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4 Tips to Survive Daylight Savings Time with Your Kids

February 25, 2021

“Springing forward” in anticipation for those long summer nights might sound exciting, but

30 Tips for Involving Children in Housework

January 28, 2021

Has the pandemic wrought havoc on your haven? Is your dining room barely discernible from a garage sale?...

Want to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions?—Keep Them Realistic!

January 6, 2021

Want to succeed at your New Year’s resolutions? Start with goals like these that are both manageable and beneficial.

12 Holiday Hazards

December 16, 2020

The holiday season is supposed to be a time for relaxing and celebrating with friends and family. But,...

40 Winter Activities For the Family in 2020

November 30, 2020

Winter officially begins December 21, and we know you might miss some indoor and group activities you’ve enjoyed in past years....

Conversation Tips for the Holiday Table

November 16, 2020

Holidays are a time for celebration and gathering with loved ones, but they can also bring tension as you navigate conversations with relatives you don’t see often or whose values differ from yours.

Halloween 2020: Staying Safe and Having Fun

October 28, 2020

Author: Sandi Lerman; Community EducatorChildren in the U.S. look forward to Halloween for the candy,...

Everything You Need to Know to Create Campfire Memories

October 16, 2020

Author: Jade Gutierrez - Digital and Content SpecialistCreating family memories doesn’t need to be complicated....

Teen Suicide: What Families Need to Know

September 10, 2020

The challenges of 2020 have made mental health and suicide awareness even more important

2020 Labor Day Weekend Ideas

August 28, 2020

Author: Beth Johnson; Business SupportAs the summer days dwindle down, Labor Day weekend is quickly approaching....

Hoosier Homestyle Fair

August 3, 2020

Like us, you may be feeling your nostalgic heart (and stomach) longing for the corn dogs, corn on the cob, deep fried Oreos, and elephant ears that it won’t get this year.

Tips for Back to School Anxiety During a Global Pandemic

July 27, 2020

Author: Jonathan M.; Domestic Violence CounselorBack to school season 2020 looms only weeks away and...

Water Safety & The Importance Of Sunscreen

July 16, 2020

Playing in a pool provides a lot of benefits; Learn more to ensure the safety of everyone near water!

Kid-Friendly Activities for Summer Break 2020

June 1, 2020

You may not be able to do everything you were able to do last summer, but here is a list of fun summer activities the family can still enjoy!

Kids and Mental Health: Fun Ways to Talk to About It

May 11, 2020

When it comes to kids and mental health, it might seem like a serious conversation. But turn that on...

Is it punishment, or Discipline?

May 1, 2020

Why am I not spanking, smacking, yelling, locking bedroom doors, and using soap? It's not because I’m a therapist .

When a child tells you they have been abused...

April 10, 2020

It takes a huge amount of courage and trust for a child to disclose abuse. It is vital that we believe and support these most vulnerable among us.

How I’m handling social distancing, working from home, and being a Mom.

March 31, 2020

Author: Rene Elsbury; Home Based TherapistWhen strangers hear that I’m a therapist I often get smart...

50 Family Activities That Don't Involve Screens

March 18, 2020

The stress caused by the recent virus outbreak can be overwhelming, trying to plan a day (or even weeks)...

School Break Solutions: Affordable Childcare and Programs for Kids Throughout the Year

March 10, 2020

Fall and spring break, winter vacation, holidays, early dismissals and school closings. Do these phrases...

Building a Better Brain: Early Childhood Development and Mental Health

February 25, 2020

How building better brains makes a better future for all. Families are the first nurturers, educators,...

Free and Low-Cost Spring Break Activities in Indy

February 25, 2020

While Mother Nature may not be aware, many of us are trying to enjoy a spring break staycation

Fun, Easy Projects to Make With Stuff Around the House

February 20, 2020

We've been having a LOT of wet and cold days this winter in Indianapolis, but that doesn't mean the fun...

Free Winter Activities for the Family

December 2, 2019

Winter break is right around the corner....

The Father's Rights in Co-Parenting

November 13, 2019

Research shows that children thrive when both their mother and father to play active roles in their lives.

Stars and Stripes Forever

November 13, 2019

Tips for a safe 4th of July!

Motherhood

November 13, 2019

It's not easy being a mom trying to juggle a full-time job with a family life. So, how do you do it?

Know the Signs of Child Abuse to Keep Children Safe

November 13, 2019

The signs of child abuse won’t always be 100% clear. The important thing is to be sure the child is 100%...

Kids: Is it Temporary or a Mental Health Condition?

November 13, 2019

“When little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it’s our job to share our calm, not join their chaos.”

How to Keep Kids Safe Online

November 13, 2019

Want to keep your kids safe online? Talk to them about it in real life.

How to Help Your Child Get Into a Healthy School Routine

November 13, 2019

Routines are important to the health and well-being of your family. According to the American Academy...

Grandparents Day Out

November 13, 2019

Here are a few Indy-area focused ideas sure to grandparents and grand-kids happy!

Father Engagement Program

November 13, 2019

Our goal is to help these fathers understand their rights, increase meaningful contact with their children, and get more connected with community resources to strengthen the entire family.

Family-Friendly Winter Break Activities in and Around Indy

November 13, 2019

Winter break is right around the corner, and the kids will be home from school for a couple of weeks....

FREE & Low Cost Family Activities for Labor Day Weekend

November 13, 2019

Families First recommends these four family-friendly activities!

Resources for Seniors and Caregivers

November 6, 2019

Within fewer than 20 years, Indiana will have more residents age 65 and older than residents under the...

Family-Friendly Fall Activities in Indy

October 9, 2019

From the crisp air to the early-setting sun to the crunch of leaves on the ground, fall is officially...

Back to School: Importance of Structure and Routine for Healthy Child Development

August 5, 2019

As the summer comes to an end and the school year comes back into full swing, it is important for families to begin to again focus on structure and routines.

Foster care is a journey of love and loss.

May 22, 2019

When it comes to sharing the experience of raising a child who is NOT yours EXACTLY, but your love is just as deep— well, words just come up short.

6 Ways to Volunteer as a Family in Indianapolis

January 18, 2019

It is the beginning of the year and a perfect time to set new goals for learning, engaging, and creating...

Celebrate Global Family Day as the New Year Begins

December 28, 2018

New Year’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate hope, set resolutions, and look ahead to the good things...

12 Holiday Hazards to Avoid

December 1, 2018

1. Decorating Mishaps – With all the gifting, baking, and partying quickly approaching, nobody has time...

What is Play Therapy and How Does it Help Children?

August 23, 2018

It’s been said, “Play is the language of a child.” Learn how you can help a child better express their emotions.

5 FREE Family-Friendly Summer Activities in Indianapolis

June 19, 2018

Before your family has a chance to say, “I'm boooored!" you can be ready with this list of great ideas.....

8 Signs to Look for in Elder Abuse

June 13, 2018

Elder abuse can be prevented with attention, advocacy and assessment.

6 Simple But Powerful Ways to Support Kids After Childhood Trauma

May 14, 2018

The safety and support you offer to survivors of childhood trauma has lasting positive effects. Here...

FREE Meals This Summer

May 8, 2018

Use this list of locations to learn where kids can grab a free meal during the summer.

8 Free Summer Family Activities in Indianapolis

January 23, 2018

We have some fun, FREE ideas for things to do in Indianapolis this summer with your kids. Indy is bursting with low-cost entertainment for families, so it's time to start planning and making memories! Outdoors and indoors, you'll find something on this list that the whole family will love.

Encouraging Healthy Self Care Habits for Children

January 4, 2018

What are self care skills and why are they important for children to learn at an early age?

Recognizing the Signs of Depression in Your Child

November 9, 2017

Moodiness, anger, social withdrawal—these could be signs of depression in your child, but they may just...

10 Tips for Holiday Shopping on a Budget

November 1, 2017

If the thought of holiday shopping sends you into a stress-induced panic, you’re not alone. Shopping...

20 Fun and Educational Podcasts for Parents, Kids & Families

October 3, 2017

Podcasts are practically perfect in every way. You can listen in the car, on the way to school or during...

How to Create Healthy Homework and Study Habits With Your Kids

September 19, 2017

Helping your children develop healthy habits is one of the greatest gifts you can give as a parent. It...

The Power of NO! One Child's Story

August 29, 2017

The scourge of domestic violence knows no boundaries---it affects people of all ages, races, cultures...

2017 Back to School Events and Giveaways in Indianapolis

July 3, 2017

When the average cost of school supplies today is around $98 per child, it's a struggle for many families...

Checklist for Choosing a Babysitter or Child Care Provider

June 27, 2017

Parenting is a rewarding and fulfilling experience, but it is also challenging and stressful. As a parent,...