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In This Issue

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

On hats

I have two toddlers, which means I have two heads, two necks and four little hands to keep covered in winter gear – not to mention the four feet, which seem to require so many socks and boots! I don't know about other moms out there, but I think that keeping those appendages cloaked in the proper winter garb should be worth big money....more»

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»

Ask the Teacher

Recommended reading, reading comprehension, school technology programs

How do I know what to suggest to my third grade son to read? When I go to the bookstore or to the library, I am so overwhelmed....more»

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»

Autism Early Intervention

Don't hesitate if you suspect a problem

Growing awareness about autism is fueling a push for earlier intervention aimed at shoring up deficits in a child's brain development giving them a better chance to catch up....more»

Special Needs Adoption

Opening your home to kids most in need

Do you think anyone will want me? The quiet question from a 14 year-old girl with special needs still sticks with Anna Wolak, Director of Adoption Recruitment for the Children's Bureau Inc....more»

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»

Preparing for the IEP Meeting

Getting the most out of this important conference

Indianapolis mom Erin S. first learned about Individualized Education Programs, or IEPs, when her youngest son was identified as having ADHD....more»

What's Cool at Public School

Unique clubs, classes and programs that ignite the spark of learning

Student engagement is the spark that lights a flame of interest, which can ignite a fire that grows into a passion....more»

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»

Community Spotlight

Creating a Culture of Peace The 17th Annual Martin Luther King Community Festival will feature more than 30 local organizations, vendors and community connections....more»

Education 101

Researching the school option right for your child

Greater Indianapolis is home to a wide variety of school alternatives. While parents are fortunate to have so many choices available, the sheer number of options can leave one wondering where to start....more»
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