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Indy's Child Proud to Promote Indy Parks Programs

There are so many opportunities for families in Indianapolis to have a healthy, happy and productive summer! You can start your planning today with the 2013 Indy Parks' Summer Fun Guide enclosed in our May edition....more»

Happy Campers

Are overnight camps a good idea for kids with autism?

One year you wonder if you should send your child to overnight camp. Then, in the blink of an eye, you wish he was still young enough to go. Camp is a rite of passage for all kids. Even kids with autism. Maybe it's one for the parents, too....more»

Destination Indiana

Amusement park fun throughout the state!

Summer's here at last! Why not take advantage of the warm weather and enjoy a family visit to one of Indiana's many land and water-based amusement parks? Whether you love thrilling roller coasters or prefer a gentle lazy river, we've got you covered with our guide to some of the best seasonal fun our state has to offer....more»

Get Down On It!

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail Opening offers free family fun on Saturday, May 11

So, you've heard about the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, but haven't really checked it out? Here's your chance: eight miles of family-friendly surprises await you on Saturday, May 11....more»

Ten Summer Camps in Downtown Indy

What's so great about summer camps downtown? They offer experiences your kids won't get anywhere else!

Summer camps in downtown Indianapolis are fun, diverse and educational – but best of all, the camps take place at many of the biggest and best attractions, venues and campuses in the state such as White River State Park, IUPUI's sports facilities and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Here are some great options where you're guaranteed to find a camp to match your child's interests....more»

Summer Bucket List

Fifteen "must-do" summertime activities for your family!

Fifteen "must-do" summertime activities for your family!...more»

Women's Health

Ten steps for a healthier you

For most moms, taking care of others is second nature. Whether it's their kids, spouse or family members, women are great at helping other people. However, taking care of herself? That's another story....more»

Ask the Teacher

Parental homework help, spelling words, peaceful mornings and spring testing

Parental homework help, spelling words, peaceful mornings and spring testing...more»

Trusting Your Instincts

Helping your child through mental health issues

Even as an infant, Nicki wasn't easy. Her mother, Terri, describes her as a demanding, outspoken and whip-smart child. "By the time she was five," says Terri, "I can remember talking to the pediatrician and feeling like she was beyond my being able to deal with her. I love her to death, but I was having a tough time figuring out how to deal with her."...more»

Spring Has Sprung in Indianapolis

2013 Orchard In Bloom happens May 3-5

To quote John Lennon, it's been a "long, cold, lonely winter" here in Indianapolis. Winter weather has persisted through much of March, with many kids spending their spring breaks with sleds and hot chocolate. ...more»

Hope Finds a Home

Project Home Indy gives young mothers and their children a chance to thrive

A week before, Sarah Nielsen, Executive Director of Project Home Indy, had interviewed a prospective resident – a homeless, teenage mother looking for a place to rest her head and house her infant. "I just want to live somewhere where the adults work and don't run out of money or gas. I want my baby to only see the best way to be, the way things should be." This was the young mother's plea....more»

A Different Kind of Normal

For the Roush family, "normal" has a different definition than it does for most other families. And that's OK with them.

For the Roush family, "normal" has a different definition than it does for most other families. And that's OK with them. According to Webster's Dictionary, "normal" is defined as "occurring to a type, standard, or regular pattern." But for Liz Roush, it means something a bit different....more»

Thoughts for Mother's Day

Once a mom, always a mom

"Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever." - Unknown...more»

Oh, the Possibilities

This summer at camp

A summer of endless possibilities is fast approaching for over ten million children who have decided to take part in a camp experience. Whether attending a day or resident, traditional or specialty camp, the benefits of the camp experience reach every camper in their own unique way. Read on for five things your camper can count on this summer....more»

True Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad

A Dirty Job

As a stay at home dad, I have many "jobs." My least favorite is laundry. Laundry is a dirty word around our house. (Get it? Dirty word.) Anyway, let's start with my oldest daughter's laundry. She has probably fifty socks. And by fifty socks, I do not mean twenty five pair, I mean maybe five pair and dozens of mismatched socks. Where are the rest of them? Possibly hiding next to the missing winter gloves that vanish some time around Halloween each year....more»

"Hot Wheels" and Physics?

Come experiment with the science of motion

Walking through The Children's Museum, you hear the oft-repeated plea, "Can't we please go back to the Hot Wheels™ exhibit?" It is one of the most popular exhibits with the flashing lights, the roaring sounds of the engines and the variety of tracks that propel the little cars down, up and around. Young children love launching their cars on the Hot Wheels™ Fearless at the 500 jump track as they slide down the slide alongside the track....more»

Managing ADHD

Symptoms, treatment and hope

All of us have trouble paying attention, sitting still or being impulsive from time to time. However, for about 5-8% of children, these symptoms can seriously impact their daily lives by interfering with school and relationships with others. ...more»

When Your Child is Diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Reprinted with permission from the Indiana Resource Center for Autism

When a child receives a diagnosis of autism, Asperger syndrome, or other pervasive developmental disorder parents and family members may experience a range of feelings. These feelings can include grief, denial, anger, fear, and confusion. If you are a parent, you may feel or have felt these emotions. It is important to know that you are not alone, and that many parents experience these same emotions. It is also important to recognize and work through these feelings as you begin to search for understanding, services, and support for your family and for your son or daughter with an autism spectrum disorder. ...more»

Opportunities Abound

Spring vacations are ending and outdoor spring activities are beginning. Families will be hiking, riding bikes together and supporting their children on their new baseball, soccer and tennis teams. Team sports are fun and give opportunities for kids to make new friends and feel the support of teammates and coaches to perform their personal bests. Parental support in all of these activities is needed to keep the costs reasonable and to support the coaching staffs. Yes, the kids love the snacks parents bring and the camaraderie that families have together after the games....more»

Ask the Teacher

Undesirable friends, looping, time management and tutoring

Undesirable friends, looping, time management and tutoring...more»

Girls Have Autism, Too

Being "on the spectrum" can mean different things for girls than boys

One in 88 children now falls on the autism spectrum, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's a familiar and unsettling statistic. The disorder is nearly five times more common among boys than girls, with one in 54 boys diagnosed with autism. Girls aren't out of the water as one in 252 are considered on the spectrum. Why such a discrepancy between the genders? 

Get creative at the IMA!

The newly re-opened Star Studio and family programming provide fun for all ages

Encourage your child's creativity at the IMA's new Star Studio – a fun space for play and art-making (like using Hot Wheels as stamps to create tire tracks on paper in the artwork pictured here). Now with six new stations for activities, Star Studio helps teach fundamental art concepts like color, line, shape and texture to children ages 0 – 12 in fun and innovative ways. ...more»

Hayden's Heart

Hayden Fuhs was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a potentially fatal congenital heart disorder. But with the help of Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St.Vincent, Hayden is now living (and loving) life as an energetic 10-year old....more»

True Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad

A snapshot of this dad's life

It's 5:40 PM. I made dinner for the kids so the kitchen is a wreck. ...more»

Camping to Succeed

Outdoor fun translates to other important skill-building

Preparing children for academic and work success doesn't end in the summer — in fact, it's only the beginning! Summer camp experiences provide campers with the environment they need to gain characteristics like confidence, wellbeing and conflict resolution skills — which, according to a recent Psychology Today article, are critical to academic and work achievement. How does camp do it? With its unique combination of time outdoors and free play....more»

Lemonade Day

Inspiring little entrepreneurs with big aspirations

"You mean I have to pay you back?" my son Wyatt said after counting his wad of cash from his lemonade business. "Yes, like any entrepreneur starting a business, you have to pay back your investor," I told him. It was his first time participating in Lemonade Day, a free program brought to the Indianapolis area by local inventor and entrepreneur Scott Jones in 2010 and one that I helped to launch and now run. I'm proud to say that Lemonade Day is inspiring the next generation of Hoosier entrepreneurs. Kids learn how to start, own and operate their own business: a lemonade stand. Last year, 15,000 kids participated in the Greater Indianapolis area, up from 10,000 in 2011....more»

Adjusting to a Balanced Calendar

Making changes to the traditional summer break

Summer break may start to look quite different for many area children. With the growing popularity of "balanced calendars" the traditional summer break could soon become a thing of the past....more»

"Pink Label" Event for Cancer Research

A little girl's legacy lives on through The Caroline Symmes Cancer Endowment

Caroline Symmes was a child whom everyone noticed. Her warm smile, impeccable fashion sense, affinity for the color pink and her generosity of spirit were simply unmatched. Tragically at the age of five, Wilms Tumor Disease, a form of kidney cancer, claimed her life. The Caroline Symmes Cancer Endowment was created to honor her memory, her care team, Riley Children's Hospital and, most importantly, other children suffering from this form of cancer....more»

Exploring Summer Interests

Summer break is fast approaching, and while kids relish their first structure-less days off, it's only a matter of time before restlessness sets in. Parents: listen up! Summer is the perfect time to let kids immerse themselves in their favorite activities or try out new ones. Check out these local programs and resources for some great ideas....more»

Family Road Trips

Great destinations are just a few hours away

Pack up the car and hit the open road with your family to discover the many interesting travel destinations within driving distance of Indianapolis. Whatever your family's interests might be, here are a few ideas to make the classic road trip enjoyable for every passenger on board....more»

It's Easy Being Green

Four simple ways to "go green" as a family

How do you find ways to go green while managing a busy family? Do it together! Going green as a family is more fun – and more effective! Try these four suggestions to go green this month:...more»

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Why it's important not to drink to your baby's health

Each year about 40,000 babies are born with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). All 40,000 of those cases were 100 percent preventable.The issue is confusing, and it's not. What's confusing is that women hear two stories when it comes to drinking alcohol during pregnancy. They hear that no amount is okay. Then they hear that well, maybe a little alcohol is okay....more»

Helping Tree

Let children see how their good acts help others

Tough emotional subjects are hard to explain to little ones, so when they hear the word Holocaust or ask about Anne Frank this month during Holocaust remembrance events, what do you say and do? You can use the opportunity to help them understand age-appropriate concepts such as the importance of having empathy and show them ways in which they can help others....more»

Mommy Magic

The boss is in

I have always been a little bossy by nature. I always thought that was a bad thing. The word "bossy" doesn't sound nice. So instead, I thought of myself as "resourceful" or "organized." My fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Young, put me in charge of passing out papers and leading the pledge of the allegiance one day and I was hooked. I knew that very moment that I liked being "in charge."...more»

Veggie Kids

When your child decides to become a vegetarian

Picture this: your child comes home from school one day and declares, "Mom, I'm never eating another cheeseburger again!" What's your reaction?...more»

"Spring" into spring!

Eight ways for kids to get active this April

At long last, warmer weather, blooming flowers and sunny skies will take hold of Central Indiana in April after a longer winter than most Hoosiers expected – or wanted. Now it's time for the kids to come out of winter hibernation and brush off the frost. Here are eight fun ways to get the kids out and active from dancing to running the bases at Victory Field!...more»

Congratulations to the Indy's Child Mother's Day Essay Contest Winner!

To celebrate this Mother's Day, we asked our readers to reflect on the many joys and challenges of being a mom. With so many inspiring, funny and beautifully written essays submitted, it was difficult to choose just one as our winner. However, one story was particularly moving. In response to our question "How has being a mother changed you?" Ashley Miller wrote the following:...more»

Looking at the Whole Child

Area hospitals take an integrative approach to pediatric patients

A 6-year-old was lying in his hospital bed in and out of consciousness. He was dying of cancer. During the child's hospital stay his father spoke to Chris Donaghey, a Registered Nurse at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent, about how much the child liked to play music. Apparently he could drum up quite a racket. It was a sound the father missed. ...more»
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