Amanda Hayward

Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication. She is from Cincinnati, Ohio, a military wife and mom of two. If you don't see her writing for Cincinnati Family, you'll find her running, juggling kids, teaching group fitness classes and cooking up healthy recipes.

Things We Like: Voting for a Porpoise


Get your kids excited about the voting process this Election Day with Voting with a Porpoise by Rock the Vote board member Russell Glass and children’s author Sean Callahan. The new book follows Petey the porpoise and his pod on an aquatic adventure. Celebrate democracy and the power of voting and community with your child… Read more »

Top Apps for Special Needs


These apps are specifically beneficial to special needs children, and for parents and caregivers who interact with them. MATH SKILLS • TeachMe — Reinforces writing, math and spelling skills through sight words, addition and subtraction while keeping kids engaged with a reward system. • Math Evolve — Practice math facts, mental skills and have fun… Read more »

Is it a Speech Disorder?


“Up, mommy.” “Hi, daddy.” “More please.” These are some of those sweet, long-awaited phrases parents look forward to hearing from their toddler. But what if they’re not saying them? “It’s important to go to well-child visits, because your child’s primary care provider uses questionnaires to determine if certain milestones, such as understanding and talking, are… Read more »

Technology Gives a Voice to Special Needs Kids


Kingston, 9, loves video games, baseball and reading. The smart boy, who at age 4 had limited verbal ability and delayed fine and gross motor skills, is much more advanced today. At first, Kingston’s parents had no idea what was going on with him. They worked hard to get an official diagnosis when Kingston was… Read more »

Top Toys: Editor’s Picks


King Arthur’s Court Toys Enjoy an outing to King Arthur’s Court Toys. It’s an experience in itself! Walk in, see the wall-to-wall toys and enjoy the abundance that is in person shopping. Make it a family outing! BABY TO PRE-K Create with Clay Dinosaurs Creativity for Kids  kingarthurstoys.com; 3040 Madison Road Cincinnati; $14.99; Ages 5+… Read more »

Trick-or-Treating Times in Cincinnati


Little ghouls and goblins prepare all month for Halloween – carving, costume contests, Halloween parties and crafts. The big day is almost here and the more prepared we are, the better! We rounded up Greater Cincinnati’s trick-or-treating times this year to make your Halloween go a bit more smooth (all times are for October 31… Read more »

Celebrate National Pumpkin Day with Baby


Today, October 26th, is National Pumpkin Day! How are you celebrating? Carve a pumpkin, cook up a homemade pumpkin pie, jump on a hayride and pick your own pumpkin, head over to one of your favorite ice creams shops and indulge in one of their seasonal pumpkin sweets, and hand your little tot a pouch… Read more »

Mom Report: The Great Pumpkin Fest


Kings Island is at it again with no tricks, just treats at The Great Pumpkin Fest. Trick-or-treating, dance parties with Snoopy and the gang, a talking pumpkin, kid’s mazes and games are just a few of the many festivities your family can enjoy. My little family ventured to Kings Island over the weekend, and we… Read more »

TCT Brings Theatre to Local Middle Schools


The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is partnering with The Educational Theatre Foundation to bring an exciting nationally recognized program, JumpStart Theatre, to theatre arts programs in Cincinnati-area middle schools beginning in the 2019 / 2020 school year. Before this announcement, middle schools in the Cincinnati did not have such a program. Through this program, TCT… Read more »

BLINK Expands to Covington


Don’t blink – one of the largest light, art and projection mapping events in the nation, BLINK Cincinnati illuminated by ArtsWave, is making its way to Covington, Kentucky, in 2019 with lights spanning across the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge. ArtsWave is a nonprofit planner, promotor and fundraiser of the arts throughout Greater Cincinnati. Through… Read more »

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