The Spring Issue of Today's Family Is Out!

You can find the latest issue of Today's Family magazine — inside the March issue of Today's Woman ! That's two magazin...

Friday, May 24, 2013

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

It’s finally here… a long-overdue, holiday weekend! While the weekend is full of fun things to do around town, we hope you take a moment this weekend to remember those who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. We love and appreciate our soldiers!

Now, onto our round-up of weekend events.  Enjoy!

Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike, & Paddle
Strawberry Festival
Hometown Quest Scavenger Hunt
St. Matthews Farmers Market
Douglass Loop Farmers Market
Mike Linnig’s Prince & Princess Contest
Opening Night at RiverStage in Jeffersonville, IN

Photo via Louisville Metro flickr

Thursday, May 23, 2013

We’re Looking for Kid Models!

While most of you are thinking about the end of the school year and all of the fun to be had on summer vacation, we are beginning our search for kid models for our Back-to-School issue.

If you have an elementary or middle school child (ages 5-13) who would love to be in Today’s Family magazine, this is your opportunity to enter them in our Kid Model Search contest.  Click here for complete details.

A Parent's Perspective on Texting

Data use and technology have changed the way we interact and receive information. Using technology and data was a gradual release for my youngest son. We began with a pre-paid cellular telephone and moved to a telephone that gave him more minutes and text messaging capabilities.

In his senior year, we bought a smart phone with a data plan. From the beginning, we had pointed discussions about...

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Rutgers Reality Check- Part 3

{This is the final installment of the three-part series from Todd Patkin in response to the recent events at Rutgers University. Read Part 1 & Part 2.}

Does the coach scout each practice for all-stars?
It’s practically impossible for anyone to hear too many good things about themselves. On the sports field, compliments act as confidence—and thus performance—boosters, and they also improve motivation, team spirit, determination, and more. With that in mind, a good coach will always start each practice with the intention of catching as many players as possible doing well, then praise them in public and in private whenever the opportunity arises.

“And if she wants to go the extra mile, a great coach might even send out a team newsletter that includes short write-ups of players who improve, who are team players, who give their all in practice, etc.,” Patkin adds. “Again, kids will work hard to keep getting recognized because it simply feels good. Who knows—they might remember a coach’s praise for the rest of their lives!”

Has the coach added “positive thinking” to his or her paraphernalia?
All coaches have clipboards, whistles, and water bottles—and they should all have a positive attitude, too! With few exceptions, players will develop their attitudes, outlooks, and expectations based on what they see from their leaders. Coaches should be proactive about...

Win the Opportunity to Throw out a Ceremonial Pitch!

There are few things in life that really leave a lasting impact and throwing out a ceremonial pitch at a Louisville Bats baseball game is one of them.

It would be a memory that would last a lifetime.

One lucky winner will receive the opportunity* to throw out a ceremonial pitch and...

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Rutgers Reality Check- Part 2

{This is Part 2 in the series from Todd Patkin in response to the recent events at Rutgers University. Read Part 1 here.}

Watch a replay of the coach’s motivations. This topic has been alluded to already, but according to Patkin, it bears repeating: What is motivating your child’s coach? Is she in it for winning (and only winning), or does she want to make a difference in young people’s lives? While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to win, make sure that your child’s coach does not use her position primarily to brag about her successful seasons and coaching record.

“To some extent, a coach’s goals should match the level of athletics in which your child is engaged,” Patkin adds. “For instance, if he is doing YMCA coach-pitch baseball, his coach’s main motivation should definitely be centered around...

How You Can Help in Relief Efforts

We know your hearts and minds are consumed with what happened yesterday in Moore, Oklahoma. This tremendous devastation is truly horrifying, and our hearts are aching for those families.

With such a compassionate community here in Kentuckiana, we know that you are longing to help out these Oklahoma communities that have been affected by the tornadoes.  While the damage is still being assessed by emergency crews, relief organizations are setting up centers to help.

In addition to prayers, here are a few ways you can help from right here in Kentuckiana:

Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation that will go to disaster relief, or make a donation online at

Text GIVE to 80888 to make a $10 donation to the Salvation Army of Oklahoma.

Oklahoma's Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb suggested donations be made online at, as well.

Photo: SUE OGROCKI / AP via Time

A Boy and His Vacuum

On a shopping trip, Noah, then 5, asked me why I was buying a Dirt Devil compact vacuum. “For you, of course,” I jokingly told him, waiting for him to resist. Instead, with wide-eye excitement, Noah told strangers, “Mommy is buying me my own vacuum!”
What began as a joke has been a great lesson for us both. Every parent attempts to find a balance between “getting things done” versus time with the kids. Two years later he is the best assistant housekeeper, bonding with me over dust bunnies and untidy carpets.
Contributed by Lorie Gant Leitner, parent-writer for Today’s Family magazine.

Monday, May 20, 2013

The Rutgers Reality Check: A Parent’s Playbook for Demanding Great Coaches

Does your child's athletic coach teach him or her the required skills of their sport in a manner that is reminiscent of what we all saw happen at a particularly abusive, and highly publicized, basketball practice at Rutgers University?

The answer should never be "yes."

This type of heinous, inexcusable, verbal abuse is never appropriate and should never be tolerated.

Some coaches might downplay their actions by calling their tactics "intense." This is the vernacular an abusive coach might use to defend his/her coaching style.

Here are three thoughts you should remember...

Summer Camp: Yay or Nay?

I am a big fan of summer camps for kids, especially once they move out of the early elementary grades. Children become so accustomed to being constantly engaged at school that they often have difficulty adjusting to all the “down time” of summer break. While they enjoy a reprieve from the rigid schedule of school, they become easily bored. I find it impossible to keep my oldest child, Norah,...
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