Amanda Hayward 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.

Local Alliance Helps Families


There are topics that are difficult to discuss with our children. Prescription opioid drug abuse is one of them. This is a scary yet important subject to speak to our children about. When is it the “right” time to have “the talk?” How do parents educate children about this difficult subject? Programs such as the… Read more »

Carnegie’s Holiday Artisan Market


The Carnegie kicks of the holiday season this weekend with their third annual Holiday Artisan Market (1028 Scott Blvd., Covington) Saturday, November 24 from 12 – 5 p.m. This isn’t just any market, it the perfect place to get a head start on your holiday shopping while supporting local artmakers, all at once! Plus, the… Read more »

LaRosa’s Family Pizzeria Gives Back


LaRosa’s Family Pizzeria is at it again for their annual Feed Our Neighbors In Need program. Now through December 31, every time your family buys a $10 Buddy Card, $5 is donated to the Freestore Foodbank. LaRosa’s is known for giving back and supporting its community by spreading joy through the gift of food for… Read more »

Things We Like: King Arthur’s Court Toys


Manager and Head Buyer for King Arthur’s Court Toys, Brian Daly, says the toy store has been around since he was a little, and then the popular toy store moved to Hyde Park Plaza. King Arthur’s finally made it’s way to Madison Road, where they are now and have stayed for 35 happy years.  “I… Read more »

Let Sunshine in, Drive Hunger Out Campaign


Want to know how you can make a difference this holiday season? On Thursday, November 15, Cincinnati residents can help change lives by simply purchasing DOLE Canned Pineapple at local participating Kroger stores. How? Through DOLE’s Let Sunshine In, Drive Hunger Out Campaign. Each can you buy will provide one can to a local food… Read more »

Mom Report: A Crystal Holiday


Carefully constructed and tediously built using natural materials, the Krohn Conservatory’s “A Crystal Holiday” annual show was a unique experience. Amanda Ciani, myself (Amanda Hayward) and our kiddos were thrilled to experience a sneak peek at the show before it opened over the weekend. If you haven’t been to the Krohn Conservatory, it’s a beautiful… Read more »

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 »

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