The Fate of Children in the Opioid Crisis
With the opioid crisis having profound effects on so much of our community, some of the most vulnerable victims are the children who have lost their parents — emotionally or physically — to drug addiction or overdose. The system we have to address the problem — foster care, legal guardianships, and adoption — is overwhelmed. Writer Ann Georgescu looks at the issue. Click here to read the full story.
Summer Programs for Rural Kids Halts STEM Brain Drain
For many students in rural areas of Indiana, STEM learning fades as the school year ends, writes Patti Danner, a staff writer for the Greene County Daily World
. But Danner has found many activities and events — including an education outreach program from WonderLab — that offer science-learning opportunities to children who otherwise wouldn’t have access to it. Click here to read the full story.
My Dad Voice: Some Like It Hot
Troy Maynard spent many years angry at his troubled father, but that changed when Troy began having children and realized fatherhood wasn’t just putting “bad drawings on your fridge.” In this edition of his LP column, My Dad Voice, Maynard reflects on their relationship, and how “you can’t get the good stuff without the heat.” Click here to read the full story.
The Resurgence of an Ancient Game — Lacrosse
A game with ancient origins, lacrosse is gaining momentum in Bloomington, as many parents consider it an alternative to more dangerous sports for youth. But because it is not an IHSAA-sanctioned sport, parents and coaches must field the financial burdens. Writer Benjamin Beane takes a closer look at how some local teams are making it possible. Click here to read the full story.
My Dad Voice: Fly Away
In My Dad Voice, columnist Troy Maynard recounts college parties, hot rods, and the emotional hardship of raising a child only to hand them the keys and watch them leave. “Being a parent means preparing your kids as best you can,” Maynard writes, “then ultimately trusting them to fly on their own.” Click here for the full story.
Daisy Mae, PALS Tiny Animal Ambassador
She provides therapy for nearly 200 children and adults. And she’s only seven hands tall. Daisy Mae is a therapy horse at People & Animal Learning Services. Writer Sierra Vandervort talks to the PALS crew about the miniature horse affected by equine dwarfism, and the comfort she brings to people in Monroe County. Click here to read the full story.
The Importance of Pretending to Be a Dog
Troy Maynard writes about parenting and “the crazy things my kids say” in his blog, Very Vocal Viking
. In his first article for Limestone Post, he reflects on his childhood anger and resentment — and how appreciation is the antidote of regret. And, of course, how he learned that from his kids. Click here to read the full story.
Helping a Musical Child Foster a Love of Music
Musical children pass through various stages of development, each step requiring different approaches, encouragement, and patience, says Miller Susens, a cellist in the IU Jacobs School of Music. Supporting young musicians encourages individual expression and contributes to a more well-rounded and compassionate human being. Click here to read the full story.