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Danica Kiefer is ready for life skill lessons.

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Years ago I came across this list about life skills your kids should have before they leave home by Marilyn Vos Savant, who had a column in USA Weekend. It opened my eyes to teaching my kids some basic skills. Not only is it our main job as parents to teach our children how to live on their own, but teaching children how to do things correctly makes them proud and builds their self-esteem more than all the encouragement in the world.

Domestic Skills • Cook (don’t just open and pour) a traditional breakfast, lunch, and dinner. • Wash and iron clothes without ruining them (plus remove spots). • Replace a button and baste a fallen hem. • Basic house cleaning, not mixing cleaning agents.

What Your Kids Need to Know Before They Leave Home My goal was age 10 for my kids to be able to make a basic meal. One summer I would come

They are better than I am at this

hanging about — after I had

daughters and sons can do this.

home to find all my kids just been working — and I decided laundry. Their whites have

often been more gray than white, but they did their own laundry

Practical Skills

• Throw and catch balls of all sizes.

• Set up own computer system without help.

We used to have “Olympic” races to improve their running, jumping, and

• Swim half a mile, tread water for half an hour, and float for an hour.

• Learn to parallel park.

Organization Skills

• Ride a bike with confidence.

• Create a budget.

Handyman Skills I actually still don’t

know how

to do this!

• Know which tools perform what functions and how to use them around the house. • Know what a fuse box looks like and how to reset it if a fuse blows.

Outdoor Skills • Hike with friends without getting lost, bitten, sunburned, or covered with a rash. TODAY’S FAMILY

• Type well with both hands in the proper manner. • Drive a car, including one with manual transmission, and maintain it properly.

physical skills.

• Paint neatly, including cleaning up the mess.

power,” telling my kids they will feel

better and be able to play any games better.

they would all do their own

Physical Skills

• Hang a picture straight without making extra holes in the wall.

point, but still make sure both your

My mantra has always been “fitness is

• Set up a filing system to keep all the paperwork in one place. • Balance a checkbook manually, even if you bank online. • Maintain an address book and a personal appointment calendar.

Artistic Skills • Draw an illustration at least well enough to get your point across. • Have enough confidence to sing aloud, even when everyone else can hear you.


they have

to learn by

experience, but it is about

providing the opportunity.

• Start and carry on a conversation for 15 minutes with a person you don’t know. • Speak before a small group of friends for a few minutes. • Learn enough ballroom dancing so you can have fun at parties.

There’s always


Human Skills • Care for a dog, cat, or other animal, even when it’s sick. • Baby-sit for children ranging in age from 6 months to 6 years. • Aid elderly or handicapped people without looking superior. • Volunteer.

Your child should have a bank account before he or she leaves for college.

I have been trying to convince my high schooler to use his

Social Skills

• Know what to do if you find yourself in a bad neighborhood.

phone calendar.

Orientation Skills • Get around town on public transportation even if you usually walk or drive. • Read a map, including road maps.

• Know which direction is north, south, east, and west (without a compass) whenever you’re outside.

Recreation Skills • Play a team sport instead of watching. • Maintain a fitness regimen. • Learn a game (like bridge or chess) you can play with friends for life.

Survival Skills • Know basic first aid and maintain a complete first-aid kit. • Know what to do if you get sick, especially if you’re alone. • Know when to defend yourself, then know how to be effective. • Know CPR. • Know how to turn off the gas line of the house/ apartment in case of emergency.

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Boring But Necessary Life Skills To Teach Your Kids. . . By Mary Ellen Bianco

CARS Teaching our daughters about vehicle safety and maintenance was a priority: Putting gas in the car, changing a flat tire, checking the oil, and adding windshield washer fluid. Recognizing different sounds of the car can also help troubleshoot.

LAUNDRY When our cousin first did laundry on her own, she taped a list above the washing machine with clothing colors and what water temperatures to use. It averted many disasters.

Don’t we all have a mission to teach our children ways to survive on their own? During a conversation with a few young adults, they admitted that they could have learned more from their parents. Their wish list, along with my personal experiences as the mother of two daughters, follows. TECHNOLOGY

PERSONAL FINANCE • Checking Accounts and Debit Cards: When our daughters got their first jobs, we set up checking accounts with debit cards. They had to learn the difference between fund availability and what deductions were pending. Most banks offer student accounts with lower fees and overdraft protection. Get the overdraft protection! • Investments: Most parents preach that it’s never too early to open a savings account or mutual fund. Even part-time jobs may have benefits such as a 401-k. • Managing debt: Responsibly managing a credit card or utility account is important to establish a credit rating. We counseled the girls not to apply for a card until they knew how to handle the debt load. Thankfully they listened. • Taxes: Our daughters learned how to fill out W-4 forms when they started working, and now they file online for state and local taxes. • School Loans: How to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid.) It’s required in order to apply for grants and loans. Schools also look at it for need-based scholarships. It was a family learning experience. • Renter’s insurance: It’s a good idea to cover loss of possessions and to carry liability insurance. If your kid has a pet, this is a must! • Vehicle insurance/title/registration: We carried it on the girls’ used cars when they started driving. Now the vehicles are in their names. We went to the county clerk’s office together to transfer the vehicle title and registration. Their own insurance was set up over the phone and they get the bills.


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• Technical knowledge of computer software for personal and academic use. Our daughters use college websites for their accounts, to contact professors, and find billing and academic forms. (We ask for their user names and passwords as long as we’re providing any financial support.) • TV and Cable installation and setup. Once our daughter Laura moved off campus, she got her own account. She quickly learned to keep up with everchanging technology. • Internet safety. Protection from identify fraud, inappropriate content, stalking, and cyber bullying. Making good choices is a way to start. continued on page 18

According to Kayte Young, bridal and commercial makeup artist at Be Kayte Made, age 12 is about the right time to teach girls the basics of makeup application. “Mom still knows best at that age, and they’re more likely to listen,” she says. • Mascara and lip gloss are the best products for learning the basics of application. “At this age, their skin is youthful and has a natural glow,” Kayte says. Girls who suffer from breakouts might find their acne worsening if they use foundation or other heavier cosmetics. • If a girl wants to cover a breakout, Kayte recommends a BB (Beauty Balm) cream or spot corrector. She warns that only a dot should be applied to the problem area to avoid irritating the clear skin. • When applying mascara, girls should apply one thin coat at a time and allow drying time between layers. “This prevents clumps and spider lashes,” Kayte says. • Clear or lightly tinted lip glosses are the way to go.“So many lip glosses are highly pigmented and apply more like lipsticks,” Kayte notes. • “A basic rule that is tried and true: LESS really is more!” • Teach girls never to wear makeup to bed. “Always wash your face and properly care for your skin,” Kayte says. “Moisturize!” — Carrie Vittitoe

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In the Bathroom

MORE Boring But Necessary Life Skills To Teach Your Kids. . . continued from page 16

By Joanna Paxton Federico

On a recent afternoon, my single, childless brother agreed to watch my older son while I ran to a quick appointment with my toddler. When I returned, my brother nonchalantly mentioned a “situation” in the bathroom that was “above his pay grade.” In his defense, his pay grade was $0, and he hadn’t expected babysitting a 4-year-old for less than an hour to entail much more than watching cartoons. My son had apparently attempted to wipe himself and in the process unfurled at least an entire roll of toilet paper into the bowl. I laughed at the “situation” and my brother’s distaste, thinking, “Just you wait until you have kids!” But I was also embarrassed and frustrated. This was just a minor incident in a long string of bathroom fiascos. Wiping is always a disaster and public restrooms play host to epic showdowns.

I wondered if I was the only parent of a supposedly potty-trained child who still hadn’t quite mastered the whole potty process. I turned to other parents and found, to my relief, that I am far from alone in facing advanced potty training issues. I heard stories of kids up to first grade still needing help with wiping, refusing to go anywhere but at home, and “holding it” for way too long. But why did this come as a surprise? Pee and poop are common topics of conversation among parents of babies and toddlers, but as our children get older, privacy and embarrassment are greater concerns. We can’t commiserate at playdates for fear our children might overhear. Instead, many parents turn to their pediatricians for help. Dr. John Oliphant says he often sees parents in his office concerned about their potty-trained children’s continuing bathroom struggles. He cites a variety of causes. “A lot of it is temperament-based,” Oliphant says. Anxious children are more likely to refuse to go unless conditions are exactly what they expect. The birth of a sibling can throw a wrench in the potty-training process as well, causing temporary regression. Additionally, some perceived problems are actually developmentally appropriate behaviors. According to Oliphant, it is not unusual for a child to have trouble wiping after a bowel movement until around age 5. No one was able to offer me easy solutions to my son’s bathroom challenges, but I did find some helpful strategies. Dr. Oliphant recommends avoiding pullups as they can slow down the path to independence. Some parents suggest having kids help clean any potty-related messes. Others have their kids use wet wipes until they can wipe well with toilet paper. But a word to the wise on wet wipes—make sure your kid throws them in the trash. Flushing them led to a plumbing “situation” that was above my pay grade. Which, come to think of it, is also $0. Joanna Paxton Federico lives in Prospect with her husband Chris and their sons Sammy (5 in April) and Robert (1). This is her first piece for Today’s Family magazine.

MEDICAL CARE • Medical ID cards in high school. They learned about deductibles for each visit, whether a doctor was in or out of network, and how to fill out a new patient form. We showed them claim forms so they could learn about insurance coverage. • Once Laura and Katherine turned 18 they allowed us access to their health and insurance information. They’re on our family health insurance plan. The Affordable Care Act requires issuers to provide coverage for adults under age 26, even if they aren’t enrolled in college. • Basic health care: When they moved into their dorms, our daughters took with them what “Doctor Mom” always had on hand for minor aches and pains: Cough drops, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen, ace bandages, Band-Aids, cold medicine, hydrogen peroxide, cotton balls, Imodium, vitamin C, tweezers, and a thermometer. Armed with these items, calls home can be reduced. Specific guidelines about fevers: Low-grade range from about 100° F-101° F while high-grade range from about 103° F-104° F. Call the doctor if the temperature is 103° F or greater, if a fever lasts more than seven days, or if the fever symptoms get worse. continued on page 22

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By Jessica Alyea

Creating an Allowance Contract By Susan Viers Wobbe

My husband and I create allowance “contracts” for our two girls, Lily (11) and Elise (8). The contracts outline the amount of weekly allowance we will provide and the duties that each girl will perform in return. The contracts have a certain term — usually the school year — and close to expiration we come together and revise the contracts. They might ask for more money, and we in turn would ask for more work to be performed. We began the contracts about two years ago, after giving allowances each week that were not tied to completing specific jobs. Once it became clear that the girls were feeling entitled to this money, we decided a better approach would be to tie to allowances to work. The first contracts were simply tasks that they had already been completing. We added bathroom and trash jobs the second year.

Their routine tasks: • Keep your room clean. • Make your bed each morning. • Take your dishes to the kitchen sink when you finish a meal or snack. • New this year: Elise cleans the toilet in the bathroom she shares with her sister. Lily cleans the sink and mirror and must also collect trash in cans throughout the house once a week. Both share responsibilities of caring for our small menagerie of guinea pigs and hamsters: feeding, cage cleaning, bathing.

W HEN A N D HOW TO G ROOM Skin care specialist at Simply Smooth Hair Removal Experts Abbie Cooper says the onset of puberty is when both boys and girls want to address the task of hair grooming. Typically this is in the 13-15-year range. • Abbie recommends that teens stay away from electric razors as well as cheap disposables. The best razors are higher-end models with multiple blades. • A good shaving gel and aloe (to apply to shaved skin afterward) are must-haves. • Regular exfoliation with a loofa is important to remove dead skin, which could otherwise build up and clog razor blades. Deep moisturizing after exfoliation is essential.

We want to instill in our children that if you work you will be rewarded, and if you don’t you won’t, and we want them to understand that household chores do not complete themselves. We believe if the girls take care of their bathroom, we’ll find less dried-up toothpaste in the sink! We provide what they need, but they use the money they earn for their offerings at church and for most of the things they want. Occasionally the girls have saved money for a particular toy or item and have been a little short; if they’ve worked hard we’ve helped. Sometimes they ask if we can advance them a week or two of allowance; we don’t do it often. We explained that you don't get paid until the work is complete, and they will have to be patient and wait. No payday lenders or instant gratification here! Sometimes we offer special jobs that need to be completed around the house for opportunities to earn extra money. Overall we find the system a great fit for our family. I look forward to the next revision of the contract, where I may add some tasks, including the girls putting away their clean clothes!

• According to Abbie, teens who begin shaving sometimes experience what they think are acne breakouts, but the bumps are actually ingrown hairs. • After shaving, it is critical to rinse the blade with hot water and put it in a place where it can dry out and stay clean.“Don’t use a razor more than a few times,” Abbie says. • Hair removal technicians are happy to consult with parents if a teen experiences post-shaving problems. “Some teens’ skin doesn’t do well with shaving, so waxing might be the best way to go if parents don’t want a permanent solution,” Abbie says.

— Carrie Vittitoe

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By Jessica Alyea


Abbey Mueller, life coach for families and adolescents at Abigail Academy, stresses that looking good on the outside is only a fraction of the preparation needed to be ready for the world of dating. • Long before children even think about dating, parents should set a positive example for them by finding creative ways to date each other (beyond just “dinner and a movie”) and taking their children on dates. • Asking for a date should be in person, not by text. It is OK to casually ask the person about things they are interested in, but Abbey says the actual question should be direct to avoid confusion: “Would you like

to go to see “Movie X” on Friday?” • “Whoever asks for the date should be prepared to cover expenses and take care of all details, such as the time and place,” Abbey says. • Parents can guide their teens to ensure all the details are arranged, which will reduce stress for all involved. • To ensure good conversation on the date, Abbey suggests that teens write down 20 questions they’d like to know about their date, such as favorite music, what their families are like, where they go on vacation, and their favorite classes in school. This activity gets

MORE Boring But Necessary Life Skills To Teach Your Kids. . . continued from page 16 • First Job: When Laura was 16 we “encouraged” her to get a job. Her story is that we “made” her work. I heard about a job opening at a local grocer, dropped her off, and had her fill out an application. She got the job! Her sister Katherine wanted to start working at 15 to earn spending money. She had to improve her self-confidence even though she got the first job she applied for. • Jobs: Doing business on the phone and in person: We had two kids who were afraid to ask the server at McDonald’s for a packet of ketchup. The girls babysat, did volunteer work, and interacted with adults and friends, which helped them learn to look people in the eye, to communicate on the phone, and to carry on a conversation. Those skills helped them get their first jobs and continue to be invaluable at work. Mary Ellen Bianco lives in Louisville with her husband Joe. Their adult daughters Laura (25) and Katherine (22) know whom to call when things get tricky.

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them in the frame of mind of listening and learning about their date. • Prior to a date, teens should do some basic self-care that goes beyond showering and dressing nicely. Exercising and getting into an emotionally confident spot are good ideas. “Parents should make sure they are rested and emotionally grounded prior to dates as well,” Abbey says. • After the date is over, parents should give their teens time to reflect on the date and determine whether they liked being with the person and want to be with him/her again. “Parents should center their questions around the activity of the date and not the person on the date,” Abbey says. — Carrie Vittitoe

SELF-SUFFICIENCY • Cleaning: Moving in and out of dorms and apartments requires lots of scrubbing and sanitizing. The kids watched and learned. When our daughter Laura moved into a particularly gross rental house, she happily reported, “I cleaned the bathroom like you do, Mom.” I couldn’t have been more proud! • Safety: Be aware of their surroundings, lock car and home doors, use the buddy system, and let someone know where they are at all times. • Groceries and Cooking: Toilet paper won’t magically appear in dorm rooms or apartments.

Teaching kids how to shop, cook, and clean gives them an advantage. College meals and fast food can only go so far. • Basic plumbing: How to turn off the toilet water when it starts to overflow and clean out hair clogs in the shower or tub. • Navigating: Besides using a GPS, it’s important to know how to read a map, follow directions, and use navigational points (north, south, east, and west). Our daughters got lost a few times and it came in handy.

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5 Must-Have Manners By Keri Foy

“You look like a vampire,” announced my 5-year-old daughter, Olivia, to the person we were interviewing for a nanny gig. The lovely young woman who wore orthodontic braces smiled graciously while I felt like the life-giver of all that is unholy. I sheepishly apologized and then demanded the same from my sweet daughter who seemed confused by my veil of disgrace. Where were my daughter’s manners? I may have felt like the single most unworthy mother in the entire universe, but three of four Americans believe their fellow citizens are becoming more rude. I’m clearly not alone in my quest to instill politeness to turn this sad statistic around. Olivia’s declaration prompted an etiquette revival in the living room. “Let’s meditate and soak in the ways in which we behave in this world, kids.” If revisiting politeness needs to take priority in your home, here are five non-negotiable manners every child needs in his or her repertoire:

Reinforce your quest to raise a polite, well-liked person with basic etiquette.

1. When you ask for something, slide a please somewhere in the plea. “More milk, please!” “Please, may I have a friend over to play?” “Can you please help me tie my shoes?” 2. When you get something, be grateful. Teaching your gal to say “thank you” builds an attitude of gratitude. According to the National Institutes of Health, subjects who had more gratitude overall showed higher levels of activity in the hypothalamus. Think better sleep, better nutrition, better metabolism, and lower stress levels.

4. It’s okay to be shy – but not impolite. I’ve watched many parents use the excuse “he’s just shy” when their son ignores an adult’s greeting. Yes, I use the word excuse, because there comes a point when parents have allowed this loveable personality trait to override manners. If someone says hello to your child, he should respond in turn. 5. Edit yourself. Keep comments about another’s physical appearance to yourself. Teach your kids to only comment on another person’s looks when it’s a compliment. Telling someone she looks like a vampire probably does not qualify as flattery.

Teaching manners is a never-give-up kind of parenting commitment. Your children – and 3. When your tot hurts another person or does obviously mine – will forget their manners from time something wrong, apologizing is the best way to time, or day-to-day, or hour-to-hour. It’s up to you to start the process of forgiveness. Parents, to keep enforcing and modeling good etiquette to model this. Have you yelled? Have you ignored? raise a person that others want to be around. Apologize. It’s a beautiful way to show your After all, the polite apple doesn’t fall far from kids the words that are just… so…. hard…. to the manner tree. utter can be done. Keri Foy runs the Foy Frontier in Prospect with her husband David. Their kids are Olivia (6), Miles (3 in April) and Vivienne (1). This is her first piece for Today’s Family magazine.

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When Your Kid is Different By Carrie Vittitoe

From the moment you find out you’re expecting a baby, your life becomes fraught with worry. Sometimes it is a big, loud worry, but most of the time it is a quiet, nagging doubt that takes the form of “Is my child normal?” And our worries encompass the physical, psychological, emotional, intellectual, and social. “Normal” is a pretty wide range, but there are still many children who, for various reasons, don’t fall within that spectrum when it comes to gaining life skills, which can be embarrassing for parents, especially if they are on the receiving end of judging looks and comments from others.

Sensory Issues My 7-year-old son, Graeme, has sensory challenges, but there is nothing obvious about him that would make someone think, “Hmmm, that kid is . . . kinda different.“ Still, there are many life skills that he hasn’t mastered yet, even though he probably

“should” have. He knows how to tie shoes, but due to dexterity and strength issues, he cannot tie them tight enough to meet his sensory needs, so I have to tie them. He struggles with getting his socks on because the seams irritate his toes. My other

Hearing Impairment Ann and Breck Pipes’ son, Winslow (9), was born with a cranio-facial disorder called PierreRobin sequence, which resulted in severe hearing loss. At four months of age, Winslow received a hearing aid, which has now been implanted in his head. Ann says, “Even with the implant, Winslow will always have trouble hearing.” Although Winslow did experience some developmental delays in infancy, he had caught up with his peers by kindergarten. Still, when it comes to social life skills, Winslow does lag behind, but it is out of preference rather than disability. Winslow doesn’t know how to swim, but it isn’t because he can’t learn. Ann says, “In order to swim, he has to remove his hearing aid, and he wants his ‘ears’ on all the time. He gets upset when he feels like he is missing out on conversations.” When it came to riding a bike, Ann says it was a struggle because of his middle ear (balance) issues and because he can’t localize sound. Ann says, “I can’t count on him to hear a car coming so we have to use mirrors,” an effort that makes riding a bike far more complicated than for a child without hearing loss.

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children — ages 5 and 11 — can get their winter wear on to play in the snow entirely by themselves; with Graeme, it is a two-person production that often involves tears and angry voices. I struggle to adjust my expectations of what this 7-year-old is able to do.

“Normal” is a pretty wide range. Intellectual Giftedness Keri and Dion Brown’s son, Jonah (6), didn’t seem particularly gifted until age 2, when his mother brought home magnet letters for his older sister. He quickly learned his letters and numbers, but Keri was pretty shocked when, at age 2, Jonah began spelling simple three letter words with his alphabet book. Keri explains, “By the time he was 3 and a half, he was writing notes, stories, and signs, with about 75 percent accuracy in spelling.” He was also understanding mathematical concepts well beyond the preschool level. For all of Jonah’s intellectual development, Keri notes that his emotional maturity seems to be lagging behind. Keri says, “It can be very frustrating and confusing to be dealing with a 6-year-old who is capable of reading, writing, thinking, and conversing on an upper-elementary level, but who can’t seem to muster the emotional self-control of a typical kindergartener.” She notes that his emotional immaturity causes embarrassment at times.

Cerebral Palsy Mindy and Mike Koeberlein’s son, Evan (11), stopped breathing the morning after his birth resulting in severe cerebral palsy. “He lost the ability to swallow and talk, suffered facial paralysis, and encountered significant developmental delays with walking,” says Mindy. The physicians painted a picture of what they expected Evan’s life to be, which was wheelchairbound and mostly unresponsive, and Evan has far exceeded expectations. Mindy says, “The most rewarding thing about his delays was Evan reaching a milestone that I thought would never happen. At 9 years old, he finally started walking on his own!” Having a child who doesn’t fall neatly into the “normal” category is probably more normal than most parents realize, but it is often difficult to let go of one’s parental expectations. Parenting a child who is different forces you to accept the child as he is, modify situations to help him be successful, and willingly allow family, friends, therapists, and others to help you and your child meet challenges and experience success.

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The Seckman Family: Mom Megan, Nadine, 7, Will, 10, and Dad Billy.

A Camping Trip that Taught My Family. . .

Survival Skills Will and Nadine love camp food! The family learned how to set up camp.

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By Megan E. Seckman

Last summer my family of four took an epic camping trip out west. We’ve always loved the idea of camping, but up until those two weeks surrounded by mountains, deserts, and buttes, we’ve been complete frauds. Our idea of camping appeared more like “glamping;” we looked like campers, cooked like campers, but slept in a “rustic,” fully equipped cabin with a hot tub. It wasn’t until last summer, however, that we committed to being genuine campers, and that has made all the difference. A road trip out west is life-changing in itself for us mid-westerners. As you witness the landscape gradually morph from flat green corn fields, to vast grassy-plains, from red arid desert, to sharp majestic mountains, we draw breath from self-important chests and we are made humble. You are filled Continued on page 30

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SUMMER CAMPDirectory Assumption High School Enrichment & Athletic Camps Enjoy a summer of learning in a fun, safe, and caring environment. Taught by our awardwinning faculty, Assumption High School is offering over 20 new enrichment camps in areas of drama, musical theatre, French, forensics, drawing, painting, sculpture, computers, crafts, cooking, cartooning, girl empowerment, digital photography, speech and debate, Polynesian dance, mythology, fairytales, jewelry-making, and more. Plus, our top-ranked coaches will lead over 15 athletic camps in volleyball, soccer, basketball, field hockey, cross country, softball, lacrosse, cheer, dance, track and field, archery, and more! Affordable opportunities for every interest! Camps are available for children in grades K-9 beginning June 8 and run throughout the summer at our centrally located and easy-toaccess main campus or at our nearby outdoor athletic complex. Camp size is limited and will fill up fast. Early registration is recommended. Visit for dates, details, and easy online registration. Or call 502.458.9551.

Drama By George

Camp Palawopec A good old-fashioned fun camp in the hills of Brown County, Indiana. Activities include swimming, mountain biking, canoeing, soccer, basketball, climbing, campfires every night, Indian lore, crafts, horses, archery, etc.

Theatre and Filmmaking Camps for Young Actors Young actors will build self-confidence, selfdiscipline, and creativity as they experience all the excitement of performing onstage or in a short film! Drama by George has served over 25,000 Kentuckiana students since 2007. Camps for Kids (Rising 3rd-6th Graders) MovieMakers Filmmaking Camp. Are you ready for your closeup? Here’s a unique opportunity to act and peek behind the scenes on a short digital film! Center Stage Drama Camp. Want to be in the spotlight? Learn basic acting skills and perform a short play in just one week! Camps for Teens (Rising 7th-12th Graders) Mystery at the Mansion. Perform a classic whodunit mystery in an actual mansion. Comedy Improv Camp. Learn the basics of comedic acting without a script. We’ll show you the funny at Comedy Improv Camp! For more information about any of our awesome drama camps, including dates and tuition, visit or call 502.718.5090. See you onstage!

Great summer fun in a relaxed outdoor setting.

Aviation Camp at Bowman Field Join us on Thursday, July 16 and Friday, July 17 for a two-day Aviation Camp at historic Bowman Field! Sponsored by the Louisville Regional Airport Authority and conducted by the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, campers (ages 10 to 16) will learn about flight navigation, computer flight simulation and aeronautics. Additionally, aviation camp students will have the opportunity to co-pilot an aircraft with a FAA certificated pilot (weather permitting). When: Thursday, July 16 and Friday, July 17 Where: Bowman Field Cost: $269 per student (ages 10 to 16) Note: Student Financial Aid applications are accepted. For more information and to register, visit and click Camp. Aviation Museum of Kentucky 859.353.0467

Clint Vaught Young Actors Institute “Your Mind is the Limit” in 2015 — Sponsored by the YOUTH PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL, be a part of the intensive two-week institute providing performance training to young aspiring artists between the ages of 10 to 17. We provide artists with the basic to advanced skills to become a successful performer in multiple types of performance type. The courses offered prepare young artists for various dance techniques, audition skills, improvisation, stage combat, make-up skills, monologue skills, vocal techniques, ensemble acting, and acting for the camera. June 1 – 12, 2015*, Monday thru Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Camp price is $320 for two weeks. Deposit of $160 required to reserve space along with registration, non-refundable after May 15. A late registration fee of $15 applies to all applications received after May 15. For more information call 502.485.6392 or to register visit *Dates are subject to change, pending JCPS inclement weather make up dates. Please visit our website for the most up-to-date information.


One staff for every three campers. AGES: Ages: 8 – 15 years COST: One week session = $695 Two week session = $1295 Three week session = $1895 DATES: Coed sessions: June 7-13, June 14-20, July 5-11, July 12-18, July 19-25 Boys session: June 21-27, June 28-July 4 Girls session: July 26-Aug. 1 Nashville, Brown County, Indiana, 47448 812.988.2689 •

Derby Dinner Playhouse Performing Arts Academy - Summer Musical Theatre Camp Derby Dinner Playhouse Summer Musical Theatre Camp is a one-week performing arts camp for students ages 7 to 17 exploring drama, music, and dance. Taught by Derby Dinner theatre professionals and focusing on creative dramatics and scenes, songs, and dance from Broadway musicals, the camp culminates in a final sharing on the Playhouse stage. Five Weeks of Options Week 1: June 29-July 3 Week 2: July 6-11 Week 3: July 13-18 Week 4: July 20-25 Week 5: July 28-August 1 Tuition: $175 Ages: 7 to 17 Time: 9am to 3pm Limited Availability – Register today! For more information contact or visit

Kentucky Science Center School’s Out Science Camps When school is out…Science Camp is IN! Want a fun, hands-on experience for your kids? School’s Out Science Camps offer exciting educational experiences for children in grades Pre K-10! Join us for unique topics designed to inform, engage and entertain! May 29 - Aug 11 (week-long experiences from June 1-August 7 with pay-by-day camps on May 29, Aug 10 and Aug 11) at the Science Center. 8am - 5pm Cost ranges from $195-$300 Also offering OFF-SITE Summer Camps in Oldham, Scott and Fayette Counties. For more information, visit or call 502.561.6100.

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Choosing a Summer Camp By Susan Viers Wobbe

My daughters, Lily (11) and Elise (8) have attended summer camps since they were two years old. We began with

Determine your budget. Determine your budget and how many weeks of camp you wish for your children to attend.

Gather information. Gather information from friends, websites, and lists for potential camps that fit your schedule and are of interest to your children.

Make your choice. Decide with your children what summer camps they will attend and sign them up. (Watch for deadlines and deposit requirements!)

Go and enjoy. Your child goes and enjoys a new experience, and you get some time to yourself to work or play.

one camp, and as they got older increased to two. I am a stay-at-home mom, so I don't need summer camps to fulfill a childcare need. However, I do want my kids to have experiences not otherwise available during the school year that broaden their horizons. Since my girls are limited to two camps, they must consider how to spend their time, not just participate in another camp because a friend is attending. They have selected camps including Harry Potter, field hockey, American Girl at Louisville Collegiate School, Camp Hi Ho, ballet camp at Louisville Ballet School, and a camp at Country Lake Christian Retreat.

My role in the process is to provide them information on reputable camps that fit our budget and schedule and let them make the final decision. I gather information through websites, friends, and summer camp directories in local papers and magazines. Some camps they have enjoyed and wish to repeat each year, and others they were content to only try once. Lily loves the Harry Potter Camp at Collegiate; she will attend for the fourth time this summer. Elise dabbled in field hockey and American Girl and decided to join her sister at Harry Potter camp last summer. Lily also decided against attending Camp Hi Ho last summer in favor of an overnight Christian camp at Country Lake retreat in Indiana, while Elise returned to Hi Ho. This summer we are exploring a week-long academic summer camp for Lily; it will be her first extended time away from home. After the camp we discuss their experiences in depth: What did they learn? Did it meet their expectations? Most importantly, do they want to go again? Oftentimes this last question reveals the most about their experiences. Be

Get all the ‘deets.’ After each camp is over, do a “debrief.” What did they like about it, dislike about it, and do they want to do it again next year?

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sure to pay attention to changing interests that your child has and continue to

research camps that can further foster those interests. So far this system has worked well for my family, and we will continue with this plan in the foreseeable future.

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with awe; it just happens. Suddenly, the fourth-grader’s Native American unit comes to life, as he imagines The Trail of Tears from outside the van window. The first-grader starts singing, “This land is your land” while running through an Oklahoma plain, chasing a tumbleweed, and feeling free. I’m sure our trip would have been wonderful from various hotel rooms, but I’m convinced camping brought a deeper level of appreciation for life, nature, and family to this amazing experience. There is something about pulling into the campground and setting up camp before sunset. No one can whine, everyone has a job, and each contribution is integral for success. Nadine, then 6, threaded tent rods and helped her dad set up the tent. My son, nearly 10, unloaded the car and arranged sleeping bags; he also relished reporting back to camp on the nearest bathroom and its condition. I blew up air mattresses, planned the dinners and aesthetics (I couldn’t completely forgo my “glamping” mentality), and reserved campsites by reading reviews online prior to the trip. My husband manned the camp stove, organized the car, and was the self-appointed camp supervisor, often touting, “A dirty camp is a failed camp, folks!” After dinner, we all lugged dishes to the designated campground sinks and washed, dried, and stacked our camp dishes (melamine with red kilim design, matching checkered table cloth) in assembly-line fashion. We were a team, man! Of course camping has some drawbacks: things get damp (or hot, cold, dusty, muddy, gritty, or stolen by giant ravens at the Grand Canyon), you shower and use the toilet in communal fashion, and sometimes it rains. But the benefits completely outweighed the hiccups along the way. For instance, it turns out I love not showering and realized I can save a lot of money on hair product if I just wash less. As for the family, we all slept together, for two weeks, within a ten-by-ten space; that seemed to be the closeness we all needed in our hectic lives. No TV or electronics to distract, no playdates, meetings, or extra-curricular activities to separate us, we were “together” as a family, and we loved it. Our most memorable day was when we arrived in Durango, Colorado, after staying the night before in the red-desert of Monument Valley, Utah. We set up tent and prepared dinner watching the sky grow dark and winds whip through the valley. Colorado had been on a severe draught watch for months, but when we arrived in town, wouldn’t you know, the After mom Megan planned the rains came. That night — dinner and the aesthetics, “I and the entire next day couldn’t completely forgo my ‘glamping’ mentality.” — cold rain and strong wind gusts battered our tent, but we huddled together inside laughing our butts off. We played cards, made jokes, Continued on page 32

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SUMMER CAMP Directory Jefferson Memorial Forest

By combining scientific study, experiments, and exploration with traditional summer camp fun, your child will have an educational adventure to remember for a lifetime. We offer a shuttle service from George Rogers Clark Park to the Forest. Each session lasts one week and has a different focus. Camps for ages 7-12: Animal Adventures, June 15-19 Adventure Camp, June 22 – 26 & July 20-24 Water Wonders, July 6-10 and 27-31 Nature Camp at Locust Grove, August 3-6 (no shuttle, meets at Locust Grove)

Camp for ages 6-9: Fairies, Trolls and Gnomes, July 13-17 Camp for ages 13-15: ECO Extreme, July 13-17 Camp for ages 5-6: Forest Explorers, June 29July 2 (no shuttle, meets at JMF) Sign up early as space is limited. Each camp operates on a 2:15 staff-to-camper ratio for safety and personal attention. To register, go to our website or call/email to request a registration packet sent to you. 11311 Mitchell Hill Road, Fairdale KY 40118 Welcome Center 502.368.5404 •

Louisville Metro Parks & Recreation Register your child for summer camp in one of several Metro Parks & Recreation community centers across Louisville. We offer 8 weeks of safe, fun and educational programming any child would love. Camps begin in June and continue into August, Monday thru Friday, 8am - 6pm (early bird drop-off hours available at some locations for and additional fee). The camps are geared toward children ages 6-12. Prices range from $55 to $95 per child, per week, depending upon camp location. Parents who believe their children may qualify for reduced fees are encouraged to apply for discounted rate. A non-refundable $20 registration fee (includes a free camp t-shirt) is due at the time of registration, as well as the first week’s camp fee.

Kentucky Country Day You can find nine weeks of summer on the beautiful campus of Kentucky Country Day School. Go to our website at and follow the Summer Programs link on the home page to see our camp listings. You can also give us a call at 502.814.4325 to request a catalog. We offer camps for all ages, including thirty different camps for kindergarten-age children! Kids can take camps exploring Field Hockey, Cooking, Messy Fun, Soccer, American Girl Dolls, All About Animals, Ninjago, Tennis, Dinosaurs, Fishing, Chess, Minecraft, Cupcakes, Paperfolding and more! We also take great pride in our academic offerings. Your middle school or upper school aged child can come get a leg up on Decimals, Multiplication, Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, SAT Prep, College Applications, and more. Camps start June 1 and run through August 7. (No camps are held the week of July 4.) Early drop-off available. Have questions? Give us a call at 502.814.4325 or visit

Oldham County Schools Arts Center The Oldham County Schools Arts Center is truly a unique arts institution that provides cultural opportunities that not only nurture its students, but also the community at large. Classes in music, theatre, visual arts and dance are offered on a quarterly basis for students ages zero and up. The 2015 Summer Camp quarter runs from June 15th through August 7th. Do you want to play in a Rock ‘n Roll band or are you hoping to improve your skill when you audition for the next school play? Maybe you prefer creating with your hands and would like to join a clay sculpting camp or make your own Muppet type puppet. This year you can choose from over 40 camps at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center. Camp offerings include half day, weekly camps which can combine to create a full day camp experience, or choose a camp that meets once per week for the full summer quarter. Private music and voice lessons are also available. Please call the Arts Center at 502.241.6018 for more information or visit for a complete listing of camps and to register online.

For more information, call 502.574.4460 or visit

StageOne Family Theatre DramaWorks Camps A sensational drama experience is in store for students 4-18 this summer at StageOne Family Theatre DramaWorks Camps! All classes take place at the state-of-the-art Lincoln Performing Arts School, 930 E. Main Street in Louisville with half day, full day and multi-week sessions in June and July. 17 different summer camps are offered. Younger students act out stories and become their favorite characters with imaginative play, while older students build their performance skills – all with the professional guidance of StageOne Family Theatre’s artists/educators. All DramaWorks classes encourage students to explore the fundamentals of acting and movement through the use of their body, voice and imagination to gain self-confidence and poise in an atmosphere of fun and laughter. Registration for StageOne summer camps opens March 2, 2015. A listing of camps will be available on the StageOne website in February. Spring break camp is open now. To view the listings and to make a reservation go to

Louisville Collegiate School Academics + Arts + Sports Spend the Summer at Collegiate! Collegiate is offering an enhanced summer program designed to be innovative, educational and of! Our summer programs offer over 100 half-day and full-day camps and classes for students ages 4-18. Students can participate in Dinosaur Dig, Princess Ballerina, Archery, Mountain Biking in Cherokee Park, Coding 101, Build your own Neighborhood Library, Basketball, Soccer, Lacrosse and much more. Academic offerings include Algebra 1, Algebra II Prep and SAT/ACT Prep along with for credit courses in Geometry and Photography. All summer programs are taught by experienced teachers and coaches who bring both knowledge and expertise in academic enrichment, the arts and sports. Registration is open to all students. Register online at

Whet Your Palette

We have the best summer camps yet imitating artists of many different media! We will be sculptors and mobile makers like Alexander Calder and smush, mold, pinch, squeeze and twist! We will be painters and mindbogglers like Salvador Dali and his dripping clocks and stretch, drip, splatter, distort and fade. We will be MC Escheresque and spiral, stair-step, circle, climb and maze into our optical illusions. We will use wire, paint, canvas, found objects and our imaginations to create truly wonderful pieces of art! Our very talented and fun staff will guide your young artist to discover a world of possibilities in our 7 art room house and patio. Some of our learning fun (splatter paint anyone?) will venture outdoors into our Japanese garden space as well. AGES: 4-13 WHEN: Up to 4 camps weekly through summer starting the second week of June COST: $75-$90 half day, $105-$125 full day TIME: 10-12:30 & 1:30-4 • 502.438.8865 • 1415 Evergreen Rd, Louisville, KY 40223 Winner of: Louisville’s A-List • Today’s Woman Best For You SPRING 2015

Our Family’s Itinerary:

~Day 1: Louisville

to Tulsa, OK (650 miles)


Days 2-3: Tulsa to Santa Fe, NM (650 miles) Black Canyon Campground, Santa Fe ($10)

~Days 4-7: Grand

Canyon Campground (400 miles, $16 per night)

~Day 8: Gouldings

Campground (w/ indoor pool to cool off from 120° days) Monument Valley, UT (400 miles, $20)


Days 9-13: United Campground of Durango, CO (w/ outdoor pool, around $30 per night)

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and rolled around together making lemonade out of the lemons we were dealt. A truly beautiful memory, rain and all. But camping offered my children more than just fond memories; they also learned some essential life-skills. My kids now know how to pack efficiently, spot clean laundry, and keep a clean car, all skills that will come in handy when they flee the nest. They know how to find potable water, and then take a bath, brush their teeth, and boil pasta with one pot of the vital stuff. They not only learned problem-solving skills, but how to conserve and reuse clothing, washrags, and dishes. Most importantly, they learned to work together for a common goal without the selfish hysterics that often accompany chores at home. When you have to collaboratively set-up a tent in a desert windstorm that keeps flipping it over and down the hill, there simply is no room for whining. Camping culture also fostered a deep sense of independence in our children. My husband and I often feel like event coordinators on the weekends at home in “Nadine starts singing This Land is Your Land while the city. “What are we going to do fun today, guys?” running through an Oklahoma plain, chasing a is often the question at hand. On the campground, tumbleweed, and feeling free.” “go explore” or “go find the bathroom” trumped the they stalked elk and ravens in the Grand Canyon, constant demand to be entertained. Finally, a few climbed buttes in the desert of Utah, meditated in weeks without screen-time, media, and modern a hogan, and swam in ice cold mountain water. My conveniences can cultivate a healthy dose of gratitude. daughter is now a “nachur girl” in all her drawings; she Camping brought my family back together, and I am has learned to break-down camp in one hour, work as thankful for that, but it also steeped my children in the a team, brush her teeth in a 1/4 cup water, and marvel, utmost respect for mother nature. From experiencing quietly, at the beauty of nature. the awe-inspiring terrain transformations, to bringing an awareness of water conservation, camping changed Megan Seckman lives in Louisville with her husband, Billy, and their children Will (10) and Nadine (7). how my children see the world. For entertainment,


They Learned, We Lounged

By Barb Hartman

What I was looking for in a camp: an immersive foreign language experience for my older children.

learn about local culture, bank in their currency, and eat traditional meals prepared by chefs. Most fascinating and potentially anxiety producing is that the counselors do not speak any English during your child’s time at camp.

What I found with an internet search: There is nothing offered in the Louisville area for elementary and middle school kids that met my criteria. When I broadened my horizons I found Concordia Language Villages in Bemidji, MN. (

What worried me: The distance from home if something were to go wrong.

What intrigued me: The “all inclusive” nature. Each of their main languages is taught in a village, built in the traditional architecture of that country. Campers

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The solution: Take the rest of the family to northern MN to vacation at the same time. I searched Vacation Rentals by Owner ( and found a lovely cabin on a lake about 45 minutes away that allowed extended family to come visit. We lounged while they learned! The results: Liam loved his week in Spain and we still hear snippets of songs from that time. Maeve, however, gave me no indication she was ever exposed to German.

When we went to pick up the kids we found Liam, fully embracing his new culture and language and declaring that it was a lot of fun and the food was incredible. (They actually hire chefs to cook in the style of the culture as well.) Maeve had a different experience; because she was one of the older campers in Germany she found herself helping the younger ones. But the up side was that the counselors spent more time with her on a social level. My verdict: I would mark this experience experiment as a guarded success, but because of distance and cost we will probably not do it again. I am ready to find new language avenues for them locally. Barb Hartman, whose father was a Russian linguist who ”jetted us off to various countries to live and visit,” wants her kids to have similar experiences. She lives in Louisville with her husband Rob and their kids Maeve (14 in March), Liam (11) and Sean (9).

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Jane Owens Family Therapy, LLC Life is all about growing and moving forward — hard to do if you feel stuck. YMCA - Camp Piomingo Camp Piomingo is the region’s premiere overnight camp for kids ages 6-16. Campers share outdoor adventures and experience fun activities like high ropes, the zip line, horseback riding and swimming in our awesome aquatics center. Our experienced and high-energy staff help campers gain self-esteem, make new friends and develop interpersonal and leadership skills. Your child will grow on the inside …. by being outside. We offer a variety of overnight and equestrian camps from June 7 to August 1. Nestled in the beautiful woods of the Otter Creek Outdoor Recreational area just 45 minutes south of Louisville, a week at Camp Piomingo will create memories that will last a lifetime. Visit us online at or call us at 1.800.411.5822 or 502.942.2616. Reserve your bunk today! The Y is for everyone. Financial assistance is available.

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Birth to 5

By Tami L. Pyles

WILD for Kentucky Wildlife

Sweet Tooth Get your little sweetie a sweet from one of Louisville’s oldest candy makers. Visit Muth’s Candy in NuLu, founded in 1921, for delectable Valentine treats for kids of any age.

Where can you take your kids to see more than 200 native Kentucky animals, reptiles and birds? The Creasey Mahan Nature Center! From 9am-1pm Mondays and Wednesdays, you can explore Kentucky wildlife, participate in a scavenger hunt, do nature-themed crafts, and read and play in the magical forest play area, all for free. Afterwards, head outside to hike, picnic, and explore the frog pond and playground.


National Chili Day. is February 26 Make a big pot to celebrate!


Read Across America Day, created by the National Education Association, is on March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Check with your school and local library for events.

Spring Forward ­­— and Sleep Well Daylight Saving Time begins on March 8 As you spring your clock forward, help your child adjust to the sleeping with these tricks: • Adjust your child’s bedtime a bit earlier each night starting a week before the time change. • Start off the day with a healthy breakfast as soon as he wakes up; food is a trigger that his day is beginning. • Open the blinds and let in the sun! Sunlight will help adjust her body clock.





Spring is coming and that can mean allergy troubles for some children. Dr. Derek Damin of Allergy Partners of Louisville provides some helpful information about what to do if allergies spring up this spring.

How do I know if my child has allergies or just a cold? If any of these symptoms last more than 7-10 days with no fever, you are likely dealing with allergies: a chronic clear runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, persistent cough, or persistent clear drainage. What can I do at home to help? First, if your child cannot blow his nose, use nasal saline and a bulb syringe to help clear nasal passages and make breathing easier. Second, be sure to take a bath every evening to remove pollen from the body and hair. Third, use an oral antihistamine to relieve symptoms. Be sure to consult with your pediatrician before administering any medication and follow all dosing instructions. When should I see an allergist? It is time to see an allergist if she is experiencing respiratory issues, if her sleep is being disrupted by allergy symptoms, if she is experiencing excessive ear infections, or her general quality of life is impacted by allergy symptoms. 34 SPRING 2015

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6 to 11

By Megan M. Seckman



Laundry Detergent Recently, my sister-in-law gifted me a mason jar of homemade laundry detergent that made my kids’ soccercrud-infested-dingy laundry quite pleasant. Extremely easy, free of harsh chemicals, and totaling less than a dime per load, it might just change your life one wash cycle at a time.



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The Family that Spelunks Together...

Spring weather is never predictable, but inside a cave, the temperature is always in the 50’s. Our region is home to some of the most impressive cave systems in the world, so if you haven’t taken advantage, put this on the weekend agenda. If you are a rookie Try Marengo Cave (25 miles west of Georgetown, Indiana) for easy guided tours and astonishing formations. Learn about the child who discovered the cave with a single candle, and marvel at our incredible underworld. Open 9am-5pm through April; $8 for children, $14.50 for adults. For a great spring break overnight or day trip Try Mammoth Cave National Park, which boasts the longest underground cave system in the world. The adventures to chose from include: camping, canoeing, horseback riding, and, of course, guided cave tours ranging from 1/4 mile up to 6 miles. It’s only 90 miles south of Louisville.

City Museum, St. Louis St. Louis’ City Museum is next on my must-see list. Housed in a former shoe factory, this eclectic museum houses four floors of children’s playgrounds, funhouse-style rooms, handson play, and surrealistic found-art. You have to explore online to even understand, but prepare to be amazed.

Ingredients: 1 bar of soap (Ivory, Dove, Dr. Bronner’s, or the stain-fighting Fels-Naptha), shaved 1 cup Borax 1 cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda

Directions: Shave bar of soap with a cheese grater or food processor, mix with other powders for five minutes. Store in a mason jar. To use, 1 teaspoon per load; 2-3 for heavily soiled. 36 SPRING 2015

24th Annual Maple Syrup Festival Located on a 140-acre family farm in Salem, Indiana, the Maple Syrup Festival is a lovely step back in time celebrating the 18,000 gallons of pure maple syrup tapped on site. Drawing up to 10,000 people, the festival includes old time music, farm tours, crafts, games for the kids, not to mention the delicious pancakes, BBQ, and maple syrup cotton candy. Bring your boots and mark your calendar: February 28, March 1, 7, 8.

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12 and up

11.7 pounds

Amount of chocolate the average American consumes each year

Tanning Bed Safety

By Stacie L. Martin

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Spring Weather Preparedness Remind kids how to stay safe during bad weather with the following tips from Louisville MetroSafe:

Valentine Day Gifts • Put a “love note” on your child’s bathroom mirror. • Make silly sentences with conversation hearts with your child. • Use food coloring to make a red, pink, and white breakfast: heart-shaped pancakes, strawberry milk, strawberries and whipped cream. • Mail a Valentine Day card a few days before – most kids love to get mail!

• When tornado or thunderstorm warning sirens alert, go to a safe place in a building, away from windows and doors. • Get under a sturdy piece of furniture such as a table or desk. • Cover your head and neck with your arms. • If you are outside when the sirens sound, get to a ditch or low-lying area and lie flat. According to MetroSafe Communications Supervisor Michael Weimer, the most important part of being prepared is to have a plan before bad weather hits and to keep a weather radio with battery back-up close by.


Spring break and prom season is approaching. Unfortunately, a majority of teen girls won’t attend these without a dangerous accessory — tanned skin. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 17 percent of teens have admitted to using a tanning bed in their lifetime. Tanning beds emit ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which is a cancer-causing substance. Studies have found that

If you have lived in Louisville for longer than 10 minutes, you probably know all about Thunder Over Louisville, the Great Balloon Race, and the Derby. But there are lots of great little-known activities to share with your kids.

exposure to this UV radiation increases the risk of melanoma by 59 percent. And that

Watch decorated beds on wheels race to the finish line without falling apart!

risk increases with each use. Kentucky law allows children 14 and younger to tan when accompanied by an adult. For youth ages 14 to 18, a signed parental consent grants admission to Kentucky tanning beds.

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for the tweens

Check out some of these great family events: Bed Races (April 27)

Basketball Classic (April 11) Be a part of the oldest high school all-star game in the nation. Da’Ville Drum Line Showcase (date TBA) Get your heart pounding with this showcase of drum lines from Kentucky, Ohio & Indiana.

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Choose a good quality microw avesafe container. Round shapes work be st for cooking eggs in the microwave.

Evan Hickerson cracks his own eggs for his healthy after-school snack of scrambled eggs that he can make himself. Having a microwave at a child-friendly height allows an easy, safe way for children to cook. Make sure they know to use heat pads when removing things from the microwave. PHOTOS: MELISSA DONALD

Microwave Scrambled Eggs Cook eggs in a bowl? Why, yes, you can. Photos by Melissa Donald

active time 2 MINUTES cooking time 2 MINUTES

1. Whisk two eggs, water or milk, salt and pepper in microwavesafe container such as a mug, ramekin, or custard cup (or whisk ingredients in another bowl and pour into microwave container). 2. Cover loosely. Microwave on high for 45 seconds then stir. Then

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microwave 30 seconds to 45 seconds, stirring several times during cooking. (Amount of time will depend on wattage and size of microwave.) 3. Let stand for 30 seconds to 1 minute before serving. Eggs will look slightly moist, but will

finish cooking upon standing. Since eggs cook rapidly, they can easily become overcooked or toughened when microwaved. To avoid this, undercook eggs slightly and allow for standing time to complete the cooking process.

Ingredients 2 TBSP Water or Milk Pinch Salt Pinch Pepper (optional) Before cooking, you can also add: • Shredded cheese • Diced ham • Cooked bacon • Vegetables • Chopped fresh herbs

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Just Ask Joyce By Joyce Oglesby

TV Trauma

Curb the Anger



“I yell. I don’t mean to, but I do. My husband says I always have, even before kids. But lately, it seems all I can do is yell at them. Is there anything I can do to change?”

“My parents gave our son a TV for his room for his 12th birthday. Initially we thought it might be OK since there is no other television in our home, but I see some behavioral issues arising now that weren’t there before. Was this a mistake? And if so, how do I undo it without hurting feelings? ”

Joyce: Mistakes in judgment are not always easily erased. Our best hope is to catch the error early before the problem mounts. Adolescence is a difficult stage. It’s difficult to say whether your son’s behavioral issues would have arisen whether the TV entered the scene or not, but there’s one sure way to find out. Personally, I have never been an advocate of a TV in anyone’s bedroom — neither child nor adult. Setting aside behavioral issues as well as the obvious issue of not always knowing what your child might be viewing, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine’s study revealed that bedroom TV viewing is related to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and childhood obesity. Further, a New York Times article concluded that “research shows strong associations between TV in the bedroom and numerous health and educational problems.” Here are a few things to keep in mind: • He’s the kid. You’re the parent. Exercise your position. • Wisdom sometimes comes at a high cost. This error in judgment is more easily corrected now than later. • Mistakes are typically accompanied by regret. You still have time to rejoice rather than regret. I’d run with the “rejoice.” • Grandparents want only the best for your child as much as you do.

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“Love them equally but not the same way.” Birth Order Blues


“Do you believe birth order has any effect on children? As much as I try to balance love and attention in the home, one child seems to always be lacking in some area. How can I love them all the same way? Help!”

Joyce: Love them equally but not the same way. A sure way to bring disorder in your home is to ignore the significance of birth order. It’s as important as gender and runs a close race with genetics. I can’t answer your question any better than Dr. Kevin Leman’s book, Have a New Kid by Friday. There is much relevance to the concept of birth order, and the personalities of your children go hand-in-hand with these truths, whether they’re first-borns, middle-borns, lastborns, in-betweens, or an only child. It’s not a hard science. You can’t measure it precisely because variables come into play. However, there are strong, reliable factors that can help you shape your child once you understand the lifelong effect these principles have on who he or she becomes. Don’t leave any child misunderstanding your love because you didn’t understand how to love him or her properly. Birth order really does matter.

Joyce: The power of love can drive a gal to change most anything about herself. No doubt you love your family, and because you do, you want to leave them with memories of a great experience at home. Being the barometer in the home, you can change the course of how your children view not only their memories of home but also how they order up theirs in the future. Moms typically scream because they’re frustrated. It might or might not be because of the children, but they are the outlet for release. Start with these basics to tame your yelling: • Identify the source of your frustration. Attack the problem, not the person. • Own your behavior. • Stop as soon as you realize you’re yelling, even in mid-sentence, and apologize. Walk away, regain control, then come back to address the issue at hand. • Get a new game plan. Devise other ways to communicate with your children. If it’s a “quiet time” for 10 minutes, this will give you enough time to calm down and them enough time to consider why they’re in trouble. • Mentally prepare yourself. It’s like breaking a habit — until you decide you’re in it to win it, you will never conquer the routine you’ve come to practice. It’s a new day. What you will find once you’ve conquered your problem is a happier family and a more content you. It’s a win-win!

need family advice? Change your life … NOW! Write Joyce Oglesby, Family-Life Fix-It Pro, at joyce@ Check out my books and other resources today at Listen to my live talk show Monday through Friday on WFIA 94.7fm/900am at 3pm.

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My Kid’s Health

By Mary Ellen Bianco

We asked dental questions of Jenna Schulten, DMD, of Dupont Pediatric Dentistry about best practices for taking care of your young child’s teeth.

When should a child use toothpaste with fluoride?


The recommendation is a smear on the toothbrush from ages 1-2. From ages 2-5, it’s a pea-size amount. Fluoride is safe and helps our teeth, like a vitamin. I recommend fluoride treatments twice per year when primary (baby) teeth are erupting. Afterwards, it’s once a year.

When will my child get her first teeth?

My child uses a pacifier or sucks his thumb. Should I be concerned about the impact on his teeth?

As early as 4 months, the first baby teeth to erupt are the lower central incisors. Parents should start brushing right away or wipe them with a cloth.

What is the best thing I can do for my child’s teeth? Be an educated parent on the risk of cavities. The frequency and length of contact with juices and foods causes tooth decay. I advise parents not to give kids a bottle or sippy cup at naptime or bedtime. Sports drinks are also deceiving. Kids are continuously drinking them at practices or games. Add some water to reduce the acid and sugar. Fruit rolls or gummies can stick to the teeth for hours. Some granolas are also sticky. I recommend that kids have a swish of water after eating.

What is the most important advice for parents? Make sure you set good oral habits early, such as brushing and flossing every night.

These habits can be detrimental to a child’s teeth. Being a mother and a dentist, I know what can cause a deformity. But sometimes it’s all you can do to get through the day or night. A thumb habit is there for life. A pacifier you can take away. It’s best to talk to a child about wanting to stop thumb sucking. It works much better when the child is willing.

Family Well-Being

How can I help my baby with teething pain?

It may take coaxing, but the Family First box to hold cell phones will make a difference in your family’s dinner time. From left, Kiersten Jewell, Jackson Graf, Mikayla Graf, and Austin Jewell.

Jackson Graf, age 9, was in a restaurant and noticed a little boy being ignored because his family were all on their phones. Jackson thought it was sad and wanted to do something about it. That night Jackson and his older sister Mikayla Graf invented the Family First Box. It began with a pencil box and evolved into a 3”x8” cardboard box that sits in the middle of a kitchen table. It holds cell phones while the family eats and talks so there are not any distractions. They also created conversation starter cards and family-friendly jokes to make dinner more fun. Families can decorate the box for their own table. Jackson was awarded a Youth Service America (YSA) Summer of Service award for $1,000 to make

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1,000 of these boxes and teamed up with his friends Austin and Kiersten Jewell to distribute throughout his community. Jackson and Austin are fourth graders at Silver Creek Elementary in Sellersburg, Indiana. Along with Mikayla and Kiersten, both from Silver Creek Middle School, they distributed their first boxes before Thanksgiving, 2014. The group just received a second grant as well from What Kids Can Do, a research grant that allowed them to purchase four computers to upload data about cell phone usage at the table. Find out how to get your own box at familyfirstboxonedinneratatime. If your child would like to help change the world, go to

Teething toys that are cold and soothing. I put them in the refrigerator, not the freezer. Ibuprofen or acetaminophen also helps. Parents should be careful when using Orajel, since it contains the analgesic benzocaine. If used too much, it can get to toxic levels.

Dr. Jenna Schulten opened her practice in 2014, after purchasing it from Dr. Bill Phillips. She and her husband John have two children, Jack (3) and Olivia (2).

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Despite my best efforts, I finally realized I would never be able to make my kids’ summer agenda as tight and neat as their school routine. Whatever I came up with would have to be more of a general outline than a rigid schedule, a guide that was fluid and easy to alter depending on the weather or if the kids slept late. The hardest part for me, in adopting this flexible summer plan, was letting go of control and trusting that ample downtime wouldn’t rot the kids’ brains. By Carrie Vittitoe

How to Make a Bucket List I begin my planning by asking the kids what they want to do over their break from school. Last summer they wanted to visit Papaw Tommy’s grave, and Graeme made specific requests to make a volcano science project and go fishing. Swimming is always high on the list of things they want to do. Next I add some activities that I want to do. The kids end up having more fun than they expect, or they suffer through with only minimal complaining. Free or cheap activities are always preferable, and I try to stay away from movies

and other screen-oriented activities simply because my kids get plenty of this at home. I also keep some craft activities on reserve at the house for rainy days or when we’ve been doing too much running around town.

Family Visits • Summer is great opportunity to visit family and friends we don’t see very often. Every year we visit my 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Sadolsky. We eat a simple lunch of sandwiches at her house, my kids check out her grandkids’ toys, and she and I catch up for a bit. Last summer, prior to playing at Riverview Park, we made a detour to see my Aunt Norma who was delighted to see us.

WHAT’S ON YOUR Summer Bucket List? Plan Ahead Now for the Family Fun Time...

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• My kids participate in every summer reading program we can find, including the Louisville Free Public Library, Barnes and Noble, Old Spaghetti Factory, and Half-Price Books. My kids (and wallet) like the incentives, and I like them reading every day. • Although we love our nearby Jeffersontown library, it is nice to visit different branches to see what they look like inside and what selections they offer. • Metro Louisville’s Cultural Pass in 2014 was awesome because we were able to visit any number of local museums for free. The Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft was the favorite. Even my sons thought the KMAC Couture fashion exhibit was pretty wild! We visit at least one museum or local historical site every summer.

• I visit the Louisville Metro Parks’ Facebook page to see postings about parks I wouldn’t normally visit. Last year we played at Riverview Park in southern Louisville, which has a great splash pad. • My kids like to visit local elementary school playgrounds to see what kind of equipment they have, but they also get a kick visiting their own school playground during the summer break. • We also head to the woods a couple of times. Last summer we visited Jefferson Memorial Forest and spent time exploring the welcome center, hiking, and watching people fish. The highlight was seeing thousands of tadpoles at the water’s edge. • Creek-walking was a new adventure last summer. We packed a picnic lunch and headed to Cherokee Park, where the kids waded near Big Rock, tried to grab minnows, and climbed along the rocky banks.

Food • We try to visit a new ice cream shop, candy store, or restaurant. Each child selects one place to visit for a meal or snack. • We’ve been strawberry picking at Gallrein Farm in Shelbyville, peach and raspberry picking at Huber’s Orchard, Winery and Vineyards in Borden, Indiana, and blueberry picking at Bryant’s Blueberries in New Salisbury, Indiana. I love for my kids to see local farms, and I end up with a freezer full of goodies.

The only thing we didn’t do from our 2014 list was build a model volcano, so I’ve got baking soda and vinegar at the ready for this summer. Carrie Vittitoe — a frequent contributor to Today’s Family magazine — tries to prevent summer brain atrophy in her children, Norah (11), Graeme (7) and Miles (5).

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Party supply stores, children’s entertainers, party places, and rentals

Champs Rollerdrome

Kart Kountry Family Entertainment Center

Focus: Birthday parties Ages: Any Capacity: Varies for private/semi-private Description: We offer several different packages for both private and nonprivate skating birthday parties. Prices and times vary, please see website for full details of each package. Choose from a variety of packages tailored with custom invitations, admission, skate rental, music request, unlimited Pepsi products, themed party supplies, pizza, popcorn, a shout-out from the DJ booth and more. All you need to provide are the cake and the kids. Contact:

Focus: Birthday parties Ages: All ages Capacity: No capacity limit Description: Offering several options of fun party packages ranging in price. Choose from your choice of location- outdoor tables, party pavilion or arcade party plus different party add-ons and more! It’s an easy 5-step process to create your own experience! Visit our website for the full list of party options and packages. Contact:

9851 Lagrange Rd., Louisville, KY 40223 502.425.1717 •

Kentucky Science Center

727 W. Main St., Louisville, KY 40202 502.561.6100 • Focus: Special Events Rentals Ages: All Capacity: Various Description: The Kentucky Science Center provides a unique event venue for any occasion! Rent the Riverview Room on the 4th floor, with its large windows overlooking the Ohio River. For a truly special event, rent the entire Science Center for exclusive access to the exhibits and our 4-story, large format theatre for your guests. Contact: Alexis Becker at 502.560.7141

315 Joe B. Hall Ave., Shepherdsville, KY 40165 502.543.9588 •

Barbara’s Crafty Tales 502.386.9876

Beadlings 502.931.8517

Bricks & Minifigs Louisville 12001 Shelbyville Rd, Suite 102 Louisville, KY 40243 502.709.4202

Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen

KaZoing! Party & Play 3600 Chamberlain Lane #218 Louisville, KY 40241 502.412.1500

Kentucky Railway Museum 136 South Main Street, New Haven, KY 40051 800.272.0152

The Louisville Chocolate Fountain Oldham County, Ky. 502.216.9110

Louisville Inflatables 502.379.0876

The Parklands of Floyds Fork 1310 S. Beckley Station Rd, Louisville, KY 40245 502.584.0350

Tumbleweed Tex Mex Grill 1201 River Rd., Louisville, KY 40206 502.585.4107

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park 2671 Technology Drive, Suite 112 Jeffersontown, KY 40299 502.909.3500

Steve-o – The Birthday Party Magician 501.419.4272


Babysitting, nannying, and daycare services

Sullivan University

3101 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40205 502.413.8607 • 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,

Local family weekend events

Great giveaways

Kid-friendly crafts

Find it all at

Christ Church School 4614 Brownsboro Road, Louisville KY 40207 502.897.3657

La Petite Academy of Prospect 9505 U.S. Highway 42, Prospect, KY 40059 502.228.1631

Seminary String Camp / Southern Baptist Theological Seminary 2825 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40280 502.897.4795

St. Joseph Child Development Center 2823 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206 502.893.0241

La Petite Academy of Louisville 10501 Timberwood Circle, Louisville, KY 40299 502.245.3742




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Local schools from pre-K to high school and beyond

Alliance Française de Louisville

Assumption High School

Type: Private nonprofit Grades: Any Cost: 3-week class, $80; 10-week, $255 Scholarships: Annual student scholarship for study in France Description: A prestigious, international French school branched in Louisville, offers French language courses for all ages and levels, including “French for Travelers,” “Immersion Day,” “Children’s Classes,” private lessons, and free conversation groups. Spring/Summer 2015 classes begin the week of Apr. 6 on Lyndon Lane across from Westport Village. The reputed Alliance Française has been teaching French in Louisville for more than 25 years and is one of 1,335 chapters in 138 countries. Contact: Anne-Marie,

Grades: 9-12 Type: Private Catholic Cost: $11,000 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: President Mary Lang,

Bright Horizons at Downtown Louisville

Bright Horizons at The Plainview School

Type: Private Grades: Infant – Kindergarten Prep Cost: Varies by age & schedule Scholarships: No Description: Bright Horizons at Downtown Louisville is a great place to learn, discover, and grow! We are located on vibrant Fourth Street and offer programs for children ages 6 weeks – 6 years. Contact us to learn more about how our school readiness program helps children become socially prepared, excited to learn, and well-versed in the language, math, and science skills they’ll need to succeed. Contact: 502.584.0716

Type: Private Grades: Infant – School Age Cost: Varies by age & schedule Scholarships: No Description: We are located on Louisville’s east side in the heart of the Plainview community and offer programs for children ages 6 weeks – school age, including days off and camps. Our individualized, flexible curriculum and experienced teachers inspire children at every age and stage. We are proud to be NECPA (National Early Childhood Program) accredited and offer a comprehensive Ready for School program and suite of enrichments included in your tuition. Contact: 502.245.1333

The Gardner School

Kentucky Country Day

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,

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,

1313 Lyndon Lane, Suite 111, Louisville, KY 40222 502.420.0800 •

632 South Fourth Street, Louisville, KY 40202 502.584.0716 •

9401 Mill Brook Drive, Louisville, KY 40223 502.412.3088 •

2170 Tyler Lane, Louisville, KY 40205 502.458.9551 •

10320 Timberwood Circle, Louisville, KY 40223 502.245.1333 •

4100 Springdale Rd., Louisville, KY 40241 502.423.0440 •

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

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

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

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

Louisville Collegiate School 2427 Glenmary Ave., Louisville, KY 40204 502.479.0340

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


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Meredith-Dunn School

Sproutlings Pediatric Day Care & Preschool

Grades: 1 – 8 Type: Independent, for Students with Learning Differences Cost: Tuition $13,620 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:

Grades: 6 weeks to 5+ years Type: Pediatric/ Private Cost: Varies by age Scholarships: None Description: The only Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care center in the region that integrates medically fragile children with kids in traditional daycare or preschool offering ongoing medical care, occupational, speech and physical therapies. Indoor/outdoor play areas, art space, cafeteria, interactive SMART Boards, Snoezelen Room and more. Full and part-time childcare available for children six weeks and up, M-F 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Contact:

3701 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40207 502.753.8222 •

3023 Melbourne Ave., Louisville, KY 40220 502.456.5819 •

Montessori School of Louisville 10263 Champion Farms Dr., Louisville, KY 40241 502.640.8585

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

Notre Dame Academy 1927 Lewiston Dr., 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

Presentation Academy 861 S. 4th St., Louisville, KY 40203 502.583.5935

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. Albert the Great 1395 Girard Drive, Louisville, KY 40222 502.425.1804

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. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church 6710 Wolf Pen Branch Rd., Harrods Creek, KY 40027 502.228.1176

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

St. Stephen Martyr School 2931 Pindell Ave., Louisville, KY 40217 502.635.7141

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

Trinity High School 4011 Shelbyville Rd., Louisville, KY 40207 502.893.7625

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

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

Parents: Are You a Hypocrite? M

any parents believe that certain behaviors are exclusive to them because they are the adult, says licensed psychologist Sherrie Campbell, Ph.D. “Think about how your actions influence your children and remember that children do what parents do, not what parents say,” she says. “I’ve seen an amazing amount of anger and resentment occur in children when they are corrected or get in trouble for doing the things their parents are doing.” Watch these six behaviors: 1. Arguing/fighting: If parents argue and fight with each other, with others, or with their children, then children will repeat this behavior back to the parent and others. 2. Appearance: All parents, male and female, have a responsibility to dress like adults and model adult behavior, responsibility, elegance, and dignity if these are qualities they want to see in their children.

3. Partying: Grounding teens for drinking or smoking is confusing when teens witness these same behaviors in their parents. 4. Procrastination/laziness: If parents are lazy on their time off and don’t participate in the household, children will also model this laziness and rebel against responsibilities around the house. 5. Breaking commitments: Most parents expect their kids to follow through on their commitments, yet many parents back out on commitments made to children. 6. Values: The parental mixed message that “you can be whatever you want to be as long as we agree with it” interferes with children’s desires for personal growth. Campbell’s last piece of advice: “Let your children inspire you to be the person you want them to be. It’s not too late. You can change, learn, and grow together!”

Sherrie Campbell’s new book is Loving Yourself: The Mastery of Being Your Own Person.


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Tutoring, study help, educational workshops, and activities


Dyslexia Connections of Louisville

Square One Specialists in Child and Adolescent Development

14305 Academy Ridge Blvd., Louisville, KY 40245 502.643.7229 Ages: All Focus: Tutoring for those with dyslexia Teachers: Certified Dyslexia tutor with the Barton System Cost: $30 to $50 per hour Description: We offer services at your home or at your child’s school. The Barton System is a one-on-one tutoring program that will greatly improve the reading, spelling, and writing skills of those struggling with dyslexia. Contact: Traci Watts,

6440 Dutchmans Parkway, Louisville, KY 40205 502.896.2606 •

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, speechlanguage and social skill disorders. Our doctors provide collaborative therapeutic interventions that work with your child’s doctors and school personnel. Contact:

The Academy of Louisville 125 Wiltshire Ave., Louisville, KY 40207 502.897.0444

Camp Invention 800.968.4332

Club Z In-Home Tutoring Services 502.891.0092

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

LearningRx Brain Training 10317 Champion Farms Drive, Louisville, KY 40241 502.423.4713

Louisville Zoo 1100 Trevilian Way, Louisville, KY 40213 502.495.2181

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

3600 Chamberlain Ave. #138 Jefferson Trade Center, Louisville, KY 40241 502.384.3866


Tutor Doctor 502.693.3668

Young Rembrandts 6407 Bardstown Rd. #170 Louisville, KY 40291 502.412.4141


Music, theater, art, dance, and more

Dreamz Dance Company

8603 Citadel Way, Suite 108, Louisville, KY 40220 502.493.2558 • Ages: 2 and up Special Requirements: Appropriate dance shoes/attire Instructors: Well trained/professionals in multiple styles of dance Cost: $30-$280/month Description: We offer a variety of dance styles including jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, lyrical/contemporary, technique, pointe, and acrobatics. Recreational and Competitive programs are available. We can provide choreography for dance teams and wedding parties too. We also offer birthday party packages and rent our space for special occasions. Contact: Tonya Boehnlein,

Absolute Dance Studio 502.896.4544

Actors Theatre of Louisville Main St. between Third & Fourth, Louisville, KY 40202 502.584.1205

Children’s Music Academy 6203 Elizabeth Ct. Prospect, KY 40059 502.648.6003

DanceWorks 4343 Security Parkway, New Albany, IN 47150 812.981.8115

Heartland Music Together 502.491.3131

Jennifer’s Academy of Dance 8704 Bayberry Pl., Louisville, KY 40242 502.425.7710

Louisville Ballet School 315 E. Main St. Louisville, KY 40202 502.583.3150 x 1

Louisville Rhythmics 502.419.9037

Meg Krakowiak Gallery and Studio 1860 Mellwood Ave, #A118, Louisville, KY 40206 502.895.3650

McClanahan School of Irish Dance 8001 Vine Crest Ave., Louisville, KY 40222 502.494.1426

Mummers & Minstrels, Inc. 502.241.1615

Oldham County Schools Arts Center 7105 Floydsburg Rd., Crestwood, KY 40014 502.241.6018

Sophie’s Fine Yarn Shoppe 10482 Shelbyville Road Louisville, KY 502.244.4927

The Speed Art Museum 822 East Market St., Louisville, KY 40206 502.634.2700

Walden Theatre - Acting & Playwriting Classes 1123 Payne Street, Louisville, KY 40204 502.589.0084

Whet Your Palette 1415 Evergreen Road Louisville, KY 40223 502.438.8865




EXTRACURRICULAR: Personal Development Louisville Metro Parks & Recreation

Administrative Office – 1297 Trevilian Way, PO Box 37280 Louisville, KY 40233 • 502.456.8142 •

Ages: All Ages Focus: Arts & Crafts, Physical Fitness, Senior Outreach & Nutrition Programs Cost: Most activities are free with a few exceptions, i.e. Summer Camp Description: LMPR operates 12 community centers, 2 senior centers, 2 arts centers and 1 indoor aquatic center. Each center offers a unique variety of classes, activities and events. If you are looking for a welcoming environment to finish homework, get in shape, learn a new craft or hobby and more, call or visit your neighborhood community center. See website for locations. Contact: Alea Bankston, Alea.Bankston@louisvilleky. gov/ Karen Grinstead (Summer Camp), COSMO Model & Talent Agency 211 Lyndon Ln. Louisville, KY 40222 502.425.8000

Abigail Academy St. Matthews, Louisville, KY 40207 502.500.7071

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

Bernheim ForestNature Based Programs 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. St. B, Louisville, KY 40218 502.587.0494

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

Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve 502.228.4362

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

EXTRACURRICULAR: Sports YMCA of Greater Louisville

502.587.9622 • Southern Indiana: Ages: 3-17 Practice: Varied by sport and location Coaches: Trained volunteers who focus on nurturing, personal attention for all players. Season: All seasons Cost: Varies for members or non-members/age of child Description: Children learn the basics, improve skills and make friends! Basketball, baseball, soccer, swim lessons, indoor field hockey, lacrosse and flag football are offered at selected branches. We make sure that every child gets to participate and that sports are safe, fair and fun. Contact:

Leadership and mentoring organizations

School and independent team and individual sports

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 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

PRO Martial Arts 4212 Charlestown Rd., New Albany, IN 47150 812.949.4940

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

Sawyer Youth Soccer Recreational Soccer for all ages

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


Products and retail businesses serving families

Little Treasures Kid’s Sale

502.541.4446 • 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,



Animal Crackers 3634 Brownsboro Rd. Louisville, 40207 502.896.2339

Buttons Bows & Britches 11 Cannons Lane, Louisville, 40206 502.384.8844

KidStuff Sale

Little Miss Dress Up 1547 Old Preston Hwy., Louisville, 40229 502.955.5497

Mama’s Hip 1559 Bardstown Rd., Louisville, 40205 502.384.8805 4 4 4 /todaysfamily 4 4 4 @todaysfamilynow


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

Clark Memorial Hospital Family Birth Place

Derby City Pediatric Dentistry

1220 Missouri Ave., Jeffersonville, IN 47130 812.283.6631 •

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

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 8-4:30 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,

Floyd Memorial Hospital Birthing Center

Women First of Louisville, PLLC

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

502.891.8700 •

1850 State St., New Albany, IN 47150 1.800.4.SOURCE •

Baptist East Medical Pavilion 3900 Kresge Way, Suite 30, Louisville, KY 40207 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

Adoption Bridges of Kentucky 401 W. Main St., Ste 1710 Louisville, KY 40202 502.585.4369

Ahrens Orthodontics 2015 Herr Ln., Louisville, KY 40222 +2 other locations 502.426.2744

American Family Orthodontics 9494 Brownsboro Rd., Louisville, KY 40241 502.326.0001

American Heart Association 240 Whittington Parkway Louisville, KY 40207 502.587.8641

Cassis Dermatology & Aesthetics Center 9301 Dayflower St., Suite 100 Prospect, KY 40059 502.326.8588

Dermatology Specialists Research 501 S 2nd St., Louisville, KY 40202 502.583.7546

The Eye Care Institute 1536 Story Ave., Louisville, KY 40206 502.589.1500

Family Allergy & Asthma 9800 Shelbyville Rd. #220, Louisville, KY 40223 502.429.8585

Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services 1850 State Street, New Albany, IN 47150 812.944.7701

Floyd Memorial Urgent Care Center 800 Highlander Point Drive, Floyds Knobs, IN 47119 812.923.6336

Floyd Memorial Urgent Care Center 5130 Charlestown Rd., Ste. 2, New Albany, IN 47150 812.949.1577

KidzSmile Dentistry 10500 Fischer Park Dr., Louisville, KY 40241 502.426.9594

Kosair Charities Pediatric Clinical Research Unit 231 E Chestnut St., Louisville KY 40202 502.629.5820

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 301 East Main St., Suite 100, Louisville, KY 40202 502.584.849

OB/GYN Associates of Southern Indiana 1919 State St #340, New Albany, IN 47150 812.945.5233

Passport Health Plan 5100 Commerce Crossings Dr., Louisville, KY 40229 800.578.0603

Pediatric Dentistry, Shellie Branson, DMD 2015 Herr Lane, Suite D, Louisville, KY 40222 502.426.0088

Pediatric Dentistry of Prospect 12927 W. Highway 42 Prospect, KY 40059 502.292.1160

St. Matthews Advanced Dentistry 148 Chenoweth Lane, Louisville KY 40207 502.897.1677

Sweet Baby Face (3D/4D Ultrasounds) 9940 Linn Station Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40023 502.509.1003

University of Louisville Physicians 401 E. Chestnut St., Louisville, KY 40202 502.588.6000

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1 Cut different sized circles out of paper. Then cut a spiral into each, leaving a small circular tab in the very center. They don’t have to be perfect.

2 Cut a length of wire for each, and bend the tip to form a right angle. Cut some leaf shapes. 

3 Wind each circle into a rose shape around your finger by starting at the outside of the spiral, working your way to the circular tab. Place a small amount of glue on the tab and press the rose into the glue.  

Paper Flowers

4 Glue the angled piece of wire to the leaf cutout. You can fold the leaf down the middle for extra dimension before gluing.

Story and Photos By Miranda Popp

Brighten your home all year round with colorful flowers that never fade.

Supplies • Colorful Paper • Crafting Wire

This easy-to-make papers flowers will have you feeling like spring is here! 56 SPRING 2015

• Glue Gun • Scissors

5 Glue the leaf piece to the back of the flower with the wire sticking up.

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Today's Family Spring 2015  
Today's Family Spring 2015