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Simeon’s Moment to Shine At Simeon's school, each fifth grader must memorize a declamation. They are about 3 minutes long and they had to stand in front of the class and present it. The three fifth grade teachers selected the top 20 of the 90 fifth graders and had them perform the declamation again. From there the top 12 were chosen. Simeon made the top 20 and then the top 12. His declamation was titled "Jack's Big Headache". Once making the top 12 the students performed it for a panel of judges, all the forth and fifth graders in the school. Simeon's declamation was a satire and had puns and jokes in it. I watched him perform his declamation and couldn't be prouder. He was the only student with a hearing impairment and when I reflected on how far we've come and how hard he's worked, it brought a tear to my eye. For him to hit the jokes appropriately, with proper pitch and intonation was amazing to see. In my eyes, he worked so much harder then some of his peers but he takes it in stride. It reminds me of his first days at St. Joseph’s and his first program. It was the Christmas program, he was a sheep and his line was "baaaa!" I was as proud then as I am now! He didn't place in the top three to get a medal but he's first place for me! Submitted by Simeon’s mom Please say “I found it in the IndyKids’Directory!” Thanks!



I began learning Karate when I was a 10 year old and have been training ever since. It has been a big part of my life for the past 16 years. Martial Arts teach skills and a mindset that has been influential in, and improved all aspects of my life. To get better at karate it required being self-aware and the ability to take criticism. On top of learning good self-defense that gave me plenty of confidence, in the beginning I was gaining self-control and discipline making me better as an individual. I didn’t anticipate at first how much of a life long pursuit Karate could be. As I continued to grow I was able to start teaching. Since becoming an instructor, life skills involved with practicing patience, effective communicating, and being able to lead a group have come into focus. Students working

together and teaching each other reinforces not only those skills, but also cooperation and teamwork. I’ve found that when I work for just my own benefit I only get so far, but when I work towards everyone’s benefit I exceed my own expectations. The commitment and dedication to Karate has looked great on college applications and resumes. It’s a good talking point in interviews as well. I didn’t think that it would become a career option or be as beneficial towards other pursuits. I’m incredibly glad I started karate and thankful that my parents encouraged me to continue the entire time. I would recommend Martial arts to anyone. The role models, practical skills, and experiences I’ve gained from our style of karate are invaluable to me.

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Main Event Geist Location Monday through Thursday 5 to 8 Free kids meal with paid adult meal 317 336-3500 Jim Dandy Family Restaurant Kids’ 5 and under eat free 2301 Conner St.773-3288 Noblesville PaPa Roux 8950 E. 10th Indy 603-9861 Nightly after 4 Perkins 250 Noble Creek Dr. Noblesville Monday Thru Wednesday 4 to close 776-2800 Barley Island Brewing Co. 630 Conner St.Noblesville 770-5280 Tuesday and Wednesday Quizno’s 14300 Mundy Dr Noblesville 7 days a week 4 to close dine in only 773-7041 The Original Pancake House 3 Free Pancakes for children 7 and under with adult entrée purchase Monday through Sunday at Noblesville, Fishers, and Indianaopolis locations Tucanos Brazilian Grill Noblesville Kids 7 and younger eat free everyday. Chef Mikes Charcoal Grill 102 Woodland Dr Indy Kids 5 and Younger eat for 99 cents Wuzzlers Grill and Spoon Greenwood 884-9468 Kids eat free w. adult meal Monday-Friday


Chick Fil-A 3360 W. 86th St. The Pyramids, Indy 871-5330 Mexico City Grill Emerson Ave Indy and Fishers In. Free kids meal with adult meal. Roscoe’s Taco’s Greenwood Kids meal free with Minimum $6 adult meal. Mexico City Grill Fishers 11653 Fishers Station Rd 577-1900 Mexican City Grill Indy 8028 S. Emerson Ave 884-4901 Castlers Kitchen and Bar 11501 Geist Pavilion Dr. 596-9810 Fishers 5-9 Texas Road House Fishers 12950 Publishers Dr. 585-5020 Family Night 1.99 Kid’s Meal Culvers Kids NightFishers 96th St Every Monday, 5:30-8:30 pm and Indy 71st and Georgetown – Every Monday, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

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All area Fazoli’s 99cent Kids meals Tuesday evenings 5-8 call for details. MacKenzie River Pizza Carmel and 82nd St Castleton 564-4211 and 288-0609 Scotty’s Brewhouse 3905 E. 96th Street Indianapolis, IN & 1 Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204 CR Heroes 10570 E. 96th St. Fishers 576-1070 5-p Face Painting & Balloon Animals Cancun 6714 E 82nd St, Indianapolis 578-7054 Chick Fil A Avon Rt 36 Mother/Daughter Pamper Party Tuesday, August 16 5 to 8pm Chick Fil A Noblesville Family Night First Tuesday of each Month from 5-8pm 773-4100 Chick Fil A Carmel 14647 US 31 North Family Night each Tuesday from 5-8pm 815-9465 Hellas Café 8501 Westfield Blvd 257-6211 Indy Champps Indy Northside 8711 N. River Crossing Blvd. 2 children eat free with 1 adult meal all day Tuesday Bob Evans’ Family Night from DJ 6-8pm One kid eats free with adult meal purchase. Greenwood In Joe’s Shelby St. Diner Indy 783-9590 10-01 Food & Drink Broadripple Kids Eat Free Tuesday with purcahse of adult meal. Call for Details 6

ily Tuesday Con't. Fam ht Cheese Burger In Paradise South Indy 883-4386 Nig & ree Patriot Grill Restaurant 1265 N. Madison Greenwood 851-8252 Kid’s Eat Free and Magician at F E Teddy’s Burger Joint 222W.Southport Rd Indy 893-2791 s Kid Con’t. Thr3e Wise Men Brewery 1021 Broad Ripple Ave Indy 255-5151 Max and Erma’s Carmel and Greenwood 705-3988 and 882-4477 Max and Erma’s Carmel Free Kids Meal with adult meal. Panda Express 17055 Geist Pavilion Dr. Fishers 5-9, 770-9684 Bob Evans all area locations. Kid’s meal free with adult meal. Teddy’s Burger Joint Southport Rd. Free kids meal w/ adult meal 5 to 9 evening. Chili’s Grill and Bar Greenwood & E 82nd St. Two free kid’s meal with each adult meal. Joe’s Shelby St Diner 783-9590 One kids meal free with adult purchase 5 to close. Thr3e Wise Men Brewery Broad Ripple Kids eat free on Tuesday with VIP Club Membership. Detour American Grill Fishers In. Kids Eat Free with adult Meal Tuesday and Thursday.


Michaelangelo’s 550 Westfield Rd. Noblesville Kids Eat Free 773-6066 Johnny Rockets Greenwood Mall and Castleton Mall 881-6240 and 578-8015 5 to 9 Barley Island Brewing Co. Noblesville In Free Kids Meal with Adult meal Wednesday and Thursday Johnny Rockets Castleton Mall Kids meal free with each adult meal 5 to 9 Books and Brews 9402 Upton Dr Suite 1400 Free Kids meal w/ Adult Purchase Continued Page 8

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ily Fam ht Thursday Nig Johnny Carino’s Greenwood 885-5735 & ree F Barley Island Brewing Co. Noblesville Free Kids Meal with Adult meal Wednesday & Thursday Eat Kids Con’t. Detour American Grill Fishers In Kids Eat Free with adult Meal Tuesday & Thursday. Johnny Carinos Greenwood Kids meal free with adult meal. Culvers Kids Night Noblesville – Every Thursday, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

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Illinois Street Food Emporium Indy Free kids meal with each adult meal 4 to close Skyline Chili Indy Locations Kids meal 99 cents 5 to close.


Steak N Shake all Indianapolis locations Chick Fil A Avon Rt 36 Indianapolis Indianas Victory Field Kids Eat Free with at least an $8 purchase.


Michaelangelo’s 550 Westfield Rd. Noblesville Kids Eat Free 773-6066 Scotty’s Brewhouse 3905 E. 96th Street Indianapolis, IN & 1 Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204 Granite City Food and Brewery 150 W. 96th St Carmel 218-7185 5-9 Magician 5-8 Grindstone Charley’s Rockville Rd and Crawfordsville Rd’s Indy 243-8760 and 481-1870 Steak N Shake all Indianapolis locations Rock Star Pizza 922 E. Main St. Brownsburg 858-1188 all day dine in Only Indianapolis Indians Kids Eat Free Sundays: Children 14 & under receive a voucher good for a hot dog, bag of chips & bottle of water with price of admission. Books and Brews 9402 Upton Dr Suite 1400 Free Kids meal w/ Adult Purchase Grand Junction Brewing Westfield Free kids Meal with Adult Meal (Please call ahead to verify details)


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Decision Making for Kids We all know the parenting can be extremely difficult and one of the tools that can help you in developing your child's ability to make a good decision is a life skill I call using the “Head-HeartGut” exercise. When you think about teaching your children decision-making skills … are you more likely to: • role model how you make decisions • ask them to brainstorm what decisions they might make • ask them what they should do spiritually, • ask them open-ended questions like “what do you think you should do about that?” When I work with children, I help them to formulate the best decision by asking three simple questions. • I ask them intellectually-what do you think? • I ask them emotionally-what do you feel? • And I ask them intuitively-what do you know? This gives kids the ability to formulate a decision based on three very different perspectives in their decision making. What does your head think, what does your heart feel, and what does your gut know? It provides them an opportunity to talk with you about those three choices. When they do that they are often times able to see that at least two of their choices are similar and support each other. This then gives them extra credibility to choose the decision based on their values. Values are typically driven by their intuition hence most often times what they think or how they feel will be in conjunction with what they know, their intuition. Let's look at a couple of common childhood scenarios and see how these

can be broken down. Tommy comes home from school and says that everybody is mean to Matt. They make fun of his ears, they tease him about his size, and they call him stupid. You ask Tommy what he thinks Carol Juergensen Sheets he should do. He says “I want to be his friend.” When asked how he feels, he admits he gets very sad that Max is made fun of and is somewhat scared to stand up for him because he doesn’t want the other kids to make fun of Tommy too. Then when asked what does he know he should do, Tommy says I know I should stand up for him and be his friend even if the other kids won't. In this scenario Tommy's head and his gut are saying very similar things… And as you can see, it's his fear of being made fun of that are keeping him afraid of doing the next right thing. Susie comes home and says she found an MP3 player on the playground. You asked Susie what she thinks she should do? Susie says she's afraid if she returns it no one will claim it and she would like to keep the MP3 player. You ask Susie how she feels about that decision and she says she would feel bad because it is somebody else's MP3 player and if she keeps it they will not know she has it. You ask her what she knows she should do and she says “if it were mine I'd want somebody to return it to the lost and found… I know I should do the same thing.” As you can see. how she feels and what she knows are very similar and that help Susie to decide what she should do. By using this simple formula, it will help children make better decisions. The Head-Heart-Gut exercise teaches kids about values which is what all parents want to teach while helping their children to make good healthy decisions.

Carol Juergensen Sheets LCSW PCC is a psychotherapist and personal life coach. She does motivational speaking and empowerment trainings locally and nationally. To find out more about her services--contact her at or call her at 317-218-3479. 10

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Lucas’ Autism Journey

By Lindsey and Kyle N. (Lucas’ Parents) Lucas was a happy toddler who loved playing with trains but at 2 years old he struggled with communicating, eye contact and developmental milestones. Screaming and crying were every day occurrences and seemed constant. He wouldn’t respond to his name and his limited words disappeared. Simple outings were unpredictable and he could not adapt to his environment. We never knew what to expect and the struggle left us frustrated. Reluctant to accept that there were any issues, we took our pediatrician’s recommendation to seek out speech and occupational therapy. He began shortly after his 2nd birthday and by the next year we began to see minor improvements. We knew, however, that many more improvements were needed. His therapists helped us to realize that Lucas needed a specialist. The following spring, our son was diagnosed with Autism. The doctor immediately recommended ABA Therapy. Knowing his struggles with social interactions and new environments, it was difficult to imagine sending Lucas to therapy for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. I wanted to believe that everything he needed for his development could be provided by us but eventually we had to face the truth. Thankfully, we found ABC and immediately began to see the changes in Lucas! It didn’t take long to realize that he was at the best place possible. A routine started to emerge which included easier bedtimes and less meltdowns. It was not long before the words started! We began to hear, “Bye. I love you Mom and Dad,” at his morning drop-off. The changes in Lucas are incredible. We saw that our Lucas is able to learn, play

and have fun. Now he loves to say the alphabet, count, and explore books on his own. Early on, he struggled with eye contact and talking to others. Now he loves to introduce himself and meet new people. Outings are now easily handed and even enjoyed! ABC has helped him communicate, build relationships and make friends. He is very affectionate and can’t help but give hugs to everyone-most importantly his little sister. They play cars, trains, dress up and house and love to make each other laugh. The ABC staff has taught us so many tips and tricks along the way. We have learned how to handle difficult situations, redirect problem behaviors and prepare Lucas for changes in his routine. ABC also potty trained Lucas easily and with seamless communication. This allowed us to follow the same steps at home. Transitions from different activities and environments are less stressful on him and easily managed by us. He is able to take all kinds of trips now such as field trips to the zoo and holiday shopping trips to the mall. He also loves swimming at the new therapy pool inside of ABC’s Carmel Center. There was a time when these new experiences would have been overwhelming and scary to Lucas. Now he sees them as fun and exciting. Lucas and our entire family are fortunate to receive the best care, attention and advice that ABC has to offer. The therapists truly love and care about him and he has developed more than we could have hoped, growing every day. He continues to amaze us!

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August 2016 July 14 – August 21 Beef & Boards presents “Church Basement Ladies” The Lutheran ladies are back in the show that got this laugh-a-minute series cooking. Times are changing quickly in 1965 and they'll do all they can to keep things running smoothly below the house of God! Thursday, August 4, 5:30 – 8:30pm Animals and All that Jazz at the Indianapolis Zoo. Animals & All That Jazz is back and swinging for the 29th year! Bring your friends to sit back and enjoy a longstanding Thursday night tradition at the Indianapolis Zoo. This summer concert series features sensational music from all genres of jazz. Come play early at the Zoo and stay late for a night of jazz with music beginning at 5:30pm plus arts and entertainment presented by Macy's! Walk the Zoo while listening to the music, show off your moves on the dance floor presented by Dunkin' Donuts or simply enjoy a relaxing evening with friends. Friday, August 5 – August 7 Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra – The Music of Abba at Connor Prairie. Fanfavorite tribute band Waterloo returns to Marsh Symphony on the Prairie to perform favorite hits of Swedish pop group ABBA, including “SOS,” “Dancing Queen” and “Mamma Mia,” among many more. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes as the stage front dance floor will be open for all! August 5, 6, 7, 8, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31 Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field. Last month of the Indianapolis Indianas Home games. Friday, August 5 – Sunday, August 21 Indiana State Fair 2016 – Celebrating Indiana’s Bicentennial at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Happy happens here again this year as we celebrate Indiana’s bicentennial with 2.5 miles of food and fun. Ten acres of thrills, rides, and games. Seventeen days of Free stage stars and hundreds of events and programs. Over 750,000 people visit the Indiana State Fair each year for family fun, rides and games, barnyard animals and fabulous fair food. Saturday, August 6 – Jnauary 22 The Children’s Museum: Doc McStuffins Exhibit. Experience the first-ever 18

children's museum exhibit based on Disney Junior's award-winning series, Doc McStuffins! Join the magical storytelling of Doc McStuffins through imaginative play and hands-on activities that impart life-lessons about health and wellness. And, the exhibit will keep you up to date with Doc’s latest adventures, as it is set in the new McStuffins Toy Hospital, which will be featured on the new season of Doc McStuffins premiering in summer 2016! Saturday, August 20, 10:00am Cereal Cinema – Bedknobs and Broomsticks at The Athenaeum Theatre. Parents and kids are invited to experience Cereal Cinema, a unique family friendly experience created by the Indy Film Fest, The Athenaeum and the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA). Cereal Cinema features the two things every family needs on a Saturday morning - a classic movie that the whole family can enjoy and a cereal bar! Saturday, August 20, 8:00am COLTS 5K at Lucas Oil Stadium. Celebrate the return of football season. Start your 5K run/walk outside of Lucas Oil Stadium, and then experience the thrill of NFL football when you finish at the 50-Yard-Line! All participants will receive an exclusive Colts 5K t-shirt.Kids also have the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of the 50-yard-line and receive an exclusive Colts 5K t-shirt by participating in the Kid’s PLAY 60 Fun Run. A portion of the proceeds from the Colts 5K will benefit Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. August 25 – October 2 Beef & Boards presents “Menopaus The Musical” You're not having a hot flash. They are bringing it back! This hilarious musical parody staged to classic tunes from the '60s, '70s and '80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles. Join the sisterhood! Friday, August 26 – August 27 Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra- Who’s Bad: Music of Michael Jackson at Connor Prairie. Thrilling fans for more than a decade, the Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band brings the chart-topping music and jaw-dropping dance moves of the undisputed King of Pop to Conner Prairie.

Fun Events Sing and dance along to your favorite Michael Jackson hits such as “Beat It”, “Thriller,” and so many more! Saturday, August 27 Taste of Indy presents BBQ & Brew Fest This event will pit BBQ pitmasters against each other in a competition to claim the best BBQ in Indy. Craft brews and other libations will be there to compliment the tasty bbq treats. Vendors will be on hand to sell teaser and large portions of their food additionally. Food and drinks will be complimented throughout the event with Live DJ, and musical groups performing on the big stage. Saturday, August 27, 7:30am Special Olympics Indiana presents The FedEx Plane Pull Challenge at Indianapolis International Airport. The FedEx Plane Pull Challenge raises funds and awareness for more than 11,000 Special Olympics athletes in Indiana. Don’t miss the fun as teams of up to 20 people compete to pull a jumbo jet a distance of 12 feet across the tarmac in the least amount of time! Looking for a great

team-building event for your co-workers, friends or family? Sunday, August 28, 12:00pm Dig IN – A Taste of Indiana at White River State Park. Make your way to White River State Park for Indiana's seventh annual premier food festival, Dig IN: A Taste of Indiana. More than 35 Indiana chefs, brewers, vintners and food artisans will showcase a bevy of prepared dishes and beverages. The single-price admission includes all the samples and live performances by Indiana-based musical groups. Saturday, September 17 St. Vincent Cancer Walk The St.Vincent Cancer Run/Walk Challenge starts and finishes at Lions Park in Zionsville, IN at 7:30 am. Distance is 5K or 10 mile walk or run and is now a timed event! The courses will go through scenic Zionsville. If you would like your event included in our monthly calendars, submit it by going to

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The Customer Service Trap Independent Mothers

It’s a common enough occurrence. We’re in a restaurant, and the table next to us is complaining about their server, their meal, or something that has made them unhappy. A manager is called, and comes over apologetically and offers to pay for their meal. Appeased by the manager, the table happily finishes the meal they’ve been vehemently complaining about leaves the restaurant not even leaving a tip for the server. As a teenager, I had a youth pastor who he and his wife prided themselves on the fact that they never paid for their meals at restaurants. They complained about their meals enough that their meals were always comped. As teenagers, we looked up to them, and we were so impressed by their cleverness. Our moral leaders were telling us it’s OK to cheat the system in order to get a free meal. In my professional life, I’ve run across companies who have had customers threaten to give them a bad online review if they don’t reduce their price. In the customer service industry, employees have become the hostages of the whims of consumers. We know if we threaten to go to social media, and companies, restaurants etc. afraid of those negative reviews will comp or deeply

discount the service they’ve already provided. For many people it’s become a game. They don’t pay for anything because they’ve learned to work the customer service system. We’ve forgot that this clever game affects real humans. It could affect the livelihood of a single parent struggling to make ends meet, who has no choice but to work nights and evenings away from their children submitting to the abuse of unhappy customers. Where every complaint and every meal comped is another pink slip in a file that could force that parent back to collecting unemployment and applying for welfare. Wouldn’t it be such a better world, if instead of looking to benefit from every mistake made, we instead recognize that someone is struggling, and instead of complaining to their manager potentially costing someone their job, we instead offer a word of encouragement or offer twice the tip they would normally get. Wouldn’t that unexpected act of kindness completely turn that server’s bad day around? And maybe, just maybe, if we could start accepting failure in others, we could start accepting failure in ourselves.

Diana Ratcliff, the founder of IndyMom, has a background in politics, nonprofit, theatre and marketing. After living in Germany for 6.5 years, she moved to Indianapolis with her two bilingual children to rebuild her life as an Independent Mother. She currently works for Collective Alternative as an Account Executive. Please say “I found it in the IndyKids’Directory!” Thanks!


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