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Intro By Anita Oldham

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Dessert Night

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By Christine Horn By Stacie L. Martin

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How We Do It

Glow Night

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Family Wellness

By Meredith Ball

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Around the World

By Lori Gant Leitner

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By Tami L. Pyles

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So, How Do You Make Parental Decisions?

Parent Perspectives: Making Big Decisions

The Family That Fences Together By Angela Stallings Hagan

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Moonstruck By Lorie Gant Leitner

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Calendar of Events By Alissa Hicks

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Awesome Coach

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Directories

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Creating a Family By Carrie Vittitoe


ON THE COVER

Volume 22 • Number 6

INTRO

PUBLISHER

Cathy S. Zion

Thurgood Marshall Billingsley, 6, plays flag football during the fall season, and he stopped moving a minute to pose for this cover photo before football practice. His parents, Michael and Erin Billingsley, also have an 18-month-old daughter, Harper. Thurgood’s favorite teams to root for? University of Louisville and Indiana University. Find out about local extracurricular activities for your kids on page 44. PHOTOS BY MELISSA DONALD

STAY Committed TO YOUR Decisions, but STAY Flexible IN YOUR Approach. — Tony Robbins

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N IMPENDING DECISION CAN BE LIKE A SMALL SPLINTER. Either can sit there festering. A decision needs to be made, but you are unsure of whether to go through the pain of changing. When it comes to big family decisions, there is not always one right way. We have so many choices living in this area ­— different types of schools, areas of town that are equally child-friendly, and numerous extracurricular options offering everything from soccer to classical music. We asked our Check out few other things inside: parent writers panel about • Family Fun Nights — big decisions, and maybe page 6. their approach will help • Our new directories — your family (page 18). page 42.

Elaine Rooker Jack

This is our first year of partnering with local schools for an essay contest. The contest, called I Love My School, allowed schools to choose the grade level of students to compete, and our judges selected the winners. The three winning essays and photos of the winners are in this issue.

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Dessert Night

FaMiLyfunNiGhT

By Stacie L. Martin

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OM, CAN WE HAVE A DESSERT PARTY? This is the question my best friends and I frequently hear from our tween and teenaged children. So, what is a Dessert Party? My children and I spend quite a bit of time with two other families. We have vacationed together several times and spend time during the week together, so the children have all become more like siblings than just friends. Several years ago, one of these friends called on a lazy Sunday afternoon. She had made some brownies and wanted to invite us and the other family to come over and just hang out for the evening. We picked up some cookies to take with us and showed up after dinner for an evening of fun and laughter. That evening was our first “Dessert Party.” Originally, we called it a “Sunday Night Dessert Party” because we only had them on Sundays, but as the years have gone by, we now have them on other nights also. Our kids love it because they get to spend time with each other. The adults love it because we also get to laugh and spend some much-needed downtime together. And we love that our teenagers look so forward to this family time that they are many times the ones who suggest them! PAGE 8

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A Few Simple Dessert Ideas

• Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches: Take a thinly sliced brownie, top with ice cream, top with another brownie. Wrap in plastic wrap, place in freezer until set.

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What You Need to Host Your Own Dessert Party Hosting a Dessert Party is super simple! Just combine friends, food, laughter, and maybe some games. Each family usually brings some kind of dessert to share. It doesn’t have to be fancy: prebaked cookies from the grocery, brownies, ice cream sundaes. As in most houses, we usually start out sitting around the kitchen, talking and eating. Some nights we just catch up on what’s going on with each one of us. With the busy lives we all lead, we feel as if the only way we talk is through texting. The opportunity to sit down, relax, and just be is something we all enjoy! The kids will sometimes join us, or they will go downstairs or in another room and hang out together. Many times we play games as a large group: kids and parents all playing a board game (Taboo is our favorite) or making big fools of ourselves playing Just Dance on the Wii together. This is usually when the laughter really kicks in! But the most important ingredient is fun. Just enjoy an evening with good friends, sweets, and the people you love!

. . . we love that our teenagers look so forward to this family time that they are many times the ones who suggest them!

Stacie L. Martin lives in Mt. Washington with her kids Taelor (14) and Andrew (12). She is a frequent contributor to Today’s Family magazine.

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• Mini Apple Pies: Roll out premade, refrigerated pie crust onto a flat surface. Cut out circles using a round cookie cutter or glass. Place a small amount of apple pie filling in center of each pie crust circle. Fold circle and crimp edges with a fork to seal. Bake until golden brown. Top with ice cream if desired.

• Pretzels & Nutella: Dip pretzel rods into Nutella. So simple, but ohhh, so good!)

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FaMiLy

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Glow I Night

By Meredith Ball • Photos by Melissa Donald F YOU WANT TO SEE A KID’S EYES LIGHT UP, SIMPLY TURN OFF THE LIGHTS — AND ADD PLENTY OF GLOW-IN-THEDARK MAGIC. Kids love things that glow. Actually, I can’t think of many adults who don’t love it, too. After seeing several ideas on Pinterest, I decided to try out a few. Several of the suggestions did not work well. For instance, adding glow stick “juice” to bubble solution does not make glowing bubbles. However, it does make a solution that makes anything you spill it on glow for a while. I got a kick out of my PAGE 12

ABOVE: Meredith and Reggie Ball and baby Kairo watch as brothers Weston (left) and Coen battle it out with glow swords.

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Here are a few ideas to get you started: Decorations

• Insert glow sticks

or glow bracelets into white or colored balloons as you fill them. You can use helium balloons or regular balloons that you can then hang from the ceiling or trees. • Put glow sticks in a baby pool filled with bubbles (this can be a fun place for little ones to play also). • Put a glow stick underneath a punch bowl filled with a translucent beverage or under a glass tabletop. • Make signs with glow-in-the-dark paint.

Activities

• Balloon volleyball or

“keep off the ground” with a glow stick balloon. • Fill Easter eggs with mini glow sticks and hide around the room or yard. • Dance party under the glowing lights. • Put glow sticks in 20 oz. bottles filled with water. Use them for glow bowling. • Paint pictures or make T-shirts with glow-inthe-dark paint.

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glowing hands, spotted shirt, and smeared floor for the 30 seconds before I washed it off. Then I researched glow stick safety and realized that wasn’t the smartest idea. Note to readers — DON’T break open glow sticks. You can have a glow party any time of year indoors. And it can be any time of day if you have a room without windows or a dark basement. If you want to add a black light to the soirée, anything white or neon will glow, so your guests can have fun with clothes, decorations, or even foods. Tonic water also glows under black light and can be added to liquids to give off a glow. But, in my opinion, it gets even better if you can have your glow party outside on a warm night. My kids could think of plenty of activities using the

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balloons with glow sticks in them. Our “research team” also found that adding different colored glow sticks to a bubble bath is a great treat. If you are looking to make something glow (i.e. paint or another non-edible liquid) by breaking open a glow stick, it is recommended that you use zinc sulfide powder instead (which can be purchased online or at some craft/hobby stores). It is much safer than the chemicals inside a glow stick, and the glow is supposed to be permanent. Still, just to be extra safe, keep it away from eyes, faces, or young kids intent on a glowing meal. Now that I’ve done my research and brainstorming, I’m ready for a glow-in-the-dark extravaganza! All parties involved in my trials agree that a “glow night” is a bright idea. Meredith Ball lives in LaGrange with the lights of her life: husband Reggie and their sons Coen (7), Weston (4), and Kairo (4 months).

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FaMiLyfunNiGhT

The Pyles family gets their hands in the dough. They made pretzels when they were learning about Germany.

#3

Around W the World

By Tami L. Pyles • Photos by Melissa Donald

ANT TO TAKE YOUR KIDS ON A TRIP AROUND THE WORLD WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR OLD KENTUCKY HOME? We found a way to do just that. Our year-long family fun “trip” was born out of an idea from a former colleague. When I had my firstborn, she had preschoolers. She talked about a monthly dinner they had that focused on a different country. I loved the idea and tucked it away in my weary new-mom brain in the hopes that some day I would have enough energy to actually cook again, let alone do a themed dinner! Fast-forward four years, and we just completed our first trip around the world. PAGE 16

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WORLD... E H T N I E R WH E S FAMILY? IS THE PYLE

L TH E Y WH E R E WI L G O N E X T? PAGE 14

Every month, we pick a new country and create a bulletin board that includes a world map pinpointing the country, its f lag, and a few images that represent notable things about the country. During the month, we have a themed dinner where we prepare foods native to the country. We also try to expose our girls, ages 2 and 4, to the country through books from the library or movies based in the country. (For example, we watched Disney’s Ratatouille when we studied France.) With a few Internet searches, you will have more facts than you need for your bulletin board — try Google images for pictures — and easy recipes for your meal. We are amazed at what the girls retain from our “travels” and love that they constantly talk and ask about the bulletin board, which hangs right by our kitchen table. We have “visited” nine countries — China, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Australia, USA for the 4th of July, England, France — and we just embarked on our tour of Germany! For the bulletin board, we try to find things that will be interesting to the girls. For Germany, this included: • Pictures of bread. Bread is a popular food at our house, and did you know Germany has more than 300 varieties?

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Matt Pyles and daughter Sydney, 2, coat the pretzel dough before baking.

• Albert Einstein. My 4-year-old is a budding scientist. • A castle in St. Goar. I chose this because I have been there and can tell my princess fans about it from my own experience. On the dining front, we had sausage and sauerkraut and homemade pretzels. Cooking together is the highlight of the month. We have found that if the girls are involved in cooking, they are more eager to try the new, and sometimes different, foods. If cooking is not your forté, head out to an ethnic restaurant. Louisville has plenty of great options.

Ready to embark on your family’s voyage? Fire up the Internet browser and grab your push pins and cooking utensils. It really takes less than two hours to prep everything you need for a month filled with learning and fun. We hope some day our family will visit some of these places in person, but for now we will explore the world from the comfort of our home. Tami L. Pyles lives in Prospect with her husband Matt and their kids Claire (4) and Sydney (2). She is a frequent contributor to Today’s Family magazine.

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PARENTPERSPECTIVES When there are so many balls up in the air, and you have to make

BIG Decisions... WHEN MY MOM’S CANCER BROUGHT HER TO HOSPICE CARE IN JUNE 2009, I DECIDED TO LIVE IN EVANSVILLE WITH MOM AND DAD DURING THE WEEK AND COME HOME TO MY FAMILY IN FLOYDS KNOBS ON THE WEEKENDS. I was grateful that I could “afford” to leave work and have precious time with my mom, but they were days fraught with guilt. If I was with Mom, I felt I should be with my boys (ages 7 and 10 at the time); if I was with the boys, I worried that Mom might pass away without my being there. After Mom passed away, my dad — who suffers from Parkinson’s Disease — moved into a nursing home, and I assumed responsibility for his care. After four years, I continue to visit Dad weekly and now find it’s time for another tricky decision. For both financial and personal reasons, it’s time for me to return to work. While I know my sons are ready for this change, I do worry that my dad will find it a difficult adjustment. — MEGAN SCHREIBER WILLMAN

WE SWITCHED OUR SON FROM PUBLIC TO PRIVATE SCHOOL. This journey began when we realized our son’s current school was not meeting his individual needs. We involved our son in the process by talking openly about the possibility of the change. We made it clear that although he would have a say in the decision process, the ultimate decision was up to us. After numerous school visits and discussions, we decided that it was in his best interest to move him. My son had to say goodbye to the classmates he had been with for three years. But he had a great first year at his new school and will continue there. — LADONNA KENNEDY

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IN 1992, AFTER BEING STATIONED AT EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE NEAR FAIRBANKS, ALASKA, FOR A YEAR, MY HUSBAND SEPARATED FROM THE AIR FORCE TO FLY FOR A COMMERCIAL AIRLINE. I was pregnant with our younger daughter, Katherine, and our daughter Laura was almost three. With no jobs, no place to live, and our worldly possessions being shipped by boat back to the Lower 48 States, we flew to Florida to stay with my parents until we found a place to rent. Lots of people thought that we were crazy, but we had faith that it would all work out for the best. We rented an apartment, and Joe got a job after Katherine was born. Six months later he was laid off. Fortunately a friend recommended Joe for a job in North Carolina. We bought our first house and finally unpacked everything. That was three moves in two years! — MARY ELLEN BIANCO

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I’VE HEARD THAT RAISING KIDS IS PHYSICALLY DEMANDING IN THE BEGINNING, MENTALLY DEMANDING IN THE MIDDLE, AND EMOTIONALLY DEMANDING, WELL . . . FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.

So, how do you make parental decisions? [HOPEFULLY NOT WITH A MAGIC 8 BALL] By Christine Horn

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AVING SPENT VERY LITTLE TIME AROUND KIDS IN MY LIFE, I DIDN’T KNOW HOW TO MAKE THE BEST DECISIONS RIGHT FROM THE ONSET, AND TRIAL AND ERROR BECAME MY ONLY GUIDEBOOK. My first child took the brunt of my inexperience, but when the second one came along, things moved a little easier, and I started to feel like I had “that whole parenting thing” down. But just as I thought I was finding my way and finally feeling like I’d hit my groove, the really tough decisions started. The decisions we’re grappling with now are central to our kids’ future development. This year, we’ve found ourselves making a few big decisions that have positively changed the course of all our lives. PAGE 22

THE MAGIC 8 BALL Definition: A toy used for fortune-telling or seeking advice. From Wikipedia

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School Decisions

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Childcare Decisions

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“SHOULD WE MAKE A CHILDCARE CHANGE?”

Since my son Myles was 8 weeks old, he’s been cared for by an amazing caregiver. Pam has loved Myles and Ava — who came along a year later — as if they were her own. We love her like a member of the family, and we still maintain a close relationship. Before we found her, we looked at a few daycares, but with the waiting lists, costs, and rules, those schools weren’t right for us or our kids. We wanted a safe, happy place where our kids could get some one-on-one attention. For the first time ever, I was going to leave my children with someone else for the whole day! This was the biggest decision we’d ever made. A friend recommended Pam, and when we met with her, we knew we’d found the right person. When we decided to start our son in pre-kindergarten this year, the driving distance (and chauffeur time) became an issue that forced us to make a change. With our son in school and our daughter still needing full-time care, all signs pointed to hiring a nanny. I have friends who’ve hired nannies, and while their lives seemed blissfully calm and organized, I didn’t think we could afford one. I’d heard that $25 an hour was a reasonable rate. I work about 50 hours a week, and my husband works about 80 hours a week. We were looking at a weekly rate that could be a mortgage payment!

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“CAN WE AFFORD A NANNY?”

So, I became voracious about finding a solution. There are a lot of people like me, I thought, and I’m sure I can find the perfect answer out there somewhere, if I look hard enough! I started an account with Care.com, and I asked a few friends about their experiences: what they liked or didn’t like and if they wanted to recommend someone. It was through a friend that we eventually found our solution. We met a young woman with a degree in early elementary education who was our perfect fit. Right off the bat, she bent down and talked to our kids eye-to-eye, rather than towering over them in an intimidating fashion. She is cheerful and calm; she doesn’t yell; and apparently she never gets frustrated. She is earnest, funny, knowledgeable, and willing to incorporate teaching lessons into the daily routine. She even picks up my son from school, brings him home, and helps get dinner started. And she’ll do all of this for less than a mortgage payment because she’s a saint. Each morning, one of us drives Myles to school and our nanny arrives at our house to care for Ava. Ava’s day begins with breakfast, followed by the learning portion of the day: a lesson plan or maybe a trip to the zoo. After the lesson, it’s time for lunch and a nap, then some playtime or outside playtime, and around 2:30 p.m. — the highlight of the day — it’s time to pile in the car to go and get big brother at school. Everyone returns home for a snack and some more playtime, which continues until I get home around 6 p.m. It’s a fantastic arrangement, and the kids are thriving.

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Q.

“SHOULD WE CHOOSE THIS SCHOOL?”

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“OK, HOW ABOUT THIS ONE?”

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“MAYBE THIS ONE?”

This year we decided to enroll Myles in pre-kindergarten. We wanted to choose a school that had the right kind of emotional environment and also had a preschool and elementary program so that both of our kids could feel the security of being in the same place. My husband is an entrepreneur and I work in advertising, so we’ve got that whole “right brain-left brain” thing happening. Mostly this is great: he has his feet firmly planted on the ground, and I have my head in the clouds. But when it comes to big decisions, we often find ourselves in opposite corners of the ring. School was no exception. While I’m focusing on growing the mind, body, and spirit, he’s focused on achievement and test scores and percentage of Governor’s Scholars. Finding a school that encompassed everything we felt was important was difficult. We’re Catholic, so we toured the school at the church where we are members. While the program seemed perfectly fine, I was concerned that they took 4-year-olds on field trips on school buses. A recent school bus accident involving 4-year-olds was at the forefront of my mind. It just didn’t seem like the right fit for our son at that time. I have friends whose kids are at public elementary schools and have gotten rave reviews, but with all of the confusion over redistricting and busing, I wasn’t sure I wanted to get involved in that fight. Plus, I really wanted a focus on the whole child more than the child’s test scores. When I received a brochure for The Chance School, I knew instantly that it was exactly what I had been searching for. I set a tour up immediately, and five minutes into the tour, I knew there was no other school for us. It was the philosophy of Chance School that first wowed me: that childhood is a continuous and unfolding process where kids are taught mutual respect, have a voice, receive positive discipline, are treated with dignity and respect, and learn through experience. I immediately understood that every single member in the school, from administrators to faculty to staff, was focused on developing critical thinkers. There are neither grades nor tests at Chance; assessment is ongoing. It’s been a great fit for Myles, and in the short time that he’s been there, I’ve enjoyed seeing a whole new world open up for him. We look forward to enrolling Ava next year. This year has taught me that while I still may not have “that whole parenting thing” down, my guidebook is getting thicker, and if the big decisions work out this well, we just won’t sweat the small stuff. Christine Horn lives in Louisville with her husband Larry and their kids Myles (4) and Ava (3). This is her first piece for Today’s Family magazine.

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How We Do It!

[MAKE DAILY FAMILY LIFE WORK FOR US]

With Flexibility

I was looking forward to a rare overnight trip — and sleeping without the crackle of the baby monitor — even though it was a work trip. As a nonprofit administrator, I am blessed with a very flexible work schedule allowing me lots of time with our two daughters. My husband, a police detective, has an inflexible and unpredictable schedule. An eight-hour shift can easily turn into a 12-hour shift. Our situation is not unique for a police family. On that day, I had a quick lunch with my husband while the girls were with my sister. I went back to my office to gather my bag for the two-hour trek to Indianapolis. My husband was still in the parking lot when he called to say a police K-9 had been killed in a nearby town. I departed for Indianapolis. He picked up the girls and took them home. When he called an hour later to say a police officer had been shot, I turned around. I picked up our daughters from my husband so he could go back to work, and we played outside until bedtime so the girls wouldn’t hear about it on the news. These last-minute schedule changes happen frequently. Fortunately, my flexibility allows for consistency for the girls, which is essential when one parent has a dangerous and unpredictable job. Help from our families ensures our girls are never with strangers and are always in a safe place. — BETH KEENEY

In the Dark

My wife and I both work outside the home, so we do the majority of our household chores after the kids are asleep. After we tackle sports, dinner, homework, music lessons, and a myriad of other activities, the exhausted kids get to go to bed. So the equally exhausted parents become vampires of the night, moving about the darkness to get things done. It is amazing how much we can accomplish during the witching hours when we’re not spooked by distractions. I love the surprise on a child’s face when she comes down the stairs and the kitchen is painted a different color than when she went to bed. The other night I went to the bathroom and found a sticky note on the toilet lid reminding me to reload the washer and dryer. The dryer had a sticky note reminding me that my daughter was in charge of snacks at her school the next day. And in the garage, where I started the car to go get the snacks, was another sticky note telling me to check the neighbor’s house while they traveled. The neighbor’s house had a note on the door asking if I’d mind mowing their front yard to make the house look “lived in.” Of course, this was not a problem since my John Deere has headlights. — JOHN G. WARREN

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of stay-at-home moms in 2010 was approximately 5 million, about 3 million fewer than in 2008.

With Grandparents

I am a full-time, working mom. Every morning, my husband Jeff and I wake up about 6 a.m. to get our daughter, Taylor (3), and our son, Preston (6 months), ready for the day. On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, they attend Meriday Pre-School and Daycare. On Thursdays, I am lucky enough to have my mom, Grandma

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With a Temporary Stay-at-Home Dad

I walk in the back door and the aroma of dinner hits my nose. My husband, Jeremy, is at the stove prepping grilled chicken. Setting down my bags, I sneak a peek outside to a freshly mown lawn. “Mommy!” shouts Lucas, 2, as he runs into the kitchen and gives me a hug. Noah, 7, waves from the living room couch. Have I died and gone to heaven, you ask? Not exactly, but life certainly has changed since Jeremy lost his job. It feels odd to tell people our situation is a change for the better; however, Jeremy’s previous role was physically taxing coupled with long hours. These days he is home caring for our kids and tearing through the “Honey Do” list. This is not to say I did not have a small meltdown the morning it happened. We were already struggling to keep up with childcare and medical bills. My mind raced with negative thoughts of collection calls and people gossiping that we were living beyond our means, but with guidance from my parents we outlined some changes to make, such as $50 weekly budgets for groceries, necessities, and entertainment. Removing the boys from childcare also helped us restore financial balance. With the boys still snuggled under their covers, mornings are quieter. I mentally tell everyone goodbye as I walk past the bedroom doors. While I don’t miss the frantic rush to get everyone prepared for work and school, I do miss seeing their sweet faces. Work is allowed to get intense because I have the option of longer hours, knowing I do not have to rush off to pick up the kids from childcare. There is no road rage to contend with, only a phone call to the house to tell them I’m running late. Has work gotten more of my time? Sure. But the way I see it, the time lost is minimal, and I am a happier mom who can focus on the kids when we are together. It won’t always be like this. Inevitably, Jeremy will be back to work and those crazy mornings will return. Until then, I will savor this experience. — LORIE GANT LEITNER

Dottie, come to our house to watch my kids. I am both embarrassed and totally appreciative at the fact that she also helps tidy up my house while she’s there. On Fridays, I drop my kids off with my mother-in-law, Grandma Barbara. It took a load off our shoulders when she and Paw Paw Curt moved 10 minutes away from our house. We are also lucky enough to

have Jeff’s dad and stepmom — Grandpa and Grandma Wendy — 11 houses away. Every week I vow to work out more. I squeeze in a walk or hit a class at JCC when I can. I wouldn’t say our lives are balanced by any means, but hey, that’s parenthood, right? Our kids are worth every minute of it. Thank goodness for grandparents! — LEIGH ANN BURCKHARDT

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BY LORIE GANT LEITNER

Junior Firefighters

Every Tuesday night from 7-10 p.m., the Junior Firefighters gather at the Highview Fire Station. The program teaches youth ages 14 to 17 years firefighting techniques, fire prevention, and emergency medical services. Program members also participate in basic training classes, duties such as caring for departmental equipment, and ride-alongs. During the night’s training, the participants practice Rapid Intervention Team drills. Dressed in full gear, the youth cover their faces to simulate an actual fire rescue. They use only their sense of touch to find the victim. At the end of the drill, each participant removes the face covering, sweaty and red-faced. Captain Shaun Carta explains, “The issued gear is 35 pounds. The backpack adds another 20 pounds, and if a victim is removed from the scene, they must work as a team to maneuver an additional 165 pounds.” During other trainings, youth log exercise by climbing ladders or participating in workouts designed by the Safety and Wellness officer. It’s important for career firefighters to stay healthy. Heart attacks are common for the profession. Captain Carta shares, “Firefighters may be in a dead sleep when the alarm goes off. In two minutes we are to be in full gear and in another three minutes, we are fighting a fire.” Along with recruiting for the Junior Firefighter program, the Highview Fire Department is working hard to reach out to schools and communities. “It’s important that youth of all ages understand fire safety and exit plans, especially in cases of Mom or Dad being non-responsive,” Captain Carta says. “Also, seeing a firefighter in full gear can be scary. We visit the kids at school to let them touch it and ask questions.” DON’T FORGET: Replace the batteries in your smoke To learn more about the Junior Firefighter program, contact Highview Fire detector every Halloween! Department (highviewfire.com) or your local district’s fire department.

Treating a Mosquito Bite Bananas have long been known for their nutritional value, but did you know they can help treat mosquito bites as well? After peeling the banana, hold the inside of the peel on the bite site for 5-10 minutes and rub occasionally. The banana peel will relieve the itch and dry the skin out quickly. Source: wikiHow.com

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Have Fun, Get Dirty, GET

Sweets to the Brave Send your candy to Operation Gratitude’s Halloween Candy Program. Operation Gratitude annually sends more than 10,000 care packages to U.S. Service Members. operationgratitude.com

Piggies for Preemies Your pennies can help provide a healthy start for premature babies at Kosair Children’s Hospital. This fun initiative supports the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. To participate in the Piggies for Preemies program, get your free “Penny the Piggy” bank, fill it up and bring it to your local BB&T branch to be entered in a chance to win a $500 scholarship. HelpKosairChildrensHospital.com

FIT!

Mighty Titan’s mission is to get kids active, healthy, and passionate about fitness. Its youth mud obstacle races are designed for kids of all fitness levels, ages 4-14 years, and guarantees every kid will get dirty! Nicole Tegeler, head coach and owner of Mighty Titans, participated in many adult mud races. “One night I was watching a television program about the growing popularity of mud races,” she says. “It was a lightbulb moment: kids and mud. What a great combo! Plus, they would get a workout without realizing it.” During June’s race, about 60 kids participated, running in staggered heats. The kids faced 14 obstacles such as crawling through muddy tunnels and scaling rock walls. “The kids learn to work together when a team member is struggling on an obstacle,” Nicole says. “We also have high parent participation. They run alongside the course to take photos.” The obstacle mud race is more about the adventure and meeting the challenge than competing for the fastest time. Every kid receives Ian Kennedy, 9, tackles the course. a T-shirt and dog tags at the finish line. However, for those with the competitive streak, the Titan Trio is offered. Kids are timed on tire flips, box jumps, and the boulder dash. Source: mightytitanadventures.com 4 4 4 todaysfamilynow.com 4 4 4www.facebook.com /todaysfamily 4 4 4 @todaysfamilynow


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Assumption High School, a college preparatory school for young women in grades 9-12, was founded in 1955 by the Sisters of Mercy. Our mission and values are the foundation of our identity as a Catholic school and guide our decisions and actions as an institution.

Kentucky Country Day School is an independent, JK-12, coeducational school located on a spacious 85-acre campus in eastern Jefferson County. KCD combines a rigorous academic program with a wide variety of athletic and extracurricular programs. Our outstanding faculty creates an intimate learning environment that is both challenging and supportive.

Presentation Academy strives to create a diverse community that promotes academic excellence and challenges young women to develop their greatest potential as leaders in a global society. Visit Presentation Academy's Open House to discover what it means to be a Pres Girl!

We are the community of Assumption, where faith guides, compassion inspires, integrity matters, and excellence empowers.

Read the winning essays from these schools.

I Love My School Essay Contest!

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Why I Love My School ASSUMPTION

Assumption Essay Winner Stephanie Campbell

TODAY’S FAMILY

/ By Stephanie Campbell

One of my neighbors has a granddaughter who will be starting her Assumption years as I move on from mine, so she asked about my experiences becoming a young woman at AHS in a world that can be, well, difficult. I remembered the summer before I started high school, attending orientation and wondering if I’d ever feel like a proper high school girl. I don’t think I was alone in feeling pretty gawky at that in-between time. From my first day in 2009, I heard that AHS would always be my home and that I was important there. As a freshman, I was pretty sure that was a nice way of saying, “Thanks for bringing your tuition money here instead of elsewhere!” But sophomore year I started juggling classes with service hours, leadership, and class events, and suddenly there were people who needed me every day. People depended on me, and I began to think that maybe I really was important for more than just financial reasons. The first day of junior year, for some reason, is the most vivid memory I have of our class. We had time to reunite, so we were playing Four Corners in the theatre. I just remember sitting down once I lost, looking around, and thinking about how well we suddenly meshed. We were past the awkward trying-to-impress phase of freshman and early sophomore years. We were done wearing the hideously legendary pants for sophomore service. We were all back in uniform, back in school, back together.

And we fell into each other perfectly. Some of us were loud, leading groups around. Others were calling out the cheaters. Others were the cheaters (oops). And others were just happy to go with the flow. It suddenly became evident to me that we could do anything we wanted to if we kept that energy. Senior year was absolutely full of that same energy, and as we finish together I am astounded at what we have accomplished. We have won countless awards for our brilliance, creativity, strength, and strategy. We have earned scholarships from all over. But all of that is on paper. We’ve also been on senior retreat and learned to lean on each other while blossoming into roses. We’ve supported each other through loss and helped each other relax into the true versions of ourselves. And we’ve learned to love each other no matter what. I don’t know which classroom I learned to love myself in, which building I was in when I really became an “Assumption girl”, or which event finally showed me that I was an integral part of my class and my school. But as I leave, I can’t help but think how lucky I am to have over 200 classmates who appreciate me for my strengths, a principal who cries nearly every day over how much she loves us, an English teacher who signs her e-mails with “Love,” and 1,000 women who I can always turn to for a reminder of how valuable I am.

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OR SOME, THE WORD “FENCING” CONJURES IMAGES OF CHAIN LINKS. Others picture swashbuckling swordfights with pirates or musketeers. Perhaps scenes from the classic film The Princess Bride come to mind. Thanks in part to the U.S. Olympic Fencing Team’s accomplishments in 2004, 2008, and 2012 — and the proliferation of programming choices on cable, satellite, and live streaming — chances are more likely you have seen at least some representation of sport fencing, whether it’s competition coverage or in a commercial for Nike, Dairy Queen, or an investment firm. It was even featured prominently on an episode of Modern Family. My husband Ken and I are both fencers. Ken was introduced to the sport when he spent two years at Culver Academy, and he picked it up again in college and became nationally competitive. I started fencing when we got married 13 years ago; it was a fun way to stay in shape and was an activity we could enjoy together. Since we had children, I haven’t had time to fence much, but I’m hoping to get back into it as the

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Presentation Academy Essay Winner Leah Brockman

Why I Love My School PRESENTATION ACADEMY

/ By Leah Brockman, 10th grade

A lot of kids don’t know why they love their school, or even if they love their school. I truly love mine. It accepts you for who you are. I had a hard time deciding what school to go to, so my parents chose for me. They chose the school that I didn’t want to go to, but I am glad they did! Four years ago, I was diagnosed with scoliosis, and also found out that my back was fractured. I had to wear a back brace for three years. The first day of school, I was self-conscious about my brace. When I met everyone, I realized it was like I wasn’t even wearing a brace. No one seemed to notice, and they all accepted me for me. Nobody made fun of me. My school is very supportive! Recently, I had major back surgery to correct my curvature, and unhealed fractures. I was out of school for a month. While I was in the hospital, my coaches and schoolmates came to see me. I got cards from classmates, teachers, and even the principle. Once back in school, my teachers did everything they could to help. They were all very patient, and understanding. My classmates proved their love again by ignoring my scar. To them, I am the same person as I was before. My school really cares about me, and every student that goes there. It is O.K. to be unique and different. My school helps you with the small things in life, and life changing events. The teachers never give up on you, and push you as far as they know you can be pushed. Each teacher takes their time to learn about each student because they care, and they want you to succeed in life.


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girls are getting older. It looks like I’m going to have the opportunity now that my oldest is interested. From the time they were old enough to run around and play, we have always encouraged our girls, now 7 and 5, to be active and exercise as part of being healthy. We always hoped they would be interested in fencing, but we honestly didn’t care what sport or activity they chose as long as they were doing at least one physical activity on a regular basis. We let them try soccer, then ballet classes. When Isabel, 7, became old enough to start fencing classes, she expressed great interest in trying to do what Daddy does. She began taking weekly group classes last fall. Because she continued to show interest but had anxiety about not being as experienced as the older kids she admired, we invested in private lessons a couple of months ago. Her confidence and skills have soared. “I was shy, but Maestro [coach] helped me learn how to score touches. It’s fun to do practice team tournaments with the other kids, especially the big kids. I’m getting better!” Isabel gushes. Some people call fencing “physical chess.” My husband says it’s a perfect sport for smart kids and wallflowers because it takes a lot of thought and isn’t a pure jock sport like running or swimming, though it certainly requires skill and discipline. Gretchen Leachman, whose daughter Anna, 12, has been fencing since 2011, agrees. “Anna passed a fencing studio on the way to her Irish Dance lessons, and her interest was piqued after reading The Three Musketeers. We heard about summer camp at the Louisville Fencing Center, and after one exhausting week, she loved it and couldn’t wait to keep going.” Leachman says fencing is a thinking sport that helps with everything “from self esteem and posture to strategic thinking and her ability to plan ahead. I am

amazed at her ability to juggle homework and space things out so that she isn’t scrambling the night before a big project is due. And it’s an excellent stress outlet!” Maestro Les Stawicki of the Louisville Fencing Center says that anyone can fence; there is no ideal body type. He adds, “It’s a lifelong competitive sport, with age divisions from 10-12 to 70-plus, something the whole family can do.” And that is just the case for the Townsend family. Dad David started fencing earlier this year after spending time at the Louisville Fencing Center watching his son, Avery, 9, participate in classes, competitions, and lessons. “[I realized] fencing was truly a sport we could do together,” he says. “LFC has world champion fencers who are competing at age 70.” Avery was introduced to fencing two years ago in an after-school program. David and wife Allison noted, “We quickly realized fencing was a sport that combined not only physical skills but his intellect. He now goes four days a week, so we invested in lessons because of his enthusiasm and have seen a remarkable improvement in his coordination and athletic skills. He is also more self-assured and confident.” Kids who start early, stick with it, and do reasonably well have a solid chance at a college scholarship in the sport. Several kids from Louisville have done so in the past few years, including three current fencers at Notre Dame and a recent Penn State graduate. 2012 Olympian Lee Kiefer of Lexington started fencing in Louisville when she and her sister, Alex — now an NCAA champion for Harvard — were 6 and 8. My husband Ken adds, “Lessons and the sport are great because they teach the kids how to win and how to lose and learn from losses. Lessons also let the teacher tailor the lesson to the student’s pace, strengths, weaknesses, and quirks.”

“It’s a lifelong competitive sport, with age divisions from 10-12 to 70-plus, something the whole family can do.”

(Top) Angela and Ken and their daughter Isabel, 7, all fence together. (Bottom) Audrey, 5, is obviously considering it for the future.

Angela Stallings Hagan, Ph.D., lives — and fences when she has time — in Louisville with her husband Ken and their daughters Isabel (7) and Audrey (5).

WANT TO TRY FENCING? In Louisville, you can get started with fencing at the Louisville Fencing Center, inside the stadium at Central High School’s football field at 1401 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. Group classes for beginners are available for $100 for four one-hour classes, with equipment provided. All you need are some sneakers and a pair of white sweatpants or baseball/softball/football pants and a glove, available at most sporting goods stores. Private individual 20-minute lessons are available for $35 for non-members or $30 for members, but you will need your own equipment, including mask, glove, knickers, jacket, and weapon. Visit louisvillefencing.org for information.

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Kentucky Country Day Essay Winner Raymond Suo

Why I Love My School KENTUCKY COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL

/ By Raymond Suo, 5th grade

I have been going to my wonderful school KCD since I was in third grade. One part that I like is the classes and that they challenge us. In math, for example, we have done algebra and many other challenging things like finding the area of a circle. In English, we have written stories and poetry. We have also had many hard vocabulary words. In science, we have done many challenging experiments, too. Some experiments are testing crawdads and earthworms. At school you can see that we do many challenging things to help us learn. Another reason that I love my school is that we do fun things in class. One thing fun that we do is the experiments we do in science. Some of the experiments that are fun include the Snail Derby. We tested how fast our snails went in certain temperatures of water and then we raced them after we did all of our tests. Some other fun experiments we did were the earthworm labs. We tested what earthworms prefer, light or dark. We also tested to see if they liked wet or dry. Right now in science we are testing crawdads. It is fun to pick them up because they put their claws up and try to pinch you! I really like watching them because they actually have a brain and can make decisions. They are fun to p1ay with, basically. We also do fun things in robotics, too. We get to program Lego robots to do whatever we want them to do. At the end of the trimester, we get to fight the robots with the programs we learned how to make. As you can see, I really do love my school.

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By Lorie Gant Leitner

NOAH’S INFATUATION WITH THE MOON BEGAN YEARS AGO. At age 1, he and my mom would gaze upwards and sing “Oh, Mr. Moooon, where are you?” So when I spotted the advertisement describing the Full Moon Hike at Bernheim Forest, it was a natural fit. Geared for ages 6 to adult, the hike promised to weave together stories about night ecology, moon lore, history, and the magic of nature at night. During the 40-minute drive to Clermont, Ky., Noah, now 7, prepared his compass and flashlight. At Bernheim, we parked at the Garden Pavilion and made our way to the waiting area. Noah was immediately curious. When he wasn’t chatting up an adult, he was checking out the fish in the pond, birds in the rafters, or names of the various shrubs. Even the basic spider web became intriguing. I braced myself for the multiple questions he would have for the guides. At 8 p.m. our guides, Bill and Don, gathered the guests in a circle. Bill explained the night’s agenda included walking 1.5 miles around the lake before meeting our guest of honor: The Moon. He answered questions, “Will the path be strenuous?” (No, it’s fairly flat) and “Will we see snakes?” (Probably not). Much to Noah’s disappointment, Bill also noted we would not be using flashlights. The night sky would light the path and our eyes would adjust. Then Bill encouraged us to open our minds and forget everything we knew about nature. All labels pertaining to the trees, plants, and animals were to be erased. A tree not only provides oxygen, it nurtures other trees the way a mother nurtures her child. His description of the night gave me goosebumps. Suddenly the forest seemed magical.

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The Full Moon Hike began years ago as a way to connect people to nature and get them more comfortable with night.

About Bernheim Forest

In their mission to connect people with nature, Bernheim provides many opportunities for families to explore and develop their own connection. A popular destination is the Canopy Tree Walk, a short boardwalk that extends into the forest canopy, leading visitors 75 feet above the forest floor. The Full Moon Hikes are led by staff and volunteer naturalists. Dates vary, depending on when the moon is at her fullest. Cost is $12 per person. Hours: Open daily 7am to near sunset • Saturday and Sunday: Admission is $5 per car. Free for members. •Monday-Friday: Free admission bernheim.org

Our first stop was a scenic section of the lake. Our group of 30 stood along the rock wall and smiled while Bill snapped our photo. Then our other guide, Don, shared his poem about the moon, lovingly referring to her as “Celine.” At times the path was flanked by trees and other times by the lake. A few times we crossed over bridges, pausing to listen to the frogs. One croaked deeply like a bass guitar. As promised our eyes adjusted to the low light level. In fact, flowers with white petals

seemed to glow in the dark. Soft sprinkles of rain fell on us. We took shelter under a row of large trees to stay dry. While there, Bill explained how bees see flowers differently than humans. To their eyes the middle of the flower, ripe for pollination, glows like an airport landing strip. We moved outside the security of the trees and found the rain had stopped. The path emptied into a field of tall grass on both sides of us that grew above Noah’s head. For a moment I thought our group was alone. And then, hundreds of fireflies were there. Each one took its turn flickering. It was as if someone has strung strands of holiday lights across the forest. I was thankful for the dark. No one warned me going on a Full Moon Hike could bring you to tears, but here I was standing in the middle of the forest experiencing just that. Where the tall grass ended, our group met the lake again. Looking at the sky we could see a faint glow but no moon. The clouds covered her. Noah and I sat on the ground listening to more amazing facts from Bill and Don such as “Did you know the moon moves farther away from the earth every year?” We also glimpsed the outline of a flying hawk while waiting for the moon to peek out. She never did, but I got the sense she was watching us. At the end of the tour, Noah and I thanked our guides for exposing us to a wonderful adventure. We headed back to the car, relaxed physically but mentally alive with the amazing stories from our guides. I no longer felt superior to the trees, plants, and animals of the night. They were equally amazing, and we were connected. Lorie Gant Leitner lives in Louisville with her husband Jeremy and their kids Noah (7) and Lucas (2). She is a regular contributor to Today’s Family magazine.

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HE’S OUR AWESOME COACH! Charlie Fields has been head coach of the New Albany High School football team for three years and has been coaching in some form for the last 24 years. He graduated from New Albany High School in 1988 and says, “This is where I’m going to be; born and raised here. This is my calling of when and where I want to be. It helps me relate to (the players).”

Congratulations to Charlie Fields, head coach of the New Albany High School football team.

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What do you love most about coaching? The big thing is being able to work with young people. We try to develop not just a football player, but a young man as well. What influences have you had? In high school, all of my male role models were coaches. I probably wouldn’t be where I am without the influence that they had on me. Today’s Family readers sent in nominations for whom they thought should be considered an Awesome Coach. From that list of nominees, readers then voted online for their favorite.

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3101 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40205 502.413.8607 • sullivan.edu Specialty: Nanny services Cost: To be determined Employee qualifications: Certified Professional Nanny credentials from the American Council of Nanny Schools/trained in CPR, First Aid & Water Safety Description: Sullivan University’s nationally acknowledged Professional Nanny Program is an institution with more than 20 years experience training and placing qualified childcare professionals. Available for in-home day or live-in services. Contact: Lisa Zaring, lzaring@sullivan.edu

Congratulations to our Today’s Girl winners, who will participate in the American Girl Fashion Show sponsored by the Children’s Hospital Foundation. Read an excerpt from their winning essays:

Winner of the 7-8 Category: Madeline Schellenberger, age 8 “I feel that I share the most common interest with Saige. Just like Saige, I have always found my true passion in art. I started taking art classes when I was 3 years old. I also enjoy going with my mom to make art projects. I especially like making pottery and cards for my family and teachers. ... Art is my favorite thing in the world.”

Local schools from pre-K to high school and beyond

EDUCATION Assumption High School

The Gardner School

Grades: 9-12 Type: Private Catholic Cost: $10,250 tuition Scholarships: Yes Description: A college preparatory school for young women, founded in 1955 by the Sisters of Mercy. Our mission and values are the foundation of our identity and guide our decisions and actions as an institution. We are the community of Assumption where faith guides, compassion inspires, integrity matters, and excellence empowers. Contact: Elaine Salvo, Elaine.Salvo@ahsrockets.org

Grades: 6 weeks – pre-K Type: Private Cost: Varies by age Scholarships: No Description: Preschool specializing in early childhood education. This year, we achieved the honor of national accreditation through the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs! We offer year-round education programs both full and part-time. Contact: Jennifer McNickle, jennifer.mcnickle@thegardnershool.com

2170 Tyler Lane, Louisville, KY 40205 502.458.9551 • ahsrockets.org

9401 Mill Brook Drive, Louisville, KY 40223 502.412.3088 • thegardnerschool.com

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EDUCATION Kentucky Country Day

Meredith-Dunn School

Grades: JK-12 Type: Independent Cost: Tuition varies by grade Scholarships: Yes Description: A coeducational school located on a spacious 85-acre campus in eastern Jefferson County. KCD combines a rigorous academic program with a wide variety of athletic and extracurricular programs. Our outstanding faculty create an intimate learning environment that is both challenging and supportive. Contact: Jeff Holbrook, jeffholbrook@kcd.org

Grades: 1 – 8 Type: Independent, for Students with Learning Differences Cost: Tuition $12,300 w/ $500 book fee Scholarships: Financial Aid Available Description: Meredith-Dunn School offers prescriptive, individualized education for students with learning differences/disabilities in grades 1 through 8. We provide highly individualized instruction in a nurturing environment designed to empower students to become accomplished learners and resilient individuals. Contact: cbunnell@meredith-dunn-school.org

4100 Springdale Rd., Louisville, KY 40241 502.423.0440 • kcd.org

3023 Melbourne Ave., Louisville, KY 40220 502.456.5819 • meredithdunnschool.org

Presentation Academy

861 S. 4th St., Louisville, KY 40203 502.583.5935 • presentationacademy.org Grades: 9-12 Type: Catholic Cost: $10,370 tuition Scholarships: Yes Description: Louisville’s oldest continuously operating school, a college preparatory academy for young women. Founded in 1831 by Mother Catherine Spalding and the Sisters Charity of Nazareth, it encompasses an education rooted in faith, embraces an urban setting and diverse population, promotes leadership and provides individualized attention. Contact: Jacqueline Back, jback@presentationacademy.org

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Camden Station Elementary 6401 Kentucky 146, Crestwood, KY 40014 502.241.1271

Chance School 4200 Lime Kiln Ln., Louisville, KY 40222 502.425.6904

Christian Academy School System Several Kentucky and Indiana locations 502.244.3225

Crestwood Elementary 6500 Kentucky 146, Crestwood, KY 40014 502.241.8401

Dunn Elementary 2010 Rudy Ln., Louisville, KY 40207 502.485.8240

Fern Creek Elementary 8815 Ferndale Rd., Louisville, KY 40291 502.485.8250

Field Elementary 120 Sacred Heart Ln., Louisville, KY 40206 502.485.8252

Greathouse Shryock Elementary 2700 Browns Ln., Louisville, KY 40220 502.485.8259

Harmony Elementary 1901 S Hwy 11793, Goshen, KY 40026 502.228.2228

Harvey Browne Preschool 311 Browns Ln., Louisville, KY 40207 502.895.2577

Hite Elementary 12408 Old Shelbyville Rd., Louisville KY 40243 502.485.8267

Jeffersontown Elementary 3610 Cedarwood Way, Louisville, KY 40299 502.485.8274

John Paul II Academy 3525 Goldsmith Lane Louisville, KY 40220 502.452.1712

Little Robins Childcare Ministry 6710 Wolf Pen Branch Rd., Harrods Creek, KY 40027 502.228.1176

LaGrange Elementary 500 W Jefferson St., LaGrange, KY 40031 502.222.9454

Louisville Classical Academy 2005 Douglass Blvd., Louisville, KY 40205 502.228.7787

Lowe Elementary 210 Oxfordshire Ln., Louisville, KY 40222 502.485.8293

Mercy Academy 5801 Fegenbush Ln., Louisville, KY 40228 502.671.2010

Middletown Elementary 218 N. Madison Ave., Louisville, KY 40243 502.485.8300

Norton Elementary 8101 Brownsboro Rd., Louisville, KY 40241 502.485.8308

Notre Dame Academy 1927 Lewiston Drive, Louisville, KY 40216 502.447.3155

Our Lady of Providence Jr.-Sr. High School 707 Providence Way, Clarksville, IN 47129 812.945.3350

Pitt Academy 6010 Preston Hwy., Louisville, KY 40219 502.966.6979

Prospect Latin School 8907 U.S. Highway 42, Prospect, KY 40059 502.292.0123

Prospect Preschool Academy 13001 U.S. 42, Prospect, KY 40059 502.228.4007

Sacred Heart Model School 3107 Lexington Rd., Louisville, KY 40206 502.896.3931

St. Aloysius School 122 Mt. Mercy Dr., Pewee Valley, KY 40056 502.241.8516

St. Athanasius School 5915 Outer Loop, Louisville, KY 40219 502.969.2345

St. Margaret Mary School 7813 Shelbyville, Rd., Louisville, KY 40222 502.426.2635

St. Paul School 6901 Dixie Hwy., Louisville, KY 40258 502.935.5511

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EDUCATION St. Stephen Martyr School 2931 Pindell Ave., Louisville, KY 40217 502.635.5813

Stopher Elementary 14417 Aiken Rd., Louisville, KY 40245 502.485.8281

Walden School 4283 Westport Road, Louisville, KY 40207 502.893.0433

Waldorf School of Louisville 8005 New La Grange Rd., Louisville, KY 40222 502.327.0122

Whitefield Academy 7711 Fegenbush Lane, Louisville, KY 40228 502.239.3359

Wilder Elementary 1913 Herr Ln., Louisville, KY 40222 502.485.8350

EXTRACURRICULAR: Academics

Tutoring, study help, educational workshops, and activities

Above Grade Level

The Academy of Louisville

Ages: K - 12 Focus: In-home Tutoring Teachers: All certified in the Above Grade Level program Cost: varies Description: We tutor Louisville, Kentucky students, and the surrounding communities offering in-home, competent tutoring. We cover courses including Mathematics, English, and more. Our expertlydeveloped, tailored, proven curriculum is so successful that we guarantee your child’s grade will progress by a minimum of one full grade level or ten percentage points. Contact: Kathy Green, kgreen@abovegradelevel.com

Ages: All Focus: Tutoring/ Homework Help Teachers: Varied staff from all backgrounds Cost: $125/week (5 days) or $70/hour for one-on-one Description: Homework Hall is an innovative service that integrates executive functioning, study steps, close communication with parents and school as well as quality checks and quick concept review. ONE ON ONE is also available for skill building, test taking, and / or TEST PREP in any subject. Contact: Jenny Osborne, theacademy@entreky.net

502.384.8504 • abovegradelevel-louisville.com

125 Wiltshire Ave., Louisville, KY 40207 502.897.0444 • theacademyoflouisville.com

LearningRX Brain Training

MINDS-IN-MOTION, INC.

Ages: Grade 1+/adult programs Focus: Brain Training Teachers: Certified brain trainers/medical professionals Cost: $3,000 for 3-9 month program Description: Brain training effectively addresses the causes behind learning and reading struggles. We offer certified brain trainers to help with one-on-one training in cognitive skills assessments to produce more accurate recall, quicker processing, and easier learning across a wide range of learning challenges. Contact: Michelle Wright, michellew@learningrx.net

Ages: 3 to high school Focus: Sensory/ Motor/ Brain Integration Training Teachers: Call for details Cost: $30- $40/ hour Description: Minds-in-Motion builds stronger bodies and smarter minds! Our one-of-a-kind program is designed to stimulate the balance, visual and auditory processes of the brain, which maximizes learning potential. Our program, based on NASA technology, ignites higher-level brain function, which increases academic, athletic and social success! Contact: Carol James, cjames@mimLearning.com

10317 Champion Farms Drive, Louisville, KY 40241 4121 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY 40207 502.423.3713 • learningrx.com

Square One Specialists in Child and Adolescent Development 6440 Dutchmans Parkway, Louisville, KY 40205 502.896.2606 • squareonemd.com

Ages: 1-24 Focus: Children and adolescent evaluation and therapy Teachers: Doctors/specialists are experts in child & adolescent development Cost: Varies by service Description: Our expertise encompasses developmental/mental health concerns including ADHD, learning, emotional, mood/anxiety disorders, autism, speech-language and social skill disorders. Our doctors provide collaborative therapeutic inventions that work with your child’s doctors and school personnel. Contact: meds@squareonemd.com

3600 Chamberlain Ave., Suite 138 Jefferson Trade Center, Louisville, KY 40241 502.384.3866 • mimLearning.com

Winner of the 9-10 Category: Mary Claire Mehling, age 9 “Kit and I could be turned into one person. We both have faced hard times and remained hopeful. One of my hard times was after my brother was born. We had to go to doctors and therapy a lot, but even though it was scary, we were hopeful because it would help him later in life.”

Alliance Française de Louisville 173 Sears Ave., LL079, Louisville, KY 40207 502.897.9800

Camp Invention campinvention.org 800.968.4332

Kentucky Science Center 727 West Main St. Louisville, KY 40202 502.561.6100

Louisville Zoo 1100 Trevilian Way, Louisville, KY 40213 502.495.2181

Mad Science Kentucky 5512 Decker Rd. Louisville, KY 40258 502.749.4217

Tutor Doctor tutorlouisville.com 502.693.3668

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EXTRACURRICULAR: Personal Development

Leadership and mentoring organizations

Abigail Academy LLC

St. Matthews, Louisville, KY 40207 502.500.7071 • abigailacademy.com Ages: Females 6 years and up Focus: Private Confidence Coaching Special Requirements: 3 months minimum Cost: $100/hour Description: Improving self-esteem of women and girls since 2006! Abigail partners with female clients to help them become the best versions of themselves. Clients will learn effective tools to help strengthen relationships, build better body image, communication and more. Lessons keep you focused on your most important values with confidence and motivation. Contact: Abigail Mueller, Certified Women & Family Coach abigailacademy@gmail.com

DID YOU KNOW? “The social component of extracurricular activities instills a sense of community, responsibility and involvement. Students who participate in extracurricular activities are more likely to feel confident in their ability to multitask and are more likely to request help on assignments they do not understand.” Source: classroom.synonym.com

Alix Adams Model School and Talent Agency 9813 Merioneth Dr. Louisville, KY 40299 502.266.6990

Bernheim Forest- Nature Based Programs bernheim.org 502.955.8512

Best Buddies Kentucky 1151 S. 4th St. Louisville, KY 40203 502.736.0838

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana 1519 Gardiner Ln. Suite B, Louisville, KY 40218 502.587.0494

Boys and Girls Club of Kentuckiana 1201 Story Ave. Suite 250, Louisville, KY 40206 502.585.5437

COSMO Model & Talent Agency 211 Lyndon Ln. Louisville, KY 40222 502.425.8000

Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana 2115 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206 502.636.0900

School and independent team and individual sports

EXTRACURRICULAR: Sports YMCA of Greater Louisville

502.587.9622 • ymcalouisville.org Southern Indiana: ymcasi.org Ages: 3-17 Practice: Varied by sport and location Coaches: Trained volunteers focus on nurturing, personal attention for all players. Season: Register by Oct. 14 for Nov.-Dec. season Cost: Varies for members or non-members/age of child Description: We offer basketball in the fall and winter seasons. Children learn the basics, improve skills and make friends! Swim lessons, indoor field hockey, lacrosse and flag football are offered at selected branches. We make sure every child gets to participate and that sports are safe, fair and fun. Contact: ymcalouisville.org

DID YOU KNOW? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that young people aged 6–17 years participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily.

Bannon Woods Farm 1000 Dezern Court, Fairdale, KY 40118 502.363.2372

Everyday Athletes 1808 Production Dr., Louisville, KY 40299 502.468.6258

The First Tee of Louisville @ Shawnee Golf Course 460 Northwestern Parkway, Louisville, KY 40212 502.772.9494

HOOPS 12101 Sycamore Station Place, Louisville, KY 40299 502.290.6444

Highland Youth Recreation (HYR) Fall Soccer HYRSports.com 502.384.7632

Hwang’s Martial Arts 2813 N. Hurstbourne Parkway, Louisville, KY 40223 502.412.7755

Louisville Equestrian Center 6720 Mt. Washington Rd. Taylorsville, KY 40071 502.477.0830

Louisville Fencing Center 1401 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., Louisville, KY 40203 502.540.5004

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory 800 W. Main St. Louisville, KY 40242 502.588.7228

Mockingbird Valley Sports Complex (MVSC) 3000 Mellwood Ave., Louisville, KY 40205 502.896.2412

Punchestown Stable 1210 Bel Mar Lane, Lexington, KY 40515 859.971.1485

Sawyer Youth Soccer Recreational Soccer for all ages sawyeryouthsoccer.com

Strike and Spare Bowling 911 Phillips Lane, Louisville, KY 40209 502.558.3450

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RETAIL

Little Treasures Kid’s Sale

502.541.4446 • littletreasuressale.com Type/Product: Kid’s consignment Description: The area’s most anticipated kid’s consignment event held every March and August. Parents can earn money on the things their kids have outgrown and save up to 90% on new and delicately used brand name items. For more information about the sales, visit our website. Contact: Kelly Brown, kelly@littletreasuressale.com

Health and well-being services including maternity/baby care, women’s health, pediatrics, and family wellness

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WELLNESS

Clark Memorial Hospital Family Birth Place

Derby City Pediatric Dentistry

Hours: 24/7 Insurance Accepted: ALL Description: The Family Birth Place offers a personalized birth experience with spacious labor and delivery suites, in-room waiting areas, garden tubs and certified midwives. We provide quality care to mom and baby through programs like Kangaroo Care and Quiet Time. A variety of childbirth classes and new sibling classes are available. Contact: Jan Austin, 812.283.2516

Hours: Mon-Friday 8:oo-4:30 pm Insurance Accepted: Most insurances, including Medicaid are taken Description: We make each visit a fun, easy and stress-free experience for you and your child. From the first visit, we begin to develop a relationship with the new patient, educate you and your child on the health of your child’s teeth, including how to prevent cavities and provide lifelong healthy dental habits. Contact: Dr. Korie D. Acord, info@DerbyCityPediatricDentistry.com

Floyd Memorial Hospital Birthing Center

Jeffersonville Pediatrics

Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Insurance Accepted: ALL Description: We offer a birthing experience tailored just for you. Moms can choose to deliver with a certified nurse midwife or an OB/GYN. We offer natural childbirth options, including garden tubs, birthing balls, birthing plans and doulas, as well as pain management options. Classes are available for new moms, dads and siblings, infant CPR and infant massage. Contact: Guided tours: 812.948.7420, childbirth classes:1.800.4.SOURCE

Hours: M-F 8:30 – 4:30 Insurance Accepted: ALL Description: Our physicians care for children of all ages with services including physicals, sick visits, well-child exams, ADHD evaluations, immunizations and other tests. We offer flexible scheduling and same day sick appointments to ensure that busy parents get their children back to health quickly. Contact: Teresa May, teresa.may@clarkmemorial.org

1220 Missouri Ave., Jeffersonville, IN 47130 812.283.6631 • clarkmemorial.org

1850 State St., New Albany, IN 47150 1.800.4.SOURCE • floydmemorial.com/baby

Women First of Louisville, PLLC

Baptist East Medical Pavilion 3900 Kresge Way, Suite 30, Louisville, KY 40207 • 502.891.8700 • wfoflou.com Hours: M-F 8-4 Insurance Accepted: Most Description: We offer comprehensive care for women with innovative technologies including digital mammography, osteoporosis screening, OB/GYN ultrasounds, genetic and preconception counseling, in office surgery, hormone therapy management and more. Contact: 502.891.8700

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2120 High Wickham Place Ste. 103, Louisville, KY 40245 502.254.6097 • derbycitypediatricdentistry.com

207 Sparks Ave., Jeffersonville, IN 812.288.9141 • clarkmemorial.org

Winner of the 11-12 Category: Callie Hornback, age 12 “Saige and I have so much in common. I, like Saige get to combine my two passions: art and animals. I’m constantly drawing. It’s the first thing I do in the morning and the last thing I do at night. I mainly draw dogs. They are my favorite animals. Drawing dogs makes me smile so I draw portraits of people’s furry companions so they can smile too!”

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IN OUR FAMILY

Creating a Family By Carrie Vittitoe • Photo by Melissa Donald

Meg & Bob Hoelter; John (10), Ella (7) and David (5) Meg and Bob tried for many years to have children, and with the help of specialists, were able to become pregnant with triplet boys. Their sons were born at 22 weeks gestation and did not survive, a profound loss that led the couple to look into domestic adoption.

The Adoption Process: When they started down the adoption path, the Hoelters knew they didn’t want to advertise so they located a reputable agency in Ohio, their home state. They also knew they were open to adopting a mixed race child. Meg says, “It is quicker to adopt a mixed race child, and we just didn’t feel comfortable saying, ‘We’ll take this baby but not that baby.’”

Bringing John and Ella Home: Meg and Bob were chosen by John’s birth mother about a week before his birth. Meg says, “It was more or less a closed adoption.” They met a social worker at the hospital and were able to take John home 72 hours after his birth. The Hoelters met Ella’s birth mother when she was eight months pregnant and 48

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were at the hospital when Ella was born. Six months after the children’s births, the adoptions were finalized.

And Then Along Came David: After more than nine years of fertility struggles, including a miscarriage between John and Ella, Meg felt underwhelmed when she suspected she might be pregnant. She says, “I bought the cheapest pregnancy test I could find, and when that was positive I thought, ‘Great. Now I have to buy an expensive one.’” The pregnancy and David’s birth were completely normal and easy.

Relief About Bonding: Meg says she was really smitten with all of her children by the time they were six months old, but it didn’t come early with any of them. Meg wondered at the time if adoption was the reason it took her awhile to warm up to

her older children and if she would feel an instant bond with David. She says she felt a bit of relief that she wasn’t instantly gaga over David and had to slowly develop a closeness with him as well.

Curious Questions: When John and Ella began elementary school, Meg knew fellow parents were curious about her children’s heritage because they would often ask if they could meet their dad. Meg is open to answering questions about how and why her family looks different from other families, as well as questions from people considering mixed-race adoption themselves. But she has decided that specifics related to John’s and Ella’s backgrounds are “their stories,” and it will be up to them to decide how much they want to share as they get older.

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