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FALL 2017


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AUTUMN activities that make the most of the season



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contents FA L L 2017


08 BUCKS FOR BABIES College savings strategies to start now

TODDLERS & PRESCHOOLERS 10 BIG FUN FOR LIT TLE ONES Places to go and things to do for the under 5 crowd


12 WHEN OLDER SIBLINGS LEAVE THE NEST Helping younger children adjust when brothers or sisters leave for college









14 TEEN DATING Recognizing red flags of unhealthy relationships


18 FALL FA MILY FUN GUIDE Autumn activities that make the most of the season

22 CONSIGNMENT SALES AND RESALE SHOPS Take advantage of great deals close to home!

20 PRIVATE SCHOOL GUIDE Dayton area options to look into





28 AROUND THE PARKS Growing a green generation

24 DO YOU HAVE A "DAD BOD"? Try these local fitness options to get in shape!



meet the staff Publisher Mary Wynne Cox // ASSOCIATE Publisher Katy Mark // Editor Susan Bryant // ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Katie Clark // Charity Kirtley // Advertising Coordinator Karen Ring // CREATIVE DIRECTOR Katie Clark //

Welcoming Fall “Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.”

– from the poem Indian Summer by William Cullen Bryant It’s true, isn’t it? With the trees ablaze in hues of gold and red and orange, autumn really does go out with a bang. As much as I hate to see summer end, pulling out the flannel shirts and cable sweaters to take a hike on a crisp fall day is hard to beat. Add in an apple cider donut and a pumpkin spice latte and that’s a little slice of heaven.

The only downside to autumn is that it just doesn’t seem to last long enough. Before we know it, that first snowflake will fly and we’ll start hibernating indoors. So, don’t let a single perfect fall day pass you by! Grab the kids and head outside to pick that pumpkin, share a caramel apple or gather around a campfire and make the most of everything that this season has to offer.

GRAPHICS ASSISTANT Maria Tancredi // DIGITAL PUBLISHER Wendy Hasser // DIGITAL EDITOR Brooke Litherland // Business Manager Roxanne Burns // CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Louise Schlesinger, Melissa Glidden, Claire Rogers, Andrea Limke, Lauren Lemons and Julie Stucke CALENDAR OF EVENTS Contact Us

Another great thing about fall is how easy it is to find something fun to do. With the variety of farm markets, hay rides, pumpkin patches and corn mazes in the Dayton area, the opportunities to enjoy the season are endless. (Take a look at our Fall Family Fun Guide on page 18 for a list of places to visit!)




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WORDS BY // Louise Schlesinger

Bucks for Babies College savings strategies to start now Peek-a-boo! You may be surprised to know that the time to start planning for your baby’s college education is now. Although it may be hard to imagine your little one sporting a high school cap and gown, the school years pass by much more quickly than many parents anticipate and they suddenly find themselves wishing they had started sooner saving for college. Fortunately, there are many resources and strategies available to be ahead of the game. College cost calculators are a good place to start for understanding what you can expect. For example, the Blackrock College Cost Calculator indicates that the sticker price for your baby to earn an undergraduate degree at Ohio State University – including tuition, housing, books and other expenses – will potentially cost more than $290,000.* Four years at a private college will be more expensive. Beyond that, your child may attend professional or graduate school.

As overwhelming as that total price tag may sound, the net price for college might end up being much lower if your child wins scholarships, receives grants, gets financial aid, builds savings with a job, earns course credits in high school or at a community college, or lives at home while attending school. Nevertheless, if you want to help pay for their higher education, you can build a substantial nest egg for that purpose over the next eighteen years. While your goal may be to eliminate the need for college debt or loans entirely, making this your financial priority is often not the best strategy. Bill Schretter, a Certified Financial Planner with Key Private Bank in southwest Ohio, says that first “parents need to develop a personal comprehensive financial plan that addresses covering the family’s current expenses, creating an emergency fund and saving for their own retirement” before considering what they can afford to save for a child’s college education. He also advises parents to purchase term life insurance to fund educational expenses in case of a working parent’s premature death.

According to Sallie Mae’s How America Saves for College 2016, the most common way for parents to save for college is with a general savings account – but this is actually not the best method. Schretter recommends establishing a 529 account for each child because assets grow tax-free and withdrawals for qualified expenses also are tax-free. What’s more, if you have sufficient income, you can contribute up to $14,000 in a single year, or even a larger lump sum within certain guidelines, to a 529 without incurring a gift tax.

Opening a 529 plan can be done in any state, but if you are a Buckeye, Ohio’s CollegeAdvantage 529 program offers a distinct advantage. Participants can deduct CollegeAdvantage contributions from their Ohio taxable income in any amount up to $2,000 per year for each child’s separate 529 account, with unlimited carry forward. Grandparents, other family members and even friends who also are Ohio taxpayers can also take advantage of this benefit when they contribute to a CollegeAdvantage 529 plan. Flexibility is another benefit of a 529. Assets can be transferred to another beneficiary if your child doesn’t use all of the accumulated assets in their account. Moreover, CollegeAdvantage funds may be used for expenses at either an in-state or out-of-state college. Best of all, 529 assets owned in your name have a minimal impact on how colleges calculate your child’s financial aid eligibility.




Like all 529 programs, Ohio’s CollegeAdvantage offers several managed investment options, and you can change your investment strategy as needed – and to protect the assets you’ve accrued as your child nears the time to use them. “I suggest using the aggressive investment option (100% equities) when a child is born,” says Schretter. “As you invest over time, the power of compound growth really kicks in to help you achieve your goal.”

The Coverdell Education Savings Account, another type of taxadvantaged savings account, is different from a 529 in that it allows you to use the funds for K-12 private school tuition. However, as a savings vehicle for higher education, the Coverdell loses out to the 529 because of its lower annual contribution limit and other restrictions. Old-fashioned UGMA (Uniform Gift to Minor’s Act) and UTMA (Uniform Transfer to Minor’s Act) custodial accounts also have several disadvantages,

most particularly that you lose control of how its assets are spent when your child reaches Ohio’s age of majority (18- 21). Although you can make early withdrawals from a Roth IRA for qualified educational expenses, Schretter advises against depleting your own retirement savings for this purpose. He also suggests that when your child reaches middle school, to start talking with him or her about the cost and value of attending different colleges. But that’s a whole other subject that can wait for now! Enjoy your baby and this special time – but start planning now to help give your little bundle of joy the brightest future possible.

*Assumes historical 5% annual education inflation rate




Big Fun for Little Ones

Places to go and things to do for the under 5 crowd Looking for some pint-sized fun for the littlest members of your family? Whether you want to be out and about or nestled in at home, here are 16 ideas perfect for pleasing toddlers and preschoolers.


Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Carriage Hill MetroPark and Farm

2600 DeWeese Parkway, Dayton

7800 E. Shull Road, Dayton

Kids Place within the Boonshoft Museum provides a large, indoor place for interactive play designed for children ages 4 and younger.

Explore this historic park and farm to visit the animals, run through the open space and enjoy a scenic picnic.

Discovery Center at Liberty Center

Dayton Public Library

7100 Foundry Row, Liberty Township

Various Locations Let your toddlers and preschoolers discover their creative side at this innovative space inside Liberty Center. Mark your calendar for story time every Tuesday at 2 pm. With activities such as Family Story Time and a story time specifically for babies and toddlers, going to the library is a great way to start a love of reading with your little learner.

The Magic Castle 4990 Wilmington Pike, Dayton

Dayton Art Institute A great spot for young children to expend all that energy, The Magic Castle has a massive indoor playground with three levels of soft play.

456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton

Your budding artist will have a blast at “Tiny Thursdays.” Designed for ages 2-5, you’ll enjoy story time, a gallery visit and a take home craft.

Run Around Fun Town XL 4401 Lyons Road, Miamisburg

Owen’s Place

Dayton’s newest indoor play place is perfect for little ones. This pint-sized town has a little bit of everything, including a room just for toddlers.

2260 Dayton Xenia Rd, Dayton

7370 Squire Court, West Chester With endless displays of model trains and a play area designed especially for young children, Entertrainment Junction is an excellent spot for a day of fun. 10



Cox Arboretum 6733 Springboro Pike, Dayton cox-arboretum/ Set the kids loose in the Children’s Maze or simply reconnect with nature at this popular MetroPark.

STAY AT HOME FUN Use nature to create all kinds of art. Pick apples and use them as stamps. Paint pinecones and sprinkle them with glitter. Collect leaves to iron between wax paper to hang in the window. Take the art supplies that nature offers and come up with your own creative ideas!

Make some spooky spiders.

Entertrainment Junction carriage-hill/

This universally accessible playground is designed for all ages and abilities. New phases have recently been completed and the space continues to grow, but it is now ready and perfect for toddler-sized adventures.

Paint little hands with black paint, press them on paper and make your own Halloween-inspired spiders. Add a few googly eyes for extra effect.

Get creative with pumpkins. Grab some mini pumpkins and get decorating! When older kids or adults are done carving big pumpkins, rinse off the seeds and use them for counting and sorting practice.

Go on a scavenger hunt. This can be done in your own backyard or at a local park. Come up with a list of items kids must find from nature and check them off as you go.

Turn the outdoors into a science experiment. Grab a few magnifying glasses and check out leaves up close. Take paper and crayons and do a tree rubbing.

Surprise your neighbors with a “Boo Gram.” Put together a little fall-themed gift and get the kids to help deliver it to a special neighbor or friend!

The preschool and toddler years are such a fun phase in your child’s development. Whatever you do, from big days out on the town to quieter moments at home, be sure to enjoy your time together!





When Older Siblings Leave the Nest Helping younger children adjust when brothers or sisters leave for college Although much attention is given to how parents cope with having a child leave for college, what is sometimes overlooked is how younger siblings must also handle this transition. Saying goodbye to an older brother or sister headed for school can be very difficult for younger kids still at home.

Fortunately, there are a few concrete steps parents can take to help younger children adjust to this change. With a bit of intentional effort, younger kids can feel supported through this time and keep a strong bond with their older sibs despite the distance between them.

Validate your child’s feelings. This was the case for Dayton resident, Hannah M., age 21, who is the youngest of five children. She vividly remembers the heartache she experienced as one by one her older siblings set off for college until she was the only child still at home. “Each time, it was such a hard transition. I couldn’t help but feel like I was being left behind. My siblings and I were really close. I’m thankful for that. But at the same time, it made the loss of them being around hit really hard.”




Be sure to let your child know that the emotions they are having about their sibling being gone are normal and expected. Let them know that you are missing their brother or sister too. Make sure your child understands that you are always available to talk if they are feeling down.

Encourage communication between sibs. Let your college student know if their younger sib is missing them and encourage him or her to reach out with periodic texts or phone calls to keep in touch. When your older child comes home to visit, make sure there is some dedicated “sibling time” without parents around so they connect one on one.

Emphasize the positive. Encourage your younger child to see the plus side to the recent change in your family dynamic. Will they get a bigger room? More access to the car? More say in family decisions? Point out the positives that can result from this experience.

Get connected to the college. Let a younger child choose a college sweatshirt, pennant, etc. that represents their sib’s school. Watch the university’s sports teams in person or on TV. These small acts can help foster a positive association for a child to attach to the school their sib is attending.

Plan for visits. Most schools have a Parents Weekend or a Sibs Weekend. Take advantage of these opportunities to get together and reconnect. For young children, hang a calendar in their room where they can mark off the days until they see their brother or sister next.

Look forward to reunions. Encourage your older child to come home if possible for special events like birthdays, holidays and vacations. Younger kids will feel comforted and reassured when they realize their sibs will still be part of these important family celebrations.

Having a child go off to college is a time of transition for everyone in the family. With a little sensitivity to how this change is affecting younger kids still at home, and a few helpful strategies in place to help them cope, sibling bonds can remain strong – and make “leaving the nest” a bit easier for every member of the family.




WORDS BY //Julie Stucke, Ph.D., Child Psychologist at Dayton Children’s

Teen Dating

Recognizing red flags of unhealthy relationships As most parents already know, raising teenagers is not for the faint of heart. Teens are busy finding their way in the world, deciding who they are and what kind of people they want to become. Many kids will begin to have their first romantic encounters during adolescence. Unfortunately, sometimes situations develop that can be very negative and harmful for them. How can you know if your child is in an unhealthy dating relationship? Here are a few signs that should be on your radar.

• Your child expresses dependence on their partner, only making decisions after consulting with them and making sure everything is “approved.”

• Your child worries if he or she can’t text or call their partner back immediately for fear that their partner will be upset.

• Your child begins to dress or present themselves differently, perhaps wearing less makeup or looser clothing because their

partner does not like them wearing a lot of makeup or tight clothing that may attract the attention of others.

• Your child’s friends dislike your child’s partner.

• Your child is often in a position of sticking up for or defending their partner’s words or actions.

• You notice your child doesn’t seem as happy as he or she was at the beginning of the relationship. You notice increased feelings of sadness and anxiety. • Your child stops hanging out with their friends or stops participating in extracurricular activities or other interests. Your child begins to withdraw from the family. • You hear your child’s partner insulting, humiliating or trying to manipulate your child.

• You notice unexplained marks or bruises on your child’s body.

As a parent, your first impulse is to protect your child from harm. However, rushing in and attempting to rescue your teen from an unhealthy relationship is unlikely to be successful. Instead, talk to him or her about what you are observing in their relationship. Avoid criticizing your teen’s partner, as this is likely to result in your child simply defending them. Stay calm and listen without judgment. Express your concern for your teen’s safety and well-being and remind them that you are always there for support.




Remember that your teen has little to no experience with dating relationships and he or she may confuse jealousy with love. Let your child know that controlling behaviors are abusive. As parents, be good role models for what a healthy relationship looks like. When parents consistently model appropriate behavior for their children, kids are more likely to recognize when their own partners are not being respectful of them.

resources include an overview of early warning signs, types of abuse, quizzes for teens to determine whether they are experiencing or inflicting abuse, a live chat feature that connects youth with a peer advocate 24/7, videos, a blog and more. In addition to the live chat, Love Is Respect connects kids to the National Dating Abuse Helpline at 1-866-3319474 or 1-866-331-8453. Teens can also reach out for help by texting “loveis� to 22522.

Finally, help educate your teen about controlling, abusive behaviors by going online and accessing resources about the subject. Parents and teens may find the website (www. to be helpful. A collaboration between Break the Cycle and the National Dating Abuse Helpline, this site provides information on dating violence and healthy dating attitudes and relationships for youth. Available








fall FAMILY fun guide Dayton area activities that make the most of the season WORDS BY // Melissa Glidden

Who doesn’t love fall? Pumpkin patches, apple-picking, hay rides, corn mazes – this season is perfect for making family memories. Check out these festivals, farms and fall attractions and get outside to enjoy everything autumn.

Bonnybrook Farms - Fall Farm Days & Lantern Light Wagon Ride

Hidden Valley Fruit Farm - Family Fun Days

Where: 3779 State Route 132, Clarksville

Where: 5474 North State Route 48, Lebanon

When: September 30 - October 29 Learn more: (937) 289-2500,,

Carillon Historical Park - Home & Harvest Where: Patterson Homestead, 1815 Brown Street, Dayton When: November 11, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Learn more: (937) 293-2841, ghaney@,

Clinton County Fairgrounds - Corn Festival Where: 958 W Main St, Wilmington

Apple Country Farm Market - Corn Maze and Fall Attractions Where: 2323 U.S. Rt. 42, Spring Valley When: September 9 - November 4. Hours vary. Check website for details. Learn more: (937) 750-1005,

When: September 8, 9 & 10 Learn more: (937) 383-KORN,,

Where: Route 444, Xenia Drive, Enon

Learn more: (937) 864-1188, DAYTON PARENT MAGAZINE // Fall

Learn more: (513) 932-1869,,


National Museum of the US Air Force - Fall with Gravity & Spooktacular Aerospace Fun Where: 1100 Spaatz Street, WrightPatterson AFB When: September 23 and October 28

Irons Fruit Farm - October Weekends Where: 1640 Stubbs Mill Road, Lebanon

Learn more: (937) 255-3286,,

When: September 30 - October 29 Learn more: (513) 932-2853,,

Niederman Family Farm - Fall Festival

LM&M Railroad - The Fall Flyer

When: September 22 - October 29. Hours vary. Visit website for details.

Where: 127 South Mechanic, Lebanon When: October 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, & 29. Hours: Saturday: 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 4 pm, Sundays: 10:30 am & 12:30 pm

Where: 4972 Lesourdsville West Chester Road, Hamilton

Learn more: (513) 779-6184, niederman@,

Learn more: (513) 933-8022, info@,

Tom’s Maze - Pumpkin Daze

McMonigle Farms Pumpkin Fest

When: September - November 5, Thursday 12 pm-6 pm, Friday & Saturday 12 pm-10 pm, Sunday 12 pm-6 pm

Enon Apple Butter Festival When: Saturday October 14 & Sunday October 15


When: Various events running from September 16 - November 5

Learn more: (937) 672-8248,,

Where: 7441 Franklin Madison Road, Middletown When: Every Saturday and Sunday, September 23 - October 29, from 12:00 6:00 pm

Where: 4881 Germantown-Liberty Road, Germantown

Learn more: (937) 866-2777,

Tukens Orchard & Farm Market Where: 15725 Eaton Pike, West Alexandria When: Open daily September through October Learn more: (937) 687-3848,,

Waynesville, Ohio's 48th Annual Sauerkraut Festival Where: Downtown Waynesville When: Saturday October 14, 9:00am – 8:00pm & Sunday October 15, 9:00am – 6:00pm Learn more: (513)-897-8855,

Windmill Farm Market Spooktacular Hayride Where: 1454 OH-73, Springboro When: Saturday & Sunday, September 23 through October 29, Hours: 11 am-5 pm Learn more: (937) 885-3965, info@,

Youngs Jersey Dairy - Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival Where: 6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd, Yellow Springs When: October 7 & 8, Hours: 11 am-6 pm Learn more: (937) 325-0629,


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PRIVATE SCHOOL GUIDE Dayton area options to look into

Choosing the right educational environment for your child can mean the difference between having a student who simply endures school to one who really thrives there. If you're considering a Dayton area private school for your child, there are many possibilities to choose from. To help in your search, Dayton Parent asked several local private institutions to provide a brief description of their school to help parents find the best match for their student.

Archbishop Alter High School Archbishop Alter High School is a co-educational, comprehensive Catholic school that is committed to challenging students to reach their full potential by providing academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment. In 2015, 99% of Alter graduates continued their education to the college level, and 80% of them were offered $18.3 million in scholarships. Alter High School is "where you belong!"

Carroll is a Catholic college preparatory high school that strives to develop each student intellectually, physically and spiritually. Graduating classes received $12-$16 million in college scholarships and averaged 13 National Merit Scholars for the last decade. Over 90% of our students participate in athletics, band, drama or one of our 45 clubs. Top five in the state Golden Megaphone competition for most school spirit!

Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School Established in 1850, Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School is jointly owned and sponsored by the Marianists and the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. The school serves families from more than 50 zip codes who seek a premier Catholic educational experience, excellent academic options including CJ STEMM and opportunities for college credit.

Dayton Christian School System Dayton Christian School System operates four separate schools – Dayton Christian School, Xenia Christian School, Dayton Christian Homeschool, and LightShine Academy. We are instilling in students a love for Christ, a love for learning and a love for others, inspiring students to approach scholarship, athletics, fine arts and service as an act of worship, and equipping students to reach their full potential and to live out their faith with grace, wisdom and courage.


Temple Christian

First School is a private independent preschool dedicated to the education of children ages two through five. Located in Centerville/Washington Township since 1971, First School creates a fun, warm and balanced early education program for all of our students. We believe that children are unique individuals who learn and grow in different ways. Our teachers provide individualized instruction and expand on students' interests while promoting growth in all areas of their social, academic and creative life.

Founded in 1968, Temple Christian School has been educating children in the Miami Valley for nearly 50 years. Here students are prepared for academic and spiritual growth. Preschool to high school students excel with smaller class sizes and individual attention from educators. There is a free Early Stay program that begins at 7:30 am and a fee based After Care program designed to assist working parents. Temple Christian School offers programs in music education, visual arts, athletics and cheerleading. TCS is accredited by the (AACS) American Association of Christian Schools.

The Miami Valley School At The Miami Valley School, we adhere to a demanding scholarship built upon a foundation of integrity and grit. Our teachers empower students to live life to the fullest, to discover their true passion, and then to responsibly pursue it with emotional and intellectual rigor. Students don't just come to MVS. Here, they become. For early childhood - 12th grade.

Spring Valley Academy

Carroll High School


First School


Spring Valley Academy is a private, PreK-12 Seventh-day Adventist college-preparatory school (established 1968) located on approximately 50 acres in southeastern Montgomery County in Centerville, Ohio. SVA is committed to excellence in education, co-curricular activities and student spiritual growth in a Christian environment. SVA is d edicated to nurturing each student in a personal relationship with God and service to others. Christian Education inspiring students to KNOW, FOLLOW, and SHARE JESUS!

St. Helen School St Helen School is the first school within the State of Ohio to be certified as a Virtue Based Restorative Discipline School of Distinction. As a Catholic response to bullying, virtue based restorative discipline is designed to decrease antisocial behaviors and increase faith practices. St Helen serves preschool through eighth grade and offers before and after school care, music, art, gym and library. Emphasizing academic excellence and moral development, St Helen is an excellent choice for a school.




WORDS BY // Claire Rogers

Consignment Sales and Resale Shops Take advantage of great deals close to home! Who doesn’t love a bargain? With the rate that kids grow, many saavy moms have discovered the costsaving benefits of consignment sales and resale shops. Here are a few upcoming events not to miss and area stores to check out for budgetfriendly shopping. Dayton Mother of Twins Kids Clothing Sale Belmont High School, 2615 Wayne Ave, Dayton

Saturday, September 9 at 10 am

General admission is $1 donation and admission will begin at 10 am. This is one of the largest sales in Southwest Ohio. They offer gently used toys, baby equipment and infant, kid and maternity clothing at discounted prices. You don't have to be a mother of twins to shop, but the mothers of multiples participating will have a huge assortment of kids clothing, toys, equipment and gear. Open to the public from 10:00 12:00. Don't want to wait until 10? For $5 you can take part in the early bird shopping starting at 9:00 am.

TWIG 3 Mom’s Market


Clearcreek Elementary School, 740 S. Main St., Springboro

Missed the consignment sales? No worries! Check out these stores for everyday savings.

Saturday, September 12 from 9 am -1 pm Visit the website for updates, more information, or to get on the waiting list to become a seller. Expect over 100 moms selling their baby items. There is a $1 entry fee. However, if you want the opportunity to get in free, bring a copy of the flyer or show an e-mail for the event on your mobile device. All credit cards are accepted and there is no minimum charge for purchases.

Hickory Dickory Shop Kids' Consignment Sale Sulphur Grove UMC, 7505 Taylorsville Road, Huber Heights

Saturday, August 26 from 8:30 am – 11 am $1 entry fee or a non-perishable food donation. Featuring clothing (newbornjunior sizes) toy, books, movies, bedding, equipment, outdoor toys and more. 8:30 Early entry with a personal hygiene item donation

TWIG 45 Moms’ Mart

9:00 am-11 General public $1 entry OR food donation

1 Children’s Pl, Dayton

11 am-Noon Closed for lunch

Saturday, September 26 at 9 am This is another sale put on by TWIG, and by buying here you’ll also be benefitting Dayton Children’s Hospital, as a portion of every seller's earnings will be donated to TWIGS Auxiliary to be added to their pledge to Dayton Children’s Hospital. There is a $1 entry fee which will also benefit Dayton Children’s Hospital. All credit cards are accepted with the exception of Discover and American Express with no minimum charges for purchase. 22



Noon-1:00 pm Half Price Sale (on select items) Now accepting credit/debit cards.

Little Sprouts Boutique 6208 Tylersville Road, Mason

(513) 492-7909 This children’s boutique carries gently used name-brand kid clothing, as well as some handcrafted items and one-of-a-kind home décor items. The main focus is children’s apparel and equipment with brands ranging from Carters and Gap to Mini Boden, Bob, North Face and Matilda Jane. Watch for their once a year bag sale in September where shoppers pay a flat fee per bag of merchandise.

Once Upon A Child

Once Upon A Child buys and sells gently used kids' clothing, shoes, toys and baby gear offering the opportunity to recycle your children's nearly new items and get paid on the spot. Once Upon A Child is the largest kids resale franchise in North America and all stores are individually owned and operated. * Southland 75 Shopping Center, Miamisburg (937) 312-1294 * North Heights Plaza, Huber Heights (937) 235-2125 * Rex Centre, Beavercreek (937) 427-2744

Plato’s Closet

Plato's Closet offers trendy, designer styles as well as those every day basics at up to 70% off mall retail prices. Plato’s Closet buys gently used teen and young adult style clothing and accessories that are name brands, cool, hip, trendy, clean and in good condition. With no appointment needed, they buy items every day and will pay on the spot. Most of their stores buy and sell girls sizes 0/1 to 18/20 and guys sizes 28 to 40 waist. * Miamisburg (937) 312-9321 * North Heights Plaza, Huber Heights (937) 235-6347 * Rex Centre, Beavercreek, OH (937) 427-5224 * Southland 75 Shopping Center, Miamisburg (937) 312-9321


Shopping Tips • Create a shopping list to help yourself stay on track. Include clothing sizes and shoe sizes you’re looking for.

• Leave the kids with a sitter. You’ll be able to stay focused, shop more quickly and cover more territory solo.

• Sign up for the pre-sale pass for early entrance. If you’re searching for a popular or rare item, this is a must.

• Some sales will slash prices significantly in the final hours. Consider hitting the sale later in the day to take advantage of deep discounts.

• Bring cash and skip the long lines. Some sales will have a special (often shorter) line for those who are able to pay cash.




WORDS BY // L auren L awson

Do You Have a “Dad Bod”? Try these local fitness options to get in shape! The “Dad Bod” gets a bad rap among, well – dads! Between all the responsibilities that typically fall on their plates, it can be hard for men to find the time to exercise. But gear up Dayton dads – we’ve found some of the best adult teams, clubs and classes to help you make fitness a priority.

JOIN A TEAM Adult Softball with Beavercreek Don’t strike out on the opportunity to play some ball with the City of Beavercreek’s Adult Softball League. The fall season runs for seven weeks with games taking place at Rotary Park. Registration has begun; learn more at, or register online at https://

Basketball/Volleyball with Kettering Keep fit this fall with some basketball and volleyball team action. The City of Kettering offers adult basketball and volleyball leagues with registration running August 7th through September 11th. Both leagues will begin on September 25th. To learn more, check out

Soccer with SportsPlex Score a goal this season and some exercise points as well at the Sportsplex in Dayton, a great place to play indoor soccer. Join the adult recreational league or form your own team and compete against other men or co-ed adults who have similar skill and standing. To learn more or register a team, visit




JOIN A CLUB Dayton Area Sharks Make a splash with the Dayton Area Sharks, a Masters swim team that offers training to swimmers with varying levels of experience. From triathlon athletes to new swimmers, the Dayton Area Sharks work with participants to develop their skills in the water. Multiple workouts are offered throughout the week from September through May. Interested in competing? The Masters swim team participates in local, regional and national meets. To learn more, visit www.

Dayton Rugby Club Ruggers unite! The Dayton Rugby Club invites both social and active rugby men to join their club, which includes two men’s teams playing in the Midwestern

Rugby Union, as well as an Old Boys/Old Girls team for those interested in bringing back some rugby glory days. For more information, check out

Dayton Cycling Club A cycling club is the perfect way to connect with other bike-minded individuals. The Dayton Cycling Club (DCC) is a non-profit organization that promotes bicycling for everyone, from recreational riders to competitive ones. Those interested in joining can learn more at or connect with the DCC for one of their daily touring rides.

Dayton Running Club Hit the pavement with the Dayton Running Club, a group that combines running and social mingling. Runners meet every week to log some miles (anywhere from 3-5) and then head to a designated bar following their workout. To get involved, check out www.meetup. com/Dayton-Running-Club. Up and Running in Dayton also offers walking and running training groups for those interested in meeting new friends while burning some calories (

JOIN A CLASS Pilates/Yoga Classes in Dayton For a different kind of workout, both Pilates and yoga offer unique strength training options. My Pilates Studio offers Pilates classes designed specifically for men to help with strength loss, pain reduction and mobility. To check out a class visit http://mypilatesstudio

Interested in peaceful mediation to help the mind, body and spirit? Method Yoga provides several class options, from beginner to advanced levels, to help everyone take advantage of the benefits of yoga. Learn more at www.

guests to tour their facilities and try out a brief membership for free or a limited cost. Visit to learn about local gyms, including Fitworks Dayton (, Planet Fitness Dayton (, Drakes Downtown Gym ( DrakesDowntownGym/) and more.

Rock Climbing Classes Ready, set – belay! Rock climbing provides both a mental and physical workout for those up to the challenge. Urban Krag Climbing Center in Dayton offers a variety of rock climbing options for first-time climbers (or climbers hoping to brush up on skills). From Introduction to Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Sport Climbing and more, Urban Krag prepares climbers to learn the ropes. Schedule a class today at http://

It’s time to get moving! Whether you’re trying a new exercise routine, joining a club or reigniting that old reliable workout, making physical activity a part of your regular schedule can have significant health and lifestyle benefits. With the variety of options available in Dayton, you can discover what workouts work best for you!

JOIN A GYM Your local gym may be just the place to find a class, try a new form of exercise or even just hop on the trusty treadmill. Although finding the right gym can be a challenge, websites like Yelp can help find the best match for you. And most gym locations will allow




WORDS BY // Melissa Glidden

We Care Arts

Enriching lives through the power of artistic expression Every year, We Care Arts helps over one thousand Dayton area residents experiencing various physical or mental challenges to express themselves through the joy of creating art. While their primary location is on Wilmington Pike, We Care Arts teachers travel to over 40 locations within the Dayton region including cancer treatment facilities, nursing homes, area schools, memory care facilities and more. Dayton Parent spoke with Executive Director Darlene Langhout about the mission of this valuable community resource.

Tell us about your organization and who you serve. We Care Arts believes in the healing power of creating and producing art that transforms physical, developmental and emotional challenges into a life full of




possibilities. We enrich the lives of people recovering from strokes, serious injuries, struggling with depression or other mental health complications, as well as those born with developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome or those on the autism spectrum. We are guided by our belief in the healing power of art. Creating art compliments medical therapies, increases self-confidence and ultimately improves quality of life.

Can you share a We Care Arts success story? We have a client named Mazen who has a developmental disability, and who also has the challenge of currently learning English. Mazen’s mother was looking for a safe place for her son to come and socialize to reinforce the language skills he is learning. We Care Arts was suggested to her, and she inquired about our services. Mazen has made many friends here, and he regularly sits with them at


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lunch. They understand his language barrier and teach him new words. Recently Mazen finished a collage. He proudly showed it everyone, and then he asked to make another one. Mazen is making terrific progress in a place he loves, which is what We Care Arts is all about!

How can the Dayton community support your mission? Through our website you can view all of our upcoming events and even make a donation in just one click. You can even consider donating your time – our volunteers can do so much, from engaging in classes to helping us out at fundraisers. Finally, we are always accepting donations of art supplies at the Berkeley Studio on Wilmington Pike. Are there any upcoming events you’d like readers to be aware of? Our annual event, Celebrate your Style, will be held at NCR Country Club on October 7th from 10 am to 12 pm. It’s a fun, buffet style brunch where we feature

client art and gifts just in time for the holidays. Reservations are available on our website or by calling (937) 252-3937.

What are some of your future goals and ambitions for We Care Arts? We begin construction in December to expand our service area to accommodate more clients in the Dayton community. This is a truly exciting time for an organization whose humble beginnings were in the basement of a community recreation center! Many families in our community are looking for the same safe environment for their loved ones that we currently offer for Mazen and other clients. We want to be sure our program can serve those families.

Find out more about We Care Arts on their website at




BROUGHT TO YOU BY // L auren Lemons, Community Engagement Coordinator, Five Rivers MetroParks

Growing a Green Generation How to engage kids in home sustainability practices One of the fundamentals of a safe, happy home is the environment that surrounds it – which is why it’s so important for parents to make athome sustainability and conservation practices a priority and teach these values to their children. “Engaging kids in environmental science and conservation is absolutely critical to fostering a society that prioritizes sustainability and is prepared to face the implications of a rapidly changing environment,” says Five Rivers MetroParks’ Sustainability Coordinator Tim Pritchard. “It’s so very important to reach parents and empower them with the ability to make simple changes in their households that demonstrate environmental responsibility.” According to a Pew Research Center survey, 75 percent of U.S. adults say that they are concerned about the environment, but only one in five Americans actively adopt a lifestyle that helps protect it. While it may seem intimidating to tackle the global challenge of saving the

environment, implementing just a few small household changes can make a difference. And including children in at-home sustainability practices encourages good habits that have a positive effect on the environment. Many at-home sustainability practices are not only cost-saving but provide opportunities for families to work together for an important cause (and have some fun in the process). Here are a few sustainable practices to start with your family today.

REDUCE: Reducing the amount of waste and energy

consumption in your household is an integral first step in living sustainably. From home composting and turning off appliances to opting to bike to the corner store, there are many ways to reduce your impact on the environment.

Keep it kid friendly: Create a composting station at your house so you can turn household waste into rich fertilizer for your garden or yard. Allow kids to help with composting

responsibilities, and then let them plant their favorite veggies and flowers so they can watch their kid-garden thrive. For those who are new to composting, MetroParks and Montgomery County Environmental Services offers a free, three-part Compost Kitchen class that provides all the tools necessary to start composting at home. Visit to learn more.

More ways to reduce: • Keep temperatures to a moderate range, with a maximum of 68 degrees during the heating season and minimum of 75 during the cooling season. • Use power strips to shut off entertainment centers when not in use. • Use human-powered transportation (biking, running, walking) when possible. • Opt for tap water instead of bottled. (Thanks to the Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer, the Dayton region has great drinking water!)

REUSE: Kids love a good craft project. Take recyclable household items like old furniture, glass bottles and recycled paper and use their creativity to repurpose items into new household décor or gifts. Keep it kid friendly: Try a simple project of turning a

plastic milk jug into a bird feeder. Visit family-fun/crafts/milk-jug-bird-feeder.aspx for instructions. Once completed, birdwatch with your kids and see how many different flying friends you can spot in your backyard!





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RECYCLE: Visit your city or county

website to learn about curbside recycling options in your area. In Montgomery County, basic recycling is made easy through a comingled curbside program. Glass containers, aluminum cans, plastic bottles, paper and unsoiled cardboard boxes are all able to be recycled at home, while plastic bags can be collected and recycled at your local grocer.

Keep it kid friendly: Turn recycling into a game and create a chart illustrating what is recyclable and what is not. Make a recycling goal and once you reach it, reward your family with a trip to your favorite MetroPark or visit the Montgomery County Environmental Learning Center.

“Parents should consider finding places where their kids can explore with little supervision and learn through personal experience,” says Pritchard. “The Children’s Discovery Garden at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark is a great place for young children because it is enclosed and kids can find places to explore on their own in a highly managed environment. As they reach an appropriate age, there are many nature play areas throughout the parks that are excellent for lightly supervised exploration.”

Find more to explore AT your Five Rivers MetroParks at

EXPLORE: People cultivate an

appreciation for nature when they spend time outdoors Children will prioritize taking care of the environment when they experience its many benefits. In addition, kids who spend time outside are happier, healthier and smarter, according to the World Wildlife Federation.














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