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I will come straight out and say that I battle depression. I have battled depression on and off most of my life. In sixth grade I had a horrible school environment and I didn’t know how to deal with...
In recent years, I've often heard young couples who live in the Broad Ripple area make a similar statement: "We absolutely love living here, but once we have kids, we're moving to Fishers/Carmel/Noblesville/Avon/Greenwood." I can certainly understand how Broad Ripple...
My husband and I both work outside of the home, so admittedly, dinners at our house can be a little lazy. We leave the house at 7 a.m., and by the time we make it home at 6 p.m....
My stepson lives with us every Wednesday night and every other weekend, as well as on certain holidays and special occasions. While we wish it were more than that, we are happy that we have as much time with...
"Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else." -- Mister Rogers Ahhh, the toddler years. I always wonder what these old ladies mean when they give me the 'enjoy every single...
I've seen countless articles maligning parents' use of smartphones, blaming our beloved electronic rectangles for turning us into distracted, checked-out moms missing beautiful, priceless moments with our children. As the mother of a six-week old, I'm here to declare it...
Gardening with your child is a wonderful way to teach them about responsibility and healthy food choices, while fostering an appreciation of their natural environment. It may also help them avoid allergies, asthma, and autoimmune diseases. The National Wildlife...
In a cold room a frail girl sits alone, her small hands resting on a frigid tabletop, her legs are shaking and her mind is racing. She isn't sure why she's here and the recording device seems to be...
Last week on the Today Show, Kathie and Hoda discussed their disapproval of the brelfie (breastfeeding selfie) on their segment  "OK! Or Not OK". Hoda explained that she preferred to keep those moments private and Kathie called sharing them...
Receiving a call at work from my mom is always a rarity. Since age 18, I have worked 40 hours a week. At 20, I began working at a preschool and going to school myself, which put me well...
It amazes me how two kids from the same gene pool can be so completely different from one another in almost every way. For instance, my stepdaughter is organized, studious, inquisitive, and works well independently. My stepson is funny, polite,...
Good kids sometimes express their needs in bad ways. They hit, they scream, they bite, they tattle, they whine and they simply don't listen. It's not personal, it's developmental and it's their way of communicating that they have a...
Several years ago, my now five-year-old (she was two or three at the time) wandered into the bathroom as I was putting on make-up and my husband was getting out of the shower. Upon seeing my husband, she put...
When my husband and I decided to wait to find out the sex of our first child, one thing I was excited about was the challenge of creating a cute gender-neutral nursery. I envisioned a colorful, fun space that...

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Indianapolis Fall Family Bucket List

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Ask just about anyone in the Midwest what the best season is here and the question will often be met with an enthusiastic "Fall!"...
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