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features 18 | TRYING (AND TRYING) AGAIN Dealing with secondary infertility

20 | INTRODUCING YOUR CHILD TO THE ARTS Explore your child’s creative side

commentary + parenting 12 | MOMMY MAGIC


No spectators

16 | ADVENTURES IN GROCERY SHOPPING Stay-at-home dad, Pete Gilbert


26 | BOARDING SCHOOLS Making an informed decision about your child’s education

30 | COPING WITH CHILDHOOD CANCER Facing the diagnosis


resources 28 | education/



10 tips for parents


calendars 34 | NOVEMBER EVENTS




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PUBLISHER Mary Wynne Cox | SALES MANAGER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR Katie Pfierman | EDITOR Katie Wynne | ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Holli Hinerman | ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Melissa Wittenbaum |

So Much to Be Thankful For November represents the calm before the storm – that down time after the Halloween costumes have been packed away and before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season sets in. This is a month in which we gather together with family and friends for a feast that reminds us of our humble beginnings and of all that we have to be thankful for. Ask any parent what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving, and their children will likely top the list. This is especially true for those parents who have faced fertility obstacles when attempting to add to their families. In our feature, Trying (and Trying) Again, we explore secondary fertility, offering possible causes and treatments, and also discuss adoption as an alternative means of expanding the family. Also in the spirit of Thanksgiving and of giving back, we bring you our annual Volunteering Guide, chock-full of family-friendly volunteer opportunities throughout the Greater Cincinnati area. There is no greater way to instill a sense of community service and altruism in children than by volunteering. Our guide is a great place to start when deciding what cause speaks to your family. Developing an appreciation for the arts is a goal many parents have for their children. In our feature, Introducing Your Child to the Arts, we explore the benefits of art education, in all its varieties, and offer suggestions on making the arts accessible to the younger set. In this issue, we also delve into the thought process and emotions behind Coping with Childhood Cancer. While the subject may be every parent’s worst nightmare, our article offers sound advice for dealing with any serious illness, for your own child or that of a friend or loved one. Finally, this November marks the month when our country speaks its mind by heading to the ballots to decide who will take the helm of our great nation for the next four years. Election months, particularly those involving a Presidential election, offer a great opportunity to teach children about political affairs, thus educating the next generation of voters. Take a moment to read Raising Politically-Savvy Kids, for tips on fostering political awareness in children. We hope you enjoy this issue of Cincinnati Parent and we wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

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cincinnati museum center presents the 2012 holiday junction Featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains at Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is ready to continue a holiday tradition with your family - or start a new one. You'll be in the holiday spirit as soon as you walk in the door as you're surrounded by families of all types, beautiful holiday decor, a super-sized tree, seasonal music and the magic of the Tristate's most historic train station, with a full slate of activities sure to thrill railroad enthusiasts of all ages. And that's not all: From Rocky Mountain Express in our OMNIMAX Theater to our Winter Solstice: Festival of Lights, we have something for everyone this holiday season. The Holiday Junction will be going on at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal from November 2nd to January 6th. Tickets start at $10 for kids and $15 for adults. To learn more about the Cincinnati Museum Center and the Holiday Junction, visit

support the cincinnati bengals this season! This football season, cheer on your local team with the whole family! In November, the Cincinnati Bengals will be playing three home games, and tickets are still available. On November 4th, show your Bengals pride as they take on the Denver Broncos at home. On November 11th, don your orange and black gear and cheer on the Bengals as they face off with the New York Giants at home. Finally, on November 25th, take the kids and check out the Bengals as they go head to head with the Oakland Raiders. Attending a local sports event is a great way to spend time with your family and show support for your city. Tickets to the games start at $55. To get more information about the Cincinnati Bengals, visit

the return of the trains, trestles and traditions All Aboard the 2012 Holiday Show at Krohn Conservatory! Visit the Krohn Conservatory for their spectacular blockbuster event, “The Return of Trains, Trestles and Traditions, All Aboard the 2012 Holiday Show” This year’s show combines the splendor of the traditional holiday blooms with an over the top train and holiday light experience. Get re-acquainted with local traditions and enjoy the beauty of the season. Decorated in full holiday attire including hundreds of poinsettias, cyclamen and evergreens, the conservatory is a wonder to behold. Take a photo of your family near the poinsettia tree or in front of the Krohn Conservatory’s train display adorned with miniature buildings that replicate the look of Cincinnati’s famous landmarks. Create a lasting memory of your visit to the holiday show at Krohn to take home. The Holiday Show begins on November 17th and runs through January 6th. Tickets are $4 for kids and $6 for adults.

holiday in lights 5k family fun/walk November 17th at 5 p.m. Holiday in Lights, an established Cincinnati Holiday tradition now in its 22nd year, is an outdoor light display at Sharon Woods viewed by patrons from the comfort of their own vehicle. Built over a mile of wooded roadway, the display of fantastic seasonal color adorns hundreds of trees as well as more than 120 moving and standing holiday themed figures depicting everything from Santa Claus and his elves to Godzilla. This year, get into the holiday spirit with your family and gear up for the third annual Holiday in Lights 5K run/walk. The race will take place on November 17th, just one day after Holiday in Lights begins. Be among the first to see this wonderful display of lights…on foot! Registration for the event is $26 for adults and $21 for kids 12 and under, and includes 1 long-sleeved t-shirt, 1 commemorative Holiday in Lights 5K ornament, and a ticket to see the display of lights. For more information, visit


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[ mommy magic ]

No Spectators Being a participant in your own life Mary Susan Buhner My church has been encouraging the congregation to become more involved and engaged within the community. Recently, the head pastor wore a t-shirt that read: "No Spectators." I thought to myself, “Wow... direct and to the point... I like it!" That t-shirt was a reminder that you can come to church two different ways each Sunday. The first option is to come to church and hear the message and leave each Sunday like a spectator at a sporting event. You can support the cause during the timeframe given and then you leave and go home. We are very used to doing this at football games, basketball games, or whatever sporting event we enjoy watching. The point my church was trying to make, and that I took away, was don't just be a spectator, but rather, choose to be a participant. Get involved, be engaged and choose to make a difference. Obviously, when it comes to professional sports very few of us have the opportunity to be a participant. We all are, in fact, in the spectator category. This got me thinking about motherhood and if I categorize myself as a spectator or participant in my very own life. Do I sit back and watch other people pursue goals or do I pursue, engage and try to be involved and make a difference? Personally, I like to think of myself as a participant and not a spectator when it comes to friendships, motherhood, my marriage and life overall. When I think of a spectator, I visualize someone who typically will cheer on the players or team depending on whether or not they agree with the "play" being made. Many people say that they could have done it better, but don’t ever really try. They prefer to sit on the bench, still having a say in what and how others "should be doing." My family recently experienced sitting near this type of person at a sporting event. He yelled and literally almost had a heart attack screaming at the players and coach the entire game on how awful they were playing that day. He declared himself the official critic of each play and ranted about how he could of done each play better. It was exhausting and even stressful listening to his spectator tantrum the whole game. My daughter leaned over and asked my husband, "Does he think all his mean yelling is helping the team?" The second option is to be a participant - engage in what you are doing, commit to the cause, and make a difference. When I think of a participant, I think of someone who is actively pursuing a goal. They don't like sitting on the bench. Instead, they would rather be "in" the game trying to be a part of it. Win or lose, they enjoy pushing themselves to reach their personal best. They encourage their teammates because they know how hard they are working. They don't like excuses or criticism that is not helpful because that doesn't help the team reach their goals. No matter how busy and hectic life becomes, I hope we all see the potential we each 12 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM

have to engage and make a difference each day. It is easy to sit on the bench and criticize, but the real joy comes from getting involved, being in the game and committing to it. Remember – it’s not about whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game that counts. 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 Cincinnati with helpful tips for motherhood!

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Adventures in Grocery Shopping True confessions of stay-at-home dad Pete Gilbert

It’s time for my kids and I to make our weekly trip to the grocery store. I have my usual list. This week for added excitement my wife tacked on a few mystery ingredients too. Queso Fresco anyone? There are also veggies on the list that I can’t identify. Shallots? And what’s the difference between scallions and green onions?

stealth approach. He quietly grabs things from the shelf and sneaks them into the cart, like a ninja.

Upon arrival, I buckle my baby into the shopping cart. Once secured, she does the following: Licks the grocery cart handle, pulls whatever she can off shelves, crumples, rips and eats a portion of grocery list, then finally tries to escape.

The checker gives me a strange look as she rings up a box of granola bars with half them already eaten. Next, she rings up a box of pasta with the corner chewed off. My baby decided to get her recommended daily allowance of fiber from a cardboard pasta box.

My two oldest kids usually hang off the sides of the cart like garbage men in training. This makes my cart as wide as an entire grocery aisle, and adds an extra 80 pounds to navigate through the store. I’m not making hairpin turns in this thing. It’s more like the first time I drove my Jeep Cherokee after years of driving a Geo Prism. My daughter spends her time convincing me she “needs” certain foods for her school lunch, or it would be “really special” if we bought princess curly straws. My son takes a


After close to an hour, it’s time to check out.

After surviving our trip to the store, it’s time to unload the car at home, but that sure seems like a lot of work, and I’m exhausted. I think I’ll order a pizza for dinner. Happy Parenting! – Pete

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Trying [and Trying] Again Dealing with Secondary Infertility In February of 2011, I gave birth to my first baby, a beautiful boy named Julian. I instantly took to being a mom, and looked forward to growing my family. I had easily conceived the first time, and completely took for granted that I’d be able to do so again. However, six months after having Julian, my period had not returned, so I went to my OB/GYN. I had recently stopped breastfeeding, so he said to wait a few weeks to see if it would return naturally. It did not, so my doctor prescribed something to get it started. That didn’t work, and we spent several more months trying, before he realized that I wasn’t ovulating, either. I was prescribed Clomid, a medicine used to jump-start ovulation. It took three cycles, each increasing in dosage, to get me ovulating, and then another two to get pregnant. I’m now 30 weeks along with my second child, and couldn’t be happier. I realize that, despite how frustrating my experience was, I had it relatively easy. I am grateful that everything worked out the way it did, and recognize that many families have to go through so much more to get pregnant again. And, for some couples, the second baby just never comes. 18 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM

Sarah McCosham

Treating Secondary Infertility Secondary infertility, or when a couple tries for more than a year without conceiving despite having successfully conceived once, is just as common as infertility, and in many ways, can be more frustrating for those involved. According to statistics from the Center for Disease Control, roughly 11% of couples that already have a child experience secondary infertility. That represents approximately 4 million families, or roughly half of all infertility cases.

There is no one cause as to why secondary infertility happens, states Krystene DiPaola, Assistant Professor in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. Regardless, she says, it is a concerning development, and may indicate a change in the health of either mom or dad. She explains, “Many times, it represents a hormonal problem, perhaps a significant reduction in the number of eggs available for ovulation, a structural problem with the uterus, ovaries, or tubes, or an undiagnosed sperm issue – it’s not always a female issue.”

The first course of action is ruling out common problems that contribute to infertility, says Dr. Glen E. Hofmann, Medical Director at Bethesda Center for Reproductive Health and Fertility. “Semen analysis, evaluation of the cavity of the uterus and/or fallopian tubes, hormonal testing, and ovarian reserve screening“ are some of the common initial procedures couples will undergo. Any problems identified at this point can generally be treated with various medications and procedures. If the tests come back normal, then Dr. Hofmann says there are different approaches depending on whether or not the woman’s cycles are regular/irregular, the outcome of previous pregnancies, and the woman’s age. “A woman’s peak reproductive potential is before the age of 30; it declines significantly after 35, and after 40 is increasingly unlikely,” he says. Therefore, fertility specialists are often more aggressive with treating “older” couples. More aggressive procedures are generally called upon when less invasive treatments fail to work. This may involve oral medications or the injection of hormones to help directly stimulate the ovaries. If those options do not work, Dr. DiPaola explains that in vitro fertilization (IVF) can overcome many obstacles in the way of pregnancy. “IVF is the most aggressive and successful strategy to help couples conceive,” she says.

Moving On Treating secondary infertility is often a long and frustrating process – not to mention financially draining. With each cycle that passes by, it’s easy to become more desperate – or hopeless. At some point, says Dr. Hofmann, the couple needs to be able to move on. “Our advice to couples is to get as much information as they can about their individual circumstances, understand their options, and make the decision that is best for them. For some, it is important to know quitting is ok.”

In fact, once a couple is able to move forward from this process, they’ll be open to other avenues for creating a family, such as adoption. Julie Craft experienced secondary infertility following the normal pregnancy and birth of her daughter Lindsey. After two miscarriages and a tubal pregnancy, she and her husband decided to look into adoption. “I adopted my second daughter, Lauren, in a private adoption back in 1984 when they were relatively new,” she says. Wanting to help others in similar situations, Craft founded The Adoption Support Center in Indianapolis to help couples have the same success. Craft says that while she enjoys making couples first-time parents, she especially loves helping families experiencing secondary infertility to “continue to grow through adoption.”

Expanding Your Family If you are experiencing secondary infertility, the first thing to recognize is that you are not alone, and there are several options to explore in order to successfully grow your family. Whether you decide to seek out hormonal therapies, medical treatments, or decide to choose adoption, rest assured that you’ll find your next child when the time is right. In fact, when you embrace your child for the first time, it won’t matter how they got into your arms. “Having both given birth and adopted a child, I can say there is no difference in how much I love them,” says Craft. “I believe that you get the child you were meant to raise.”

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introducing your child


to the

E xplore your child's creative side Brooke Reynolds

When six-year-old Caroline Brown was about two, she developed a stutter that was so challenging, it got to the point where she couldn’t even say her twin, Henry’s, name. Her mom, Kelly, said they started speech therapy at Children’s Hospital and discovered that Caroline could communicate some ideas in a singsong voice, which reduced her frustration. About a month into therapy, Caroline was at the “Dancing With the Stars” Cincinnati Ballet event, where she experienced a milestone in her confidence with speech. The “Dancing With the Stars” event provides a fun forum for families to learn new dances alongside Cincinnati Ballet professionals. During the event, one of the principal dancers started dancing with Caroline and twirling her around the room. “It was heartwarming to see the big, strong dancer and the petite little girl sharing a moment,” Kelly said. “It was truly a turning point for Caroline – it didn’t matter that she couldn’t easily communicate with words, because the dancing was a joyful confidencebuilding conversation in itself.” That evening, Caroline tried again to speak in a non-sing-song voice with regular voice tones.

Introducing children to performing arts is so important. It allows children to flourish, both mentally and emotionally. Like Caroline, many children that participate in performing arts activities gain confidence, poise and self-esteem, not to mention a talent that they carry with 20 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM

them into any career they choose, according to Angela Powell Walker of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.

“Many studies suggest that engaging in artistic endeavors helps to develop a variety of skills which could help increase academic performance, a child’s sense of self-esteem, and their future success in college and a career,” Alex Mendelsohn, manager of Community Learning at Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra, said.

Children are naturally creative, but parents need to give them opportunities to express themselves. Be creative as a family, whether that’s through music lessons, painting classes, going to see a play or visiting a local museum. Expose them to a variety of arts. As the adult, show that you also value the arts and are still using your creative side, and this will encourage a child to engage their right brain.

There are also ways to express creativity at home. Megan and Emma Fridenmaker, now 15 and 13, were exposed to the arts at a very young age. “We did a lot of reading and arts and crafts beginning when the girls were very young,” Indgrid, Megan and Emma’s mom, said. “The girls were each introduced to ballet in preschool, and now both girls have been taking ballet classes with the Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy for the last 9 years. They have been involved in music, theater, and creative writing activities at school as well. Over the years, as they have progressed in their training, ballet has become all-consuming.” They’ve even been in a number of professional productions – and it’s because they were introduced to the arts right away.

“Encourage kids to play and use their imagination – it’s one of the strongest tools they’ll have throughout their lives,” Terah Herman, education associate of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, said. “All children are already natural actors because they’ve all “played pretend” before. So turn off the TV and video games and let them use their natural gift of imagination.”

The twins Caroline and Henry, along with their 8-year-old sister, Sarah Grace, also enjoy lots of artistic fun at home. “Other than the occasional family movie night, we aren’t a household that watches TV or plays on the computer,” Kelly said. “The kids turn pillows, chairs and blankets into a fort, grocery store or library. I used to buy play money to help them play store, but then I realized they would prefer to make the money and price tags themselves. So we go through a lot of tape, paper, blank index cards and envelopes. We also go through a lot of sidewalk chalk. Every time it rains, our driveway is ‘erased’ and the fun of drawing a new town, train track and other adventures begins again.”

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Dear Teacher Grades, improving spelling and phonics Marge Eberts & Peggy Gisler

Grades for Effort Do Matter

Q: A:

My son receives a grade for both achievement and effort in every one of his subjects. I am not sure which grade I should be most concerned with. Is it important to receive both grades for each subject? – Puzzled

The grades measure different things. The achievement grade reflects how well your son has mastered the subject material. The effort grade is less precise. It shows how hard your child is working including doing classwork, participating in class discussion, and completing homework assignments. You should be most concerned about the relationship between the two grades. A good grade in effort should ideally be linked to a good grade in achievement. On the other hand, a poor grade in effort can often explain a low achievement grade. And a high achievement grade coupled with a low effort grade may indicate that a child needs more challenging work. Whenever there is a significant difference between the two grades, a discussion with a teacher should be arranged. Research has shown that students’ beliefs about effort are very important. If students believe that the effort they put into learning an academic subject will lead to achieving a better academic grade, the students are more likely to put forth the necessary effort to obtain the results they want to achieve.

Ways to Improve a 4th Grader’s Spelling


My fourth grader will ace the weekly spelling test; however, he misspells a lot of words when doing other work. How can he improve his spelling? – Misspeller


Part of the answer lies in how he learns the spelling test words. He may not be working with them enough to really learn them. He needs to write the words on a home spelling pre-test as soon as he gets them, self-correct the misspelled words and write them correctly and then be tested on the missed words following the same steps until he can write them correctly. If he misses too many words, limit the number of words (5-7) that he works with in one evening. The night before the test, re-test him on all the words and follow the same correction steps for any missed words. There is a good possibility that the spelling test words are not the ones that he is misspelling in his everyday work. A good way to deal with this is to look over his work and make a list of the words that he frequently misspells. Then you can follow the steps above and teach him five of these words along with the weekly spelling list. Review these words frequently in separate spelling tests until you see that he really can spell them. It could take a month for him to learn as many as ten words.


To reinforce the learning of the misspelled words, play Hangman with your son using the words that he frequently misspells. If he can word process, he could type some of his homework. By using spell check, he’ll immediately see spelling errors and be able to correct them.

No Phonics a Problem for 5th Grader


My daughter was never taught much phonics. Now when she meets a new word, she can’t sound it out. She’s in fifth grade, and this is becoming quite a problem in her social studies and science classes. Where do we get help for her? – No Phonics


When children get to your daughter’s age, they really aren’t using much phonics beyond the sound of the first syllable. After this, they are decoding words by dividing them into syllables and identifying familiar prefixes and suffixes as well as using the context. Admittedly, new words in social studies and science can be difficult to decode. You can help your child by working with her on each chapter’s new vocabulary. In most social studies and science books, these words are usually displayed prominently at the beginning or end of a chapter. If you can’t work with your child, consider a tutor. Don’t expect her to learn all the new vocabulary in one session. Start with the ones in the current reading assignment. Introduce these words over several days, and review them frequently. Work on only a few words at a time. First, spend time on the definitions of each word until your daughter can easily define them. Then take a word and show her how to divide the word into syllables. If she is having trouble with initial consonants, find simple words that she knows using that consonant. For example, if the word is “society,” relate it to the word “so.” Be sure to identify and teach the common prefixes and suffixes used in the social studies and science words It could also be helpful if you and your daughter were to read aloud together sections of the textbook using the new words. If your or a tutor’s work with the child is not enough, ask the school to investigate your daughter’s reading difficulties and to provide the help that she needs.

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SCHOOLS Making an

Informed Decision About Your Child's Education Katrina R. Holtmeier

s a parent, at some point you’ll have to make a decision about the education of your child. You will have many options, including, but not limited to, public, private, Parochial, boarding, and home school. The type of education you choose will be based on many factors, such as family income, a school’s reputation, family characteristics, school policy and philosophy, and much more. 26 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM

For many families, a boarding school offers the best education option. Some students need more structure, more attention from faculty and staff, and more discipline. But, what is boarding school and how do you know if it is the best option for your family?

A boarding school is a type of private school where students live, eat, study, and socialize at and around the school. There are more than 250 boarding schools in the United States. According to a 2007 article from, nearly 36,000 American children and young adults attend boarding schools each year.

Cindy Schalk of St. Charles, Illinois, was faced with a common dilemma. Her daughter, Anna, has a learning disability and was not performing well in the classroom of her local public school. Schalk took it upon herself to figure out another way for her daughter to be educated. After a lot of research and a few campus visits, Schalk decided that a boarding school would be the best educational environment for Anna.

Schalk enrolled her daughter in Brehm Preparatory School in Carbondale, Illinois. Brehm, which is approximately five hours from Cincinnati, specializes in empowering students with complex learning disabilities and helping them to deal with and overcome their challenges. For Schalk, Brehm was the place where she felt her daughter could succeed and earn the education she deserved.

As with most types of schools, there are pros and cons. For Schalk, the biggest con for a boarding school was the distance from home. Dealing with her daughter’s absence from home was difficult, but the benefits of a smaller class size and more personal attention for Anna at a boarding school outweighed any negatives.

“Brehm taught my child in a method where she was able to learn information, and that is powerful for self-esteem. Along with learning comes a better sense of self worth and self confidence,” said Schalk.

The Howe School, located in Howe, Indiana, is approximately four hours from Cincinnati. The school focuses on helping cadets develop self-discipline, strong moral character, communication skills, and leadership, through a military-based platform. Alumni and Director of Admissions at The Howe School, Major Tam Haas, said there are many significant things a cadet will gain at The Howe School, but the most important, in his opinion, is to become a productive leader and citizen. “By gaining confidence in their abilities they can become leaders in society,” he said. Whether you choose a boarding school for your child or a more traditional education route, the most important thing is your child’s success and happiness. Boarding school may or may not be the right choice for your child’s needs, so be sure to do research, talk to other parents, visit the schools you are considering, and make an informed decision with the input of your child.

Although Anna has since graduated and is currently attending college, Schalk said she doesn’t regret her decision to send her daughter to a boarding school. Her bond with her daughter has only become stronger.

“Our relationship became better,” Schalk said. “There were no longer battles over homework, missed assignments, etc. When she was home, we were able to enjoy each other’s company and could celebrate the successes she was having.”

While Brehm specializes in learning issues, there are other types of boarding schools including those which focus on the arts, social issues, Autism or Asperger syndrome, behavioral issues, religion, and military, to name a few.

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The Gardner School of Blue Ash This award-winning, academically focused preschool has recently opened in the Blue Ash Community. You want the best for your child, and so do we. With our nationallyrecognized curriculum taught by our degreed teaching faculty, we are committed to providing a nurturing environment for learning readiness where your child can prepare for academic achievement and lifelong success. 9920 Carver Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242, 513-985-9444,, Ages 6 weeks - Pre-K

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 28 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM

Pleasant Preparatory Preschool PPP offers a learning environment rich in educational activities that balance academic readiness with imagination, play and free exploration. We encourage our parents to be actively involved in their child’s early childhood education. We offer half day programs for ages 2.5 through PreK, and will work with you and your child through the potty training process if necessary. Classes have low student teacher ratios which allow our highly experienced and degreed teachers to work with each student both individually and as part of a group. Contact us today for your personal tour. 3401 Hamilton Mason Rd, Hamilton, OH 45011. Contact: Brenda Roberts, Administrator. Phone: 513-893-3222. Email: pleasantpreppreschool@gmail. com.

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 The Willow Tree House is centrally located just 5 minutes from downtown and Good Sam Hospital. We are also within walking distance of U.C, and University Hospital. Our teachers goal is to have happy children and instill a life long love of learning. 2651 Highland Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45219. Contact: Jean Walker. Phone: 513-281-8733. Email: Grades: Serving ages 6 wks–5 years in our Preschool Program.


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

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: 513-3981031,, 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. 3 Burton Woods Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45229, (513)281-7999,, 3 years through 6th Grade, Enrollment: 150

Non-Public Bethany School

Bethany School is an independent preparatory school where students experience an appreciation for many cultures. Laptop computers, on-line grading, a dynamic music program, rigorous curriculum, and a variety of extracurricular programs provide a truly extraordinary educational environment. 555 Albion Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45246, Phone: (513)771-7462,, Grades: Grades: K – 8th grade, Enrollment: 250

Cincinnati Country Day School 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

TUTORING 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. All ages.

SPECIAL NEEDS Springer School and Center For 40 years, Springer School and Center has empowered students with learning disabilities to become strategic learners. 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,, Grades: 1st - 8th grade, Enrollment: 200

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Childhood Cancer facing the diagnosis Sarah McCosham

As parents, we’d do anything for our children. When our kids are experiencing something painful or traumatic, most parents would agree they’d gladly take on their child’s pain. This is perhaps most true for parents of kids with serious illnesses. Parents are often

Rick Chaloupka faced all of the above conflicts when it came to his now-12-year-old

unsure about what to say to their affected child, how much to tell their other children,

son, Kyle. When Kyle was diagnosed with cancer two years ago, Chaloupka says he felt

what types of emotions are okay to show, and how to cope with the diagnosis themselves.

overwhelmed and unprepared:


best care from mom and dad, the extended family, and

‘Parenting 101’ guidebook? Yes, there are lots of books,

the medical team.”

pamphlets, and websites with information, but there’s no time to do your research. Things are moving 1,000 miles

Regardless of age, your child will probably respond

an hour starting the minute the diagnosis comes in. It’s

better that you fear. In fact, Dr. Brian Turpin, an oncologist

extremely difficult for a parent to try to explain cancer to

in the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute at Cincinnati’s

your child because you don’t know how to explain it to

CHMC, says he is “amazed nearly every time” he

yourself. I tried running through it in my head, but it

watches a child receive their diagnosis. “Many times

always ended with me bawling my eyes out wondering,

kids just want to know what’s going to happen next,” he

‘How am I going to stay strong for my child?’”

says. “Their reaction often galvanizes the family to focus

Unfortunately, many parents and families must go

on moving forward and onto the treatment plan.”

through this scenario. According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 1-2 children out of every 10,000 are affected by cancer, representing over 10,000 kids

Your child looks

to you to make sure everything is okay, and if you are not okay, this will

“Telling your child they have cancer – where’s that in the

have a negative impact on their ability to cope.

Tips for Family, Siblings, and Friends A strong support system is crucial for families facing a

Handling Emotions

cancer diagnosis, so friends and family should be prepared to help out. For example, having Grandma pick

– and exponentially more parents and families – each

However, how well your child accepts their diagnosis can

up the siblings from soccer practice, or friends prepare

year. In other words, a lot of people are affected by

be affected by how parents respond. According to Dr.

easy meals, can really help out a family who’s spending

childhood cancer; and hopefully, this article will provide

Angela C. Roddenberry, Staff Psychologist in the Division

all of their time at a hospital.

some information, advice, and coping strategies for

of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at

anyone going through this difficult process.

Cincinnati CHMC, parents should check their negative

From an emotional perspective, simply “being there” can

emotions at the door. “Your child looks to you to make

mean so much for parents. Says Chaloupka: “[As a

sure everything is okay, and if you are not okay, this will

parent] you need to stay as strong as you can for your

have a negative impact on their ability to cope,” she says.

child -- but you also have to let it out. Have friends and

Cancer: Your Child’s Understanding Honesty is the best policy when it comes to talking to your child about cancer; however, experts agree that parents should speak to their children in an ageappropriate manner. According to Wanda Meriwether, a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CHMC), what would be said to an eight-year-old child is clearly different than what would be said to a 16-year-old.

family you can count on for one thing: a shoulder to cry While it’s natural for parents to be angry, Roddenberry says it’s important to find outlets for their emotions. “Talk

on and an ear to bend. Just ten minutes of that will provide so much relief.”

to a counselor, exercise, engage in positive forms of

In terms of siblings, it’s important for parents to

distraction outside of the presence of your child,” she

remember their other kids during this trying time.

says. “The more you take care of yourself, the more

Meriwether says that siblings can often carry a lot of

positive energy you will have to give them.”

anger or sadness, or even guilt over the diagnosis. As a result, she explains, “It’s important that parents talk with

For example, young children tend to focus more on

Adds Dr. Turpin, “it’s easy to get overwhelmed when

the siblings and reassure them that they did nothing

immediate consequences, such as how their schedule

parents focus on the long-term plan. It’s reassuring,

wrong and did not cause the cancer.”

will change, if their toys will be at the hospital, and who

though, to know that no matter what direction the

will be with them during treatments. Older children,

diagnosis takes a child, there is a treatment pathway

meanwhile, want to know bigger-picture things: What will

guiding the oncologists. Each plan is highly unique and

it mean to their schedule? Will they miss school? Will

complex, so we encourage parents to take it one day at

they survive treatment?

a time and let their loved ones support them.”

In addition, it can be helpful to have siblings get involved in something proactive, like charity work. That process will give siblings a feeling of control and accomplishment during a time when so little is in their control. In fact, charity work can prove to be one of the most

As a social worker, Meriwether says she often introduces

Finally, trust your instincts and capability as a parent. In

effective therapeutic and bonding experiences for

parents to the “Four C’s: Cancer, Catch, Case, and Care,”

fact, Chaloupka says that, despite battling intense

dealing with a cancer diagnosis. Chaloupka says that,

to help them find ways to talk with their child. She explains:

emotional turmoil about how to talk to his son, he was

two years after the diagnosis, his whole family has gotten

“Cancer: by using the word, it becomes less scary than

able to pull himself together for the important talks.

involved in charity work. “I felt a need to do something

coming from someone else. Catch: parents should

“Somehow that ‘magic parent gene’ kicked in and I was

as a thank you for what everyone did to make sure my

reassure the child that cancer is not contagious, and

able to just say it, ‘Hey buddy, you have a problem that is

child was ok. We may not have all the Bill Gates money

they can still receive hugs and kisses. Case: nothing the

making you sick, but everything will be ok, and we’ll be

to donate, but a couple of hours here and there is

child did caused the cancer. Care: they will receive the

right here the whole time.’”

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raising politically-savvy kids Denise Morrison Yearian

10 tips for parents November is election month: the perfect time to teach children about political affairs and influence the next generation of voters. Even young children can cultivate an interest in politics if parents include them in conversations and engage them in everyday activities. Why not start a grassroots effort to foster political awareness in

Denise Morrison Yearian is a former educator and editor of two parenting magazines, as well as the mother of three politically-minded adult children.


Value volunteering. Participate in community family volunteer opportunities throughout the year and during campaign time. Parents and children can help with neighborhood mailings, drop off literature, distribute buttons or put up campaign signs.

your children? Here are 10 tips to help:


Start simple. Introduce concepts that can be built upon over time. Discuss what responsibility is and what they may be learning in history class. Talk about leaders and authority figures in your home and community. Show your child pictures of those in the political spotlight and discuss what

form of leadership he/she holds or is campaigning for.

2. 3.

Reason with relevance. Talk about how government affects your child’s life right now through everyday things – regulations on items they use or money needed for places they frequent such as parks and libraries.

Challenge to change. Teach your child that when things happen, they have the ability to affect change. For example, identify a neighborhood problem, such as a littered park, and talk about what they can do to change it. Encourage them to write a letter to a local, state and national

politician about the issue of concern. Children usually receive a letter in return, particularly from local and state officials, and this will encourage them to continue their efforts.


is a tangible way to teach them about the campaigning process. Suggest school and extracurricular groups hold mini debates to introduce political



Design day trips. Take trips to state and national historical and governmental sites. If possible, make prior arrangements to meet with representatives. Have your child make a list of questions to ask officials before

leaving home.


Model and mentor. Let your child see you reading the newspaper, watching the news, being active in civic volunteering and voting. Take them with you to vote and familiarize them with voting processes. Unspoken

modeling has a lasting effect.


Be consistent. Studies show that parents who regularly discuss political issues with their kids have a better chance of raising politically-minded children.

Reach for resources. Use juvenile literature such as biographies and historical and fiction works as a springboard for discussions and to focus their understanding of governmental affairs. Kid-friendly political and

civic-oriented websites, such as, have information and activities to teach children about government and current affairs.



Encourage early election encounters. Encourage your child to run for school or class office. This will give him a jump start on leadership roles and

Political Reads for Kids — America Votes: How Our President is Elected by Linda Granfield — As If Being 12 3/4 Isn't Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President! by Donna Gephart

Take news you can use. Watch the news and political debates and

— Class President by Johanna Hurwitz

read the newspaper aloud then discuss it together. Explain political

— Dork on the Run by Carol Gorman

cartoons and encourage your child to create their own cartoons based

— Duck for President by Doreen Cronin

on issues important to them.

— If I Ran for President by Catherine Stier — Vote for Me: All About the Civics by Kirsten Hall



‘Tis the season of giving. This holiday season, give back to the community with your family. Family volunteering can impact a legacy of community service, and create life-long volunteers out of younger generations. It also offers an opportunity to forge lasting bonds with fellow family members, while simultaneously making important contributions to the community. Check out these family volunteering opportunities in the Tri-state area and start giving back today.

A Children’s Hope International

Our Daily Bread

A Child’s Hope International: 2430 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241

Our Daily Bread: 1730 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

(513) 771-ACHI |

(513) 621-6364 |

HOW: Visit their website to sign up for a “Factory” session, where you and your family will learn about child hunger and prepare meals for children in need. A Children’s Hope International serves orphan and vulnerable children locally and worldwide through four channels of care: adoption, foster care, orphan care, and humanitarian relief. Your family can help in their international food relief campaign – Kids Against Hunger.

Drop Inn Center

HOW: Call Our Daily Bread to find out how you can help. Visit their website for a full list of volunteer opportunities. Our Daily Bread is a place where guests are invited to share a warm meal, receive social services, and to socialize in a caring, supportive and welcoming environment. There are many opportunities at Our Daily Bread for you and your family to help out.

Over-the-Rhine Kitchen

The Drop Inn Center: 217 W. 12th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Over-the-Rhine Kitchen: 1620 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

(513) 721-0643 Ext. 101 |

(513) 241-1983 |

HOW: Visit their website or call to find out how you and your family can get involved.

HOW: Call Executive Director Patricia Wakim at (513) 961-1983, ext. 2 if you are interested in volunteering.

As Cincinnati’s largest homeless shelter, The Drop Inn Center works tirelessly to provide basic human services for the men and women of the Greater Cincinnati area who are experience homelessness. Your family can cook a meal together and serve it to those in need at The Drop Inn Center.

Over-The-Rhine Kitchen is Cincinnati’s oldest soup kitchen, dedicated to alleviating hunger in the community by serving the poor in an environment of respect, care, and hospitality. Families can help by preparing and serving meals at the soup kitchen.

Faces Without Places Faces Without Places: P.O. Box 23300, Cincinnati, OH 45223 (513) 389-0805 | HOW: Call Faces Without Places or contact Megan to arrange your volunteer service at

Stepping Stones Center Stepping Stones Center: 5650 Given Road, Cincinnati, OH 46243 (513) 965-5918 | HOW: Register to volunteer through their website.

Faces Without Places supports children experiencing homelessness in Greater Cincinnati. There are many opportunities for you and your family to help their cause – see their website for details.

The mission of Stepping Stones is to increase independence, improve lives, and promote inclusion for children and adults with disabilities. Stepping Stones provides a variety of programs for adults and children with disabilities and are always in need of volunteers.

Freestore Foodbank – The Giving Fields Program

Tender Mercies, Inc.

Freestore Foodbank: 112 East Liberty Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Tender Mercies, Inc.: 27 W. 12th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

(513) 482-7550 |

(513) 721-8666 |

HOW: Register to volunteer through their website.

HOW: Fill out a Volunteer Application on their website.

The Freestore Foodbank runs The Giving Fields, a community farm where fresh produce is harvested to benefit local food pantries and on-site feeding organizations. You and your family can lend a helping hand at the farm this holiday season and make an impact in the community.

Tender Mercies is a vibrant community that provides housing and related services to homeless persons with histories of emotional and/or mental disabilities. This organization relies heavily on the supportive efforts of its volunteers, and could use any time your family has to offer.

New Life Furniture

United Way of Greater Cincinnati

New Life Furniture: 541 Main St., Milford, OH 45150 (513) 313-0530 |

United Way of Greater Cincinnati: 2400 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45202

HOW: Visit their website to fill out a volunteer or donation form.

HOW: Visit their website to find a local volunteer opportunity that you and your family can get involved in.

New Life Furniture collects gently used household furniture and delivers the items directly to families in need, many of whom were homeless in the Cincinnati, OH area. Through New Life Furniture, your family can give hope, a home, and love to another family starting over for a new life.

The United Way of Greater Cincinnati Volunteer Connection is a place where volunteers and opportunities connect. Choose a cause that is closest to your heart, or offer your help where it is most needed.

(513) 762-7146 |

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Times: 7:00 PM Price: $25-$200; plus fees Phone: 800-745-3000 Location: US Bank Arena, Cincinnati National tour featuring Team USA’s top performing gymnasts following the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Times: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 513-721-2787 Location: Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Strike a pose – this month’s Family First Saturday is all about fashion! Join us as we explore clothes and costumes in the collection of the Art Museum. Enjoy performances from Happen, Inc. and Madcap Puppets, have your face painted, visit with local artists, make art in Artworld, and more!

Times: 9:30 AM Price: $10.00/child, adult complimentary Phone: (513) 521-7275 Location: Winton Woods, Cincinnati Look at all the colors fall has brought to the farm and discover who on the farm is colored like the leaves. Recommended for ages two to five, with an adult.

Times: 1:00 PM Price: $8 Phone: 513-497-2860 Location: Clifton Cultural Arts Center, Cincinnati Ever wonder what would happen if Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother went on vacation? In Madcap’s twisted take on the classic fairytale, it’s up to her husband Ralph, the Fairy Godfather, to get Cinderella to the ball. With help from the audience, giant puppets and the big wand, Ralph might have a chance. In this hilarious production, Madcap also explores Cinderella as it is told by the Scandinavians in Diamonds and Toads and the Indonesian version, The Crocodile’s Baby.

Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Super Sprouts: Dia de los Muertos Times: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Price: FREE with Museum Admission Phone: (513) 287-7021 Location: Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Make a silly skeleton and join us as we learn about the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos! For children 5 and under.

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Fluency Friday Plus Occurring Daily Beginning Friday, November 2 — Saturday, November 3 Times: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Price: $15 Phone: 513-671-7446 Location: Vineyard Community Church Fluency Friday Plus is an intensive program for Greater Cincinnati children and teenagers who stutter. Celebrating our 12th event, Fluency Friday Plus 2012 will be held on Friday, Nov. 2 (8:30 a.m.4 p.m.) and Saturday, Nov. 3 (8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.) at Vineyard Community Church, 11340 Century Circle in Tri-County. Information and applications can be found at

Hearthwarming Holidays Occurring Daily Beginning Friday, November 2 — Sunday, November 4 Phone: 513-897-3003 Location: Main Street Area, Waynesville Our Shops and Galleries will be freshly decorated for the season and newly stocked with fabulous holiday merchandise for unique gift-giving ideas. Sixty shops and restaurants will be ready to help you decorate your home with the newest in home decor and accessories. 34 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM

Family First Saturday: Suit Up!

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Outdoor Social Times: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Price: Members free; nonmembers free with daily admission Phone: 513-831-1711 Location: Cincinnati Nature Center, Milford Bring your favorite cocoa mug for hot cocoa and fall nature fun.

Cincinnati Bengals VS Denver Broncos

Growing Up a Farm Kid - Fall Colors

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Afternoon Fun-time Times: 3:30 PM - 4:30 AM Price: Free Phone: 859-342-2665 Location: Boone County Public Library, Florence Gaming Internet Snacks and more Drop in to the Teen Scene on these days, during the school year, for some fun times with friends.

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Make A Card Class

Times: 1:00 PM Phone: (513) 455-4999 Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati Cheer on the Bengals as they take on the Broncos!

Times: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Phone: (513)515-9191 Location: Pleasant Run Preschool, Cincinnati Make a stack of embellished cards. All supplies provided except adhesive. Register by calling 5159191 or e-mailing

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Times: 6:30 PM Price: Free Phone: 859-342-2665 Location: Boone County Public Library, Burlington Indulge in all things chocolate Register.

Times: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Price: $10 per pair Art Museum Members, $20 per pair non-members Phone: 513-721-2787 Location: Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Especially for ages 2–5m. We hope you’re hungry, because this month’s Culture Kids is all about food! Together we’ll explore culinary creations in works of art through a docent led tour, storytime, an art project, and of course, a snack!

Chocoholics Unite

Culture Kids: Food for Thought

Madcap Puppets presents The Cinderella Files

Pottery Class: Funke Functionals Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Price: $30 Phone: 513-871-2529 Location: Funke Fired Arts, Cincinnati Functional handbuilding clay project. Create usable pottery with flair, such as mugs, soap dishes, waste baskets, picture frames, toothbrush holders and more.

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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 that feature the popular Miss Meliss, who keeps babies and their parents engaged and entertained with her unique brand of fun. 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!

Holiday Vendor Fair

Fall Flowers

Times: 1:00 PM Phone: 513-238-8072 Location: Revere Dance Studio, Sayler Park Lia Sophia, Creative Memories, Tastefully Simple, Thirty-one, Longaberger, Scentsy Candles, Tupperware, Avon, Premier Jewlery, Pampered Chef,Silpada, Jamberry Nails and Simply Fun.

Times: 7:00 PM Price: $25 Phone: 513.271.2793 Location: Blue Ash Recreation Center, Cincinnati This is our 2nd Annual offsite session at the rec center, don’t miss the fun! This session is open to the public and advanced reservations are required. Seating is limited so sign up early!

Holiday Card Making Times: 2:00 PM Price: $10 per child Phone: 513-731-2665 Location: blue manatee children’s bookstore, Cincinnati Enjoy a treat and delicious hot chocolate from the decafe and learn watercolor techniques to create a set of six beautiful holiday cards with artist Lisa Merida-Paytes. Ages 6 and up. Pre-registration is required.

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Ladies Holiday Shopping Night Times: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Phone: 513-469-1400 Location: Five Seasons Sports Club, Cincinnati Ladies merchandise. Salon holiday minimakeovers and hair suggestions. Wine and cheese tasting. Drawings, door prizes and more.

Nature Stories: Turkeys Times: 11:00 AM Price: FREE Phone: (513) 521-7275 Location: Sharon Woods, Sharonville Turkeys are the iconic animal of the Thanksgiving season. Parents and their little ones are invited to join the naturalist for a story all about turkeys.

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Miami Township Holiday Parade Times: 7:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 513-248-3727 Location: Meijer, Milford Features high school marching bands, lighted floats, businesses, Miami Township fire, police, service and recreation departments, churches, school groups and civic organizations participate. Bring seating.

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Times: 10:30 AM Phone: (513) 421-4111 Location: US Bank Arena, Cincinnati Come cheer on the Cyclones as they take on the South Carolina Stingrays!

Times: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Price: $5/person Phone: 513751-3679 Location: Trailside Nature Center, Cincinnati www. cincinnatiparks. com Join us at the Wolff Planetarium for an introduction to the constellations and some of the legends connected to them. Programs are open to adults and children ages 5+ accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. Seating is limited. Call 751-3679 to register.

Winter Jamboree Times: 10:00 AM Price: $5.00 Phone: (513) 521-7275 Location: Woodland Mound, Cincinnati

Get “on track” for the holidays with this family outing: a 45 minute vintage train ride with a narration of the endearing holiday story, “The North Pole Express,” Santa, elves, caroling and much more Come make some lasting family memories.

St. Jude Give Thanks Walk

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The Secret Life of Stars

Cincinnati Cyclones VS South Carolina Stingrays Register your three to five year old for this month’s jamboree. While doing a craft and hands on activities, your child will learn all about winter.

The Ultimate Doo-Wop Show Times: 8:00 PM Price: $35 & up Phone: (513) 621-2787 Location: Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati The record-breaking PBS-TV music specials, 50 Years of Doo-Wop, were so well received that they created a new showcase and new audiences for veteran Doo-Wop artists. Now these original artists, whose combined sales number over 200 million records, are back on the road performing live, treating concertgoers to the songs they danced to at sock hops, while allowing younger audiences to discover that Doo-Wop is feel-good music no matter what your age.

Holiday Mart Occurring Daily Beginning Friday, November 16 — Sunday, November 18 Phone: 513.797.7900 Location: Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati Cincinnati’s most exciting extravaganza gives “Shop till you drop” a whole new meaning! You will see aisle upon aisle of unique, one-of-a-kind boutiques and specialty stores from around the greater Cincinnati area as well as out of state offering you an unparalleled selection of gourmet food, home décor, specialty clothing, personal accoutrements, and countless other wonderful items for a truly exceptional gift buying experience!

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Kindervelt’s North Pole Express Train Excursion Times: 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM Price: $16 per person Phone: 513-588-0074 Location: Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, Lebanon

Times: 8:00 AM Price: Free Phone: 1-888493-2883 Location: The Purple People Bridge, Newport www. givethankswalk. org Join us for the Opening Ceremony in the Gallery Building of Newport on the Levee, across from the AMC ticketing station, before making your way across The Purple People Bridge Dress warm and enjoy food, friends, family and fun.

The Button People Price: $5 Phone: (513) 936-1576 Location: UC Blue Ash College, Blue Ash artrageous.html Multimedia adventure in world music. Laughter and learning come together as audience embarks upon musical voyage that introduces them to cross-section of rhythms and sounds and incorporates more than 30 unique instruments from around the world.

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Bustin’ Science Myths Times: 1:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: (513) 521-7275 Location: Miami Whitewater Forest, Harrison An egg can balance on its end for only 60 seconds a year…the iron in your breakfast cereal can be pulled out with a magnet! Today we will separate myths from some serious scientific stuff. We’ll finally get to the bottom of these statements and many others.

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your budding artist to create a one-of-a-kind night light in this introductory class. Students will use our fused glass components to create an original night light of their own design. Make glass art together. All hardware included, and all ages welcome. Registration required- register online today.

tues | 20 Turkey Bowl

Times: 11:00 AM Phone: 513-762-5600 Location: Fountain Square, Cincinnati The Turkey Bowl not only provides lots of laughter, but supports a very good cause! All food and cash will be donated to the Jimmy Heath House located on Odeon St. in Over-the-Rhine. To participate in this crazy event bring two non-perishable food items* or a $5 cash donation to the ice rink at 10:30am. . In addition, we will also have a free lane for the kids, featuring a smaller turkey and unlimited throws.

Light up the Levee Grand Illumination Party! Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: (859) 291-0550 Location: Newport on the Levee, Newport Join us for holiday music, tenant specials, and more as we flip the switch to turn on our wonderful holiday lights display.

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Turkey Jump It Up Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Price: $10.00 per child Phone: Call 513.829.7867 Location: Pump It Up, West Chester Come play on our giant, soft, fun-filled interactive inflatables during Pump It Up Family Jump Time! Share quality time and promote physical fitness while bouncing, sliding, climbing and jumping at Pump It Up. Parents and Grandparents play for FREE! Plus, loads of games and prizes to make your family time full of FUN! Admission price includes snacks and crafts for each paying child.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids Times: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: (513) 923-3665 Location: Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, Cincinnati Stop in any time between 12 pm and 2 pm to relax while watching some nature flicks. Popcorn will be provided. Bring snacks and sit-upons if you wish.

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Macy’s Downtown Dazzle Times: 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM Phone: 513-762-5600 Location: Fountain Square, Cincinnati Join us on Fountain Square for Macy’s spectacular Downtown Dazzle Event. The fun kicks off each evening at 5:45 pm with live music on Fountain Square provided by local choirs. Then at 6:30, Santa Claus rappels down the side of the 525 Vine Building to the Macy’s rooftop followed by a dazzling fireworks display! The magic continues inside with Story Time with Mrs. Claus (and some milk and cookies to warm up with.)

JUPITER! Times: 8:00 PM Price: $7 per person Phone: 513-321-5186 Location: Cincinnati Observatory Center, Cincinnati The Observatory celebrates Jupiter with optional classes at 8 or 9pm about our largest planet, new discoveries like the new red spots, the disappearing stripe, the newly found moons, and asteroids slamming into it. We will also take a closer look at the craters of the Moon. Selfguided tours, kids Jupiter craft, and much more. You’ll get to use the oldest telescope in the U.S. plus several portable telescopes outside. Drop in anytime between 8-10pm - Report to the smaller of the two buildings. Perfect for all ages.

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SENSORY NIGHT Times: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Price: $8/child. Parents are Free Phone: Call 513.829.7867 Location: Pump It Up, West Chester A night for Special Needs kids, and their siblings and families! Kids with autism and those on the autism spectrum love the active movement of jumping and climbing on our safe, giant inflatables.

Tennis Explorers Occurring Each Monday Times: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Price: $135mem/$171non Phone: 513-624-1871 Location: Mercy HealthPlex., Cincinnati Tennis Explorers is a complete preschool tennis program designed to inspire children through play and imagination.Tennis Explorers uses a careful blend of developmentally sound physical activities, tennis skills and story telling. Kids and players get to play together and have fun. Nine days and times to choose from.

Macy’s Light Up the Square Times: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Phone: 513-762-5600 Location: Fountain Square, Cincinnati Featuring the annual lighting of the holiday tree on Fountain Square. Festivities began at 6:30pm with live music from Timeflies and ice skating.

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Wee Wednesday: Texture and Touch Times: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Price: FREE Phone: 513-721-2787 Location: Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Perfect for ages 2–5. Join us for a sensory exploration of the Art Museum! Enjoy four interactive storytelling stops with our specially trained docents as we explore the ways that artists create texture in paintings and sculpture.

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Times: 11:00 AM Price: FREE Phone: (513) 521-7275 Location: Woodland Mound, Cincinnati Nature has many stories to tell. Families are invited to join a naturalist for a nature themed story.

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Cincinnati Bengals VS Oakland Raiders Times: 1:00 PM Phone: (513) 455-4999 Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati Cheer on the Bengals as they take on the Raiders!

Sensory Sunday: Stories, Songs and Fun for You and Your Little One Times: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Price: FREE, RSVP online! 36 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM

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 that are FREE and feature the popular Miss Meliss, who keeps babies and their parents engaged and entertained with her unique brand of fun. 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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Brain Balance Parent Lecture Times: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 513 257-0705 Location: Brain Balance, Cincinnati At the lecture you will learn about our exciting program and how it can help your child succeed academically, socially and behaviorally. You will also have the opportunity to ask all the questions you may have.

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Christmas in the Village Occurring Daily Beginning Friday, November 30 — Sunday, December 2 Price: FREE Phone: 513-897-3003 Location: Main Street Area, Waynesville Carriage rides, costumed characters and carolers. Streets lined with more than 1300 luminaries and shops decorated for season and hosting open houses.

ongoing events Turkeys in the Garden! Occurring Daily Beginning Wednesday, November 14 — Sunday, November 25 Phone: (513) 771-8733 Location: Glenwood Gardens, Cincinnati We all think about turkeys during this season, so why not come meet a live turkey and learn how they live in the woods and fields surrounding Highfield Discovery Garden. We’ll also look at some Thanksgiving customs as well.

The Return of Trains, Trestles and Traditions Occurring Daily Beginning Saturday, November 17 — Sunday, January 6 Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Price: Adults $6, Seniors $5, Children (512) $4, (Children 4 and under free) Phone: (513) 421-4086 Location: Krohn Conservatory, Cincinnati

Phone: 859-491-4003 Location: Behringer Crawford Museum, Covington All aboard! The 21st annual toy train exhibit features 250 feet of track, including Thomas the Train. New this year: Dickens Village!

Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains Occurring Daily Beginning Friday, November 2 — Sunday, January 6 Price: Museum Admission Phone: (513) 287-7021 Location: Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati / You’ll be in the holiday spirit as soon as you walk in the door as you’re surrounded by families of all types, beautiful holiday decor, a super-sized tree, seasonal music and the magic of the tristate’s most historic train station, with a full slate of activities sure to thrill railroad enthusiasts of all ages. And that’s not all: From Rocky Mountain Express in our OMNIMAX® Theater to our Winter Solstice: Festival of Lights, we have something for everyone this holiday season. This years’ show combines the splendor of the traditional holiday blooms with an over the top, train and holiday light experience. Get re-acquainted with local traditions and enjoy the beauty of the season. Decorated in full holiday attire including hundreds of poinsettias, cyclamen and evergreens, the conservatory is a wonder to behold. Take a photo of your family near the poinsettia tree or in front of the Krohn Conservatory’s train display adorned with miniature buildings that replicate the look of Cincinnati’s famous landmarks.

Holiday Toy Trains Occurring Daily (except Mon) Beginning Saturday, November 17 — Sunday, January 13 Price: $7 adults, $4 children ages 3-17

PNC Festival of Lights Occurring Daily Beginning Friday, November 23 — Tuesday, January 1 Times: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Phone: 513.281.4700 Location: Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati Join us as we celebrate our 30th anniversary of the PNC Festival of Lights! The Zoo will be more colorful than ever before with nearly two million LED lights! Celebrate the season as you stroll through our themed areas. From FAIRYLAND to CANDY CANE FOREST to TWINKLE TRAIL and MORE! Be sure to watch out for those Rappin’ Elves and other costume characters too!


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at Christmas At EnterTRAINment Junction Occurring Daily Beginning Saturday, November 17 Through Tuesday, January 1 Price: Best Value! Our Do-It-All! ticket Phone: 513-898-8000 Location: EnterTRAINment Junction, West Chester Create a holiday tradition for your family! See the magic of Christmas at the home of the World’s Largest Indoor Train Display. Take a “Journey to the North Pole”, where you can can meet Mrs. Claus and Santa himself. Beautiful winter train displays that are FREE to the public. From December 17th through December 22nd and December 26th through December 30th we will remain open until 9pm. Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas day and closes at 4pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve... Santa goes on vacation after Christmas.

Scuba Santa Occurring Daily Beginning Friday, November 23 — Tuesday, January 1 Price: Included with Admission Phone: 800-406-3474 Location: Newport on the Levee, Newport Holiday decorations throughout Aquarium. Underwater Santa show alongside sharks, shark rays and Denver the Sea Turtle.

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sandwich day

on this day the electric light bulb was patented by Thomas Edison in 1879 4

daylight savings time ends

election day


how to celebrate: try your hand at some homemade donuts for breakfast!

sundae day how to celebrate: save some room for dessert and make your favorite sundae after dinner





donut day






13 young readers day on this day 12

the first balloon crosses the Pacific in 1981

how to celebrate: read your favorite book before bed



peanut butter fudge day

play monopoly day how to celebrate: get your whole family together and have a game night

hug a bear day 7


how to celebrate: bundle up and head outside to play in the leaves



cake day



national day of listening

how to celebrate: sit down with your family how to celebrate: and listen to how make your favorite flavor everyone else's day went for dessert!


french toast day how to celebrate: ask your mom or dad to make french toast for breakfast!

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black friday celebrate your how to celebrate: unique talent day

world "hello" day


homemade bread day how to celebrate: put on your apron and make some homemade banana bread!

throw out all of those old leftovers!



button day

how to celebrate: get your friends together and put on a talent show for your family

if you dare, take your family out to take advantage of some great sales and deals!

how to celebrate: say "hello" to someone new today


national day of play

the X-ray was discovered in 1895

clean out your pack your mom lunch refrigerator day day how to celebrate:


domino day

on this day


happy birthday cookie monster!


how to celebrate: give all your teddy bears a great big hug!

how to celebrate: have sandwiches for dinner with all of your favorite toppings!


on this day

King Tut's Tomb Opened In 1922


stay at home because you're well day (good luck!)

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