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September 2015 Edition

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Good-manners month

September is National Children's Good Manners Month and the perfect opportunity to make sure your kids know how to mind their p's and q's. Numerous studies have found that kids with good manners do better in school and are more popular.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers advice on teaching manners at www.aap.org/en-us/Documents/ttb_bring_out_best.pdf.

Scholastic recommends books about good manners on...

Mayra Agarwal

Age (at time of photo): 5 years old

Submitted by: Her parents, Neha and Amit Agarwal

The backstory: From Neha: "One day she was playing pretend party party at home then I took her this photo. She was saying cheese and I took the pic."

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Zayd Muhammed

Age (at time of photo): 3 years old

Submitted by: His parents, Brittany Thompson and Abdul Muhammed

The backstory: From Brittany: "He was on his way to school and he said, 'Mommy, take my picture. I'm a gentleman.'"

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Siyuan Dai

Age (at time of photo): 2.5 years old

Submitted by: Her mother, Jia Wen

The backstory: From Jia: "She knew little English and felt frustrated in daycare as a foreign kid so we took her to an apples orchard and let her know that as long as you tried your best just as picking up apples, you would get a good harvest."

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Sebastian Bray

Age (at time of photo): 5 years old

Submitted by: His parents, Maggie Flinn and Patrick Bray

The backstory: From Maggie: "Slides are great, but the effects of static electricity can be a little consternating!"

Sponsored by: Columbus Academy

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Olivia Stillings

Age (at time of photo): 5 years old

Submitted by: Her parents, Beth and Greg Stillings

The backstory: From Beth: "This was taken in the Columbus Zoo at the Komodo Dragon statue. She had just finished pretending that she had grabbed a hold of its tail and it was dragging her around the zoo. She then gave it a hug (which is capturedin this picture) and thanked it for the'ride.'"

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Nola Hanf

Age (at time of photo): 2 years old

Submitted by: Her parents, Catherine Cromer and Nathan Hanf

The backstory: From Catherine: "Nola...is enjoying her very first treat from the ice cream truck on a hot summer day."

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Myleigh Jo Kinter

Age (at time of photo): 5 years old

Submitted by: Her mother, Andrea Kinter

The backstory: From Andrea, who is a professional photographer: "I was setting up getting ready for work and she walked in with her hair a mess and a big old tank top on and asked if I would take her picture. So we played a game and every time I made an animal noise she had to do a different pose all on her own, this was somewhere in the middle of her...

Miles Rowe

Age (at time of photo): 23 months old

Submitted by: His mother, Jennifer Rowe

The backstory: From Jennifer: "This photo was taken on Easter Sunday. This little guy LOVES playing outside and was so excited to be let loose in the backyard with his sister on this beautiful Spring Day. And, he was probably still excited from having his first-ever jelly bean that morning!"

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Madyson Teeple

Age (at time of photo): 12 years old

Submitted by: Her parents, Jessica and William Teeple

The backstory: From Jessica: "Madyson...is a sixth-grader and enjoys volleyball, cheerleading, gymnastics, horseback riding, basketball and spending her weekends at the mall and movies with her friends. Madyson is full of personality. She can instantly bring a smile to your face when entering the room."

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Lucas Fickel

Age (at time of photo): 3 years old

Submitted by: His parents, Danny and Anne Fickel

The backstory: From Anne: "A kid needs some fall leaves, a couple of chairs, and a box or two for a fall fort! This was impromptu fun in our backyard."

Sponsored by: Columbus Academy

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KiRaya Marquerite Smallwood

Age (at time of photo): 2 years old

Submitted by: Her parents, Ron and Karen

The backstory: From Karen: "KiRayareally enjoys swinging.This picture is from aSaturday morning atBlacklick Metro park with their big shady trees."

Sponsored by: Columbus Academy

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Kaiden Snider

Age (at time of photo): 3 years old

Submitted by: His mother, Andrea Snider

The backstory: From Andrea: "This is my son, Kaiden, age 3, being adorable on Mother's Day. Photo by his uncle, Eric Tilson."

Sponsored by: Columbus Academy

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Jackson Cole

Age (at time of photo): 2.5 years old

Submitted by: His parents, Amanda and Chip Huggins

The backstory: From Amanda: "Jackson is a very busy baby. He's constantly on the move and doesn't like to slow down for anything, especially bedtime. This is him trying to pout his way out of bedtime."

Sponsored by: Columbus Academy

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Guinevere Summers

Age (at time of photo): 2.5 years old

Submitted by: Her grandmother, Mariann Brooks

The backstory: From Mariann: The photo was from "one of our many summer trips to the Scioto Mile. Best free entertainment in the city."

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Georgie Fusner

Age (at time of photo): 8 months old

Submitted by: His parents, Sarah and Chris Fusner

The backstory: From Sarah: "Georgie and his Uncle Will were catching up during Will's visit from New Orleans. Will was describing life in The Big Easy. Georgie looked at Will as if to say, "They do all that during Mardi Gras?"

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Elinore Duren

Age (at time of photo): 2 years old

Submitted by: Her grandmother, Lin Duren, and her mother, Marissa Duren

The backstory: From Lin: This is "Elinore...after a fun time -- and painted face -- at Montrose Elementary School celebrating the End of the Bexley Summer Reading event: she listed 86 books read!"

Sponsored by: Columbus Academy

Destiny Jennings

Age (at time of photo): 9 years old

Submitted by: Her parents, Ellis Jennings, Jr., andLashawn Logan

The backstory: From Ellis: "This is my daughter and student, Destiny, after winning her first Grand Champion Trophy at Four Seasons Open Championship."

Sponsored by: Columbus Academy

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Connor Kane

Age at time of photo: 9 years old

Submitted by: His mother, Lisa Kane

The backstory: From Lisa: "Connor was a ring bearer in my sister's wedding. Connor was walking in to be introduced as ring bearer. My handsome boy."

Sponsored by: Columbus Academy

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Bronx Butler

Age at time of photo: 4 months old

Submitted by: His parents, Yolanda Lathon and Desmond Butler

The backstory: From Yolanda: "Bronx trying to keep warm in his stroller at his cousins' football game."

Sponsored by: Columbus Academy

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It's Never Too Early for Identity Theft

Last month I got a letter in the mail informing me that our family's financial information had been hacked and stolen. This included Social Security numbers, addresses and birthdays. The leak came from our health insurance company.

Real Life Learning

Kate and I moved into our Clintonville home in 2005 and, once kids came along, we began loading up the stroller for countless walks to the nearby playground at Colerain Elementary. All of the school's equipment is wheelchair-friendly, which also made it perfect for crawlers and beginning walkers.

Yarn Dolls

As the weather cools, it's time to dig out the yarn for a season of knitting and crochet.

Learning to read

Many parents read to their children - before bed, in the afternoon and even at doctors' appointments as a source of comfort.

Results are in!

Welcome to Family Faves, our 5th annual reader survey - the survey formerly known as Columbus Parent's Best of Columbus! New name (to help distinguish it from all the other "Best of" surveys out there), but the same goal: To find out what matters most to central Ohio families when it comes to spending their hard-earned money and precious time.

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