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Pick Your Perfect Preschool

Choosing a high quality program for your child

Montessori or HighScope? Public or private? Morning or afternoon? Indianapolis area parents have many tough decisions to make when sorting through preschool options....more»

Resources for Homeschoolers

As this educational trend grows, so do area offerings

Home school is something of a misnomer – many homeschooling families are out of the house nearly every day. This academic choice is a movement on the rise, and local venues are responding in kind, offering dozens of homeschooler-specific programs and discounts....more»

When It's Not the Picture Perfect Holiday

Accepting the limits ASD places on celebrating the season

Every family has their own treasured holiday traditions -- from trimming the tree, to opening gifts or gathering for a family feast....more»

Gut Check

Could celiac disease be causing your mystery symptoms?

For years, Elisabeth Hasselbeck – TV host and former Survivor contestant – couldn't figure out what made her sick with unrelenting bloating, cramps and diarrhea....more»

Sensory-Friendly Holiday Events

Providing fun without the frenzy

Christmas lights, "Jingle Bells" and stores busy with shoppers are staples of the holiday season, but for children on the autism spectrum, the chaos of unfamiliar sights and sounds can be overwhelming....more»

Christmas at the Zoo Creates Holiday Cheer

Each year, Christmas at the Zoo presented by Donatos and Teachers Credit Union brings together the best of the holiday season with a wild twist....more»

Ask the Teacher

Lexile reading scores, goal setting, impending graduation anxiety

My first grader brought home a slip of paper with his lexile number on it following a recent standardized test....more»

New Holiday Traditions

Fun activities to start with your family this year!

Ask a child what presents he received last December and he's probably forgotten – what kids do remember are the special holiday traditions their family does every year....more»

Do Babies Remember?

Research to Real World

How many memories do you have from your infancy? Do you remember sitting up for the first time, which stories your mom and dad read or digging into your first birthday cake? Probably not....more»

Come Join the Fun at Jolly Days!

Visions of sugarplums are the stuff of fairytales. Watching Santa zoom into town in a race car, zip down a 47' slide and skate in socks on an indoor 'pond' with your family are moments that create precious memories to last a lifetime....more»

Santa is Coming to Downtown Indy!

Find the jolly old elf all over town

Christmas may be weeks away, but Santa has already arrived in downtown Indy! Don't miss your chance to visit Mr....more»

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»

Marvel's Mightiest to visit the Circle City

State of the art show brings super heroes to life

BAM! KAPOW! SPLAT! WHAM! For over 75 years, comic book fans have wistfully turned the thin, colorful pages and dreamed of what it would be like if the characters came to life....more»

Superpower Smile

Mickey Deputy spreads her charm everywhere she goes

Dancer. Down syndrome advocate. Poet. Cancer survivor. Beauty queen. At only 17, Mickey Deputy has risen to life's challenges again and again, inspiring her parents, friends, teachers and even Colts Coach Chuck Pagano along the way....more»

When Parenting Styles Clash

Finding common ground for a more harmonious household

First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes the moment when the happy couple welcomes a child into the world and realizes their parenting styles don't quite mesh....more»

What is an Open Adoption?

Understanding the differences in adoptive relationships

According to the Child Welfare League of America, there are over 150,000 children in the United States awaiting adoption, and an additional 500,000 in foster care....more»

Three Generations of Indy's Child

An interview with Barbara Wynne, Mary Wynne Cox and Wendy Cox

Thirty years ago, a busy mother of six felt overwhelmed – but impressed – by the sheer volume of interesting, engaging activities available to children in the Indianapolis area....more»

Indiana Repertory Theatre

For the young – and the young at heart!

Indiana Repertory Theatre's launch of "Exploring Stages" seeks to embrace and build young audiences by bringing The Velveteen Rabbit to life....more»

A Family Circus

The Friscos, their elephants and The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Most parents would agree there are times they feel like the ringleader of a circus – a wild, unruly circus. In fact, this comparison might not be fair – for the animals, that is....more»

No Bones About It

Lack of sun exposure, low vitamin D can weaken your bones

Just around the time we come into motherhood, we begin witnessing our mothers and grandmothers suffer broken wrists, hips and spines....more»

Research to Real World

Maximizing the Benefits of Reading Together

We have all heard by now that parent-child book reading starting in infancy has benefits for vocabulary development, early literacy and socio-emotional development....more»

November Happenings

Top family-friendly picks to try this month!

There is something remarkable about downtown in the fall. Whether it's warm or frigid, sunny or brisk, the city offers something for your family every weekend in November....more»

Parent-teacher conferences, distracting students and computer spelling tests

Ask the Teacher

My daughter's school has decided that it will no longer offer designated days for parent-teacher conferences but instead, just have parents and teachers work out when to have a meeting....more»

Fizzle! Bubble! Pop!

A new witch's brew? No, it's Chemistry Day at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, where families will be introduced to the world of chemistry....more»

Politician in Training

True Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad

Daughter: "Sign this so I can be on my school's student council." Me: "Oh, ok. You don't have to have an election or anything, you're just on it?" Daughter: "There's an election, but I'm going to win!" Actually, everyone in the class was running for third grade student council (except for the five or six math club kids that couldn't run because it conflicted with their meetings)....more»

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

Blewetts run!

When I misplaced our soccer schedule the second week of the season, I called the facility where the games take place and was told the blue team would take the field at 10 am....more»
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Indiana Historical Society
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