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.

Easing Back-to-School Anxiety


You can get anxious about a new school year, but what about your child? Meeting new friends and teachers while trying to prepare his little mind for the upcoming year can sometimes become a little overwhelming. No matter what, let him know he’s not alone. Anxiety is something that many kids face day to day…. Read more »

Homeschooling 101: Deciding if it’s Right For You


You accompany your kids to a casual play date with the kids next door. The mom turns to you and says, “So, I’ve decided I’m going to homeschool!” You say, “Wow that’s great!” At that moment, so many questions pop into your head: “Why?” or, “Should I do that, too?” Homeschooling has become so popular… Read more »

Homeschooling Programs, Co-ops and Resources


Thinking about homeschooling your child? There are local homeschool resources to give you a head start. Already a homeschooling parent and need some free learning programs or ideas? We rounded those up for you, too. There are so many resources and support for parents who are leaning toward homeschooling or already doing it, it’s just… Read more »

End Summer With a Bang


What better way to end the summer than with a good Labor Day bang at the WEBN Fireworks and Riverfest from noon – 10 p.m. Sunday, September 2.  The fireworks begin around 9:07 p.m and the view is great on either side of the river. The show will go on for about 30 minutes.  On… Read more »

MOX is Ready for Takeoff


Remember Margarita Moksin, local mom and inventor of MOX, an on-the-go wireless container that heats any food or liquid from cold to 100 or 160 degrees Fahrenheit? Well, last year we sampled it and one year later, MOX reached a new level and just launched it’s Kickstarter campaign. MOX, a product of SoMi, a product… Read more »

Mom Report: LM&M Railroad


If you don’t have a family tradition, it is never too late to start one. One of our family traditions is visiting Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad (16 E. South St., Lebanon, OH 45036) at least one time per year, and so far we made it a point to see Thomas the Tank Engine on his… Read more »

Celebrate Back to School at Kings Island


Calling all educators! Celebrate back-to-school at Kings Island for Teacher Appreciation Weekend – the park is offering free admission to educators Friday, August 24-26th and family and friends are welcome, too. Educators can bring the family along for a special price, $29.99 per ticket, for up to six family members or friends. There are only a couple weekends… Read more »

Up, Up and Away – Civil Air Patrol Open House Week


The Boone County Composite Squadron is participating in The Civil Air Patrol Open House (103 Beaver Rd, Walton, KY 41094) August 27th beginning at 6 p.m., and you’re invited to put your flying knowledge to the test and bring the kids out to this free event!    Some of the things Civil Air Patrol has to… Read more »

Back to School Events


It’s time for the hustle and bustle of Back to School, and we’ve rounded up a few events and school supply drives to get you and your family in the right frame of mind!

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