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Ask the Teacher

Refusing parental help, school involvement, hopeless handwriting, encouraging responsibility

Question: My third grader insists on doing his homework without any help or input from me or my husband. Without our help, he makes errors....more»

Ask the Teacher

Refusing parental help, school involvement, hopeless handwriting, encouraging responsibility

Refusing parental help, school involvement, hopeless handwriting, encouraging responsibility...more»

Coping with Divorce

Helping kids and parents through the process

Families can be hard work. And sometimes, no matter how much they love one another and how hard they work, things just don't turn out as planned. Andrea Carson, 33, never pictured herself as a divorced, single mom, yet two years ago that was a decision that she found herself making....more»
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A Grandmother's Trip with her Granddaughter

I have just completed a Grandmother's Fete: I have taken the last of my 17 grandchildren, Lucy Wynne, to New York City to see the Statue of Liberty, attend a Broadway musical, see my favorite museums and experience getting everywhere by walking, taking a bus, taxi or subway! Things have changed a lot since 1992 when I started taking my grandchildren to New York....more»
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How to make Halloween a fun – and safe – night.

Make sure kids understand these important safety rules

Halloween presents wonderful opportunities for parents and children to have fun together, but it also requires extra attention to safety concerns....more»

IC Community Spotlight October 2013

Indy Family Fest Don't miss this amazing event created especially for Indianapolis families on Saturday, October 19th from 9:00 a....more»

Being an Older Parent

Pros and cons of "later in life" parenting

It seems hard to believe that at 35, women are already considered to be of "advanced maternal age" – meaning that pregnancy for them could include greater medical risks....more»
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Bring Your Wild Things to ZooBoo

presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers The Indianapolis Zoo hosts three weekends of Halloween fun!

Celebrate fall where the wild things are with ZooBoo presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers. The Indianapolis Zoo's annual Halloween event provides a safe, family-friendly experience featuring everyone's favorite creatures along with all the fun activities the season has to offer....more»
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Fall Fun

An autumnal bucket list

Forget summer: fall is king! Many people choose autumn as their favorite season. With cooler temps, vibrant foliage and great outdoor festivals, it's easy to see why fall is so favored....more»
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Preschool Enrichment Programs

Something to suit every interest

The preschool years are a special time in a child's life. If your little one falls in the two-to- five age group, you're probably ready to explore some new ways to help him or her learn and grow....more»
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Autism and School Bullying

What can parents do when their child is away from home?

For parents of children with autism, bullying is a constant concern. And the brief time kids spend passing in the hallway can be a prime opportunity for bullies to take advantage of their victims....more»
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Riding the Learning Curve

With each new phase comes new parenting lessons

I don't know about you, but as mom, I feel like I am always learning something new. I used to think when I first became a mother that eventually there would be a finish line....more»
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Pumpkin Patches, S'mores and Spider Princesses

True Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad

Now that I have kids, October is probably my favorite month of the year. There's so much to do with little ones this month....more»
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Reading the Signs of Dyslexia

Often misunderstood, dyslexia is more complex than most think

LeeAnn Bricker's son was struggling in school. First grade spelling homework was an enormous effort. Lots of tears were shed because he couldn't sound anything out....more»
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Downtown October Fun

Plenty to do for every age and interest!

Bring the family downtown for great festivals and Halloween fun. Family-friendly events in downtown Indianapolis are a great way to introduce kids to new cultures and activities....more»

Time Warp

50 Years of Fear!

It is a golden year for the good witches of The Children's Museum Guild's Haunted House. The world's largest children's museum has special treats and tricks up its sleeve as it celebrates 50 Years of Fear! Visitors will travel back in time with Ghoulish Guide Dr....more»
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Mindful Eating

Set in motion a lifetime of better habits and health

It's important for all of us to eat healthy, but it's crucial for children because good nutrition aids in the development of a strong mind and body....more»

The Importance of Friendship

Yes, a parent is a child's first best friend. When your child turns two, you realize that what you really want to be is your child's best parent! By age three, children start playing and interacting with other children....more»
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Tween Timelines

What freedoms should be allowed when?

When the tween years approach, an entirely different parenting dynamic emerges. Kids are pushing for independence while moms and dads struggle with how much freedom to allow....more»
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The Right Private School Fit

What factors play into this important decision?

You've taken campus tours, met with admissions officers, inquired about financial aid and completed several applications -- and your son or daughter has been admitted to their top school choice! No – we're not talking about college – the above applies to the process of selecting a private school for your child....more»
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Avoiding Childhood Obesity

Starting healthy strategies now can mean lifelong fitness

It's a hot-button topic in the news. We constantly hear of new studies, polls and breakthrough treatments for it....more»
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Birthday Party Fun

Five "outside the box" ideas for your next celebration

Celebrating your kids' milestones is one of the best parts of being a parent. While backyard birthday parties are awesome, sometimes it's nice to allow someone else to do the hosting – and maybe some of the planning and cooking too! Below you'll find a roundup of a few fabulous birthday party spots in the Indianapolis area....more»
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Emergency Room Visits

How to know when a trip to the ER is necessary

From falling while climbing a tree to twisting an ankle during a particularly fearless slide into home plate, children can find a variety of ways to injure themselves....more»
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September Community Spotlight

New Look + New Name = More Hope Each year, over 35,000 Hoosiers are diagnosed with cancer. The St.Vincent Cancer Walk, formerly known as the St....more»

Get Set Go!

Encourage an active lifestyle for your children

Excessive weight is a problem careening out of control in Indiana. Today children are more sedentary than ever....more»

New Playscape Helps Parents and Children Reach Developmental Milestones in a Fun and Engaging Way

From the second your child is born, he is learning something new every day that is critical for development. Researchers and psychologists believe children learn significantly earlier than previously believed....more»

Coping With Childhood Cancer

Helping the whole family deal with a diagnosis

Everyone thinks cancer is something that happens to other kids, other families – but this disease can happen to any child....more»
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Down Syndrome's Rising Potential

What every parent should know

Marty Mason was born with Down syndrome. His mother Vicki Dayan was advised to put him in an institution and have other kids....more»
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The Best of Buddies

Forging friendships across differences

Relationships don't come easy for kids with autism. Social skills require real, ongoing work. So when an opportunity comes along for these kids to practice social interaction and build a true friendship with a neurotypical peer, it's a good thing....more»
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Teaching Compassion

Some lessons unfold on their own

I have been thinking about how to teach my kids about compassion. Although we volunteer as a family for a Run Walk fundraiser each year where my kids stuff envelopes, hang posters and volunteer the day of the event, I realized that volunteering is not the same as teaching compassion....more»
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Indianapolis Heart Walk & 5K Run

Come out and support the American Heart Association at this year's event!

Becky Halon is thankful to be alive. As a 28-year-old mother of three, the Avon woman suffered an unexpected cardiac arrest in her home in July 2010....more»
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Can't Miss International Festivals Downtown

Cultural celebrations from around the world – all in Indy!

Indianapolis may be known as the Crossroads of America and Hoosier State, but in the fall consider the city your passport to the world! Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of downtown Indianapolis as cultural diversity is celebrated....more»
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Ask the Teacher

Fall conferences, "enjoying" bad behavior, autism prep, maintaining initial motivation

Question: I always go into fall conferences with a few questions for the teacher, but as I try to focus and process the teacher's introductory comments, I forget everything I intended to discuss....more»
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Bedtime Tokens

True Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad

Every night I whisper three words in my son's ear as I tuck him in, "Go to sleep." He's not an easy one to put to bed....more»
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