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Tips for a Smooth Summer Break

As summer break opens its arms wide, the longing for warm days, no alarm clock and no homework reaches its crescendo. For the kids, that is. Parents often have a slightly different perspective. With summer fun also comes a whole lot of summer logistics and transitions. You can make the most of the summer months […]

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Race Into May With Family Fun

The entire city of Indianapolis ROARS during May. Checkered flags begin to fly throughout the city, parades are marched, and thousands upon thousands flock to the track to catch a bit of the action. There are many kid-friendly activities to enjoy as the city hypes up for the flag to drop and the engines to […]

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Happy Hiking

Signs of spring are popping up everywhere, and the occasional warm day makes everyone anxious to be outdoors. The Indianapolis area has some great places to indulge in easy hiking, an activity both you and your kids are sure to love. Take to the trails, and head for hiking success with these tips and tricks. […]

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Forming Positive Relationships with Your Child’s School

Nobody knows your kids better than you. You are in possession of a unique perspective and understanding of what makes them tick, what works and what doesn’t, what motivates and what discourages. Most of their waking hours, however, exist within the confines of the school walls, which means teachers and other school personnel also play […]

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Falling in Love with Reading

There’s nothing nicer on a cold winter day than snuggling up with a good book. In addition to creating a peaceful rest and a healthy reprieve from screen time, reading (out loud or silently) benefits children’s language and literacy skills and expands their world. Whether your kids are already big readers or struggle to embrace […]

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Snow Day Activities the Whole Family Will Love

January in Indiana often brings a flurry of snow predictions…and occasionally some actual snow! If you wake up to a winter wonderland, and the kids are anxious to go out for some chilly adventures, take advantage of the fluffy precipitation with these fun snow activities. Snow Painting A fresh new cover of snow can act […]

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Avoid the Winter Break Doldrums

Keeping Kids Busy Over the Holiday Season Yikes! Just when everyone was getting into the swing of the school year, all of a sudden it’s winter break. How can you make the most of your kids’ time at home and avoid hearing the “I’m bored” chorus? We are going to share a few old fashioned […]

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Again and Again: Traditions Make Life Special

As the holidays approach, our senses are filled with heaping plates of decorated cookies, chilly trips to see the light displays, favorite holiday dishes on the table, an orange in the stocking, and so much more. Life during this special time is filled with traditions, big and small. But what’s in a tradition, and why […]

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Pumpkin Carving With Kids

Tips and Tricks for Finding and Carving the Best Pumpkins on the Block Do you remember pumpkin carving as a kid? Sitting on the floor, wrestling paring knives, scraping pumpkin guts and saving the seeds for a delicious snack? It’s one of the hallmarks of fall, the yearly pumpkin hunt and carving adventure. Well, it’s […]

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Communicating with Your Kids

One of the biggest keys to successful parenting is establishing and maintaining good communication. No matter how young or how old your child is, you can employ simple strategies to encourage conversation, listen actively and connect on their level. Pick your timing. We’ve all heard “pick your battles,” but when it comes to communication, picking […]

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