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In This Issue

Balanced School Calendar to Boost Student Achievement

Shorter summers, smarter kids

Now it is August and all schools are back in session this month. The day-after-Labor-Day-school-start is probably gone forever!

Whereas most schools dedicate at least 180 days to student education, studies have shown that less knowledge is lost if the summer break is not three months long....more»


Community Spotlight

Trader's Point Hunt Charity Show

The Traders Point Hunt Charity Horse Show, benefiting Riley Hospital for Children, is being held at Wild Air Farms—one of the true jewels of the Midwest....more»


Indy on a Budget

Savvy Back-to-School Shopping

Summertime. Oh, what a blessing it is. The children are now out of school as parents try to find some down time to take a family vacation....more»

Homework and Autism

The challenges of homework for a child on the autism spectrum

Homework can be a challenge for any child. When the child is on the autism spectrum, the challenges increase. Understanding why homework is so challenging, finding strategies to help your child, and advocating for your child with teachers can make the experience less stressful for the child and parent....more»

What Teachers Need to Know About Children with Special Needs

How to effectively communicate with your child's teacher

An ability that any teacher must have is the ability to find a student's strengths and weaknesses in order to accurately accommodate and communicate with the student and parents....more»

An Interview with First Lady Cheri Daniels

Wife, mother, grandmother, First Lady, and dedicated Hoosier

As the year steps past its halfway point, Cheri Daniels, wife of Governor Mitch Daniels, sees the end of her husband's final term as bittersweet: "I'll miss a lot of things....more»

School Year Resolutions

Getting your family organized, healthy, and happy for the start of the new school year

A new school year hides just around the corner, expecting new schedules, new mindsets, new routines. You look around the house and see damp bathing suits, sandals, half-eaten sandwiches, and flavored ice wrappers....more»


Getting ready for the new school year

Ready or not, the start of a fresh school year is here again. Before the bell rings, check out tips on how to make back to school shopping as easy and cost effective as possible....more»

Learning Disabilities

How to recognize a learning disability in your child

Spot the signs of a learning disability Each weekday morning, you say goodbye to your child, sending him or her to school to learn....more»

The Dad Olympics

True Confessions of Stay-at-Home Dad Pete Gilbert

In celebration of the Summer Olympics, I've created a list of Olympic games, just for dads.

(Cue patriotic music)

Each participant is given a pot of coffee to consume before the event begins....more»


Keeping the Peace

Coping with sibling rivalry

It's every parent's dream: you have a family full of happy kids who entertain each other, learn from each other, and love each other....more»

A Balanced Child

Adding extracurricular activities to your family's schedule

One of the greatest joys of parenthood is watching your baby blossom into a child with their own interests, talents, and personality....more»

Dear Teacher

Kindergarten readiness + class size + combined kindergarten/first grade

Ways to Determine if Your Child Is truly Ready for Kindergarten Question: What recommendations do you have for parents who are unsure if their children are ready for kindergarten? Answer: Determining whether a child is ready for kindergarten is a rather inexact science....more»

Preparing Your First-Time Preschooler for School

Tips for parents to ensure a smooth transition

It's that time of year . . . the newspapers are filled with back-to-school ads and information, and your child is starting preschool for the very first time. You're excited for your child to begin this new venture, but you're also a little worried. How will your child handle being away from you—perhaps for the very first time? There are some steps you can take to help ensure that this transition is a smooth one:...more»

School Lunches, Childhood Obesity and New USDA Guidelines

Keeping your child healthy at home and at school

You've seen the statistics: about 12.5 million children and adolescents 2 to 19 years old are overweight. Sadly, since 1980, the number of overweight/obese children and adolescents has nearly tripled, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention....more»
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