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10 | TOP FAMILYFRIENDLY PICKS TO ENJOY THIS MONTH Downtown Indy is the place to be this November!


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commentary + parenting 38 | MOMMY MAGIC 41 | PETE GILBERT... STAY-ATHOME DAD 44 | ASK THE TEACHER

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Traveling the country as part of "The Greatest Show on Earth"

24 | THE MERITS OF MUSIC Music education has far-reaching benefits

26 | SAVVY SHOPPING Simple ways to save big

40 | WHEN UNEMPLOYMENT HITS HOME Strategies for coping as a family
















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PUBLISHER Mary Wynne Cox | If you’re a tennis fan, you won’t want to miss the World’s #1 Doubles Team, Mike and Bob Bryan, play a tennis exhibition with Rajeev Ram on November 23rd at the Carmel Racquet Club. The identical twins have won more doubles titles than any team, including the London Olympic Gold Medal, all four Grand Slams and many Davis Cup wins. How have the twins been so successful? Strong support from their parents was a key factor. Mom, Kathy Bryan, twice a Wimbledon competitor, gave her sons private lessons every morning. In the Bob and Mike Bryan, Tennis Grand Slam Doubles Champions afternoons, the boys joined their dad, Wayne Bryan, at his popular tennis clinics. Both parents put an emphasis on the boys having fun. In fact, the twins say they had so much fun playing as little kids they didn’t realize they were learning a sport until they were nine or ten.

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WEBSITE DESIGN & GRAPHICS ASSISTANT Wayne is adamant about the type of role a parent should play in their child’s athletics. “Your role is to minimize pressure, not create it.” Wayne gives his ideal response of what parents should say after a match. “First question: Do you want water or Gatorade? Second question: Where do you want to get something to eat? Third question if your child is 16 or older: Do you want to drive or should I? It’s really that simple,” he says. “If a child wants to talk about the match, you listen but don’t critique.” When the twins play together, each knows where the other is moving. They pump each other up with “high fives” or their famous chest-press. They give confidence to each other and have always considered themselves best friends. I know I’ll be at the Carmel Racquet Club on November 23rd to watch these two young men in action. It promises to be a fun evening – hope to see you there! Buy tickets for this event through EntouRaj for Kids at

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Barbara Wynne, Carrie Bishop, Sarah McCosham, Michelle Shirk, Trisha Shepherd, Taryn Skees, Mary Susan Buhner, Pete Gilbert, Deb Krupowicz, Cathy Southerland of The Children’s Museum, Amanda Dorman of Indianapolis Downtown Inc., Dr. Nadia Krupp of Riley Hospital for Children, Derek Nutty of March of Dimes and Laura Neidig of Indianapolis Monumental Marathon CONTACT US 921 E. 86th Street., Suite 130 | Indianapolis, IN 46240 PHONE: 317.722.8500 | FAX: 317.722.8510 EMAIL:

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S POT L IGH T A CALL, A CONVERSATION, A CELEBRATION Fathers and caregivers of special needs children will not want to miss the upcoming Fathers and Families Center’s November 16th Symposium. Attendees will network with other families, participate in workshops and gain valuable knowledge from several nationally renowned fatherhood and disability experts, such as Dr. Robert Naseef. November 16, 2013 – 8:00 am - 2:00 pm Ivy Tech Community College, 2820 North Meridian Street Tickets: $15 (includes continental breakfast and lunch) To order tickets, visit Contact Ian Albright for more information at 317-921-5943 or admin@FatherResource.

LADIES AND GENTLEMAN...START YOUR OVENS! Friday, November 15th is the deadline to enter the Conner Prairie Gingerbread House competition. The competition is open to businesses, organizations, families and individuals. Creations are not limited to houses, they can be any structure real or imaginary! All participants are treated to a private showing and awards reception before the display opens. If you are not planning to submit an entry, be sure to visit Conner Prairie November 29, 2013 through January 5, 2014 to view all of the amazing entries! Contest entry fee: $10. Visit to download an application.

FREE DIABETES EDUCATION DAY FOR FAMILIES Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent will host a Diabetes Education and Family Networking Day at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis on Saturday, November 3rd. With interactive sessions, families can network, share their experiences and learn from expert speakers. Keynote speaker, Joe Solowiejczyk, is a nurse, diabetes educator and family therapist and will be on hand throughout the day. Kids will have the opportunity to hear from Charlie Kimball, IndyCar Driver diagnosed diabetes, as well. Visit to register. Saturday, November 3, 2013 – 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, FREE **Lunch and childcare for children 5 and above provided. Free museum admission following the event.


ROCK TO READ AND SLAMMIN' RHYMES IN NOVEMBER The WTTS Rock to Read concert, featuring singersongwriter Amos Lee, takes place on Saturday November 9th at The Murat Theatre at Old National Center! Since 2006, the annual concerts have raised over $70,000 to support children’s programming at the Indianapolis Public Library. Tickets are still available, so come out for a great evening of music and support literacy in Indy! Saturday, November 9th – 8:00 pm Murat Theatre at Old National Center Ticket prices: $38.00 - $59.00 For tickets, visit Music fans of all ages are invited for an afternoon of inspiration and cultural entertainment during “Fall Fest 2013” on Saturday, November 16th. Pioneering female hip hop artist, MC Lyte, will be featured as well as the student winners of the Slammin’ Rhymes Challenge VIII, DJ Wrekk and the Traci Urban Jamm Dance Company. Interactive workshops will also be offered. Saturday, November 16th – 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Clowes Auditorium, inside the Central Public Library, Free

IT'S TURKEY TIME IN INDY There are over twenty running and walking race events in November, several of which give folks an excuse to hit the pavement in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday. 11/28 Drumstick Dash: Broad Ripple 11/28 Henry County YMCA Turkey Trot: New Castle 11/28 Wishbone 5K: Fishers 11/28 Gobblers Jog: Fishers Contact 11/28 Michel Treinen Foundation Turkey Trot: Noblesville 11/30 Uplands Leftover Turkey Trail Run: Indianapolis For a complete list of upcoming area races, visit

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FAMILY-Friendly Picks N to Enjoy THIS MONTH

Downtown Indy is the place to be this November! Amanda Dorman, Communications Manager, Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

ovember is a great month to get inside and read a good book at a local bookstore or the library, watch a mesmerizing musical or explore a museum. Fortunately, there is plenty to do inside in downtown Indy this month. And when you need a little fresh air, check out downtown Indianapolis’ most beloved holiday tradition, Circle of Lights presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW #481. On November 29, the day after Thanksgiving, grab your hats and mittens and watch the ceremonial lighting of The Soldiers and Sailors Monument from 6 – 8 p.m. The lights remain lit through early January.

• • • Nov. 1 - 18, kids age 12 or under are invited to enter the Circle of Lights® Coloring Contest, earning the chance to win two very special prizes. Four finalists will be selected and each will receive $529 into a College Choice 529 Savings Plan. Additionally, one of the five finalists will be selected to “flip the switch” on the 4,784 lights strung on the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Thousands enter the contest annually, and one lucky winner will appear on stage with Santa at the Circle of Lights® event November 29. For more information, visit


The Eiteljorg Museum becomes a locomotive wonderland during their annual Jingle Rails exhibit, a network of trestles, bridges and tunnels. Watch seven trains pass through replicas of actual downtown Indianapolis destinations including Monument Circle, Lucas Oil Stadium and Union Station from November 23 through January 19. The landmarks are incredibly crafted out of natural materials (moss, twigs and nuts) in exquisite detail.


Have a kid who loves musicals? Wicked returns to Old National Centre this month and plays through December 1. The music is mesmerizing and the story is something everyone in the family will enjoy watching. You can also catch America’s Got Talent, NBC’s number one rated TV show, at Old National Centre. The stage show, which takes place November 3 at 5 p.m., features performances from fan favorites.

• • • Jolly Days returns to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum November 23 – January 5. Enjoy yearly favorite activities including the Yule Slide, Jingles the Jolly Bear, visits with Santa and “outdoor” fun at the Snow Castle and Ice Fishing holes. Don’t miss Santa’s Big Arrival (in a Dallara IndyCar!) November 29 at 9 a.m. The Jolly Old Elf will be escorted by police cars with flashing lights as he pulls up in a two-seat race car. Shortly after his arrival, Santa will slide down the Yule slide with the lucky child of a member family selected during a drawing.

• • • Indy Reads Books offers free story time every Saturday through the end of December. Gather your family and join the Indy Reads Books team from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. for a round of stories. While you’re there, build your own storybook library: Indy Reads Books sells children’s books for $1 each. 10 INDYSCHILD.COM · NOVEMBER 2013





Asthma Awareness Learn to recognize, treat and manage asthma

Nadia Krupp, M.D.

Did you know that asthma is the most common chronic disease of childhood? Asthma is a chronic illness that blocks or narrows the lungs, making breathing difficult. Asthma affects 1 in 11 children and is the third leading cause of hospitalization among children under age 15. In most children, asthma develops before age 5. However, the best defense against asthma is knowledge about the disease! Parents and doctors can work together to help children manage an illness that will allow children to live a full and happy life. While asthma cannot be cured, it can be controlled with today’s medicines. Asthma control medications are safe and effective, causing minimal-to-no side effects. Good control of asthma means that a child can run, play, be active, participate in any sport and not have frequent flare-ups of asthma.

Symptoms Symptoms of asthma vary widely. Some children may only experience one symptom, while others will experience more. The most common symptoms include: • • • • •

Wheezing or a high-pitched whistling sound Shortness of breath or labored breathing – especially after exercising Frequent coughing spells or a chronic cough Coughing during sleep Chest tightness

If your child has any of these symptoms, it is important to note and track the symptoms. Details, including when and how often the symptoms occur, will be helpful to share with your child’s pediatrician if you think he or she may be suffering from asthma.

Triggers Triggers vary from child to child. However, some of the more common triggers include: • • • • • •

Cigarette smoke Respiratory infections, colds Perfumes, aerosols, or anything with a strong smell Cold air or a quick temperature change Exercise Allergens such as animal dander, dust, pollen, mold

Risk factors There are certain things that make it more likely that your child will have asthma. 12 INDYSCHILD.COM · NOVEMBER 2013

Some of them include: • • • • • •

Low birth weight Exposure to cigarette smoke before or after birth Frequent respiratory infections A family history of asthma or seasonal or food allergies Nasal allergies Eczema – a chronic, itchy skin rash

Diagnosis Your child’s pediatrician or an asthma specialist (such as a pediatric pulmonologist or allergist) will conduct a detailed history. The doctor will ask about symptoms, family history and conduct a physical exam to listen to the child’s heart and lungs. The doctor also may think a chest X-ray and a lung function test are needed. All of these findings will help the physician determine if asthma is the culprit. If it is, the physician will likely develop an individualized asthma action plan for your child. This action plan describes how and when to use asthma medications and it will help you understand what to do if the symptoms get worse and when emergency care may be needed.

Managing asthma There is no cure for asthma, but it can be controlled. Maintaining control of asthma is key to keeping symptoms at bay and preventing asthma attacks. The doctor will recommend the best treatment plan based on your child’s symptoms and age. Avoiding known triggers and using control medications every day as prescribed are the best ways to control asthma. To help decide what triggers your child’s asthma, your doctor may recommend some allergy testing, but allergy testing is not needed for every child with asthma. You will want to share the asthma plan with babysitters, teachers, coaches and the school nurse so that they can all recognize and treat your child’s asthma. That way, your child can enjoy all aspects of childhood without being slowed down by his asthma. With the proper planning, care and treatment, your child will be able to live an active, healthy life without limits! For more information visit Nadia Krupp, M.D., is Director of Riley Asthma Care Center at Indiana University Health.





Diabetes Education leads to understanding There’s a lot of misunderstanding about diabetes, particularly type 1 diabetes. And these false perceptions end up harming patients at a time when they need our support and advocacy.

For starters, type 1 diabetes – most often diagnosed in children, adolescents or young adults – occurs when the body stops making insulin, which the body needs so glucose can enter the cells and be used for energy.

“Kids with type 1 diabetes are still normal kids who can do normal things,” says Andrew Riggs, M.D., director of pediatric endocrinology with Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent. “But they still encounter people who are afraid of them, or think they – or their parents – caused the diabetes. There is still a huge lack of understanding about the disease.”

Why the body stops making insulin is still a great mystery. But what researchers do know is that type 1 diabetes appears to be random – and definitely not caused by any lifestyle behaviors. While the cause still eludes researchers, they are certain how to treat it: insulin – four times a day.

Dr. Riggs says this happens, to some degree, because people don’t understand the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. “When most people talk or refer to diabetes, they’re usually talking about type 2 – which is managed in part by a healthy lifestyle,” he says. “Yet people with type 2 face some unfair assumptions as well.” Type 1 and type 2 diabetes cannot be grouped together and should be approached as two separate diseases altogether. “Type 1 is a radically different disease than type 2 – and that includes its causes and treatments,” he says.

“It’s life changing. Patients have to check their blood sugar at least four times a day by pricking their finger. At those same times, they inject or pump insulin into the body,” Dr. Riggs explains. “It’s something they think about throughout the day every single day.” While not easy, Dr. Riggs says kids are resilient and learn how to adapt. “It just becomes part of their daily routine. Most can check their own blood sugar and administer their own insulin by the age 10 or 12,” he says. While living with diabetes requires the several-times-daily administration of insulin, it doesn’t prevent a kid from being, well, a kid. “Type 1 diabetes is clearly an adjustment, but there is no reason why those with type 1 diabetes cannot live normal, healthy lives. In fact, I advocate for it,” he says. Dr. Riggs encourages his patients to be physically active. “Kids with diabetes can do all the sports and activities that ‘normal’ kids can do,” he says. He tries to inspire his young patients by telling them of famous people who successfully live with type 1 diabetes, including Jay Cutler (Chicago Bears quarterback), Gary Hall, Jr. (Olympic champion swimmer), Nick Jonas (musical performer) and Charlie Kimball (race car driver). He also encourages patients to participate in the camps offered through the Diabetes Youth Foundation ( “It’s important for these kids to be around others with type 1 diabetes. It helps them feel less different from their peers.” Dr. Riggs is optimistic that won’t be an issue at all one day. “I tell my young patients that I believe we could see a cure developed in their lifetime. I sure hope so.” Dr. Andrew Riggs is a pediatric endocrinologist and medical director of the Pediatric Endocrinology Center at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent. With an experienced team of pediatric endocrinologists, advanced practice nurses, certified diabetes educators, psychologists and pharmacists, the Center specializes in providing care to infants, children and adolescents with a wide range of endocrine orders. Learn more at




supporting someone adoption process DURING THEIR

Helpful tips for what to say and do

Michelle Shirk


he adoption process is often compared to a roller coaster. Many prospective adoptive families spend months or even years completing paperwork and waiting for placement of a child, and some encounter significant setbacks along the way. The journey that ultimately led my husband and me to a successful domestic infant adoption was a lengthy one. However, to say our amazing daughter was worth the wait would be a tremendous understatement! I am confident that we ended up with exactly the right child for our family and will remain forever grateful to our wonderful family and friends for their support along the way.

If you know someone in the process of building a family through adoption, you may be wondering what you can do to help. Below are some tips for providing support to a prospective adoptive family before and after the placement of a child in their home.

throughout the adoption process Understand the type of adoption involved. Adoptive families can be formed in a variety of ways including international adoption, domestic infant adoption, adoption through the foster care system and stepparent adoption. and similar websites provide excellent background information on the various types of adoption, but keep in mind that rules can vary depending on the state, country and/or agency involved. Offer tangible assistance. Families in the adoption process sometimes need a favor. Many if not all candidates for adoption will require reference letters from friends or family members. Some may also need photographs for a profile book, help spreading the word about their interest in adopting or just a listening ear. If you want to help out but aren’t sure what you can do, just ask. Celebrate significant milestones. Depending on the type of adoption involved, landmark moments might include making the decision to adopt, completing the home study process, matching with an expectant mother or 16 INDYSCHILD.COM · NOVEMBER 2013

receiving the referral of a child. There are many ways to acknowledge these milestones. To celebrate the start of our process, one thoughtful friend gave us a picture frame intended to hold a photo of our future child. Others simply told us how excited they were when they learned about progress we had made. A handwritten note or card would also be a nice gesture.

Acknowledge setbacks and disappointments. The “lows” of the adoption process can include anything from a paperwork snafu to a failed match with an expectant mother. If you aren’t sure what to say in such a circumstance, try a simple “I’m thinking about you.”

after placement of a child Offer the use of baby supplies. Because the adoption timeline is often uncertain, some prospective adoptive families choose not to purchase many baby supplies in advance. This approach saved our sanity during the wait but left us scrambling when we received word our daughter had been born several states away. Fortunately, friends provided us with clothing and supplies left over from their own children to help us get through the first few weeks. If you’re already a parent, consider loaning your dormant diaper genie or baby washcloths to a family in the early stages of parenthood. Respect privacy about the details of the adoption. Adoptive families have varying comfort levels regarding the information they wish to share about their fertility history, their child’s biological parents and the circumstances that lead to the adoption. The closeness of your relationship with the individuals involved obviously impacts the types of questions that are appropriate. Regardless of the situation, though, try to avoid putting new parents on the spot about issues they seem hesitant to discuss.

Focus on adoption as the desired outcome. Adoption should be treated as a wonderful way to build a family, not a second best option. Comments such as, “Are you still going to try to have your own child?” are better left unsaid. Celebrate the end of the adoption process. In some cases, an adoption is not finalized until after a child has been home for weeks or months. It’s a big deal to be legally recognized as parents, so consider offering a hearty “Congratulations!” when this milestone is reached. If you are particularly close with the family, you may even wish to offer to attend the final court hearing. We were touched and honored to have family members willing to travel by plane to celebrate the finalization of our adoption. I look forward to sharing photos and memories from this trip with our daughter as she grows. The suggestions above are neither mandatory nor all-inclusive, but simply a starting point to help you support a prospective adoptive family in your circle. Like most journeys, the adoption process is a lot more fun with family members and good friends along for the ride! NOVEMBER 2013 · INDYSCHILD.COM


Trisha Shepherd

Irina’s father was a well-known animal trainer who taught her the tricks of the trade. She began her own monkey act as a young girl, and met Alex during a tour where he was performing as a clown. Alex and Irina married, and spent the last 15 years building up acts that combine their strongest skills. The act that landed them this chance to be in the “greatest show on earth” includes “a lot of surprises, a lot of comedy magic, and a lot of something new!” says Alex. Irina says the audiences go wild for their animals, which include rabbits, snakes, ferrets and dogs. “Sometimes I can’t believe our dogs can do this!” she admits.

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Traveling the country as part of “The Greatest Show on Earth” Plenty of parents of young children feel like their lives are a circus. For Alex and Irina Emelin, family life literally IS a circus. And they wouldn’t have it any other way. The husband-wife duo are one of the featured acts in the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, whose 10-month long “Built to Amaze” tour rolls into Indianapolis in December. The Russian pair and their two daughters are enjoying their tour of America, and the thrills of living out their destiny under the big top.

Childhood dreams Alex and Irina grew up with circus life in their families. Alex had an uncle who was a circus clown. At that time in the Soviet Union, Alex explains, your only opportunities for international travel were to pursue a career in sports, ballet or circus. Alex remembers a pivotal conversation with his uncle. “He told me, ‘Alex, it’s so nice! It’s so interesting to see the world.’” Alex chased that dream through circus school in the Ukraine and straight into a successful professional career. 18 INDYSCHILD.COM · NOVEMBER 2013

Many of their fellow circus families travel from show to show on a circus train. But Alex and Irina prefer to travel in a home on wheels, which Alex describes as their “beautiful, beautiful trailer.” With a new city every week, Alex says his family has seen more of America than many Americans. Their daughters, Alexandra, 14, and Valentina, 4, attend a school and nursery that the circus provides. They are not only starting to master English, they are studying Spanish as well. “It’s everything like a regular school but it travels with us,” explains Alex. “The company cares about family.” Irina agrees, saying that compared with other circus environments she has experienced, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey has served up any working parent’s dream. “I’m so happy because here, it’s not just a school or nursery somewhere,” says Irina. “It’s always in our building. Any time I can come in the nursery or school and check my kids.”

The next generation? Will the next generation of Emelins follow in their parents’ footsteps? Both Alex and Irina hope so. “I can’t help my daughter to be a lawyer, or a journalist,” explains Alex. “But I can help her here. It would be easier for my kids to make a life here. It would be very nice if my kids stay in the circus.” Alexandra is a competitive gymnast, and her skills could easily transition into circus life. What about 4-year-old Valentina? “Our little one will be an animal trainer!” Alex predicts, noting his youngest daughter’s similarities to her mother. Life on the road and under the big top isn’t for everyone, but for this family of performers, there is nothing else that compares. “This is not my job. This is my hobby,” says Alex. “And when you have a hobby, you’re never tired.” [ The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus “Built to Amaze” tour will be at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis from Thursday, December 5 through Sunday, December 8. Ticket prices range from $20.00-$78.00. ]



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Music Has a Beat! Getting into the rhythm with your young musician Cathy Southerland, Director of Early Childhood Education, The Children's Museum of Indianpolis

“Now it’s time for music, music, music . . . we’ll have lots of fun!” This song begins every facilitated program in The Music Studio in Playscape at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, and it’s very true – music is fun. It also plays a powerful role in the lives of young children. There is a musician in every child. Adults who intentionally infuse music into children’s lives are nurturing powerful learning connections. The Music Studio in Playscape will provide a chance for you and your child to be musicians together as you explore rhythm, tone and movement using real musical instruments. While in the Studio, observe your child as s/he experiments with the instruments and discovers the source of sounds. Encourage critical thinking about the instruments. See if your child can identify high tones and low tones, fast tempo or slow tempo. This will help your child develop an understanding of musical concepts and musical vocabulary. Helping your child understand that music has a beat is something you can also do at home. Experiment with making sounds and creating rhythms not only with musical instruments but with everyday household objects. Any household items that make sounds, such as pans, lids, chopsticks, keys, containers of breath mints, pairs of wooden spoons, etc. all make excellent “instruments.” Begin by playing a selection of music that has a strong beat (“The Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Phillip Sousa is a good choice.) Demonstrate the beat by patting your hands on your legs. This will help your child hear that the music has a steady beat. Ask your child to join in with you. Tap different


parts of your body (shoulders, toes, head, ears, etc.). Then bring out your household “instruments” and enjoy playing together, trying to keep the same rhythm. Talk about the beat or rhythm as you play, and most of all . . . have fun!



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The Mission Behind Miracles March of Dimes continues working for stronger, healthier babies Derek Nutty, Senior Community Director, March of Dimes

Our country’s premature birth rate has risen by 36 percent over the last 25 years. That’s serious cause for concern. The story of Beth and Jon Neuman, and their son Nathan, illustrates just how fragile life can be for babies born too soon. Nathan has an older brother named Floyd who was born full term, but Nathan came into this world with some great challenges ahead of him. Because of the love of their family, the dedicated care of clinical professionals and the steadfast work of March of Dimes for the last 75 years, the Neumans were able to bring Nathan home.

In the words of Beth Neuman, “When Nathan was born he weighed in at 1 pound and 5 ounces and was 12 inches long. The doctors and nurses called him a micro preemie and some even called him a million dollar baby. He was born preterm at 26 weeks. Nathan had to live in an incubator in a hospital for the first 3 months; we couldn’t hold him, or kiss him.”

“Thanks to the research of March of Dimes, Nathan had a chance to have his lungs develop before he was delivered. March of Dimes also funded research to develop surfactant therapy, given to premature babies so they can take their first breath. When the lungs are not mature they have a fluid that keeps them from inflating. I am one of the lucky moms! My preemie baby had a thirty percent chance of survival. Now that same boy has grown up to be eleven years old, turning twelve on October 24th. He loves to read, do gymnastics and play video games. He is one of the fortunate babies that are born premature. We are very excited to serve as an ambassador family for March of Dimes at their 75th Anniversary Signature Chefs Auction in Indianapolis, a night that we hope will help greatly in raising funds for continued research and education for moms and babies.”


The rising incidence of premature birth has demanded action, and the March of Dimes responded by initiating an intensive, multi-year campaign to raise awareness and find the causes of prematurity, beginning in 2003. They’re funding lifesaving research, spreading prenatal education and speaking out for legislation that improves care for moms and babies. Visit www. to find vital information about pregnancy or to find out how you can fund the mission.




THE MERITS OF music education has far-reaching benefits


o you play CDs during car rides or allow your toddler to bang pots and pans together while you cook? You may be doing more for your child than you think. Read on to learn about some of the benefits of music education and discover ways to incorporate more music into your family’s days.

Colleen also suggests parents go to the library and take out ten CDs at time, then listen to them at home. She recommends Greg & Steve music as a good choice for children. However, she says, “[Your child] might have a real feel for Mozart. Some kids absolutely love classical music, so play it.”

Why music education?

Making more music

Lisa Colleen, Activities Director at Bongo Boy Recreational Music Center located inside Bongo Boy Music School, believes music is a valuable tool for cross-brain training. She explains that drumming while speaking or singing engages both the left and right hemispheres, translating to an increased ability to focus. Indeed, a 2006 study entitled “Examination of Relationships between Participation in School Music Programs of Differing Quality and Standardized Test Results” shows a relationship between schools offering superior music education programs and higher standardized test scores. In an interview for the University of Kansas’s “Research Matters” program, study author Christopher Johnson theorizes this may be because the attentiveness used for music is similar to that required for test taking.

Looking for some outside help in introducing your child to the benefits of music education? Eppert Piano in Fishers offers private and small group piano lessons. “My philosophy is music making is so important to your soul, your very being that everyone should have a chance to take lessons,” says Eppert.

Music education also helps students develop listening skills, says Sally Eppert, teacher at Eppert Piano Studio. “Whether in my small group classes or while practicing, students are always playing and then analyzing what they've heard,” explains Eppert. “This process of discovery helps develop every child's musical ear.” While listening to music or playing a piano can be enjoyed as solo activities, music need not be a solitary pursuit. Eppert reports that in her group classes, students are routinely paired off to review concepts. Similarly, Colleen says that in drum circles, children must learn to watch and read each other. Colleen also sees positive impacts on the parent-child relationship when the parties participate in musical activities together. “Parents come up and say, ‘Thank you so much, I had so much fun with my child tonight,’” she says. Finally, Colleen notes that students who drum may actually see an increase in their fitness levels. “It’s a very physical activity.”

Incorporating music into daily life Eppert says parents know instinctually what studies have been proving over the last 20 years: “Children thrive on musical learning.” Colleen suggests engaging kids in activities such as banging on pots and pans, making music with spoons or pounding out a “call and response” on the table. She encourages parents to be silly and laugh with their children. “Don’t make it about whether or not they’re hitting the pan on beat two and beat four.” 24 INDYSCHILD.COM · NOVEMBER 2013

Michelle Shirk

Bongo Boy Recreational Music Center and Bongo Boy Music School provide many ways for children to get in touch with their inner musicians. The recreation center hosts a Kids Rhythm Club each Saturday morning and a free family drum circle each Thursday night. At the music school, private lessons are available for everything from guitar to flute to marimba. Whether you’re a parent who moonlights as a church pianist or one who can’t carry a tune in a bucket, you can always instill a love of music in your children. Start making music with your family today!




Sarah McCosham

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Buying in bulk

Secondhand steals

When you’re purchasing baby items regularly – think formula, diapers, wipes and other supplies – buying in bulk not only saves you money, but also time. Warehouse clubs like Costco and Sam’s Club are probably the first places that come to mind – and with good reason. For a small annual fee, members have access to thousands of items at wholesale prices. In fact, Costco-brand 26 INDYSCHILD.COM · NOVEMBER 2013

At the rate kids grow, you can invest a small fortune keeping them clothed. Between shoes, clothing and outerwear, it’s a challenge to keep your little one in the right size. Then there’s the stuff: changing tables, cribs, beds, high chairs, etc. And, of course, toys and books to match your child’s growing interests and needs. Add it all up, and that’s a lot of money spent on items that will only be used for a short period of time.

There are also loads of second-hand stores around the Indianapolis area specializing in kids’ items. Selling clothing, baby items, and toys galore, Once Upon A Child is a great place to score secondhand kids’ products. Meanwhile, Growing Spurts sells gently used clothing, nursery items and even cloth diapers. With both an online store and retail location in Indianapolis, this secondhand store allows parents to shop at their convenience. Lastly, be sure to keep your eyes open for large consignment events. Indy’s annual Whale of a Sale event is the largest in the area, and boasts upscale kids items and apparel. Not only can you score big savings at this event – you can also sign up to be a seller, and make some extra cash for your family.

Email signups, joining store’s promotional programs With the holidays coming up, budgets can fall by the wayside – but they don’t have to. In fact, you can still visit your favorite retail, toy and bookstores without breaking the bank.


The solution? Buy used! Craigslist is a great resource for parents, offering everything from cribs to jogging strollers to clothing. If there is something particular you’re looking for – say a train table for your Thomas-loving tot – consider keeping tabs on Craigslist, as your patience will generally pay off.

For starters, signing up to receive store emails is an easy way to get coupons delivered to your inbox. Often, retailers will market special sales and discounts to email members. For example, Old Navy and the Gap constantly run promotions via email, making it easy for parents to coordinate their purchases with sales. Local brick-and-mortar stores frequently utilize technology to offer special savings to customers. Beloved Indianapolis bookstore Kids Ink is on Twitter (@KidsInk), and uses this platform to notify customers of special sales and events. In fact, most stores now utilize social media to connect with customers, so be sure to seek your favorite places out on the web. So yes, kids are expensive, but there are lots of ways to cut costs. And with all the money you save, perhaps you can set aside some cash for a welldeserved date night or girls’ night out!



The Road Toward


When to prepare your child with autism for adulthood

Help wanted: Loving adult to prepare child for meaningful, independent life. Seems like a logical job description for a career as a mom or dad. But what exactly does independent mean? And what does it mean for kids with autism? For some, independence will look very much like the independent life of a neurotypical adult. Others may require some assistance, but can live independently of their family. Some will never achieve much independence. Just as no two kids with autism are alike, so it goes for adults with the disorder. MaryLou Raby, whose adopted son Jacob has autism, says she perceives independence in Jacob much differently than she does for her other children. “If he can go in and order food from McDonalds and pay for it and count the change back, that’s great. I’m observing, but not treating him as a child,” she explained. Jacob, 21, does actually live independently. He shares a three-bedroom home with two roommates and 24-hour care from Damar Services. Is Jacob fully independent? Maybe not in the traditional sense, but he lives independent of his family. He visits them and vice versa. If he wants to go anywhere he just asks the staff to take him or make arrangements for him. Raby is pleased with the life Jacob is leading. She says she never imagined his life would be as good as it has become. She gives much credit to Damar Services, who took Jacob in when he was 10 years old, provided his education and are now helping him with his life as an adult with autism. Of course, her own efforts to help create an independent life for Jacob are without measure, as are the efforts of the increasing number of parents raising kids with autism.


When should parents like Raby begin to think about the inevitability of their autistic child one day becoming an adult? Dr. Carl Sundberg, executive director of BACA, says it depends on the severity of the autism, the quality of the child’s treatment and how well the child responds to that treatment. If a child is very young, between two to four years old, in intensive treatment and catching up to his or her peers, Sundberg says parents can focus on getting that child mainstreamed, or close to it, so a regular school can take over. A child who is approaching age five or six and is still significantly behind may need some sort of support throughout his or her life. He suggests at this point parents start looking five years down the road and beyond. He stresses the importance of setting realistic expectations for the child so the right skills are taught. “You need a real understanding of the child’s potential and teach things that are going to be useful,” he said. Kelly Goudreau, program coordinator at Applied Behavior Center for Autism, agrees that it’s important to begin thinking about preparing a child with autism for a more independent life as soon as possible. “Our goal is to define independence for each child and help every child reach his full potential,” she said. The road to independence often includes learning daily living skills like toileting and showering, community skills like grocery shopping and going out to eat, and social and communication skills such as asking for help, says Goudreau. For some, skills like reporting to a supervisor, following a schedule and getting along with coworkers will also need to be learned. Sundberg looks at the process as a continuum of independence. “It’s not an all or nothing thing. Nothing is. The goal is to maximize the potential

of every student. Once you understand what their potential is, you focus on happiness. If a child can achieve close to his potential and is happy, that is what’s important,” he said. Parents with a child on the autism spectrum should work with an autism professional much like they consult a pediatrician, to maximize their child’s potential as they travel toward the more independent road of adulthood.



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Get Fit

Ongoing Each Saturday through November 23rd Times: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Cost: $32 Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel


Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Cost: $10 Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel

Ages 16+

Ages 16+



Cuenta Conmigo

Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Down Syndrome Association, Indianapolis Phone: Firany Briceno at Firany@ dsindiana-org or 317-931-9843

Cuenta Conmigo is a Spanish-speaking group for parents who have a child with Down syndrome. The group has speakers that are scheduled to speak at each meeting. The topics focus on a wide range of pertinent information. Meetings are on the 1st Wednesday of the month at the Down Syndrome Indiana office. Childcare and food are provided.



dii Parent Group and Kids Group Times: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Dyslexia Institute of Indiana, Indianapolis Phone: LeeAnn Bricker:



Imagine the Possibilities The Arc of Indiana 2013 Conference Times: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM Where: The Fountains, Carmel Email: Phone: 317-977-2375

Simple and Easy Cooking Ongoing Each Wednesday through November 27th Times: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Cost: $40 Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel

Ages 15+



Karaoke Night



Sensory Storytime

Times: 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Cost: Free Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel

Ages 3-12



It’s Not What You Say... It’s How You Say It: Effective Communication Times: 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM Cost: $10 Where: North Christian Church, Columbus

Communication is a key factor when working with individuals and organizations. This training is geared toward parents of children with special needs to help build positive working relationships with schools, medical professionals, and groups or committees through improved communication skills. Topics such as partnerships, negotiation, and listening will be addressed.



Ask the Advocate

Times: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Cost: $10 Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel

All ages, childcare will be provided.



Autism Family Resource Center Grandparents’ Support Group Times: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis Phone: Diane Quillico at 317-882-1914 or Linda Knoderer at 765-438-4792



An Evening for Autism Times: 7:00 PM Cost: $100/person or $125 preferred seating Where: EventzPlus, Indianapolis

An event benefiting Answers for Autism and Talk About Curing Autism. The evening will include food provided by Indiana’s finest restaurants, drinks, dancing, live and silent auction and entertainment by Andrew Young.



Fathers of Children with Special Needs

Times: 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM Cost: $15 Where: Ivy Tech Corporate College and Culinary Center, Indianapolis Phone: 317-921-5943

Join us at our First Annual Symposium for Fathers of Children with Special Needs presented by Fathers and Families Center. Keynote speaker Dr. Robert Naseef, Author of Special Children, Challenged Parents: The Struggles and Rewards of Raising a Child With a Disability will discuss some the challenges faced by fathers with special needs children. Workshops on topics related to special needs children will be available. Lunch will be provided.



Johnson County Autism Support Group Parent Share Meeting Times: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Mt Auburn UMC, Greenwood



Teen Night Out

Times: 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM Cost: Free Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel

Ages 13-17

parents' night out Price: Free Contact: Nicole at 317-466-2010 East location: Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis

1st and 2nd Friday of every month South location: Indian Creek Christian Church, Indianapolis

1st Friday of every month



Just Like You... Only Different An open letter to my son’s kindergarten classmates


fter a recent move, my boys (ages 6 and 5) started at a new school this year where they would have no familiar faces to make them feel at ease. As a parent, I wanted to be a fly on the wall on that first day. Are they making friends? Will they use good manners? Do they remember their numbers and letters?

at birth and separated surgically later, and he proudly wears a zigzag scar from ear to ear that shows where his head was opened up twice to expand his skull to allow his brain to grow. So while I was reassuring my boys that "first grade and kindergarten are going to be awesome!” I admittedly had doubts myself.

In addition to the normal first day jitters, I had a whole new set of worries. My kindergartner, Aiden, was born with a rare craniofacial condition called Apert syndrome that is characterized by marked differences in his appearance. His midface is retruded a bit, his fingers and toes are varied shapes and sizes due to having been fused together

In an effort to gently raise awareness and advocate for Aiden, I wrote a letter to Aiden’s classmates and shared it with his teacher. The message is universal - everyone is different. And everyone should be accepted no matter what.

where there once were none. I watch in awe as he twists the cap off a water bottle or cuts a piece of paper into scraps. I see perfectly created little toes that make shoe shopping a week-long challenge. I don't think his hands are strange or his toes are weird. But you might think so.

To Aiden's fellow classmates: Congratulations on this huge milestone in your lives! Kindergarten is SO much fun and such a huge step. Many of you are leaving your mommies and daddies for the first time ever. You may feel both nervous and excited and that is okay. My little guy Aiden is starting this journey too. He is most excited about riding the big yellow school bus with his brother, but he is nervous about going to a new school and making new friends. Can I let you know a little secret? I am his mommy and I am nervous too. You see, Aiden is a very special boy. Aiden has Apert syndrome. When I look at him, I see his big bright eyes, his long and luscious eye lashes that would make any woman envious. I see the soft brown freckles sprinkled across his cheeks and nose. I am drawn to his contagious smile. I don't notice the scar on his head or that his face looks a little different. But I know you probably will. I marvel at the hands that have been refined by an amazing surgeon giving him fingers


When I hear Aiden talk, I am reminded that doctors and specialists told me he may have hearing loss that would affect his speech. That language may always be a struggle. Needless to say, he has proven them all wrong. When I talk to Aiden I don't think he's hard to understand. But it may be difficult for you to know what he's saying sometimes. I don't mind if you notice these special things about him. Most people do. However I hope that when you’re learning your ABC's and colors of the rainbow, that you also learn how to accept my little boy. That before you decide not to sit next to him on the bus or share your crayons with him during art, you give him a chance. He will make you laugh with his little jokes and silly songs. He will be a great friend, always ready to help you hang your backpack or put the blocks away. And my Aiden? He gives the best hugs, hands down. Get to know him. That's all I ask. And when you do, you will understand - Aiden is just like you...only different. Hope you all have a wonderful year!

Love, Aiden's mommy

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special needs guide ABA Autism Services by Damar

consulting services to children and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders by using researched based ABA methodology delivered by highly qualified and certified professionals to increase language skills, social skills, academic skills, and reduce problematic behavior. 7901 E. 88th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Contact: Jenny Lanham, Phone: 317-849-5437, ext 112, Email: jennyL@,

Applied Behavior Center for Autism Carmel

Applied Behavior Center for Autism Indy West

ABA provides proven research-based treatments and interventions for children with Autism and their families, ensuring that children learn, gain confidence and purpose, and engage in meaningful interactions in their everyday lives. 9905 Fall Creek Road, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Contact: Kristin Dovenmuehle, Director, Phone: 317-813-4690, Email:,

The mission of the Applied Behavior Center for Autism is to provide high quality ABA and Verbal Behavior therapy and consulting services to children and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders by using researched based ABA methodology delivered by highly qualified and certified professionals to increase language skills, social skills, academic skills, and reduce problematic behavior. 13431 Old Meridian St, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Jenny Lanham, Phone: 317-573-KIDS, Email:,

Applied Behavior Center for Autism Early Childhood Center

This center houses some of our clients ages 2 to 6. At the Early Childhood Center, typical peers are also present, and therapeutic opportunities for interaction are incorporated into many of the children's individualized treatment plans. A program designed to facilitate transition into an on-site behavior analytic preschool program with typical peers is also offered to appropriate candidates. 7857 E. 88th St, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Contact: Jenny Lanham, Phone: 317.849. KIDS ext 112, Email:,

The mission of the Applied Behavior Center for Autism is to provide high quality ABA and Verbal Behavior therapy and consulting services to children and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders by using researched based ABA methodology delivered by highly qualified and certified professionals to increase language skills, social skills, academic skills, and reduce problematic behavior. 6865 Parkdale Place, Indianapolis, IN 46254, Contact: Jenny Lanham, Phone: 317-849-5437 ext 112, Email: jennyL@,

Autism Consultation

Individually designed behavior and academic support and intervention strategies for families and children dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorders. With 35+ years experience in special education in public schools I am comfortable attending IEP meetings to advocate for the family and child. Introductory meeting at no charge. Providing service to central Indiana, Contact: Mika Adams, Phone: 866-968-3698, Email:,

Behavior Analysis Center for Autism BACA 1 Applied Behavior Center for Autism Greenwood

The mission of the Applied Behavior Center for Autism is to provide high quality ABA and Verbal Behavior therapy and consulting services to children and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders by using researched based ABA methodology delivered by highly qualified and certified professionals to increase language skills, social skills, academic skills, and reduce problematic behavior. Address: 374 Meridian Parke Lane, Greenwood, IN 46142, Contact: Jenny Lanham, Phone: 317-889-KIDS, Email: jennyL@,

Applied Behavior Center for Autism Indy North

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The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism (BACA) was established by Dr. Carl Sundberg and a group of highly-trained Behavior Analysts who have worked with Dr. Sundberg for years. BACA uses Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach language, social, academic and life skills to children with autism and other related disabilities. 11902 Lakeside Drive, Fishers, IN 46038, Contact: Devon Sundberg, Phone: 317-288-5232, Email: dsundberg@,

Behavior Analysis Center for Autism BACA Prep

BACA Prep is a facility that utilizes the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach essential living skills to young adults with autism ages 8-20. BACA Prep helps strengthen each individual's life by addressing the areas of employment, leisure and living skills, hygiene, self-help and sexuality while decreasing and replacing maladaptive behavior. BACA Prep is under the direction of Dr. Carl Sundberg, Dr. John Esch, Dr. Pat McGreevy and Dr. Peter Gerhardt. 9929 E. 126th St., Fishers, IN 46038. Contact: Devon Sundberg. Phone: 317-436-8961. Email: dsundberg@

Behavior Analysis Center for Autism BACA-Z The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism (BACA) was established by Dr. Carl Sundberg and a group of highly-trained Behavior Analysts who have worked with Dr. Sundberg for years. BACA uses Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach language, social, academic and life skills to children with autism and other related disabilities. 6704 Central Blvd., Zionsville, IN 46077. Contact: Sheila Habarad. Phone: 317-769-4335. Email: shabarad@thebaca. com.

Children's Dentistry of Indianapolis

Pediatric dentistry for children and special needs patients of all ages. Our main priority is to make every patient & parent/ guardian feel comfortable and deliver the highest quality of care based on individual needs. We treat you like family! 9240 N. Meridian ste 120, Indianapolis, IN, Contact: Tina, Practice Manager, Phone: 317-580-9199, Email: childrensdentistrystaff@,

Little Star Center

Little Star provides intensive applied behavior analytic services to maximize each child’s potential and empower their family. Children in the 5 to 10 age range present with a unique set of needs. These learners often come from other settings in which they were not successful. After careful assessment, individualized programs are developed to ensure progress and growth. 100% not-for-profit, 10 years of service. Serving children 5 – 10 years old. 12726 Hamilton Crossing Blvd, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Mary Rosswurm, Executive Director, Phone: 317-249-2242, Email:,

Little Star Center-Early Learner Program (ELP)

The Early Learner Program focuses on intensive intervention for very young children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The ELP applies the principles of behavior analysis in a warm, nurturing environment. The focus of the ELP is to develop a foundation of skills for the best possible outcome. Individualized programming is geared toward developing language, social, and pre-academic skills for learners as they prepare for the classroom. 100% not-for-profit. Serving children 5 and younger. 12726 Hamilton Crossing Blvd, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Mary Rosswurm, Phone: 317-249-2242, Email: maryr@littlestarscenter. org,

Middle Star Center

Indiana’s original applied behavior analytic center based program that focuses on the distinctive needs of tweens, teens and young adults affected by autism spectrum disorder. Started in 2008, Middle Star is an age appropriate environment that allows each learner to practice and learn the skills essential to be as successful and independent as possible at home, in the community, at school

and at work. 100% not-for-profit. Serving learners 10 and up. 12726 Hamilton Crossing Blvd, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Mary Rosswurm, Phone: 317-249-2242, Email: maryr@,

Special Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Satterfield-Siegel is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist specializing in providing dental care for infants, children and patients that have special needs. We provide routine dental care, fillings, in office sedations and hospital dentistry for all of our patients. We build long-lasting relationships with our families through active listening and understanding. New patients are welcomed! 10801 N Michigan Rd Suite 210, Carmel, IN 46077, Contact: Jennifer Satterfield-Siegel, D.D.S., Phone: (317) 873 3448, Email:,

Unlocking the Spectrum

Unlocking The Spectrum was created with the mission of making ABA Therapy accessible to ALL children with autism by providing high quality ABA Therapy services throughout Indiana. Unlocking The Spectrum specializes in bringing the therapy to the client--in their home and in their community. Client's receive services in a wide variety of settings including their home, school, Unlocking The Spectrum's clinic, and the community to ensure that skills are generalized across all environments. Intensive parent training and collaboration with all members of a client's team are an essential part of every individualized program developed. Contact us for a free initial consultation. 3901 W. 86th St. Suite 397, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Contact: Ilana Hernandez, Director. Phone: 317-334-7331. Email:

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Accentuating the Positive Choosing how to interact with the world Mary Susan Buhner

The words we speak, our attitude, how we approach others – all these actions set an example for our children, whether we realize what we’re doing or not. When we choose to be positive and optimistic, our behavior teaches our children how to cope when things don't go our way. This is different from trying to be perfect, which is an unattainable goal. I recently heard someone compliment a parent on his child's performance after a game. The parent responded back, "I wish she was as good as what you think." My first instinct was to say something to this parent, but as I turned around I caught the girl’s reaction to his words. It washed over her face. She did not look mad or even sad, rather she looked burdened, as if a one hundred pound brick had been placed on her back. Of course, I am not suggesting we tell our kids they are amazing and perfect at every turn. What I am suggesting is that how we talk to our children, even in offhand ways, has an impact on how they feel about themselves. And this applies to most people we come into contact with. Even if I am having a bad day, that does not give me permission to speak negatively to someone else. I still have a responsibility to approach others in a positive manner. I once read an article that chronicled the day of a person who had a negative attitude versus a person with a positive attitude. Both did the exact same things in the course of the day and interacted with similar people, but their experiences were vastly different because of the attitude they had employed throughout the day. Have you ever had a negative boss? A negative friend? If so, you know that after a while any interaction with this person feels like a burden. Fortunately as parents we have a choice every day to show our children what a positive attitude can do. It's not always easy, but deciding to speak words of encouragement, support and kindness instead of words that make others feel guilty, shameful or burdened, will nurture a positive attitude in our kids – which they will spread as they grow and impact others.

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Keeping calm and carrying on Sarah McCosham


HITS HOME Strategies for coping as a family

Our jobs – what we do with our days, how we earn a living and provide for our families – are an essential part of our identities. A career often defines who we are. As a result, losing a job can be devastating. In fact, job loss is one of the most stressful events an adult can experience. If you are a parent who has lost a job, these feelings can be compounded because of the effect unemployment has on the family’s well-being. How can moms and dads deal with their own concerns while still attending to the needs and questions their children have about their situation?

Talking to your kids While your first instinct may be to protect your kids by not telling them of a job loss, it’s important to include them in the news in age appropriate ways. Kids are intuitive and can feel when something is wrong, so it makes sense to address their concerns. Plus, not telling your kids about your job loss suggests there’s something wrong with a person who loses a job – when the fact of the matter is that unemployment is a part of many people’s lives. When you do discuss the situation with your kids, it’s important to keep a few things in mind. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at Center Point Counseling Carol Hornbeck says parents must be “calm and reassuring” when talking to their children and make the discussion appropriate for their child’s age. “Younger children need to be reassured that sometimes this happens to families, and that usually people find another job before long,” says Hornbeck. She suggests parents emphasize the temporary nature of the situation, and that the family will cope with this change together. Older kids will likely worry about what the income change will mean for them and the things they want. Parents can choose to share some information with them so they know what to expect, says Hornbeck. “For example, if they ask for something expensive, parents can say, ‘I know you really want this, but we need to wait until I find another job. Let’s start a wish list so that when things get easier, we will remember what everyone is waiting for and can put those things into the budget.’” 40 INDYSCHILD.COM · NOVEMBER 2013

“When parents experience a job loss they typically feel a sense of panic. Worry over their ability to meet the family’s needs is accompanied by the feelings common to grief: shock, denial, anger, sadness and sometimes depression,” says Hornbeck. “The loss of identity connected with the job may also impact a person’s self-esteem.” The way to combat these feelings is to stay busy and actively work to find a new job. Treat this process like you would any other job, says Hornbeck: have a daily plan that includes a to-do list, such as letters to write, websites to visit, follow-up phone calls to make, etc. “When everything on the list is completed, the parent must stop ‘work’ and spend time with their family, just as they would in a normal work day. This will help the person stay focused, increase the chances of actually finding work and reduce the whole family’s stress level.” Try to embrace your stint as a stay-at-home parent by taking advantage of the extra time this affords being with your children. “Think of fun activities that are inexpensive but will enable parents and children to feel closer – walks in the park, bike rides and family movie nights are examples of inexpensive activities parents and kids can enjoy.” Above all, the most important thing a parent can do is stay positive and set a good example. How we respond to trying times as parents teaches our kids one of the most important lessons of all – how to handle the tough situations life dishes out. “Remember that your children will be watching you to see how you survive and manage adversity,” says Hornbeck. Reassuring them, and yourself, that you will overcome this situation keeps everyone in the right mindset to weather this storm together.


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The Seven-Meal-a-Day Plan True confessions of stay-at-home dad Pete Gilbert “Seven Meals a Day” – that’s the name I’ve given to the meal and snack plan my kids are on. As a stay at home dad, I'm the meal planner, grocery shopper, cook, server and bus boy for all of it. And our days aren't broken down into hours, they are segmented into meals.

After nap, it’s time for afternoon snack. This is when the kids clean out the cupboards, eating oatmeal, sandwiches, cereal and all fruit that’s in the house. Many times it’s the largest meal of the day and often continues right up until dinner.

On many mornings, the only reason I keep track of the day is so I know what to make for breakfast: Oatmeal Monday, French Toast Tuesday, Waffle Wednesday and so on. Not long after breakfast, it's time for a morning snack – GoGo Applesauce in the pouch. What started off as a snack to pack in my daughter's lunch has turned into an obsession for my youngest two kids. Thankfully Costco sells them in bulk, because a package of six just doesn't cut it. After morning snack we usually run some errands. My kids have convinced me they cannot exist in the car unless they are chowing down on raisins and Cheerios. They also get suckers at several stops: Trader Joe's, the bank and mom's work.

At dinner, if they’re still hungry, the kids are pretty good about eating whatever it is I serve, even if it is tofu pad thai. My son walks around the house eating basil from the herb garden so I guess I shouldn't be surprised.

After errands, it's lunch time. There are many lunch choices at the beginning of the week (deli meat, fruit, chips and cheeses) but by the end of the week, there's only one choice – PBJ.

Which brings us to the day’s final meal, after dinner snack. By this time, the kitchen is clean and I'm tired so my kids have learned that their only options at this point are spoonfuls of peanut butter and some milk. The night usually ends at our house by me saying, "All right kids, the kitchen is closed!" Until tomorrow, when we will do it all over again.

Happy Parenting!



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A Monumental Movement for Kids Developing life-long fitness habits in area children Laura Neidig, Marketing and Communications Manager, Indianapolis Monumental Marathon

Distance runners are known for their tenacity and commitment, the same traits needed by children today to adhere to a lifestyle of healthy eating and fitness. Fortunately, our children have an ally in one of the fastest growing marathons in the country: the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon (IMM). Now in its sixth year, the IMM has become a powerful force in the community in the fight against childhood obesity. More than just a race, the IMM is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate Indianapolis youth about the benefits of exercise, proper diet and healthy living. This was the catalyst to launch the Monumental Kids Movement, a nine week running program where kids meet twice a week before or after school and run. They start slow, and learn how the sport can guide them on the road to developing life-long fitness habits. The goal is for all of the kids to participate in the IMM 5K on November 2nd in downtown Indianapolis. This year, it’s expected there will be 1,000 Monumental Kids


Monumental Kids Movement students at IPS School #114 | Photo credit: Laura Neidig

comprised of students from 17 Indianapolis Public Schools and the Challenge Foundation Academy. “From its inception, the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon has been focused on supporting public education and improving the community. It's our hope that Monumental Kids Movement will have a long lasting and tangible impact on the lives of the hundreds of elementary school kids participating this fall,” says Blake Boldon, executive director of the IMM. Kids will also learn a little about philanthropy. Through partnerships with Medals4Mettle and the Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana, participants will be encouraged to donate their finishers’ medals as awards to patients in Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. The motto of the race is “Be Monumental.” What a fitting motto for these kids as well!



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Ask the Teacher “Best” efforts, morning routines, homework errors Deb Krupowicz


I don’t understand why my third grade son doesn’t take pride in his work. I want him to give his best. How can I get him to put that kind of effort into his schoolwork?


“Give your best” is a worthy charge, but it is an ambiguous goal for a third grader. Are you asking that he work for a long time, work with concentration and focus or work without mistakes? How will you measure whether your son has given his best? Will you know that he has given his best when the work is perfect? “Giving your best” requires a clear understanding of what that is. Define very specifically what your expectations are. Put the steps toward those expectations into concrete terms your child can understand. Acknowledge the effort taken practicing steps you have defined, without focusing on the end result. As the steps are taken, eventually the quality of work will show it. Don’t expect an immediate understanding of what “giving your best” is. Recognize that on a given day, a child’s best may just be getting the work done. Unfortunately, there are days for all of us when that is all we can do!


As a fourth grader, I think my son should be able to get through the basic morning routine without constant reminders from me. I spend all morning reminding him what needs to be done next in order for him to get out to the bus on time. Is it reasonable to expect that he should be able to do this on his own?


Expecting your fourth grade son to get ready for the bus each day himself without any assistance is unreasonable. However, it is reasonable for your son to develop routines and behaviors that will mature into the kind of independence you are seeking. There are many steps to getting out the door each morning! Develop a list with your son. Walk through the steps to be sure nothing has been left off the list. Determine how much time the steps require and select a wake-up time accordingly. When your son is distracted by things not on the list or gets off track, refer him to the checklist. When he reports that he is ready, go over the checklist with him item-by-item. Have rewards and consequences in mind to reinforce adherence to the checklist.


If your child has trouble getting started in the morning, he should complete as many steps as possible before going to bed. He can pack his lunch, gather belongings into his backpack and lay out clothes for the next morning to minimize the morning to-do list. You may have to experiment a bit to find out what sequence of events produces the best results. He may want to eat breakfast first, or may want to start with a shower. Find out what strategy achieves the outcome you both are seeking.


My fifth grade daughter is so careless. Her writing assignments are full of mistakes. Some of the errors she makes are the most basic things, like forgetting an end mark or not capitalizing “I”. I know she knows better. When she proofreads, she only catches one or two problems. What can I do to get her to be more careful?


It’s human nature to want to put down the paper as soon as the question is answered and to consider it done. Unfortunately, it is also human nature to makes mistakes, even when we know better!

Proofreading is not as simple as re-reading a paper. It is a skill in and of itself that must be taught. Helping your daughter understand that revising and editing are every bit as important to the writing process as pre-writing or brainstorming and constructing a rough draft will reinforce the importance of proofreading . If time allows, hold the paper until the next day or at least for a few hours before having your daughter begin proofreading. Then have her read aloud what she has written. Each time that she has to stop or back up and reread a phrase is an indicator that there may be a problem. After making those corrections to produce meaningful sentences, have your daughter go through an editing checklist one item at a time. For example, she should check over the entire paper for end marks. Then she should start at the beginning and check for capital letters. Your daughter is much more likely to do a good job of proofreading her work using this approach.

Ask the Teacher is written by Deb Krupowicz, a mother of four and current teacher. Deb holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and has over twenty years of experience teaching preschool, elementary and middle school students. Please send your questions to her at




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education + childcare guide schools & education carmel Carmel Montessori Schools, Inc. Carmel Montessori School is located on the beautiful campus at St. Christopher’s Church on the NE corner of Main St. and Meridian in Carmel. Our directress is American Montessori Certified with 13 years headteaching experience. We offer a beautiful, peaceful and positive Montessori learning environment. Extended days available. 1402 W. Main St., Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Emily & Scott Rudicel, 317-580-0699, info@,

Clay Montessori A Montessori school offering morning, afternoon, and full-day programs. Available for ages 3-6 years old. Call for more information. (Affiliated with Fisher’s Montessori) 463 East Main St., Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Peggy White, 317-849-9519 or 317-580-1850

Starting Line Preschool The Right Start for A Lifelong Love of Learning! Our strong academic-based curriculum prepares and encourages your child to succeed in school while discoving learning is fun! * Develop Social Awareness & Friendships, Build Confidence and Master Academic Skills for Kindergarten. All of our classes focus on an introduction to colors, number and letters with exciting art and science projects. Math, social studies and sight words are taught in the older classes. 110 Third Ave NE, Carmel, IN 46032. Contact: Diane Atkins. Phone: 317-753-9397. Email:

The Montessori Learning Center The Montessori Learning Center offers a Montessori elementary program for grades 1-5. We focus on developing the whole child through interaction with an interdisciplinary curriculum. Our program specifically meets the needs of each child and is aligned with Indiana State Standards. 1402 W. Main St., Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Elizabeth Williams, 317-846-8182, elizabeth@,

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American Montessori Society. 12806 Ford Rd and 131st and Allisonville Rd., Fishers, IN 46038, Contact: Peggy White, 317-849-9519 or 317-580-1850

indianapolis – north A Children's Habitat Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten For over 40 years, A Children's Habitat Montessori Preschool & Kindergarten has been providing a place where children thrive and discover their love of learning. We offer a traditional Montessori preschool experience for families seeking a half-day preschool and kindergarten program. Habitat is a not-for-profit school based on the principles of Maria Montessori. We have earned and maintained Full Membership in the American Montessori Society (AMS). A Children’s Habitat is a unique learning environment for children ages eighteen months to six years. We offer an early years classroom ages 18 months to 3 years, two 3-to-6 age classrooms, extended day options until 1:30 and Kindergarten. What makes Habitat outstanding is its curriculum, teachers, and close-knit community of families. 801 W. 73 STREET, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Carmen Nieves, Phone: (317)7265584, Email:,

Arthur M. Glick JCC Our loving caregivers and teachers demonstrate by example and encourage children to behave according to these values as the children are learning, playing and socializing with one another. The JCC embraces a learning-through-play teaching method to engage children in activities that promote creativity, accelerate learning and stimulate social interaction, all at each child’s individual pace. 6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260, 317-251-9467,,

Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center 2013-2014 School Year. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Full Academic Curriculum and Innovative Arts’ Enrichment. Our Program recognizes that intellectual, social, emotional and physical development are interwoven. Our children will thrive on exploration, creativity, curiosity, discovery, spontaneity and more important, lots of love! Type of School: Early Childhood, Full Time/Part-Time/ Flexible Hours, Ages: 12 months old+, 18 months old+, 2’s+, 3’s+, 4’s/PreK (3 day or 5 day program) and Full Day Kindergarten (5 full-day program) (8:50 am to 3:00 pm) Before School/After School Care available daily as needed for all ages: Early drop off as early as 7:30 am and late pick up anytime up until 6:00 pm/5:30 pm on Fridays. Call or email for brochure. 600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Joanie Waldman, Phone: 317-259-6854, Fax: 317-259-6849, Email:,

You are invited to visit the only Catholic Jesuit school in the state of Indiana that has been educating students in the Jesuit tradition for more than 50 years. Brebeuf Jesuit’s Mission Statement: Brebeuf Jesuit, a Catholic and Jesuit school, provides an excellent college preparatory education for a lifetime of service by forming leaders who are intellectually competent, open to growth, loving, religious and committed to promoting justice. Fostering a culture of understanding and dialogue, Brebeuf Jesuit seeks and welcomes students from diverse religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Students at Brebeuf Jesuit are called to discover and cultivate the fullness of their God-given talents as a responsibility and as an act of worship. CORE VALUES: Education of the Whole Person, A Caring and Diverse Community, The Greater Glory of God. 2801 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Contact: Liz Otteson, Director of Admissions. Phone: 317-5247090. Email:,

Bureau of Jewish Education The BJE challenges your child through a nurturing environment that stimulates creativity, community, learning through nature and outstanding academic programming. Highly trained teachers emphasize both group and individualized learning in the classroom with specialized area staff. Active learning and discovery are encouraged throughout. 6711 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Elaine Fairfield, Phone: 317-255-3124, Email:,

Children’s Day In Nursery School and Traditional Preschool The Children’s Day In traditional preschool and nursery school program provides a fully inclusive early childhood program with an emphasis on Christian values in a play based setting. It is designed to offer children ages 9 months to 5 years a positive and developmentally appropriate experience in the care of experienced teachers and caregivers. We play and learn! Classes are offered weekdays from 9 am to 2:30 pm. Children attend up to 3 days a week. 5500 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Christy Whaley, 317-253-0472,,

Children’s Circle Preschool at Second Presbyterian Church Children’s Circle Preschool is a developmentally appropriate, activity based, Christian preschool. We offer classes for children ages 9 months to 5 years old. We meet the needs of the whole child in a creative and loving environment. Our experienced staff embraces excellence in education by nurturing the whole child- physically, emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually. Please call for more information or to set up a tour. 7700 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Cara Paul, Director, 317-252-5517,,

Early Childhood Center, The Church at the Crossing Our Mothers Day Out (12-35 mos) and Preschool (3 yrs-PreK’s) programs provide relaxed, playful, secure environments that nurture creativity and encourage the exploration of God’s world, with a wide variety of learning materials & readiness skills woven through each

unit. Need longer hours? Try our child care ministry, The Neighborhood, designed for 16 mos-PreK. 9111 N. Haverstick Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: John Drake or Kelly Belt, Phone: 317-575-6508, Fax: 317-5756509, Email: or

Heritage Christian School Established in 1965, accredited through ACSI and NCA. HCS is the choice in college preparatory discipleship Christian education for 1,400 students each year grades Prep K – 12. Advanced, Honors and AP classes. Full Fine Arts and 2A IHSAA Athletics. HCS is training up the next generation of Christian leaders through challenging, Biblically taught curriculum including internships and service to others. Bus transportation available. Schedule a tour today! 6401 E. 75th Street, Indianapolis, In 46250, Contact: Rhyan Smith, Director of Admissions, 317-8493441,,

Meridian Hills Cooperative Nursery School Share your love of learning with your children. Founded in 1960 by involved parents like you, Meridian Hills Cooperative provides a positive, nurturing environment wherein children explore and learn by doing. Spacious classrooms. Beautiful, wooded playground. Caring, experienced staff of trained and degreed lead teachers. Adult/child ratios 1:4 - 1:6. Find us on Facebook. 7171 N. Pennsylvania, Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: See Admissions/Tours Info Online, Phone: 317-721-2322,

Montessori Centres Stressing peace and respect for all, we’ve worked with children to develop critical-thinking and timemanagement skills since 1966. Montessori-certified lead teachers serve children aged 3-3rd grade. Our classroom structure and materials allow children to be self-directed and self-paced. Our well-rounded curriculum includes French and Spanish, art, and computer labs. 563 Westfield Blvd. W. Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Lynn Boone, Director, Phone: 317-257-2224, Fax: 317-254-3034, Email:

The Orchard School The Orchard School, an independent, non-sectarian, progressive school, emphasizing experiential learning. Orchard teachers engage the natural curiosity of children, develop academic excellence, and provide leadership experience through well-rounded education. Orchard’s diverse community and commitment to multicultural education inspires responsible, global citizenship. Founded in 1922. NAIS, ISACS, NAEYS accredited. 615 W. 64th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Kristen Hein, Director of Admissions, Phone: 317-713-5705, Fax: 317-254-8454, Email:,

beginning at age 3. 7200 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: Shants Hart, 317-415-2777, info@,

St. Richard’s Episcopal School SRES strives for academic excellence through its classic curriculum with innovative teaching methods; it also provides preparation and knowledge in areas such as faith, leadership, civic responsibility, and global readiness. St. Richard’s offers a rigorous academic curriculum, three world languages, public speaking and leadership opportunities, a strong fine arts program and organized athletics for continued lifetime success. Our newly redesigned Early Childhood Program uses brain-based research and proven instructional practices that lay the foundation in math and literacy skills. The program features unique field experiences, community partnerships, year-round offerings, and a full-day curriculum along with part-time options. 33 E. 33rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205, Contact: Abby Williams, Director of Admission and Communications, 317-9260425 x134, Fax: 317-921-3367, awilliams@,

Sycamore School Park Tudor School Park Tudor School’s exceptional educators and extraordinary opportunities prepare students to become confident and resourceful lifelong learners. The school community creates an inspiring college-preparatory learning environment for highly motivated young people. Two-year Global Scholars program for juniors and seniors; 19 AP classes; full-day kindergarten; Spanish

At Sycamore, teachers trained in gifted education deliver a curriculum designed to challenge and engage gifted learners. Art, music, Spanish, PE and technology are taught at all levels. Extensive field trips, athletics, child care, financial aid, and a wide variety of after school activities are offered. 1750 W. 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Dr. Susan Karpicke, Director of Admissions. 317-202-2500, Fax: 317-202-2501,. skarpicke@,



indianapolis – northeast Polly Panda Preschool & Bridgford Kindergarten Polly Panda provides a safe and healthy environment which enhances each child’s total growth. Our themebased hands-on preschool program provides a wide-range of experiences that foster learning, creativity and problem solving in all areas. A child’s sense of self-worth, independence and growth in social skills are developed through positive interaction with peers and our wellqualified and loving staff. 2944 E. 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Contact: Gail Hacker and Tammy Clark, Phone: 317-257-9127, Email: pollypandaindy@,

indianapolis – northwest International School of Indiana At the International School of Indiana, we share your wish to prepare your children for the future we cannot imagine, and to give them the foundation and attitude to thrive in a changing world. An education that combines internationally respected academic standards with a truly international outlook. 4330 N. Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Sarah Harrison or Kate Lock, 923-1951 Ext. 369,,

St. Luke’s Early Childhood Programs St Luke’s Community Preschool is a weekday, developmentally appropriate and experience based program. Two well-trained, degreed teachers are in each classroom. Parents’ Day Out is a structured play experience that provides parents some time for themselves on a regular basis on M, Th, F. We provide a warm and loving Christian environment in which children can learn and grow. Tours available upon request. Visitors welcome. 100 West 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Bobbi Main-Jackson, Dir., 317-844-3399,,

indianapolis – south The Children's Cottage The Children's Cottage is a privately owned preschool, providing a loving and playful environment for toddlers thru school age children. Our compassionate and experienced staff offers a developmentally appropriate curriculum that stimulates creativity and promotes learning through play. Our small classrooms provide the individual attention your child needs and deserves. We are a paths to quality level three. Please call for more information or to set up a tour. 5935 S. Shelby St, Indianapolis, IN 46227, Contact Ann Derheimer or Echo Shepheard 317-787-2990

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the classroom with caring, experienced teachers. Multiple Locations in Indianapolis Area, ICPC Line: 317-767-7596

westfield Montessori School of Westfield, Inc. Located on 3 wooded acres in Central Indiana, the Montessori School of Westfield adheres to the academic traditions of Montessori while serving the present day child. The Montessori School of Westfield serves children from Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel, Zionsville, Westfield, Sheridan, Noblesville, Cicero and Tipton. We serve children ages 18 months to 15 years. 800 E. Sycamore Street, Westfield, IN 46074, Contact: Mary Lyman, Directress, Phone: 317-867-0158, Fax: 317-896-5945, Email:,

zionsville Zionsville Community Schools Universal Preschool Universal Preschool at Boone Meadow provides a hands-on learning experience, focused on the whole child, in an inclusive and supportive environment that ensures maximum child growth, for life-long learning. We will provide a quality program through: Organizing the environment so it is conducive to success, providing specific directions and instructions, acknowledging and encouraging each child’s efforts, creating challenges and supporting children in extending their capabilities. The Indiana Foundations for Young Children will be a resource/framework for UP. 5555 S. 650 E., Zionsville, IN 46075, Contact: Donna Hudson, Phone: 317-8732226, Email: dhudson@zcs., http://cms.zcs.

childcare Peanut Butter and Jelly 24/7 Childcare PB&J is a childcare that is a safe, nurturing environment where your child will get the attention and care that he or she needs. We are licensed and always working to meet and exceed all health and safety guidelines. You can rest assured that your child will be cared for with the utmost kindness, love and respect . Open late for lots of flexiblity. Stop in for more info. Follow us on twitter @pbj247childcare. 5501 E. 71st Street #7B, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Contact: Anita Beck. Phone: 317-205-9211, Email: peanutbutter_, www.

Wee Folk Childcare Quality in-home child care serving caring families for 20 years. (CPR, 1st aid certified, and state licensed). Two meals and one snack provided daily along with baby food and regular formula. We provide quality learning through play in a non-smoking Christian environment. Preschool program providing Kindergarten prep is available. Meridian Kessler Neighborhood, Phone: 317-926-3640, Hours/Dates: 7:15 am -5:30 pm Monday - Friday, Ages/Grades: 4 weeks+, Religious Affiliation: Christian, Specialties: Infants, toddlers and preschoolers

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In this city that will forever be known for their Super Bowl XLVI volunteer “scarf knitters”, there are far too many volunteer opportunities to list. Indy’s Child has chosen to include organizations with family-oriented volunteer activities as we believe volunteering as a family creates a legacy of community service. Keep in mind organizations have year-round opportunities, so if your place of employment, scout troop or community service organization is looking for a project, this guide will be a great resource! Best Buddies

Indianapolis Zoo

8604 Allisonville Road #165

1200 West Washington Street

317-436-8440 |

317-630-2041 |

Best Buddies provides excellent programs for middle and high school youth. Students with intellectual disabilities are paired with peers to form one-to-one friendships. A variety of activities are scheduled throughout the year. The new e-Buddies program provides a secure online setting where student peers can connect with students with disabilities in other communities.

For nearly 30 years, the Indianapolis Zoo has hosted a successful volunteer program for groups, individuals 14 and older and individuals with special needs. Examples of volunteer activities include assisting with special events, gardening and grounds keeping, animal care, serving as a naturalist and serving on the zoo’s associate council. The 2014 volunteer listing will be available in December, so be sure to contact or call the number above at this time.

Conner Prairie 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers

317-776-6000 | Conner Prairie is nationally known for their superior adult and youth volunteer programs. Participants return year after year because the training and variety of volunteer options are top notch. Opportunities include costume character portrayal, greeting guests, assisting in the museum shop, historic trades and assisting with special events and school programming. Volunteer applications are due by January 6, 2014.


garden. There is also a volunteer on call list for families who wish to be contacted regularly as volunteer opportunities arise.

Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana 32 East Washington Street Suite #1100

317-630-5200 | This is a fantastic resource for families and organizations just getting started in volunteering. YPIN partners with over 40 organizations throughout the state and sponsors several YP chapters, so the variety of service, training and leadership opportunities is endless. Visit the YPIN site and check out the Phil’s Giving Circle gift box. It is a great resource for individual families, scout troops and schools.

The Historic Stutz Building Indy DO Day accepts service project requests from local organizations and then helps match volunteers with the projects. Although the Indy Do Day takes place each October, families can make plans to assemble a team and adopt a project or develop a project idea for 2014.

If you are searching for additional volunteer activities, check out these resources. Generation On

Help Indy Online Gleaner’s Food Bank of Indiana 3737 Waldemere Avenue

317-925-0191 | Individuals, community groups and families with children age nine and up are invited to make a difference in Central Indiana when it comes to combating hunger. Volunteers are needed to inspect and assemble food baskets, perform clerical duties and help with stocking and organizing items.

Humane Society of Indianapolis 7929 Michigan Road

317-872-5650 | Several youth, teen, adult and family volunteer opportunities exist throughout the year. Families can also foster animals. Visit their website for complete details.

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) 1029 Fletcher Avenue #100 Indianapolis KIB unites people to build community by providing individual, group, corporate and youth opportunities to volunteer. Examples include planting trees, park clean up, adopt a block, and public art creation and installation. Visit the online project calendar at http://

Second Helpings

Volunteer Match

Volunteen Nation

Youth As Resources (United Way)

1121 Southeastern Avenue

Youth Service America

317-632-2664 |

Second Helpings relies on over 700 regular volunteers to accomplish their mission to fight hunger. Many of the kitchen and onsite tasks are suitable for ages 16 and up, however there are family opportunities. Examples include organizing collection drives, working at farmers’ markets, washing and cleaning the vehicle fleet and working in the Second Helpings onsite




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Storytime Express West: Pumpkin Time Times: 10:00 AM Cost: Free Where: Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Carmel

This fast-paced interactive mix of funfilled stories, rhymes, and songs paired with a simple craft is designed to introduce and practice critical early literacy skills. No registration is required. For children ages 2-5 & their caregivers.



Handmade Indiana

Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Cost: Included with museum admission Where: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Phone: 317-232-1637

Hoosiers have been creating handmade treasures for hundreds of years, and their popularity has only grown. See for yourself the fascinating handcrafted pieces from various vendors showcasing and selling their locally created products and crafts.

Power Recycling Weekend presented by Ingram Micro Through Sunday, November 3rd Times: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Where: Indianapolis Zoo Phone: 317-630-2001

Bring your clutter of electronics to the Zoo! Old electronic items can be recycled



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during the event along with paper recycling presented by Shred Monkey, phone book recycling presented by YP, and clothing donations in partnership with Goodwill. Along with doing good for our environment, you will receive a $2 discount coupon for Zoo admission!



Disney Junior Live Pirate & Princess Adventure Through Monday, November 4th Times: Sunday: noon, 3 & 6PM; Monday 6PM Cost: see website for ticket pricing Where: Banker's Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis Phone: 317-917-2500

Grab your tiaras and doubloons and join us for Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure. Mickey and Minnie are taking their seats too at this never-before-seen live show featuring your favorite characters from Disney Junior's hit series, Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates.



Home for the Holidays Times: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Cost: $60 Where: Ritz Charles, Carmel Phone: (ISOA office) 317-231-6726

This fall fundraising event will feature music by the members of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, a dinner and style show, with fashions by the Secret Ingredient, and modeled by wellknown professional women from the

central Indiana area. Guests will have an opportunity to shop for clothes and accessories as well as bid on holiday auction items and services. All proceeds benefit the ISO Education Programs.


Prairie Tykes - Indiana Indians Times: 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM Cost: $12/youth ($11/member) Where: Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Fishers Phone: 317-776-6006

Celebrate Lenape Indian culture by learning about wigwams and Lenape clothing. Make a drum and listen to Indian songs. For ages 2-5.



PlayFit: Indoor Fitness



Times: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Cost: Included with admission Where: The Children's Museum, Indianapolis Phone: (317) 334-3322



Join us for an indoor fitness extravaganza! Celebrate healthy choices and active play with special activities.

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Fishers Parks and Recreation: Construction Zone Times: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Cost: Resident $12/Non-resident $18 Where: Billericay Park, Fishers

Is your preschooler fascinated with backhoes and dump trucks? In this class we will decorate a construction hat and tool belt to transform your child into a "real" construction worker. We'll play games, read a story, sing songs, and have a snack, all with a construction theme. For ages 3-7.



Baby Steps Storytime at Wayne Times: 11:00 AM Cost: Free Where: Wayne Library, Indianapolis Phone: 317-275-4530

Babies and toddlers up to 2 years old and an adult are invited for stories, popular rhymes, fingerplays and songs.

Hamilton Town Center Holiday Festival 2013 Times: 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Hamilton Town Center, Noblesville

The free event will feature two stages of live music and entertainment, roaming entertainment including stilt walkers, jugglers and fire breathers. There will also be face painters, balloon artists and a variety of tenant and partner booths. Attendees will enjoy delicious food from local food trucks and also appearances by Indy Colts, Indy Ice and Zooperstars The event will be complete with Santa's arrival and a fireworks extravaganza.



Edible Bugs and Insects: Preschool Cooking Workshop Times: 2:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Nora Library, Indianapolis

Phone: 317-275-4470

Preschoolers ages 3 - 6 are invited for a special story program presented by Your Gourmet Girlfriends. Young ones will learn about bugs and insects and create their own edible creepy crawler snacks. This program is an activity of the Donna D. Talley Story Theatre. Registration is required. Call 275-4470 to register.

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Times: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Hamilton East Library, Fishers Phone: 317-579-0304

Calling all criminologists! Join the investigation as we hunt for clues around the library. Designed for 4th8th graders, this CSI event is sure to intrigue. This popular program fills up quickly, so be sure to register today!



Reading With Dogs Times: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Cost: Free Where: Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library Phone: 317-838-3801

Trained and certified Therapy Dogs provide a relaxed and dog-friendly atmosphere which allows children to practice the skill of reading. These are real dogs with gentle personalities who love to listen to stories. Children can bring a book from home to read or pick a new one from the library's collection.



Junior League Holiday Mart Through Sunday, November 17th Cost: $15 door; $10 advance; 12 and under free Where: Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis Phone: 317-927-7500

The 2013 Holiday Mart brings more than 100 unique merchants from across the country to the Marsh Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Advance discount tickets are available at Marsh Supermarkets. Tickets are also available at or at the door. See website for shopping schedule.



The Music Man

Through Saturday, November 16th Times: 7:00 PM Cost: $10 - $15 Where: Zionsville Performing Arts Center Phone: 317-733-4833

The classic musical about a con man, a stubborn Iowa town, a librarian, a pool table, and the positive, enlightening, unexpected change that happens to them all.



Family Pool Challenge Times: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Cost: $10/family Where: Indoor Aquatics at the Monon Community Center, Carmel Phone: 317-573-5243

Grab your swimsuit from the closet, put on your swimming cap, and prepare for an evening of family-friendly competition. Join us as we build cardboard boats to race and compete in fun games. Finish with open swim while enjoying waterslides with your family. Don’t miss out on this memorable family team building night.



Fossils Festival

Times: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Cost: Included with Museum Admission Where: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Phone: 317-232-1637

Dig in as you search for Salem microfossils, discover what it really means to be a fossil, put together a 3D mammoth puzzle and more hands-on fossil activities highlighting the content of the exhibition Ice Age Giants: The Mysteries of Mammoths and Mastodons.

SpaceLab Workshop at Conner Prairie Times: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Cost: $35 Where: Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Fishers Phone: 317-776-6006

Meet Spaceport Indiana mission specialists and explore space travel, weightless environments, the inner workings of rockets, and the history and future of space exploration.



Holliday Park Girl Scout Sundays: Scaly or Slimy? Times: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Cost: $5/scout Where: Holliday Park Nature Center, Indianapolis Phone: 317-327-7180

Calling all scouts! Dive into the wild world of incredible Indiana nature during our monthly program designed just for Girl Scouts. Individual scouts or whole troops are welcome; children must be accompanied by at least one adult. Ages 5-11, pre-registration required.



Paws and Think at Eagle Times: 4:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Eagle Library, Indianapolis Phone: 317-275-4340

School-age children who are reluctant readers are invited to read to a nonjudgmental registered therapy dog who loves to listen to stories! It's

a great way to improve a child's reading skills and self-confidence.



Family Game Night at Fountain Square Times: 6:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Fountain Square Library, Indianapolis Phone: 317-275-4390

Families are invited to play a variety of fun and educational board games with their children.



Rhyme Time

Times: 10:15 AM and 11:15 AM Cost: Free Where: Franklin Road Library, Indianapolis Phone: 317-275-4380

Babies and toddlers with an adult are invited to rhyme their way to reading. They'll join Miss Elaine and Express Kids for fun and rhyming through music and sign language.



Fall Family Film Festival: The Adventures of Huck Finn Times: 6:00 PM Where: Greenwood Public Library Phone: 317-885-5035

All ages are welcome to attend our Fall Family Film Festival Showing this November in celebration of Mark Twain’s birthday– The Adventures of Huck Finn (Rated PG: 108 minutes).



37th Annual Indy international festival Through Sunday, November 24th Times: 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM



Cost: Adults $8.00 Advance / $10.00 At the door &Children (6-12) $6.00 Flat rate Where: Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis Phone: 317-236-6515

This festival will feature exhibits from the 50 + ethnic groups represented in Central Indiana as they gather to share their rich cultural histories and traditions.



Jolly Days Opening Day Cost: included with admission Where: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis Phone: (317) 334-3322

Start your family’s holiday tradition early this year at Jolly Days! Enjoy favorites such as the Yule Slide, Jingles the Jolly Bear, and visits with Santa starting the weekend before Thanksgiving. Explore “outdoor” fun at the Snow Castle and Ice Fishing holes. Warm up your imagination with lots of "baking" fun in the kitchen, and help Santa’s reindeer prepare for flight!

Jingle Rails Opening Day! Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Cost: General admission ranges from FREE to $10 Where: Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis

Enter a locomotive wonderland--a network of trestles, bridges and tunnels with chugging trains and detailed replicas of national treasures, all made of natural materials like twigs, moss and nuts and wrapped up in holiday trimming. Runs through Jan. 19.



Artisan Holiday Bazaar at the JCC Times: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Cost: prices vary Where: Jewish Community Center, Indianapolis Phone: (317) 251-9467

Leave the crowds, pressure, limited


parking and mass-produced merchandise behind when you shop for this year’s holiday gifts. Instead, the JCC is presenting a unique bazaar where shoppers can find original, one-of-a-kind items while enjoying a relaxing environment, refreshments and plenty of parking.



Family Films

Times: 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM Cost: Free Where: Carmel Clay Public Library

Join us for a few short, action-packed films based on popular children’s stories. No registration is required. For children ages 2-5 & their caregivers.



Basics of Magic

Times: 3:00 PM Cost: Free Where: East 38th Street Library, Indianapolis Phone: 317-275-4350

Children ages 8 and up are invited to try their hand at learning magic tricks during this fun workshop presented by Don Miller. An adult may accompany the child to help them remember the tricks they learn!



Storytime Express @ the Library: Food, Glorious Food Times: 10:00 AM Cost: Free Where: Carmel Clay Public Library

Join us for a book and craft – just what your family needs to kick-start a library visit. No registration is required. For children ages 2-5 & their caregivers.



3rd Annual Fishers YMCA Wishbone 5K Times: 8:00 AM Cost: $25 per person; $75 family of 4 Where: Fishers YMCA

Celebrate the holiday and good health with the Fishers YMCA! This run is open to the public and strollers are welcome.



Santa’s Big Arrival in an Indy Car Cost: included with admission Where: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis Phone: (317) 334-3322

To the delight of excited boys and girls (and their grownups), Santa and his speedy driver will pull up to the museum the day after Thanksgiving in a real Dallara IndyCar. Santa's slick racing "sleigh" will travel through the town of Speedway with a police escort followed by 2012 Honda Civic Si Coupe Safety Cars with lights swirling, past the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on its way to the world's largest children's museum.

Circle of Lights® presented by Quality Connection and ibew 481 Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Monument Circle, Indianapolis Phone: 317-237-2222

Live entertainment begins at 6 p.m. with the televised show running from 7 – 8 p.m. The Monument lightup will occur at approximately 7:45 p.m. The Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument will be surrounded with 26 larger-than-life toy soldiers and sailors, along with 26 peppermint sticks. Additionally, 52 garland strands with 4,784 colored lights will be strung from the top of the Monument to its base.

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Celebration Crossing Opens Times: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM Cost: Included with admission Where: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Phone: 317-232-1637

Enjoy the Indianapolis Children's Choir at 11 a.m. then gather on the museum's front lawn to witness Santa and Mrs. Claus' arrival by helicopter. Once safely on the ground, they will greet the crowd and move to their home in Celebration Crossing. The day's festivities include the unveiling of the 92 County ornament tree.



Santa's Holiday Breakfast Times: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Cost: $18.50 - $26.50 Where: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Phone: 317-232-1637

Children will be charmed by Mrs. Claus, Raggedy Ann and other holiday characters during the breakfast before they collect their bag of goodies on their way upstairs to see Santa Claus and ride the Santa Claus Express train in the Celebration Crossing exhibit. New this year, Santa’s Playground features the Imagination Playground in addition to craft activities for the whole family. Reservations are required.

Santa Arrives at the Indianapolis Airport! Times: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Cost: Free Where: Indianapolis Airport

Families should arrive by 11am so they can witness Santa's official arrive to Indianapolis via a fire truck down the Indianapolis airport tarmac. Once in the terminal, Santa will become the centerpiece of free, familyfriendly activities in Civic Plaza.

ongoing Ann Katz Festival of Books and Arts Monday, October 28th through Sunday, November 17th Times: 12:00 PM - 9:30 PM Cost: Many free events, others $8 ($5 members) Where: Arthur M Glick Jewish Community Center, Indianapolis Phone: 317-251-9467

Celebrate the 15th anniversary of this festival with 15 great programs. There will be author talks, musical performances, film screenings, art exhibits, and a book fair. Please visit the website for details on all of events or call 251-9467.

Winnie-The-Pooh Fridays and Saturdays through November 9th Times: 10:00 AM Cost: $15.50 Where: Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Indianapolis Phone: 317-872-9664

The Pyramid Players are proud to present a fun-filled musical featuring that silly old bear with Winnie-ThePooh. Pyramid Players productions are one hour in length and presented without intermission, making them perfect for kids of all ages. Ticket price includes a snack. A second, 1 p.m. show is held on Saturdays.

Follow the North Star Select days November 7th through November 23rd Times: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Cost: $20/non-member; $17/member Where: Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Fishers Phone: 317-776-6006

Take on the role of a fugitive slave along the Underground Railroad in this nationally acclaimed program as you flee from captivity with hope in your heart. Learn how and where to hide, who to trust and who to avoid. And feel the terror as slave hunters follow your tracks – and track you down. This dramatic and powerful reenactment is recommended for ages 12 and older.

A Christmas Carol Saturday, November 16th through Tuesday, December 24th Cost: see website for ticket pricing Where: Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis Phone: 317-635-5252

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The beloved classic of loss and redemption returns to IRT's snow-covered stage. Dickens' characters bring new life every season in this faithful, fanciful and frolicsome adaptation. It's Indy's favorite holiday tradition.

and since then, Christmas at the Zoo has become known for its spectacular holiday lights and displays. Guests can visit animals that love cooler weather, walk the Zoo grounds covered in lights and enjoy holiday cheer.

Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure

Jolly Days!

Saturday, November 23rd through Sunday, January 19th Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Cost: General admission ranges from FREE to $10 Where: Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis Phone: 317-636-WEST

Enter a locomotive wonderland – a network of trestles, bridges and tunnels with chugging trains and detailed replicas of national treasures, all made of natural materials like twigs, moss and nuts and wrapped up in holiday trimming. Watch seven trains wind past the local treasures of downtown Indianapolis, including the Eiteljorg Museum, Monument Circle, and Lucas Oil Stadium. The trains then head through the national parks of the American West, passing legendary sites, including grand railway lodges, Northwest Coast Native villages, Mt. Rushmore, Old Faithful, Aspen and more.

Celebration Crossing November 29th through Tuesday, December 24th Cost: included with admission Where: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Phone: 317-232-1637

This year’s Celebration Crossing comes alive with holiday merriment from the sounds of bands and choirs, and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus who will entertain visitors in their cozy home on Level 3 of the museum through Dec. 31. Children of all ages can ride on the Santa Claus Express, make crafts to take home and gaze into the recreated L.S. Ayres store windows rekindling Christmases past.

Christmas at the Zoo Select days November 29th through December 30th Times: 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM Cost: included with regular Zoo admission Where: Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis Phone: 317-630-2001

Dating back to 1967, the Indianapolis Zoo was the first zoo in the United States to hold a holiday lights event,

Saturday, November 23rd through Sunday, January 5th Cost: included with admission Where: The Children's Museum, Indianapolis Phone: 317-334-3322

Continue your family’s holiday tradition or start a new one at Jolly Days! Enjoy favorites such as the Yule Slide, Jingles the Jolly Bear, and visits with Santa. Explore “outdoor” fun at the Snow Castle and Ice Fishing holes. Warm up your imagination with lots of "baking" fun in the kitchen, and help Santa’s reindeer prepare for their flight!

Ice Age Giants: The Mystery of Mammoths and Mastodons Saturday, November 16th through Sunday, August 17th Cost: included with admission Where: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Phone: 317-232-1637

The exhibition explores Ice Age animals and their environments, what happens at a real dig site and the research that helps us to understand prehistoric mammals. The exhibit also features real mounted skeletons and casts of Ice Age animals, as well as fossil tusks and skulls.

Holiday Adventure Date: Select days November 29th through December 21st Times: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Cost: $12/adult; $9/youth (ages 2-12); members free Where: Conner Prairie, Fishers Phone: 317-776-6000

Experience a family-friendly daytime winter adventure through Prairietown as we open the outdoor grounds for 1830s holiday fun. Meet a variety of characters in their homes as they prepare for the holidays. Find out what holiday treats, games and gifts were offered and even what pranks were played more than 175 years ago. Make a craft that celebrates traditions from around the world. (Some activities may include an additional fee.) This program is ideal for little ones and family members who prefer to move at their own pace.

At INDY'S CHILD, we work hard to ensure our calendar and guide information is accurate. Occasionally, event specifics change after we go to press. Therefore, we encourage our readers to call locations or visit them on the web to verify information. NOVEMBER 2013 · INDYSCHILD.COM


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