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contents features 16 | SUMMER FUN WITHOUT THE SUN Ten great ways to beat the heat



commentary + parenting


Winter for a day

Cincinnati Public Schools’ massive school rebuilding plan nears completion




What to do when you’re suddenly outnumbered

Summer reading, new school anxiety, keeping up with technology and 4th of July fireworks fear


Photo by: Liza Hezlep


Recognizing, treating and overcoming postpartum depression

Helping children deal with long-term separation

Andrew Michael Sulesky

Where happiness lives





Whose body is this anyway?




What’s your economic and financial literacy? (part 2)



32 | education/childcare GUIDE 46 | MARKETPLACE

Camps stay on the cutting edge

in every issue

calendars 41 | JULY EVENTS




47 | FUN + WACKY



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[ publisher’s note ]


Baby Boom


Welcome to our Baby and Maternity Issue! Pregnancy and motherhood top the list as rewarding and challenging life-changing events. There’s a certain camaraderie among new mothers and we tap into their experience and insights for our articles this month. In What I Didn’t Expect When I Was Expecting, find out the inside scoop on the lesser known symptoms of pregnancy. If you’re currently pregnant, those strange aches, pains and cravings may feel unusual – but you are not alone! What’s more fun than one baby? How about two or three! Managing Multiples talks about how to handle a sudden population explosion in your home. From feeding and sleeping schedules to double (or triple) diaper changes, find out how moms in the trenches make it all work. Of course, childbirth and life with a newborn present a major life upheaval for moms – physically and emotionally. In Bigger than the Blues we discuss postpartum depression to learn how one mom coped with this unexpected reaction to motherhood and a doctor’s advice for helping women through this difficult phase.

EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Wendy Schrepferman | WEBSITE DESIGN & GRAPHICS ASSISTANT Maria Tancredi | CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Mary Wynne Cox, Sarah McCosham, Katrina Anne Willis, Michelle Shirk, Mary Susan Buhner, Pete Gilbert, Deb Krupowicz, Dr. Julia Heath of The University of Cincinnati, Dawn Grady of Cincinnati Public Schools, Peg L. Smith of The American Camp Association CALENDAR OF EVENTS CONTACT US

As always Cincinnati Parent has you covered for the best events, attractions and things to do this summer. Check out our July Events Calendar for great ideas and Summer Fun Without the Sun for those hot summer days when indoor, air-conditioned fun is the way to go. Thanks for picking up our July magazine! Please let us know how we can make our publication even better – we always welcome your thoughts and feedback!

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[ community spotlight ]

community S POT L IGH T

macy’s kids, cultures, critters & crafts festival Wednesday, July 17th at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Learning Through Art, Inc. presents the Macy’s Kids, Cultures, Critters & Crafts Festival on Wednesday, July 17th at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. In partnership with the Zoo, admission on July 17th is just $1 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. World entertainment includes Zak Morgan, The Children’s Theater of Cincinnati, Tracy Walker, and the artistic puppetry of Jesse Mooney-Bullock among others. Festival favorites such as the Robert O’Neal Facepainters, DJ Pillo, stilt-walkers and strolling entertainment by Cincinnati Circus return for this year’s installment as well. Metro’s Route 1 Art Bus offers $1 round-trip bus fare, including live, in-transport entertainment featuring Sylvain Archer during select hours of the day. Join neighbors and friends from the tri-state and beyond for this summer mainstay at the Zoo on July 17th. Special thanks to sponsors Macy’s, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Local12, Metro, Cincinnati Herald and CityBeat. For more information, visit

catch the artswave this summer! ArtsWave has partnered with a variety of cultural organizations in the Cincinnati area to bring you fantastic, FREE arts programming throughout the summer! Patrons will enjoy Sunday night concerts in Washington Park, Wednesday night concerts at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, a variety of Cincinnati Pops public concerts and live music in Fountain Square five nights a week. Check out the entire listing of FREE events at

music fills the air in july Don’t miss the Macy’s Music Festival (formerly the Cincinnati Jazz Festival) at 7:30 p.m. on July 26th and 27th at Paul Brown Stadium. This festival presents the hottest stars in R&B, jazz, soul and hip hop as well as up and coming artists! Visit for the 2013 performance schedule. Tickets can be purchased at all area Ticketmaster outlets, at or by calling 1-800-745-3000.


baby bottoms P&G works continually to improve the Pampers brand of products. The Discovery Center in Cincinnati values insights from families like yours, and invites parents to become consumer panelists. One such panel takes place on Thursday, July 11th. The Discovery Center is looking for babies currently wearing size four diapers to participate in a diaper study. There are ongoing studies in July for babies experiencing diaper rash as well. To register to become a panelist, please visit or call 513-679-1530.

summer reading rewards Barnes and Noble invites children to visit their neighborhood bookstore to pick up a Summer Reading Imagination’s Destination Journal! Children are encouraged to read and record information about eight books. Upon returning the journal to a participating Barnes and Noble store, students can choose an age-appropriate, free book from the B&N reading list. The program runs through the end of August. To locate the store nearest you, visit or call 1-800-THE-BOOK.

be a kings island adventure sponsor The Cincinnati based non-profit organization, A Kid Again, hopes to provide a day at Kings Island for over 4,000 children suffering life-threatening illnesses. Your donation helps to provide park admission, parking, picnic passes, treats and tickets to Dinosaurs Alive! for children and their families. Most importantly, your donation will provide much needed smiles! Visit to make a donation and learn about the year-round goals of this amazing organization.

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What I Didn’t Expect When I Was Expecting Whose body is this anyway? Sarah McCosham

C“I ate a cheeseburger.”

ongratulations: you’re pregnant! Now what? If you’re a mom-to-be, put your feet up and get reading! While you may be aware of the morning sickness in your future, there are many lesser-known pregnancy symptoms you may experience during the next nine months.

Pickles and ice cream may be the old joke, but unusual food cravings do often occur with pregnant women. Aggie, mom of 20-month-old Annabelle, eats a very healthy, plant-based diet. So she was surprised when “around 25 weeks I had a craving for my first cheeseburger -- I never ate red meat before!” Meanwhile, Andrea, who gave birth to her second daughter last March, craved salads, olives and orange Tic Tacs (not at the same time, though!) The jury’s out on why pregnant women are prone to sudden, and often dramatic, cravings, but one thing’s certain: hormones are to blame. While it’s been speculated that people often crave what their bodies are lacking (for example, protein if you’re a vegetarian), there’s no scientific evidence to back up that theory. In general, if you’re craving a piece of cake or cheeseburger, go for it! Just try and balance your unhealthy cravings with healthy choices. And, as a cautionary note, if you’re craving non-food items such as paper or chalk, talk to your doctor, as it may be a sign of a more serious issue.

Everything hurts You’re growing a little human inside you, which requires a Hulk-like stretching of muscles, ligaments and skin. OBGYN Dr. Abigail Litwiller explains that during pregnancy, a hormone called relaxin causes the ligaments that hold the pelvis together to stretch. “This stretching is necessary to accommodate childbirth,” she says. The result? Aching, back-breaking, sleep-halting pain. Elizabeth, who’s expecting her first baby this summer, admits “I think I’ve had pretty much every ‘classic’ symptom -- sick, swollen, etc. But what I didn’t know about was the hip pain! It got so bad in my second trimester, it woke me up in the middle of the night.” Adds Aggie: “I was nearing the end of my third trimester in the summer, which meant swollen ankles and calf cramps.” She found that prenatal yoga and stretching helped significantly. Dr. Litwiller says that prenatal massage is a great thing – “and women should receive massages from their partners, too!”

Labor, schmabor – recovery’s the rub

Birthing class helps prepare women for the physical and emotional hurdles of labor – but what about recovery? In a recent Facebook poll, we asked women to be frank about what surprised them during pregnancy. Many women responded that, while they were prepared for labor, they were not prepared for recovery. As one mom stated, “A heads’ up would have been nice!” Whether you deliver vaginally or by Cesarean section, the recovery process can be difficult. Dr. Litwiller explains that as the uterus contracts back to its pre-pregnancy size, women experience a series of painful, menstrual-like cramps. And ironically, says Dr. 18 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM

Litwiller, “for second or third-time moms, these cramps are more painful than with the first.” Speaking of menstruation, for the first time in nearly ten months, you’ll experience a period of heavy bleeding as the body flushes out blood and other fluids. And, if you delivered vaginally and had stitches, you could feel sore as the stitches begin to heal. This may sound scary; but remember, you just delivered a baby -- you can get through anything! The key, says Dr. Litwiller, is “staying on top of the pain.” Take Ibuprofen (or whatever your doctor prescribes), and accept help as you allow your body time to heal.

“I didn’t expect to love pregnancy – and parenthood – so much.” Some moms are lucky enough to have a pregnancy that actually rejuvenates them. Says Aggie, “I didn’t expect to feel so good in my body. I gained weight and felt more beautiful than ever. My hair was thick and my skin was flawless. I was surprised by how much I loved being pregnant.” Even if your pregnancy is less than ideal, in the end you have completed a monumental process and entered into a sisterhood of other women with whom you can always relate. After all, have you ever heard of a mom who didn’t share her unique pregnancy story?

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commentary and parenting

[ mommy magic ]

Where Happiness Lives In the course of a single day, happy moments abound Mary Susan Buhner

“Happiness.” I was curious what the actual definition of it was and after Googling the word I found it means a “state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.” When I read this, the first thing I thought was that there is a big range between feeling contentment and feeling intense joy. To be honest, I feel content most days. I am blessed with a wonderful husband and healthy kids. What's not to be content about? But intense joy? That kind of made me scratch my head for a minute. How do I bridge the gap between feeling contentment and intense joy? After thinking about it for a while I decided it wasn't any particular event, moment or situation that could do it. And more importantly, it wasn't a person that could do it for me either. In reality, it was up to me. The older I get the more I realize that the time I make for myself brings happiness. Sleeping in makes me happy. Coffee in the morning makes me happy. Not talking on the phone before 9 a.m. makes me happy. I have learned these little things about myself over the years. I like cheesy 80’s music – my kids make fun of me for it, but it makes me happy. I used to always change the station to what they wanted to listen to, but when the sun is out and I have my windows down, I tell them to let me enjoy singing out loud to Rick Springfield or The Go Go’s. Three minutes of pure bliss. A good book, a funny movie, game night with my kids, date night with my husband, walking my dogs on the nature trail, time with a good friend - the list goes on. All these things make me happy and they all have to do with me and the choices I make. I am in charge of my own happiness. That doesn’t mean that I am selfish about it. It means that I am responsible for taking the time to do the things that make me feel, well, like me. As moms, sometimes it’s hard for us to own what makes us happy. The truth is, if you actually made a list you would probably see that it is not big stuff, but rather little things that fill you up and bridge the gap between contentment and intense joy – that this is where happiness lives. Summer is always a time for me to slow down, embrace family more and make time for special moments without being on an intense school schedule. Everyone has their ideas of how to make the most of this time - when you are making your list of fun things to do with your kiddos this summer, don’t forget to add in what makes you happy. Join the Mommy Magic’s Fan Page on Facebook and visit to be a part of the mom community that supports and encourages moms in Cincy with helpful tips for motherhood!


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There are few things more devastating than losing a child — especially when it could have been prevented. The tiny lives lost each year from infection with Group B Streptococcus can be saved by better screening and appropriate treatment. Group B Strep (GBS) is just one of the many bacterial communities that colonize a healthy adult. GBS bacteria live harmlessly in approximately 25 percent of healthy women. However, when the bacteria are transmitted to a baby during birth, the newborn can become seriously ill.

Negative Test, False Reassurance Stephanie Worthy was tested for GBS 33 weeks into her pregnancy and the test was negative. Her son, Jaxton, was born on the evening of December 7, 2011. He was completely healthy and sailed through all the newborn tests with high marks. Six hours later he was in neonatal intensive care for observation. Four days later he was dead. “They didn’t diagnose him [with GBS] for eight hours,” Worthy explains, presumably because her GBS test was negative. RaeAnne Latimore also tested negative for GBS, at 35 and a half weeks. Her son, Blake, was born at 5:30 in the afternoon of January 6, 2012, one month after Jaxton Worthy was born. At one o’clock the next morning Blake was making strange grunting sounds and Latimore couldn’t rouse him for feeding. She became concerned, but the nurse reassured her that the noises were normal. Latimore insisted that they look Blake over in the nursery. Half an hour later the doctor came in to tell Latimore that Blake was seriously ill. At 8:37 that morning, “our little fighter gave up his fight,” says Latimore. “They ruled out GBS because of my negative test,” she explains, but a nurse practitioner who had been on the team that tried to save him thought the symptoms looked like GBS and asked the pathologist to check for it in the autopsy. 22 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM

She was right. GBS infection was the cause of Blake’s death. “Testing negative doesn’t mean you are negative,” warns Worthy.

Better Tests “False negatives can be a problem,” explains Amanda Smith, medical technologist in the microbiology department at The Pathology Lab in Lake Charles, Louisiana. “We were researching why even with patients who were getting good prenatal care, mothers who tested negative were sometimes delivering babies that were infected,” says Smith. In January of this year, The Pathology Lab switched from the old culture-based test to the illumi gene ® GBS test from Meridian Bioscience, Inc. because the molecular test is more sensitive, according to Smith. As more labs switch to the more sensitive molecular test, perhaps outcomes like Blake’s and Jaxton’s will become even more uncommon. [ Article submitted by Meridian Bioscience, Inc. ]

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[ pete gilbert...stay-at-home dad ]

commentary and parenting

Winter for a Day True confessions of stay-at-home dad Pete Gilbert My kids love summer, but every once in a while, even my little sun worshippers need a little break from the heat. Last year our family hit that point right around the time the thermometer reached record 100+ degree temperatures. We were desperate for activities to do. Even the pool isn't that much fun when you’re baking in the sun and the water feels more like a bath than a swimming pool. We decided that for one day we would pretend it was freezing cold, the dead of winter.  Here's what we did.

the library in July than mid-December. When it was time for coloring, we dug out leftover Christmas coloring books and filled in pictures of gingerbread houses and candy canes. We warmed up our cold bones with hot chocolate and delicious bowls of chili for dinner, then made snow ice cream with crushed ice for dessert. The kids put on their Christmas jammies and we read Frosty the Snowman for a bedtime book. It was a great day. There were times when it really didn't feel like summer at all. 

First, we kept the blinds closed the entire day. It didn't seem as hot if you couldn't see the sun beaming down on our scorched lawn. We listened to Christmas music. It's hard not to imagine winter when you are singing along to “Jingle Bells” and “Here Comes Santa Claus.” 

If you ever get to the point where you're getting "burned out" on summer, give “winter for a day” a try. I think you will enjoy it.

We watched Christmas DVDs, which are a heck of a lot easier to reserve at

Happy Parenting!

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bigger than the blues Recognizing, treating and overcoming postpartum depression Katrina Anne Willis

“You are not alone.”

Causes and treatment

When asked if she had any advice for other moms struggling with postpartum depression, these wise words are what one mother, Rachel, chose to share.

There is no single cause of PPD. Instead, scientists believe PPD likely results from a combination of biopsychosocial factors, including genetic vulnerability, personal or family history, neurochemical variability, pregnancy hormones or neurotransmitters, psychological vulnerability, and/ or cognitive styles and coping mechanisms associated with having a baby.

After giving birth to her daughter one year ago, Rachel began experiencing postpartum depression (PPD) symptoms. Unable to adequately care for her three-year-old son, her husband and her household, she locked herself and her newborn baby away in the privacy of her bedroom where she succumbed to Netflix marathons and an overwhelming sense of sadness. “I wasn’t interested in anything except being in bed, holding my baby. I didn’t even want to spend time with my son, so he sat in front of the TV while I was in my room. I felt like there was a cloud over my head all day long.”

Recognizing PPD Up to 80% of all new moms experience some form of the “baby blues” after giving birth. Symptoms include bouts of unexpected crying, sadness, anxiety and irritability and usually subside without treatment one to four days after delivery. When symptoms persist beyond two weeks and extend into panic, an inability to function or thoughts of self-harm or injuring the baby, moms are typically diagnosed with PPD, according to licensed psychologist Beth Buckingham, Ph.D., HSSP. “There are varied types of postpartum mood disorders, including PPD, postpartum anxiety and postpartum psychosis,” says Buckingham. “All should be taken seriously, and all are 100% treatable.”


Research indicates that some new mothers are more susceptible to PPD, including those with financial strain, marital stress, substance abuse, physical inactivity, a family history of depression or prior bouts of PPD. “PPD isn’t necessarily selective, though,” Buckingham warns. “It can strike any new mom at any time. The key to both mom’s and baby’s health is seeking out treatment and support immediately.” Treatment itself differs by the type and severity of postpartum mood symptoms and may include psychotherapy, lifestyle changes, support groups and/or medication. “Seeking help was critical for me,” Rachel says. “As soon as my husband and I realized what I was experiencing was probably PPD, I went right to my doctor. She gave me a prescription, and I went into counseling soon after. Both the meds and the counseling have helped a lot, but I still have ups and downs. Thankfully, I have a wonderfully supportive husband who has been the epitome of patience and grace through all of this.”

chemicals and hormones can get unbalanced. It’s important to remember that PPD is just a season and that with the right tools and coping mechanisms, you can get out from underneath that dark cloud.” If you or someone you love is suffering from PPD, don’t be afraid to reach out for support. If you’re contemplating thoughts of death, suicide or harming your baby, contact a crisis hotline immediately. Local and national resources are provided here, and your OB/GYN can provide additional contacts. Remember Rachel’s sage advice: “You are not alone.”

LOCAL RESOURCES: A Lighter Shade of Blue Cincinnati Mommies aboutus.php Ohio Postpartum Depression Support Groups

NATIONAL RESOURCES: Postpartum Progress Jenny’s Light

A helping hand For Rachel, dealing with PPD has been an ongoing challenge and commitment. “When you have PPD, it feels really, really lonely at times. But there are other women to connect with who understand you. Find one – in person or online – who has made it to the other side. Don’t let anyone undermine what you are feeling. Our bodies are complicated machines, and Postpartum Support International Mayo Clinic – Postpartum Depression

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managing What to do when you’re suddenly outnumbered Sarah McCosham



icture this: your home pregnancy test comes back positive, so you schedule an appointment with your doctor. You arrive at your ultrasound, and lay down while the tech gets down to business.

And there it is: the heartbeat! You choke back tears, when suddenly on screen, there’s a second flashing little heart. Another baby? Excitement soon gives way to anxiety: how do you take care of two babies? How do you schedule sleep? What about feedings? And the stuff – will you really need two of everything? Take a deep breath! Here is some advice from moms just like you, who have figured out the tricks to loving life with multiples.

Handling sleep (or the lack thereof) Whether you have one newborn or multiples, odds are you’ll be up most of the night. Heather, mom of a two-year-old girl and 11-month-old fraternal twins, says that hands down, with an infant, “the hardest part was lack of sleep.” But, Heather says having her older daughter prepared her for the all-nighters: “Dealing with two babies wasn’t much different than having one -- I don’t think I missed out on much more sleep with the twins than I did with our older daughter. No parent with a newborn, whether it’s one or two, is going to get a lot of rest those first few months!” Having realistic expectations is key for adapting to nighttime with newborn twins. As is getting help when you need it. “We hired a nighttime nanny for those first weeks,” says Heather. “It made a huge difference.”

Feeding twins: formula or breast milk? However you decide to feed your baby, the feeding process itself will take up a significant part of your day. Newborns eat every 2-3 hours, so you’re looking at 8-10 feedings per day per baby. OBGYN Dr. Litwiller has this advice: “Get your babies on the same schedule!” Heather says this piece of advice has been invaluable. “Our twins spent their first two weeks in the NICU, and the nurses got them on a feeding schedule right away. Leaving them at the hospital was hard, but the feeding schedule was one huge positive that came out of it.” Similarly, new mom of two Katie, who’s breastfeeding, tandem feeds her boys whenever possible. Nursing twins is a big commitment, and Katie says talking to a lactation consultant really helped. When you’re coordinating feedings for your babies, be sure to get your partner involved. Patty, whose twins are now four years old, advises: “If you’re breastfeeding, have dad sit with you to help get the babies latched on and for emotional support. If you’re bottle feeding, try alternating overnight feedings so that you can get some sleep.”

Both Katie and Heather have hired college students to help out a few hours a week. Heather says she’s used this time to take her toddler out one-on-one, or go to an occasional yoga class. Katie also says she’s reached out to the West Chester Mothers of Twins and More Club, which has provided her with invaluable support, advice and friendship. “They brought me meals after the boys were born and I’ve borrowed various items from group members,” she says.

What you really need Afraid your home will be overwhelmed with baby equipment? Fortunately, you don’t need multiples of everything. Here’s what you’ll really need: Car seat: One per infant. Consider convertible car seats, so you’ll only have to purchase one per baby. High chair: One per baby. To save space, Patty recommends booster seats that attach to your dining chairs. Stroller: One -- a double (or triple) stroller. Visit a store that allows you to “test drive” models to see what you prefer. Once you find a stroller you like, Heather recommends looking for it used on Craigslist. Crib: One at first, then a separate crib for each baby. Many moms start their twins in the same crib, transitioning to separate cribs once babies start rolling over. Bouncer/swing: Patty advises having a seat for each baby – “it makes showers/chores much easier!” In addition, you’ll need to stock up on lots of on burp cloths, onesies, wipes and diapers -- lots of diapers. Katie’s twins go through over 20 diapers each day! With the right attitude and expectations, life with multiples isn’t much different than life with one newborn. The biggest difference, though, is that there’s more love to go around. Says Heather, “I’ve been surprised by much I love having twins. It’s been amazing to watch them grow together, and I know it’s only going to get better. Everyone told me twins are a complete blessing, and I have to say I agree.”

Local Resources for Cincinnati Moms Tri-State Multiples:

West Chester Mothers of Twins and More Club:

Northeastern CIncinnati Mothers of Twins and More Club:

Help! One expectation that many moms have for themselves is that they can “do it all.” “The reality is, moms can’t do it all – they’ll go crazy trying!” says Dr. Litwiller.

Western Cincinnati Mothers of Twins Club:

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commentary and parenting

[ what’s new at school ]

What’s New at School Cincinnati Public Schools’ massive school rebuilding plan nears completion Dawn Grady, Manager, Marketing and Community Relations, Cincinnati Public Schools

The year was 2002 when the Board of Education voted to approve Cincinnati Public Schools’ $1-billion Facilities Master Plan (FMP), which would create world-class learning facilities throughout the district. Cincinnati voters kicked in their support a year later when they approved a bond issue that would deliver $480 million in tax revenue to help fund the project. Now, 11 years later, the district’s plan to ensure that all students are educated in state-of-the-art facilities is drawing to a close. So far, 47 projects (out of a total of 50) have been completed – transforming dozens of formerly dilapidated schools into modern, attractive, efficient and technology-ready buildings designed for 21st-century learning. Only three campuses remain under construction: Aiken High School, Walnut Hills High School and Dater High School/Western Hills University High School. CPS built environmentally friendly schools that are models of efficiency and conservation, resulting in one of the nation’s largest concentrations of school


facilities built to sustainable design standards. In 2007, the Board of Education voted to build all remaining schools in the FMP to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver standards. That goal was exceeded in several projects. For instance, Taft Information Technology High School is the first high school in Ohio to achieve LEED Platinum certification, the highest level. Dater Montessori School is the state’s first LEED Gold public school renovation. In addition to being world-class learning environments, the schools were built as Community Learning Centers, inviting input from parents, teachers and residents to create facilities that would serve as a hub for the community surrounding them. “As we celebrate the near-completion of this comprehensive rebuilding plan, I think we can be proud that we accomplished something hugely significant together,” says Mary Ronan, CPS superintendent. “And, we did it for the right reasons: our students and the communities where they live.”

[ kids and cash ]

commentary and parenting

Kids and Cash What’s your economic and financial literacy? (Part 2) Dr. Julia Heath, Director, Economics Center and Professor, Alpaugh Family Chair of Economics, University of Cincinnati

This column is the second part of a quiz designed to answer a reader’s question: I think I’m fairly knowledgeable about the economy and financial literacy, but how can I be sure? As discussed in our last column, understanding the correct answers will help you explain these important concepts to your children. Test your knowledge below! 1. An increase from 3% to 8% in the interest rates charged by banks would most likely encourage: a) Businesses to invest b) People to invest c) People to save money 2. If your city government sets a maximum amount landlords can charge in rent, what is the mostly likely result? a) There will be more apartments available than people want to rent. b) There will be fewer apartments available than people want to rent. c) The number of apartments available will be equal to the number of people who want to rent.

default. Starting children on a savings plan early, along with explaining interest rates, is important in establishing a life-long savings habit.

3. The manufacturers of XYZ winter sportswear have their manufacturing plants running night and day, but they are unable to produce enough sportswear to satisfy demand. If they cannot increase production and demand continues, the price of XYZ sportswear will: a) Increase b) Decrease c) Stay the same 4. When the federal government’s expenditures for a year are greater than its revenue for that year, the difference is known as: a) The national debt b) A budget deficit c) A budget surplus 5. Which of the following are most likely to be helped by inflation? a) People living on a fixed income b) Banks that loaned money at a fixed rate of interest c) People who borrowed money at a fixed rate of interest Answers: 1(c). It is important to understand the incentive effects of interest rates. Interest payments compensate savers for postponing current consumption, and compensate lenders for letting others use their resources and the risk of

2(b). Understanding the role of prices as signals helps people make better choices. It also helps citizens weigh the costs and benefits of price controls, such as minimum-wage laws and rent ceilings, which set legal minimum or maximum prices. Prices can often be seen as rather mysterious; if children understand how they are determined, they are in a better position to make good choices. 3(a). As with question #2, understanding how market prices and output levels are determined will help children be able to anticipate market opportunities and make better choices as consumers and producers. 4(b). Policy makers and the general public must be able to weigh the costs and benefits of public policy actions (such as stimulus packages) so they can develop realistic expectations about what can be accomplished with taxation, spending and monetary policies. People often confuse debt and deficit; teaching children early what the difference is will help them make sense of public debates when they are older so they can make more informed choices. 5(c). It is important to understand how inflation affects individuals and economic growth, recognizing that not everyone is hurt by inflation. It is also important to know the consequences of policies to combat inflation. Since inflation affects so much of our lives, teaching children what inflation is and what it means with respect to spending and saving behavior will help them make appropriate decisions. Questions taken from those developed by the Council on Economic Education J U LY 2013

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education + childcare GUIDE Child Care & Preschool The Campus at Kids First

Brand new and beautiful, The Campus (at the worldfamous Kids First Sports Center) gives your child an academic edge AND daily physical education. Our carefully selected and loving degreed teachers utilize a relevance-based curriculum combined with childdirected play and rigorous physical activity to make learning FUN and start each child on their journey to becoming a life-long learner. Call today to schedule your enrollment tour and ask about our grand opening specials! 7900 E Kemper Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45249, Contact: Joanie Metzger Weghorst, Phone: (513) 629-KIDS, Email:,, Grades: 6 weeks thru Pre-K

Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church Preschool HPCUMC Preschool is a Christian preschool and is proud to be a Three-Star Step up to Quality program. At HPCUMC Preschool, our goal is to encourage the development of each child’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical skills, as well as spiritual growth in order to prepare each child for the formal learning experience. We provide a learning environment where student-centered learning takes place through exploration, play, experimentation, and discovery. Your child will be encouraged to try new tasks, use their imagination, make friends, follow directions, focus their energy and develop a love of learning. We are currently accepting registrations for the 2013-2014 school year. If you have any questions please call Julie Vail at 513-979-8191 or email to 1345 Grace Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208, Contact: Julie Vail, Phone: 513-979-8191, Fax: 513871-1180, Email:, hydeparkpreschool. org, Grades: 30 months to 5 years of age

Chai Tots Early Childhood Center Academic excellence via unique blend of Montessori method and traditional Jewish education. Chai Tots teaches children the culture and traditions of Judaism, while developing their creativity skills and promoting independence. Flexible schedule. Before and Aftercare. 7587 Central Parke Blvd., Mason, OH 45040, (513)234-0600,, Grades: 6 weeks - 6 years, Enrollment: 40

The Compass School Ages 6 weeks-6 years plus after school & summer camp up to age 12. Offering outstanding Reggio-Inspired full and part-time Infant, Toddler, Two’s, and Preschool programs, as well as Kindergarten, After School, and Summer Camp for school-age children. Degreed teachers, extensive parent communication, and welcoming family environment. Setting the standard in early care and education. Call today for your personal tour. 9370 Waterstone Blvd., Cincinnati, OH 45249, Contact: Laura Carr, Phone: 513-683-8833, Email:,

First Step Co-Operative Preschool Through cooperative curriculum planning and direct participation in classroom activities, parents help to customize and tailor the program to the needs and interests of their children. By playing an active role in your child’s early development and preschool education, we prepare our children for kindergarten and beyond. 4309 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, OH 45242, Contact: Jill Staggs Co-Director, Phone: (513) 400-3727, Email: fscops71@gmail. com,, Grades: We have 2 different classes. The Early Childhood Development Cless (ECD) is for children ages 1-3. The Pre-Kindergarten class is for children ages 3-5. Enrollment: You can enroll at any time during the school year (September-May) Tuition is $60/year for each child, or $30/semester. Classes meet Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9-11:30 a.m. 32 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM

Kinder Garden School Together with interaction of child, staff & family, we develop the complete child. We provide formative encouragement and knowledge with hands-on staff taking a personal interest in family and holistic education decisions for the child. Devoted to growing a child’s wish to flourish and learn by cultivating curiosity and problem-solving proficiency. Enlightenment Is Our Mission. Blue Ash& West Chester locations. BA: 513-791-4300, WC: 513-874-3100,, Grades: 6 weeks – K

Little Bud Preschool Little Bud is a star rated program with highly qualified teachers and aides. Watch your child bloom in our spacious classrooms and wonderful facility. We believe that children need to explore, investigate, manipulate to learn their world. Choose from 2, 3, or 4 day AM sessions with affordable rates. Located in the Northgate area. 3301 Compton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45251, Contact: Teresa Sedam, Phone: 513-385-8404, Email: tsedam@christ-lcms. org,, Grades: Ages 3 - PreK, Enrollment: Enroll your child today for Fall. Our 3’s class is Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. Our 4’s class is Mon/Wed/Friday or Tues./Thurs. Our PreK class is Mon.Thursday or Mon/Wed./ Thurs.

Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Nursery School Professionally qualified teachers provide active, expressive, child-centered learning experiences at this 3-star award-winning program. Choose 2, 3, 4, or 5 day AM or PM sessions. Excellent ratios, degreed teachers and spacious, sunny, classrooms await your preschooler. Parent and child classes also available for babies and toddlers. 5950 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45213, (513)631-0170,, Grades: 2 1/2 - 5 years, Parent/Child classes birth to 32 months, Enrollment: 65

The Willow Tree House Daycare & Preschool Offering both traditional & Montessori curriculum, The Willow Tree House has professionally qualified teachers providing a caring and nurturing environment (utilizing a constructivist based curriculum, meaning that children are not idle beings who learn through passive observation.) 2651 Highland Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45219, Contact: Jean Walker, Phone: 513-281-8733, Email:,, Grades: Serving ages 6 weeks to 5 years


Central Montessori Academy We invite you to call and schedule a tour to come see our new Natural Playground and Outdoor Learning Environment, as well as our redesigned Elementary classrooms! For parents of Toddlers and Preschoolers, be sure to ask about our new “Montessori My Way” flexible early childhood programs designed for today’s familyfriendly work schedules. 1904 Springdale Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45231, Contact: Laura Saylor, Phone: 513-742-5800, Email:, www., Grades: Infancy-6th Grade, Enrollment: 110

Children’s Meeting House Montessori School An authentic Montessori school program resting on 6.5 acres. Extraordinary and rigorous hands-on learning inside and outside of the classrooms creating life long learners, critical thinkers and passionate leaders. 927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland, OH 45140, Contact: Meg Thomas, Head of School, Phone: 513-683-4757, Email: thomas@cmhschool,, Grades: Preschool through Sixth grade, Enrollment: 150

Country Hills Montessori Providing programs for 3 to K. Small, individualized classes with low student-teacher ratios, under the guidance of Montessori certified teachers, in an intergenerational environment. Multiple Locations in Eastgate, Oakley, Harrison and West Chester Ohio and in Ft. Thomas KY. Visit for all location addresses & phones. 4400 Glen Este Withamsville, Cincinnati, OH 45236, Contact: Susan Schreiber, Owner, Phone: 513-752-1066, Email:,, Grades: 3 - K

Garden Montessori School Celebrating over 40 years, member of Cincinnati Montessori Society. Certified/degreed Montessori teachers with combined 70 years experience. Montessori program,full day, and Kindergarten. Individualized instruction, small class size, 1:8 teacher/child ratio. Offer

Spanish, music, dance, and gym. Large, fenced-in outdoor playground. Come celebrate our anniversary on Wednesday, May 29th at our annual picnic at 6:30 on school grounds. 318 Nagel Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45255, Contact: Jackie Wofford/Director, Phone: 513-474-4933, Email:, Grades: pre-school thru Kdg. ages 3-6 years old.

Woods Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45229, (513)281-7999, www., 3 years through 6th Grade, Enrollment: 150


successful lives. Springer offers a day school for students ages 6 - 14 and outreach programs and learning disability resources for students, parents and teachers in the Greater Cincinnati area. The Springer Experience. Success Changes Everything. 2121 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45208, Phone: (513)871-6080, www., Grades: 1st - 8th grade, Enrollment: 200

Cincinnati Country Day School Montessori Academy of Cincinnati Celebrating 25 years of offering Montessori education in the Greater Cincinnati area. Providing a supportive learning environment, the school focuses on individualized education, through which students are offered opportunities for self-paced acceleration. Experienced, degreed teachers are committed to the success of each student. Self-motivation and an excitement about learning are encouraged. 7.5 acre campus! State Chartered. AMS affiliated. Extended care available. 8293 Duke Boulevard, Mason, OH, 45040, Contact: Pat Elder, Head of School, Phone Number: 513-398-7773, Fax Number: 513-398-1031, www., Ages/Grades: 18 months through grade 8, Enrollment: 250

The New School Montessori Founded on Montessori principles in 1970, our wooded playgrounds, home-cooked meals and family-like setting in North Avondale’s Mitchell Mansion provide a stimulating and nurturing environment for learning. We value diversity and create a caring and supportive community. Our graduates excel academically, but more importantly are empowered as citizens of our global community. (Accredited by AMS and ISACS). Open House dates: Oct 20, Jan 26, Apr 27 from 2-4PM. 3 Burton

CCDS is an independent, co-educational school dedicated to educational excellence serving students 18 months through Grade 12. The School is nationally recognized for its innovative, integrated laptop computer program. Extended day and tuition assistance is available. 6905 Given Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45243, Phone: (513)979-0220,, Grades: 18 months–12th grade, Enrollment: 800

St. Ursula Villa Academic excellence in the Ursuline tradition for boys and girls in preschool through 8th grade. Whole-child development, family atmosphere, dedicated faculty, Montessori or Traditional preschool options, small class size, individual attention, outstanding high school preparation. 3660 Vineyard Place, Cincinnati, OH 45226, (513)871-7218,, Preschool – 8th grade, Enrollment: 496

SPECIAL NEEDS Springer School and Center For more than 40 years, Springer School and Center has empowered students with learning disabilities to lead


Langsford Learning Acceleration Centers Langsford is a private educational organization dedicated to developing life-long, independent learners. Since 2001, we have been teaching reading, spelling, comprehension, and writing in an atmosphere of enthusiasm and encouragement.Our successful model identifies where the breakdown in the reading and writing process is occurring and then we apply targeted instruction using research validated approaches. 9402 Towne Square Ave. Ste B, Cincinnati, OH 45242, Contact: Jeff Graham, Executive Director, Phone: 513-531-7400,, Grades: All ages

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commentary and parenting

[ ask the teacher ]

Ask the Teacher Summer reading, new school anxiety, keeping up with technology and 4th fireworks fear Deb Krupowicz

a great springboard for discussions about the challenges ahead. It may also help increase your daughter’s comfort level in talking to you about problems that come up later.

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I want to encourage my middle school daughter to enjoy being outside and active as much as possible this summer, but I know she should also be reading. What can I suggest she read so that this activity seems fun rather than a pain?


Summer provides the perfect time to read, but it is understandable that knowing what to read can pose a challenge. Consult http:// reading.htm for a comprehensive collection of book lists that are offered for specific age groups and both genders. The site also provides several links to related sites that may provide interesting insights for you as you work to guide your child. For a fun approach, consider selecting some books that have been made into movies. Read the books together and then see the movie. Comparing the book to the movie version of the story provides a well-disguised comprehension challenge. There are many popular titles about the situations teen girls face with their friends, with boys and with school. Your local book store will have them prominently displayed! Reading some of these with your daughter can provide 34 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM

Summer is only half over, and my son is already freaking out about starting a new high school. What can I do to help his confidence?

To help your son feel better about what is coming, help establish familiarity before classes start. As soon as the buildings are open, meet with a counselor. Have him walk the halls and become comfortable with where his classes are. The counselor may be able to pair your son up with another new student or someone with similar interests. Taking a summer school class is a great way to meet some other students, even if the class isn’t required for your son’s academic program. Perhaps the counselor can provide an email contact of a teacher whose class is a concern for your son. The teacher could provide some tips for being prepared for the first day so your son walks into class ready for what is coming. Work with the counselor to identify activities that your son may be interested in. Make sure that your son knows when the activities start and what should be done to sign up. If possible, have him make contacts with the leaders or coordinators of the activities now so that he doesn’t get cold feet later. No matter how reluctant your son may be, insist that he try some activity. This may be tough initially, but it is essential to meeting people and to creating a rewarding high school experience.

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My kids’ school is relying more and more on technology. I am very uneasy about this change. Is it really good for kids?

Every significant shift from our own experience creates some anxiety. Increased reliance on technology is absolutely mandatory; schools must utilize every possible avenue to engage students in learning in ways that best prepare them for their future. If schools aren’t making the shift, they are putting students at a distinct disadvantage. Accept that insisting on education happening the way it happened a generation ago will not prepare kids for the world in which we live.

To prepare your children for this shift, spend some time exploring technology with them. Introduce them to keyboarding websites to hone their typing skills. Familiarity with efficient typing cannot happen too early. Become comfortable with the tools that your school and its teachers use. Don’t hesitate to set up a meeting with your children’s teachers as soon as school starts for a tutorial on where to find what. Your own understanding will eliminate confusion and tension.


My preschooler is so afraid of fireworks that she dreads the Fourth of July. I want her to understand what a patriotic celebration this is. How can I help her see this as a special holiday rather than an occasion to dread?


Help your daughter appreciate what is behind the fireworks by reading some patriotic books written for young children. Try reading I Pledge Allegiance, America the Beautiful or Fourth of July Mice. Draw the analogy for her between her birthday candles and the fireworks display, suggesting that because this celebration of our nation’s birth is for every American, beautiful fireworks must light up the sky for all to see. To help decrease the noise factor, have her listen to uplifting patriotic music through ear buds to add to the feeling of celebration and filter out the noise. Ask the Teacher is written by Deb Krupowicz, a mother of four and current teacher. Deb holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and has over twenty years of experience teaching preschool, elementary and middle school students. Please send your questions to her at asktheteacher@

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When Mom or Dad is in the


Sarah McCosham

Helping children deal with long-term separation


indy was 32 weeks pregnant when her husband Rob left for Afghanistan. “Watching the busses drive away was the worst feeling in the world – all the ‘what ifs’ started entering my mind,” Mindy recalls.

Two months later, their son Landon was born. Handling her husband’s deployment was trying enough, but doing so while raising their first child alone was incredibly difficult. “I didn’t think I was strong enough to do it on my own,” says Mindy. Landon was almost six months old when his father returned. For the first few months of his life, Rob was able to see his new son via Skype. On the morning of Rob’s arrival home, Mindy was full of emotions. She was excited to see her husband, but unsure of how Landon would react. She didn’t need to worry. “Normally when a stranger held Landon, he would 36 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM

cry. But when his daddy held him for the first time, it was as if they had known each other the whole time. It was the most amazing feeling finally having my family together.” The fact is, it’s not uncommon for kids to grow up with a parent in the military. In 2011, roughly 1.3 million Americans served in one of the five branches of the military, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Many of these military personnel have children, and these kids inevitably face a variety of challenges unique to military life – most notably, deployment. Below are some suggestions for families dealing with this situation.

What your child is experiencing Children – especially younger children – thrive on consistency and routine. When mom or dad is in the military, often the only thing that’s consistent is the lack of consistency.

Before mom or dad deploys, it’s important they talk honestly with their kids about this upcoming situation. Dr. Tolley explains that, depending on the child’s age, the conversation will be slightly different. Parents need to be honest, she says, but not overwhelm kids with too much information.


Dr. Nancy Tolley, a licensed school psychologist who works with Cincinnati Public Schools, says when a parent is deployed, “the main issues for children are ones of safety, security, and loss. Children have a difficult time understanding why a parent is leaving, where they will be and when they will return. “

Staying connected

Advice for the parent at home

Speaking of routines, it’s important to establish how your children will be communicating with the deployed parent. While long-distance phone calls may not be practical, there are many ways to keep in touch. Email, instant messaging, online photo albums, Facebook and Skype are just some of the ways to stay connected during deployment.

Deployment isn’t just difficult for kids; it’s hard for parents, too. Explains Dr. Tolley, “The remaining parent or caregiver may feel stressed doing the jobs for the absent parent as well as their own normal ‘duties’ as a parent.”

Mindy says Skype was essential for talking with Rob, as it gave Landon a chance to see his father regularly. She also says she posted many pictures on Facebook, which was easy to do with her Smartphone.

In addition to keeping a strong line of communication open with your partner, it’s also important to have a network of friends and family who can help you through the deployment. Erica, a mom of two whose husband has faced several periods of active duty, says it’s critical to have people you can lean on. “You can’t do it by yourself – it takes a village!”

Don’t forget snail mail -- sending care packages is a great way to get kids involved. Mindy says the flat-rate boxes from the post office were a lifesaver, as they allowed her to send candy, personal care items and even Girl Scout cookies without paying exorbitant shipping fees.

Lastly, don’t feel like you have to “do it all” in your partner’s absence. Says Erica, “You can have bad days. Drop the kids off for no reason except that you need you time! You don’t have to be super mom or super dad -- you already are just because you’re there.”

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for Today's World

Camps stay on the cutting edge

What’s something that is over 150 years old and kids think is just as “cool” as ever? The camp experience! Year after year, camps evaluate their programming and adjust their activities, focus and other offerings to meet the ever-evolving needs of today’s families.

Peg L. Smith, CEO, American Camp Association

sessions and varying session lengths. And 85 percent of ACA-accredited or affiliated camps offer discount options — the most popular being for early registration. As times change, however, one thing stays the same. All kids need fun, developmentally appropriate learning experiences — and that is one thing on which the camp experience was founded. Camps are ready to meet the needs of today’s families; they continue to be your partner in giving your children the very best!

Family camp About half of ACA-accredited and affiliated camps now offer family camp programming. Family camp is a great way for parents to experience camp with their children. It can be considered a fun “vacation” option for families while simultaneously helping to grow the family bond and experience time away from electronics. Many camps also promote their family camp option to alumni as a way to come back!

New programming Even in just the past two years, camps have added many new and exciting programs. The most popular new options are adventure camps/programs, nature/ environmental education programs and gardening programs. Other new programs include college planning programs, health/wellness and fitness programs, service learning /community service programs and cooking with food from the camp's garden. Over half of ACA camps offer one or more academic activities, such as science, computers/technology, international culture, etc.

Today’s needs Today’s kids spend an average of seven hours in front of a screen each day, and the percentage of overweight and obese kids and teens has more than doubled in the past thirty years because children are becoming more sedentary. But 80 percent of ACA camps report that kids are getting at least the CDC’s recommended one hour of physical activity per day — and many exceed that! And with nearly three-quarters of ACA camps putting an embargo on personal electronic devices, kids at camp can spend their time connecting with nature and with each other! All children and youth deserve to benefit from the camp experience, regardless of families’ summer schedule or budget. That’s why many camps now offer multiple 38 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM

With four decades of experience as a change agent in youth development and transformation, Peg L. Smith is the chief executive officer of the American Camp Association® (ACA). ACA is the champion of better tomorrows — providing resources, research, and support for developmentally appropriate camp experiences. Learn more at or

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calendar mon | 01

Creature Feature Times: 11:00 AM Price: FREE, RSVP online! Phone: (513) 521-7275 Location: Woodland Mound, Cincinnati Join the naturalist at the wet playground to see a few live animals before the little ones play.

tues | 02

Tai Chi and Kungfu Class Price: $10 Location: Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton Phone: 513-623-6495 Introduction to Tai Chi Chuan and Chinese Qigong based Internal Arts of the Wu Tang temple and Shaolin martial arts kungfu styles.

weds | 03

Crazy Maze tumbling with a twist Ongoing Each Wednesday Times: 9:30 AM Price: $100/10-class package for one child or $150 for two Phone: 5135912332 Location: Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, Cincinnati Your child will be winding through obstacle courses, developing balance and coordination, and building flexibility and strength during this unique alternative to the traditional gym class, filled with movement, music, learning, and laughter. Ages: 2 to 4 years.

thurs | 04

Stricker’s Grove 4th of July Fireworks Price: free Phone: 513-521-9747 Location: Stricker’s Grove, Ross Fireworks display at 10 p.m. Ride tickets and food available for purchase.

Red, White and Blue Ash Price: FREE Phone: 513-745-6259 Location: Blue Ash Summit Park, Cincinnati The OneMain Financial Red, White & Blue Ash Celebration features Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks simulcast to great music. Join us on Independence Day with great entertainment, food and an amazing fireworks display!

fri | 05

Cincinnati Reds VS Seattle Mariners Phone: (513) 765-7000 Location: Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati Come cheer on the Reds as they take on the Mariners! Plus, stay for Fireworks Friday: Post-game fireworks show with soundtrack starting approximately 15 minutes after the end of the game.

sat | 06

Bright Ideas: Robotics Times: 2:30 PM Price: $5 per

child/Members; $7 per child/nonMembers, plus museum admission Phone: (513) 287-7021 Location: Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati We’ll look at the way robots help our everyday life, and create a solar bug-bot too!

Creekin’ Weekend Occurring Through Sunday, July 7 Times: 2:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: (513) 521-7275 Location: Winton Woods, Cincinnati Wear your old, closed-toed shoes and join us for an old fashioned creek hike. Summertime is perfect for venturing down this ancient limestone creek bed to delight in the Ordovician geology and aquatic critter life.

sun | 07

Reds Community Fund’s Family Catch Times: 1:00 PM Phone: 513-765-7234 Location: Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati community/family_catch.jsp The “Catch” package includes: The unique opportunity to play “catch” on the field at Great American Ball Park; Two Sun/Moon Deck game tickets are included to the July 7th, Reds vs. Seattle Mariners home game; Two postgame field passes; Two authentic batting practice-used baseballs; Two commemorative certificates

mon | 08

Make a Mess at the Manatee Occurring Each Monday Times: 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Price: $5/child Phone: 513-731-2665 Location: Blue Manatee Bookstore, Cincinnati Join Ms. Kelli every Monday to enjoy this wonderful outlet for your child’s creative side. Have fun listening to a good book and participating in an artmaking activity with your child. Pre-


Registration Required. Ages 2-4.

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Barnyard Boogie Fun Pack Times: 9:00 AM Price: $6.00/child, $4.00/adult Phone: (513) 521-7275 Location: Winton Woods Parky’s Farm, Cincinnati Strap on your dancing shoes and hop, trot and waddle your way around the farm. Check out how the animals dance the day away! Program includes Playbarn and a wagon ride.

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Wednesdays on the Green: Tracy Walker and Friends Times: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Price: Free Phone: 513-497-2860 Location: Clifton Cultural Arts Center, Cincinnati http://cliftonculturalarts. org/wotg2013.htm Bring a picnic, kick back in the grass and meet some new friends as you enjoy Tracy Walker and Friends on the beautiful lawn at CCAC. This week is sponsored by Evanswood Place Friends and Neighbors and on-site food vendors include the Habanero Burrito Truck and StreetPops.

Cincinnati Game Night Times: 5:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 513-721-2787 Location: Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati How well do you know the Queen City? Play Cincy-themed Pictionary from 5 –7 p.m., test your knowledge of Cincinnati trivia from 7 – 9 p.m., or go for a scavenger hunt through the Cincinnati Wing at your own pace. Turn in your completed scavenger hunt or win one of the games to receive special Cincinnati prizes!

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Movie in the Meadow: A Bug’s Life Times: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Price: Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission. J U LY 2013

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Phone: 513-831-1711 Location: Cincinnati Nature Center, Milford Join us at 8 pm for a short program before the movie. Bring magnifying glasses and bug boxes as we search for insects. How many insects can we find from the movie? Movies will begin when it is dark. Join us on the hill in the Nature PlayScape for a movie under the stars! Families are encouraged to bring snacks and a blanket to sit on (please no lawn chairs). Popcorn is provided. For all ages.

fri | 12

St. Rita Fest Times: 7:00 PM Phone: 513-772-7005 Location: St. Rita School for the Deaf, Cincinnati Fun rides, games, and delicious food for all ages! An area just for kids, black jack and texas hold ‘em, and the famous turtle soup.

Chances to win a total of $25,000 in cash or prizes. Entertainment all weekend long. Free parking from area lots. Admission $2.

Queen City Sausage Festival Occurring Through Sunday, July 14 Price: FREE Phone: 513-541-5581 Location: Festival Park, Newport The heart and soul of the Queen City Sausage Festival is the enjoyment of our delicious sausages. But, just like family gatherings, real magic happens when you headline the great food and support it with lots of fun and activities for all ages. Includes cornhole, games, rides, fish pond, face painting, mud slide, music and MORE!

The Ohio Challenge: Hot Air Balloon and Skydiving Festival Occurring Through Sunday, July 14 Times: Saturday & Sunday Morning Flight: 7-10am Friday & Saturday Hours: 4-10:30pm Price: $10 Parking Includes Admission & Free Shuttle -$4 walk-in (12 & under Free) Location: Smith Park, Cincinnati Balloon Flights, Balloon Glows, Team Fastrax Skydiving, Carnival, Great Food, Live Music, Arts & Crafts, And MORE!

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Sizzling Summer Nights Concert Series

Times: 7:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: (513) 521-7275 Location: Winton Woods Parky’s Farm, Cincinnati Enjoy a free summer concert with Unbalanced!

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Sensory Sunday: Stories, Songs and Fun for You and Your Little One Times: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Price: FREE, RSVP online! Phone: 513-703-3343 Location: Gymboree, Mason Now Shalom Family has a great new way for parents and babies to get connected to one another and the Jewish community. Presenting private interactive playgroups featuring the popular Miss Meliss, who keeps babies and their parents engaged and entertained with her unique brand 42 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM

of fun. Sensory Sunday is a program of Shalom Family, an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation. Open to families in the Jewish community with children two years and younger in which at least one parent is Jewish. Plus, two families will each win a $50 Target Gift Card at every event!

Civil War Words & Songs Price: $5.00/adults, $3.00/ages 5-11, free/ ages 4 and under and museum members Phone: (513) 563-9484 Location: Heritage Village Museum, Sharonville Join us as we remember the Civil War in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of Morgan’s Raid. Reenactors will read samples from Civil War documents with live period music between readings. There will also be a debate between Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis.

mon | 15

Summer Reading event with Gold Star Chilimobile Times: 12:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 513-369-4476 Location: Loveland Branch Library, Cincinnati The Public Library and Gold Star Chili want to reward you for participating in Summer Reading Stop by at 12 p.m. Monday, July 15, at the Loveland Branch to visit the Gold Star Chilimobile, register for Summer Reading, and get a free cheese coney.

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Warren County State Fair Occurring Daily Through Saturday, July 20 Times: 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM Price: $5.00 pp Tues/Wed; everyone 9 yrs and up, Thur/Fri and Sat $8.00 pp everyone 9 yrs and up; Children 8 and under FREE ALL WEEK Phone: 513-932-2636 Location: Warren County Fairgrounds, Lebanon Experience the Zerbini Family Circus, Barnyard Baby Animal Displays, Livestock and Horse Shows, Zoo Rides, Games, Food, Cornhole, Kiddie Tractor Pull and SO much more!

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Cincinnati Circus Company Juggling Show Times: 10:00 AM Price: FREE Phone: 513-388-4513 Location: Beech Acres Park, Cincinnati

Children’s entertainment followed by lunch in park at Grilled Cheese Wednesdays.

Macy’s Kids, Cultures, Critters and Crafts Festival Times: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Price: $1 admission Phone: 513-242-6028 Location: Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati Entertainment throughout day with world music and artists. Metro’s Route 1 Art Bus offers $1 round-trip bus fare from anywhere on route. Riders on bus enjoy live, intransport entertainment during select hours.

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Times: 10:30 AM Price: -$9/child, pre-registration is required, as space is limited Phone: 513-731-2665 Location: Blue Manatee Bookstore, Cincinnati Join Hollie Nesbitt from OMYA Studio in Northside for a yoga class for children ages 2-4, with an emphasis on focus, flexibility, and fun!

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Cincinnati Reds VS Pittsburg Pirates Phone: (513) 765-7000 Location: Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati Come cheer on the Reds as they take on the Pirates! Plus, stay for Fireworks Friday: Post-game fireworks show with soundtrack starting approximately 15 minutes after the end of the game.

24th Annual Breyerfest Occurring Through Sunday, July 21 Phone: (800) 413-3348 Location: Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington BreyerFest is going country! Break out your rhinestone cowboy hats and cowgirl boots for a party dripping in Nashville glitz and glamour. Reining superstar and 2010 World Equestrian Games Team Bronze medalist, Smart and Shiney, owned by Lyle Lovett and presented by Tim McQuay, brings true Nashville star power to the arena!

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Hands-on Nature at CNC’s Nature PlayScape Times: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Price: Members free; nonmembers

pay daily admission Phone: 513-831-1711 Location: Cincinnati Nature Center, Milford Give your children the gift of unstructured play in nature. A Play Facilitator will be available to inspire and interact with children and provide a variety of tools for them to borrow to explore the Nature PlayScape. Each day is a surprise! For ages 12 and under with an adult.

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Butler County Fair Occurring Through Saturday, July 27 Price: Seven-day pass: $30, fourday pass: $20. Single day: $7, $2 ages 6-12 with paying adult. Phone: 513-892-1423 Location: Butler County Fairgrounds, Hamilton Horticultural and agricultural display and judging, competitions and demonstrations, arts and crafts and more.

The History of Ice Cream Times: 2:00 PM Price: $1/bag Phone: (513) 521-7275 Location: Miami Whitewater Forest, Harrison Join us this “Sundae” to celebrate National Ice Cream Day! We will learn how this tasty treat became the snack that we all scream for this time of year and make homemade ice cream to enjoy.

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Happiest Baby on the Block Times: 6:30 PM Price: $50/couple (includes a Parent Kit containing the HBOB dvd) Phone: 475-4500 Location: Bethesda Hospital, Cincinnati Learn how to turn on your newborn’s Calming Reflex – the extraordinary “offswitch” for crying all babies are born with New babies are such a blessing, but they can also bring with them sleepless nights, crying, and sometimes quite a bit of stress In this 2-hour innovative workshop you will be taught step-by-step how to help your newborn sleep better and how to soothe even the fussiest baby in minutes.

Parky’s Farm, Cincinnati With tooth and claw! Explore ways animals find and eat tasty tidbits! Program includes Playbarn and a wagon ride.

Benefits Anderson Foundation for Parks and Recreation Playground Fund.

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Times: 9:00 AM Phone: 513-675-0902 Location: Mason Sports Park, Mason community/wiffle_ball.jsp Don’t miss out The seventh annual Reds Community Fund Summer Wiffle® Classic is back This is the premier Wiffle® tournament in the Midwest. Teams from all over the region (and the country) will converge in Mason, Ohio to compete for a championship, while qualifying for the Redsfest tournament in December. Does YOUR team have what it takes?

Christmas In July Occurring Through Sunday, July 28 Price: Included with Do-It-All Admission Phone: (513) 898-8000 Location: EnterTRAINment Junction, West Chester Think some Christmas Cheer might help get you through the summer heat? Don’t forget to check out Junction Hobbies and Toys and do some early Christmas shopping. Then be sure to make your way to the North Pole where you can get your mid-year check up with Santa himself!! Don’t miss Christmas in July. Limited time event. Note: Santa will visit from noon to 6pm daily during the event. He will take a quick nap from 3pm until 3:30 daily.

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Family Jump Night Occurring Each Thursday Times: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Price: $8.00 per child. Phone: Call 513.829.7867 Location: Pump It Up, West Chester oh/west-chester Come play on our giant, soft, fun-filled interactive inflatables during our evening Pop-In Playtime! Share quality time and promote physical fitness while bouncing, sliding, climbing and jumping at Pump It Up. Enjoy spending time with your family, meeting other families and making new friends in a safe, clean, climate controlled environment. Call Us For Details!

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Nature Story Time with Imago! Times: 10:30 AM Price: Free, ages 2 and up. Phone: 513-731-2665 Location: Blue Manatee Bookstore, Cincinnati Join us for a monthly installment of nature stories, songs and other fun activities with our friends from Imago!

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Greater Anderson Days

Times: 9:00 AM Price: $6.00/child, $4.00/ adult Phone: (513) 521-7275 Location: Winton Woods

Occurring Through Sunday, July 28 Phone: 513-474-0003 Location: Beech Acres Park, Cincinnati Games, food, music, rides and more.

Nibble & Gnaw Fun Pack

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Summer Wiffle Classic

“Beast Bash” Times: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Price: Free admission but a $5 parking donation will be requested Phone: 859-356-7400 Location: Pioneer Park, Covington Grab the leash, load up the car, and head on down to Beast Bash 2013. Your family and your pets will have a great time all the while supporting the Kenton Co. Animal Shelter and Kenton Paw Park, which was named one of the top 10 dog parks in the U.S. by “Dog Fancy Magazine”. We have put together a day filled with fun activities including a pool party for the dogs, great food, interesting exhibits and much more.

KikiLIVE Times: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Price: $75 with lunch/$65 without lunch Phone: 859-491-5454, ext. 120 Location: Seven Hills Upper School, Cincinnati KikiLIVE is a one-day workshop designed to help girls unleash their creativity through activities developed to entertain, enrich, and empower, all through the lens of fashion design. The event is open to girls ages 8 through 13.

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Sensory Sunday: Stories, Songs and Fun for You and Your Little One Times: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Price: FREE, RSVP online! Phone: 513-703-3343 Location: Gymboree, Mason Now Shalom Family has a great new way for parents and babies to get connected to one another and the Jewish community.

Presenting private interactive playgroups featuring the popular Miss Meliss, who keeps babies and their parents engaged and entertained with her unique brand of fun. Sensory Sunday is a program of Shalom Family, an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation. Open to families in the Jewish community with children two years and younger in which at least one parent is Jewish. Plus, two families will each win a $50 Target Gift Card at every event!

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Time: 10:15 AM Price: $5 per child/Members; $7 per child/ non-Members, plus museum admission Phone: (513) 287-7021 Location: Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Have fun with your infant or toddler in this sign language program that is entertaining to learn, easy to implement, and helps to reduce stress during early childhood years. Jeanne Bloemer , a certified Child Sign Language Specialist, leads this workshop. Designed for ages 9 months to 3 years old.

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Storytime with Pinkalicious Times: 10:30 AM Price: Free Phone: 513-369-6030 Location: Anderson Township Branch, Cincinnati The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is pleased to partner with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati to present a special storytime with Pinkalicious at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, at the Anderson Township Branch Library.

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Occurring Daily Through Sunday, August 4 Price: Free Times: Tues.–Sun. 11 am–3 pm & Wed. 6 pm – 8 pm Phone: (513) 521-7275 Location: Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, Cincinnati Join us for this exhibit featuring turtles and totally turtle activities. A craft is available for a small fee.

At Cincinnati Parent, we work hard to ensure our calendar and guide information is accurate. Occasionally event specifics change after we go to press. Therefore, we encourage our readers to call locations or visit them on the web to verify information. J U LY 2013

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ongoing events OTR Performs Occurring Each Sunday Through August 4 Times: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Phone: (513)352-4080 Location: Washington Park., Cincinnati Family-friendly arts programming from puppet shows to Shakespeare. Dress for weather.

Half Pints Kids Club Occurring Each Weds. Times: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Price: free Phone: 513-398-9358 Location: Whole Foods Market, Mason Each class engages young children to make healthy eating fun with crafts and other activities. For kids age 3-9.

FRIDAY NIGHT GRILL OUTS Occurring Each Friday Through August 30 Times: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Location: Lake Isabella, Loveland Bring the family and enjoy grilled meals, dine on the patio by the lake or enjoy your meal in the airconditioned dining area. Live music nightly! Playground and boathouse open before or after dinner.

Tot Tuesdays Occurring on the third Tuesday of each Month Times: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Price: Price of Admission +$1 craft fee Phone: 859-491-4003 Location: Behringer Crawford Museum, Covington Join in the FUN at Behringer-Crawford Museum. The Third Tuesday of each month is Tot Tuesday. Parents and grandparents can bring in their preschoolers for a story, craft, and activity

CHARITABLE PLAY at Recreations Outlet Occurring Every Tue, Wed & Thu Times: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Price: $1 per family for donation Phone: 513-831-7383 Location: Recreations Outlet, Milford Maybe it’s raining and they need to burn off some steam... Or you want to beat the weather... Or they have just been “extra good” lately? Bring them into our

temperature controlled showrooms for the best indoor play available. You will have fun watching them and they will sleep well tonight! All proceeds are donated to a charity (Charities rotate on a monthly basis).

Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia Occurring Daily Through Sun., January 5, 2014 Price: $4.50-$7.50 Phone: (513)287-7000 Location: Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Visit sites of major dinosaur discoveries in the Patagonia region of South America and travel back in time to see these beasts come to life. Journey through the lives of two specimens of these achievements of evolution. Various show times daily.


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Hamilton County 4H Communtiy Fair Occurring Daily Beginning Tues., July 9 2013 Through Sat., July 13 Times: 4:00 PM - 10:00 AM

Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana Occurring Daily Through Sun., January 5, 2014 Price: $15, $13 ages 60 and up, $11 children. Members: 9, $7 children Phone: (513)287-7000 Location: Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Based on groundbreaking research from scientists around the world, exhibition reveals bizarre dinosaurs virtually unknown to North Americans because they evolved in isolation in South America, Africa and Madagascar.

Price: $4 and free under age 5 Phone: 514-946-8989 Location: Stricker’s Grove, Hamilton Bring the family to a county fair to enjoy all big fair fun in a small town venue. Enjoy a concert by “The Menus”, shows by Cowboy Mounted Shooters, Cowgirl Drill Team or our beloved 4H animal and project exhibitions. Enter a Cowboy contest or enjoy all the great rides and games and much much more. Check out the website for daily events.

Fairies In the Garden

Strauss Troy Market

Occurring Daily Beginning Tues., July 2 Through Sun., July 7 Times: Tues.–Sat. 10:45 am, 1 pm & 4 pm and Sun. 1 pm & 4 pm Price: $4.00/child, $5.00/adult Phone: (513) 771-8733 Location: Glenwood Gardens, Cincinnati Visit Highfield Discovery Garden this weekend to see how fairies, gnomes and other small creatures live in our gardens. Visit our Fairy Garden and find out how to create your own.

Occurring Daily Beginning Tues., July 2 Through Tues., September 24

Market in the Park

NOTE: At Cincinnati Parent, we work hard to ensure our calendar and guide information is accurate. Occasionally event specifics change after we go to press. Therefore, we encourage our readers to call locations or visit them on the web to verify information.

Occurring Each Monday Through Mon., August 26 Times: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: (513) 352-4080 Location: Washington Park, Cincinnati Fresh produce, baked treats, handmade crafts and more from local vendors found in and around Over-the-Rhine.

Times: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Phone: 513-763-8036 Location: Fountain Square, Cincinnati Fresh produce, baked goods, prepared lunch foods and beverages, fresh flowers and handmade items.

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international joke day

tues 2

world ufo day

macaroni day how to celebrate: Try your hand at some home made pasta

video games day


tape measure day

junk food day how to celebrate: Allow yourself one day to splurge on your favorite not-so-healthy foods

how to celebrate: Read your favorite Peter Rabbit book before bed


teddy bear's picnic day

how to celebrate: Decorate cookies as a family after dinner!

how to celebrate: Take your teddy on a picnic today!

on this day

on this day

the first Boeing 707 airplane flew in 1954

Apollo 11 lifts off on its voyage to the moon in 1969



summer leisure day how to celebrate: Relax by the pool all day!


lasagna day


sugar cookie day



beatrix potter's birthday




eat beans day








blueberry muffin day




world kiss day how to celebrate: Be sure to give your mom and dad extra kisses today!



the manufacturing machine that makes brown paper bags was patented

how to celebrate: Have burgers and fries for dinner tonight

on this day french fries day

stick your tongue out day

25 threading and the needle day aunt uncle day how to celebrate: Take up a new hobby and learn how to sew

in 1904

chicken wing day

happy fourth of july!

how to celebrate: Have a big glass of milk to quench your thirst

the first ice cream thru cone was introduced day

cheesecake day


on this day cow Disneyland opens appreciation in 1955 day

on this day drive



how to celebrate: Have tacos and beans tonight for dinner

how to celebrate: Come up with a clever new joke and make your friends laugh






how to celebrate: Send a card or draw a picture for your favorite aunt or uncle!

ice cream soda day



on this day

Bugs Bunny first debuted in cartoons in 1940

on this day the first US Patent was granted to Samuel Hopkins in 1790

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