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Honored Heroes of the Indiana Chapter of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Amanda Fagan

Each year since 2009, the Indiana Chapter of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society hosts the Man and Woman of the Year campaign....more»

Welcome to our "Children and Technology Issue"!

Technology has really triggered an explosion of knowledge. My husband, John, and I have witnessed these changes in the way people communicate, learn and perform their jobs....more»

Meet Leonardo the Dinosaur Mummy!

Find out what this mummified dino tells us about how these creatures lived

The closest thing most of us have experienced to a real dinosaur is the bones left behind and pieced together like a puzzle....more»

Downtown Indy Fun in March

Fun and entertainment the whole month long!

The luck of the Irish isn't the only thing taking over downtown Indianapolis this month. Enjoy a mix of nature and art, explore hidden habitats and appreciate exhibits after dark, all while staying warm inside! Ever wonder about the secret lives of animals? Explore Animal Exhibits at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and discover nature from an animal's point of view....more»

A Team Player. A Brave Hero.

Parker Dean was diagnosed with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), an autoimmune disease, at the age of 9....more»

March for Babies

Jarett Andretti joins the fight for healthier babies

In the pursuit of our mission, March of Dimes is often fortunate to count on the support of professional athletes and notable families from our communities....more»

Research to Real World

Toddler TV

"I just want to take a shower in peace!" I remember saying this a lot when my daughter was in that toddler period....more»

Tweets, Hashtags, Likes and Selfies

Navigating the landscape of social media

Instagram, Twitter, Ask.fm, SnapChat, Vine… so appealing to kids and so worrisome for parents. How do families decide what they will and won't allow their children to use? For Kim Leonard, Indianapolis mother of three, it's a full-time job – one she takes very seriously....more»

One Tank Trips Packed with Fun

Tour family-friendly destinations within the state.

As the weather warms and spring break approaches, you may be looking for a change of pace. Consider taking a one tank trip to one (or more) of the many family-friendly destinations within the state, including the following list of some family favorites....more»

The Family Dinner Table

Finding time for this important place to connect

By now, most parents have heard the importance of eating meals together. Research suggests that children whose families regularly sit down for meals have greater academic achievement, better eating habits, higher self-esteem and even less drug use....more»

Ask the Teacher

Cheating, second semester apathy, school stress

My son recently cheated on a test. I had no idea he was under so much stress that he felt like he had to cheat to do well....more»

Toddler Penitentiary

True Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad

Great news! My daughter was recently released from solitary confinement to a general population cell. Perhaps I should explain....more»

The Effects of Texts

How frequent messaging impacts kids

Do you feel like your child never puts her phone down? A research study published by Common Sense Media in summer 2012 found texting to be the most common form of digital communication among teenagers ages 13 to 17....more»

Kids and Cyber Safety

Online security concerns for children

Ever asked your kid to help you download an app on your smartphone or set up a Twitter account? It seems like children are born computer experts, but there is still a great deal they don't often know – like how to protect themselves from cyber criminals....more»

Residential Services

An option for some with autism

There are many ways to help a child with autism prepare for life as an adult. Most kids with autism grow up living at home, receiving support and services from the school system or private agencies....more»

You Say You Want a Revolution

Smart technology enhancing the lives of kids with special needs

Debbie Hill's son loves to play GarageBand on his iPad mini. For a time the iPad becomes his guitar. Hill never dreamed her son, who has Down syndrome, would be able to navigate the iPad as well as he does....more»

Choose Your Own Summer Adventure

What to consider when selecting the right camp experience

Don't let the summer be wasted! Here is what awaits your child: experiential learning opportunities, caring adult role models, time spent in nature and being active, new friendships and fun....more»

Train stories

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

Have I mentioned that my son loves trains? I'm not sure when it began, and I am not sure when it will end. For William every sighting of a train is something akin to a unicorn stepping lightly from a mythical wood....more»

Lend Them An Ear

Suggested children's literature from local authors

Come Join Us at the Camp Fair!

Mark your calendar for the Indy's Child 25th Summer Camp Fair on Saturday, February 22nd, from 11 a.m. to 3 p....more»

IC February 2014 Community Spotlight

Day Nursery Center opens new facility For over 100 years, Day Nursery has led the way in early childhood innovation in Indiana....more»

Becoming a Big Brother or Sister

Preparing children for the arrival of a new baby

Adding a second child to the family may not seem like a big transition – after all, you and your partner have already been through the whole baby thing before, and are seasoned veterans at this point....more»

SIDS: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Keep your baby safe with these simple tips

SIDS refers to the apparently inexplicable death of babies in the first year of life. While physicians and researchers still do not know what causes SIDS, some believe that abnormalities or the "immature newborn brain" make some infants susceptible to conditions that would not harm other babies, such as overheating or sleeping on their stomach....more»

Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health hosts 5th Annual Riley Cancer Center Prom

In 2006, the fledgling organization, Women For Riley, set out to bring pediatric patients small joys and extra kindness by providing essentials, books and treats....more»

Pediatric Dentistry 101

Basic info every parent needs to know

A child's first dental visit is as much about educating the parent as it is examining the child. Pediatric dentists are specially trained to work with very young children through early adulthood....more»

Maternity and Delivery: Then and Now

How your mother's experience differs from your own

The experience of being pregnant and giving birth has changed dramatically over the years. Below, learn how the advice and opportunities offered to today's moms-to-be compare to those given to women from previous generations....more»

Research to Real World: Wait! Don't Eat That Marshmallow

Self-regulation in preschoolers

Picture this…you give your preschooler one marshmallow and tell her she can eat it now, but if she can wait until you return, then you will give her two marshmallows....more»

Downtown Indy Fun in February

Beat cabin fever with these indoor activities!

Get inside and get warm this February in downtown Indianapolis! Catch a live performance on stage, listen to a story in a beautiful gallery setting, explore a museum and more! Discover animal secrets at The Children's Museum Where does a chipmunk sleep? What does an eagle feed its young? How do mother bats find their babies in a cave? The Animal Secrets exhibit opens at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis Feb....more»

Serious Learning . . . through Play!

Unstructured, outdoor activity is essential to children's development

For me, the cornerstone of childhood is play. The ability to play follows us throughout our life. Stuart Brown, author of Play: How It Shapes the Brain, writes, "There is a great deal of evidence that the road to mastery of any subject is guided by play....more»

Preterm Primer

Basic information for parents of premature infants

One of every eight babies is born premature in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention....more»

Autism Therapy

It's "buyer beware" in Indiana

Indiana's autism insurance mandate, passed in 2001, put much-needed and often expensive therapies within reach for many families....more»

What's in a Name?

Tips for choosing a baby name you'll always love

How many Jacksons, Sophias, Emmas and Aidans have you met this year? BabyCenter.com is out with its annual list of most popular names....more»

But does it have a basement?

True Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad

That was the first question my wife and I would always ask our realtor when she would show us a house. Why was a basement so important to us? Because we have three kids, ages seven, four and two, and their full-time job is making noise....more»

Increasing responsibility, speech anxiety, "teaching to the test"

Ask the Teacher

Question: My ten year old son is so forgetful! He regularly forgets homework assignments, library books, gym shoes, etc....more»

Stealth 101

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

We are not sure when my daughter started walking. She was an early, proficient crawler. It seemed that she might never walk, so given was she to crawling....more»

Making Tracks

Create your own animal foot prints

Animals are all around us – cats, dogs, squirrels, raccoons, birds, deer and more. All of these animals leave tracks behind as they pass through an area....more»
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