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In This Issue

Terra Cotta Warriors Come to Indy!

See these fascinating ancient figures direct from China

A farmer's shovel digging for water in China hit clay instead and an ancient treasure was revealed. Little did he know that warrior discovered in 1974 was one of thousands created 2,200 years ago to protect an emperor in the afterlife....more»

Indy's Child – a Gold Star publication!

Every year the Parenting Media Association (PMA), an organization dedicated to supporting quality parenting publications, recognizes its members for outstanding editorial and design contributions....more»

Celebrate Mother's Day Your Way

There's no better time to make time for you

As a mom, life is busy. Very busy. And, because you have so many people to look after, care for and keep moving, sometimes you forget one of the most important people in your life: you....more»

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

In honor of Mother's Day, we asked our readers to tell us about their amazing moms. Our question: "What's the most important lesson you learned from your mother?" The responses we received showed just how much our moms teach us every day, but one answer in particular won us over....more»

Building Blocks of Early Learning

The educational philosophies of different preschool approaches

It's a big milestone – sending your little one off to preschool. Those first years of school are vital to forming a child's life-long relationship with learning....more»

Making Moms Matter

Women who place their own health as a priority have family's interest at heart

Lynn considers spending quality time with her three children of utmost importance. Trips to museums, parks, libraries, play group and music lessons, as well as kid-centered activities at home fill each day she is not at the office....more»

Stressed Out Kids

Helping your child deal with life's demands

Our ideal image of childhood is one filled with bicycle rides, baseball games and sleepovers – not worry, stress and overcommitment....more»

Ask the Teacher

High ability testing, extended school days, friendship triangles

We received a letter from my son's school telling us that he qualified to be considered for the high ability program at his school, but that he would be required to take an additional test....more»

Soak Up the Summer

A seasonal bucket list of things to do!

What's not to love about summer? Longer days, loads of sunshine and an abundance of fun things to do! As the season approaches, here are some "must do" activities to include on the family calendar....more»

Working Through Homesickness at Camp

Being away from home builds self-esteem and independence

One of the many joys of parenthood is helping children navigate new waters. And, while often these situations are met with hesitation, slight anxiety – or in the case of some first-time campers, homesickness – it is these moments that develop the twenty-first century skills needed in adulthood....more»

The Duck Farm

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

Some parents are worried what will happen when their child discovers there is no Santa. Forget Santa. I'm worried what my son William will say when he finds out another truth: there is no duck farm that magically flies rubber ducks into his grandparent's closet....more»

Running Errands with Kids in Tow

True Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad

Errands. Ugh. I'm a stay at home dad, which means I have the advantage of getting errands done during the week, not on the weekends like all the Nine-to-Fivers out there....more»

May Fun in Downtown Indy

Exciting events all over town!

Runners: start your engines! With the big race just around the corner, let your little ones have a race of their own....more»

What Grown-ups Should Know About Preschool

Quality programs set children up for future success

Last month the state legislature passed Indiana's first investment in preschool education. The bill will provide about $10 million in state funding for high-quality preschool programs for approximately 1,500 low-income children....more»

The Autistic Brain

Understanding how differences in brain structure may influence autism

Kids with autism are different from their neurotypical peers. That much is known. But what is it that makes autistic kids autistic? What is different about these kids' brains versus other "typical" brains? Dr....more»

Nature Kids

The benefits of being outdoors for special needs children

The sun is shining. Winter coats are hiding. Has spring ever felt sooo good? You know it's warm outside. Do your children know? They should because spending time in nature is great idea for all kids, perhaps even more so for kids with special needs....more»

With So Many Opportunities, Why Camp?

The many benefits of a camp experience

Families today have more options than ever before – a buffet of movies, museums, picnics, parks, classes, vacations and so much more....more»

Research to Real World: Are We Aware of Autism in Babies?

Looking for early indicators of a potential diagnosis

April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), which affect approximately 1 in every 150 individuals, can have a range of symptoms, including impairments in social interaction, communication issues and repetitive, inflexible behavior....more»

Kids and Sex Ed

Pushing past "awkward" to convey what kids need to know

If you are like many adults, your first introduction to the topic of sex came from a book handed to you from an embarrassed parent or an awkward one-time conversation on the subject from mom or dad....more»

Raising Eco-Friendly Kids

Simple ideas to encourage "being green" in your home

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." - The Lorax Many parents first heard the environmental message of Dr....more»

Managing Difficult Diets

Tips for handling a child's restrictive dietary requirements

Planning meals the entire family will happily eat is a challenge. If your child is diagnosed with a diet-altering health condition, the task can seem overwhelming. "Focus on the positive, such as foods your child can eat, versus what she cannot," says Jennifer Cleveland, MMSc, RD, CDE, pediatric dietician with Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health....more»

Advances for Autism

Support and understanding of ASD continues to grow

April is Autism Awareness Month – and it's quite possible you know someone whose life is impacted by autism. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that one in 88 children is affected by an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which includes Asperger syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder and autism....more»

Four Great Family Road Trip Destinations

So much to explore just a few hours from Indy

Those living in the Indianapolis area are fortunate to have tons of great destinations within easy driving distance....more»

Happy Birthday Spring!

Orchard In Bloom celebrates 25 years

Spring has finally sprung! After our third snowiest winter in history, it's time for some sunshine and warmth here in Indy....more»

Heroes Come In All Sizes

Steven Parker, Jr. was diagnosed at birth with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), a genetic disorder characterized by bones that break easily....more»

Lemonade Day

Inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs and philanthropists

Here's something interesting: Bill Gates, one of the most well-known technology entrepreneurs of all time, may ultimately be remembered not for the role he played in shaping the "computer age" but for his philanthropy....more»

Death by a Thousand Kid Songs

True Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad

It's naptime. Scratch that, it's supposed to be naptime. Instead of sleeping my two-year-old daughter is working on her own version of "What Does the Fox Say?" As she's up there reciting the chorus over and over and over again I'm reminded of all the bad music my children have listened to over the years....more»

Emergency Preparedness for Special Needs Children

What to have in place before a crisis

If your autistic child is starting a new school, is it enough to review social stories? If your child is blind, is it sufficient to inform your neighbor of his disability? These are good strategies for keeping life's pace steady for problems that can be anticipated, but they are not enough to handle unforeseen events....more»

Autism Awareness Makes Big Gains

Changes in policy and social acceptance mean tangible benefits for those on the spectrum

Though autism is not new, broad awareness of it is. Not so long ago autism meant Rain Man to the average American....more»

"Spring" into spring!

Eight ways for kids to get active this April

It's finally here: warmer weather, blooming flowers and sunny skies take hold of Central Indiana after Indy's snowiest winter....more»

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

Sloppy little kingdom

Every parent needs a place where they can close the door and just relax. I imagine some parents have elaborate on-suite bathrooms where they while away the hours soaking in a tub....more»

Ask the Teacher

Timed math facts, test success, reading stamina, standardized testing

Why do teachers insist on kids doing timed tests on math facts? The pressure is more than my daughter can handle....more»
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