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Protect Their Brains and “Unplug” Teaching your children how to manage their stimulation is an investment in their brain, their relationships and in their future. Kids are inundated with hectic schedules and constant stimulation from their phones, games, and iPad. Mental health therapists know that it incredibly helpful to “unplug” from the stimulation and converse with each other to improve relational skills. Children and adolescents feel the need to be connected to their world on a 24/7 basis. They want to know what is going on in the lives of their friends. They don’t recognize that these brief images and descriptions are not reflective of their friends lives or feelings. It is an image that the world is presenting, and not realistic in its portrayal. Kids get a snapshot of what they think is occurring when they don’t necessarily have a clue as to the real situation behind the scenes. In addition to this fervent need to know, they are always checking in because they want to see what they are missing. The “not knowing what else is going on” becomes an addiction. Researchers and brain scientists are recognizing that when kids compulsively check their accounts, their phones and the internet they are being flooded with dopamine. Every time they look at their phones, snapchat and Instagram pages, it also can set them up to develop compulsive behaviors that will predominate their thoughts and create an obsessiveness that feeds a feeling of wanting more. This obsessiveness can feel like an addiction. It is not just psychological, but it is also physiological. Dopamine is the chemical that is produced when heroine, cocaine and stimulants are ingested. In many ways, there are many parallels to drug addiction and internet usage. So, what do you do as a parent to help monitor this activity? It is important to create a structure that includes “family unplug time.” Adults can be equally obsessed with

the internet and social networking sites. Explain to your kids that too much stimulation can be harmful to the brain and that it is important to protect the brain by replacing the screen time with family time filled with exercise, the outdoors, and cultural events. Carol Juergensen Sheets It is equally important to stop sharing screen time at least one hour before bedtime and children should never be allowed to take their phones to bed as there is too much temptation to chat after hours. You will likely meet with much resistance because you are taking away their stimulation (drug) and their brains will be craving that dopamine hit. But don’t despair, because the more you implement this structure, the easier it will get for the brain to unplug. And just like with other forms of addiction like gaming, overspending, working, and shopping, there will be less cravings and urges too. A secondary gain from unplugging is that you are reinforcing relational skills that will be necessary for their future. Encourage the kids to invite their friends over to play soccer, or kickball or make cookies or do art projects. When engaged, kids really do enjoy the option of being together and getting creative. It is a different way to produce dopamine without activating their compulsivity and obsessiveness. Lastly, social researchers have found that children are less anxious when they have more down time from their screens. They also exhibit less attention deficit behaviors which allows them to focus and set goals. As a parent, you are responsible for protecting their brain development. It’s an arduous task but somebody has to do it and you’re the perfect person for the job!

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 www.carolthecoach.com or call her at 317-218-3479. Please say “I found it in the IndyKids’Directory!” Thanks!

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Monday Thru Sunday Multiple Days Steak N Shake all Indianapolis locations Kids 12 and under Eat Free Saturday and Sunday for dine-in customers with every $9 purchase. 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 Tuesday 4 to close 776-2800 Barley Island Brewing Co. 630 Conner St. Noblesville 770-5280 Wednesday/Thursday evenings 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 6 and younger eat free everyday. 770-6988 Chef Mikes Charcoal Grill 102 Woodland Dr Indy Kids 5 and Younger eat for 99 cents All Indianapolis area MCL Cafeteria Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday all day 2 kids meals free with adult entre Fresh to Order Saturday and Monday all day Hamilton Town Ct Noblesville and Castleton Indianapolis Free Kids Meal with Adult entre. Monday Chick Fil-A 3360 W. 86th St. The Pyramids, Indy 871-5330 Mexico City Grill Emerson Ave Indy . Free kids meal with adult meal. 884-4901 Roscoe’s Taco’s Greenwood Kids meal free with Minimum $6 adult meal. Castlers Kitchen and Bar 11501 Geist Pavilion Dr. 596-9810 Fishers 5-9 Culvers Kids Night Fishers 96th St Every Monday, 5:30-8:30 pm and Indy 71st and Georgetown – Every Monday, 5:30 – 8:30 pm Tuesday 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 Culvers Kids Night Indy 96th Street – Every Tuesday, 5:30 – 8:30 pm and Greenfield – Every Tuesday, 5:30 – 8:30 pm Face Painting Balloons and Clowns 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 317 257-6211 Entertainment by Sunny From Clowns etc.

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Tuesday Con't. Joe’s Shelby St. Diner Indy 783-9590 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 317 257-6211 Entertainment by Sunny From Clowns etc. Joe’s Shelby St. Diner Indy 783-9590 Wednesday Michaelangelo’s 550 Westfield Rd. Noblesville Kids Eat Free 773-6066 Johnny Rockets Greenwood Mall and Castleton Mall 881-6240 and 578-8015 5-9 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 Thursday Johnny Carino’s Greenwood 885-5735 Barley Island Brewing Co. Noblesville Free Kids Meal with Adult meal Wednesday & Thursday 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 Face Painting Balloons and Clowns Friday 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. Saturday Indianapolis Indianas Victory Field Kids Eat Free with at least an $8 purchase. Sunday 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 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

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February January 25 – October 31 Presidential Humor Benjamin Harrison Presidential

Site 1230 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis, IN 46202 Venue Phone: 317-631-1888 Event Phone: 317-631-1888 Presidential Humor showcases the humorous side of the presidency and those seeking the office, with a focus on parody, caricature, anecdote and witticisms. The exhibit will include the quirkier items that have been created through the years, including political campaign items, paraphernalia, toys, pet related items, and clothing to demonstrate how humor has been used effectively by candidates and political foes alike. "Presidential Humor is about recognizing how humor is used as a tool in democracies to make statements about leaders and how something as serious as politics can cause people to laugh out loud," said Curatorial Fellow Emily Hanawalt.

Friday February 8, 9:30am – 11:00am Heart Smart at Conner Prairie

Join us for a “heart smart” valentine party as we learn about food groups and how to keep our hearts healthy - including showing love to our family and friends! Playtime on the Prairie for 4 and 5 year old is an hour and half long program designed for preschoolaged children. During each session, attendees will have the opportunity to explore natural materials, 16

participate in age-appropriate activities, enjoy stories, share a snack together, CREATE, PLAY, and LEARN! Topics and activities are thoughtfully planned to enhance all that Conner Prairie has to offer, while aligning with the Indiana’s Early Learning Foundations. Children must be accompanied by an adult at no charge. Two and three-year-old siblings may attend the class with the purchase of a ticket IF an older sibling is also attending. Siblings under the age of two are welcome to attend at no additional charge.

Saturday, February 9, 2:00pm – 4:00pm Science Port: Insects at the

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Insects are everywhere! Join us to find out how insects use camouflage and mimicry to evade predators. Examine insects under the microscope and learn how insects see. Find out more about the difference between insects and arachnids and even learn about insects that you can eat!

Saturday February 16, 7:00 - 9:00pm BLACK HOOSIERS: UNTOLD TALES at Conner Prairie.

Join us for an evening of theatre and conversation that explores race and history. This will be an evening of theatre and conversation about history and race, as part of the Giving Voice Initiative. In collaboration with Asante Children's Theatre, we will present several short theatre

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2019 performances, totaling an hour and a half of performances. The performances will be followed by a facilitated conversation by an external partner, which will last 20-30 minutes. The specific performances will include the premier of Lillian and Beulah by Crystal V. Rhodes, with Gabrielle Patterson, Alicia Sims and Ennis Adams, Jr. plus Black Pioneers: Roberts Settlement in 1836; and 10-minute monologues on Willa Brown, an aviation pioneer and Dr. Martin Jenkins, a pioneering educator and researcher, both graduates of Wiley High School in Terra Haute.

her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and the craziest of ideas, he is certainly fun to play with.

February 23, Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol

February 18, 10:00am - 5:00pm George Washington’s Surprise Birthday at Conner Prairie Free Admission

Join us on for this unique celebration of the Presidents of the United States. This free day offers you the chance to rub elbows with some of the most notable Presidents, First Ladies, and even Presidential hopefuls. Play games, create, have fun, but don't tell George or Abe about their surprise parties!

Thursday, February 21, The Cat in the Hat at Cowes

Memorial Hall of Butler University. Everyone's favorite cat comes to mischievous life in this theatrical adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic. From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and Please say “I found it in the IndyKids’Directory!” Thanks!

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& Access Behavioral Solutions Clinic www.accessbehavioralsolutions.com Info@accessbehavioralsolutions.com 317.802.7447

Access Behavioral Solutions is making ABA services available by bringing the therapy to you- in your home, in your community, or in the clinic.

Applied Behavior Center for Autism Pgs 10, 11 & 20

7901 E. 88th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46256 The Applied Behavior Center for Autism is Indiana's longest running ABA provider. With over 20 years of service, ABC is building brighter futures every day. Each of our center offers unique attributes that allows us to provide high quality treatment to children and teens with autism spectrum disorder. With locations in Greenwood, Carmel, Castleton, Terre Haute, Richmond, and West Indianapolis we offer ABA therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, diagnostic testing, special needs swim lessons, and so much more! We are now enrolling for part-time and full-time schedules. Find us on social @ABCforAutism to learn more.

www.AppliedBehaviorCenter.org info@ AppliedBehaviorCenter.org 317-849-5437

Proud Sponsors of Resources for Special Needs Natural Valley Ranch Pg 7 www.NaturalValleyRanch.com www.NaturalValleyTherapeuticRiding.org Marie@NaturalValleyRanch.com 317-509-3577 Birthday Parties, Trail Rides, Lessons, Petting Zoo Hayride/Bonfire, Therapeutic Riding

Phoenix Karate www.phoenixrisingkarate.com 317-228-1872

Martial arts are great for children! A psychological study found that children in martial arts have an increased sense of responsibility, a decrease in the willingness to take foolish risks, and a higher sense of self-esteem.

St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf Pg 3 www.sjid.org 317.471.8560 Leaders in Listening and Spoken Language.

Supervision Infrared Sauna SupervisionWeightLoss.com 317-849-8446 For treatment of autism.

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