pregnant or a new parent, you probably can't get enough on the subject, and neither can we! On our cover this issue is baby Brielle – maybe you recognize her famous dad, Colts player Robert Mathis? Check out our interview on page 16 to see how Robert manages his crew of four kids (including 3 year old twins) and why he calls his wife Brandi the MVP of their household! Speaking of twins, what's more adorable than babies that arrive in bundles? Although it might be natural to think of multiples as a "package deal," our article "Twindividuals" talks about how to make sure your twins, triplets or quadruplets develop a unique identity all their own....more»
January 01, 2015

Fast Friends

Tips for helping kids make healthy friendships

Navigating the waters of childhood friendships can be surprisingly difficult for parents. How do help your kids learn how to make friends? What if your child has a friend you don't like? Should you intervene when a friend mistreats your child or let him resolve the situation on his own? "How to be a good friend is not a skill that we are all born with," says Dr....more»
January 01, 2015
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Going Overboard

What kids lose with parents who help too much By Jennifer Garcia

From elementary school science projects to college applications, kids look to their parents for guidance. But at what point is our help no longer helpful? The boundary isn't always clear and a parent's good intentions to provide assistance can backfire when kids don't learn to take ownership of their own work....more»
January 01, 2015

Research to Real World

What Good is an Imaginary Friend?

Would you be surprised to find out that nearly two-thirds of children report having an imaginary companion during their childhood? Some friends are invisible while others are personified in an object like a doll or stuffed animal....more»
January 01, 2015

The Breakfast Filibuster

True Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad

Most weekdays I eat breakfast with my kids. But during the week, I'm rushed at breakfast time. This block of time is not only reserved for eating, but also for putting the finishing touches on school lunches, reminding kids to brush their teeth, rounding up books, coats, shoes, signing assignment notebooks and helping to finish the last few "forgotten" math homework problems....more»
December 01, 2014

No Rescue Parenting

True Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad

They sit there on the counter…the math assignment, the library book that's due today, the worksheet she worked so hard on the night before…forgotten, left behind as she ran out the door to catch the bus....more»
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