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Hi ladies! One whole child ago I was Mommy2ZaGirls .<br><br>
I haven't been on here much in the last few years - mostly because I became addicted and the little ones wouldn't let me be addicted anymore! This site, its community, and a few others got me through two moves with little ones. Let's see if we can do it again. Hubby is 95% sure he is being transferred to Indiania in Feb/March. The children and I wouldn't be moving that soon though.<br><br>
Help if you can.<br><br>
1) Looking for AP Moms in the Indianapolis area.<br><br>
2) Looking for information on homeschooling regulations in Indiania as well as the schools in Indiana.<br><br>
3) Looking for any relevant facts regarding unvaccinated children.<br><br>
4) Not an issue right now and might never be but I am curious about the homebirth options there as well.<br><br>
5) General AP/crunchy/holistic healthy vibe in the area as well.<br><br>
6) Any non-crunchy information welcomed as well. Frankly, I know nothing about Indianapolis and Indiana in general.<br><br>
Thanks a million!<br><br>
motionmama<br><br>
Mommy to Camille (6), Faith (4) and Ian (2)
 

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Ok, looked up a few things.<br><br>
It looks like you have to take attendance for your children and they have to be in school as many hours as a regular school-aged child in the schools? Can that be? Is it ever enforced?<br><br>
Vaccinations can be just done away with a parental objection? That is great. Does it really work that way?<br><br>
Any other info. would be great to hear. Thanks. Would love to hook-up with some other moms - we will likely be settling in IN for good.
 

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There is an awesome community of AP mommies in Indianapolis. I just moved to Charlotte, NC from Indy and dearly miss my AP friends there. I'm sure one of them will be seeing this message soon, but if not you can send me a pm and I will gladly forward your info to someone. I still view and post to the discussion board in Indy as well.
 

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You don't have to do that for homeschooling. Here are 2 homeschooling yahoo groups you can join. Both are active and up-to-date.<br><br><a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Indianahomeschool/" target="_blank">http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Indianahomeschool/</a><br><a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/" target="_blank">http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianaHomeschoolers/</a><br><br>
There is an Attachment Parenting International group for Indy.<br><br>
Contact info: <b>API of Indianapolis, Indiana<br><br>
* Anna Noack Brown 317-354-1833 <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a></b><br><br>
Vaxes only have religious exempt here in Indiana. But, they don't ask you what religion or anything further. We just had to sign simple waivers (for school) acknowledging that we may have to keep our kid out of school should a break-out occur. That may vary from county to county. Since you're homschooling, you don't need to worry about it.<br><br>
I'll be in Indy about once a week, if you ever want to meet up at the Children's Museum. It's a wonderful place. Let me know.
 

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Yeah, it is on the site. That's where I got it from. I dont' know her or anything. I'm in Lafayette!<br><br>
But, I'd like to come to an API meeting b/c I was thinking of starting a group myself. Do you know when the meetings are and where? I want to visit and see how it is.<br><br>
I'm thinking of visiting an Indy LLL meeting, too. I need some diversity.
 

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Did you email annamaren yet? She can give you all the details. Several LLL leaders are also IndyAp members too.<br><br>
They are an awesome group.
 

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Hi!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"><br>
I was new to Indianapolis 7 years ago. The wonderful friends I made, starting back at the Broad Ripple LLL, have helped make Indy a great place to raise my family<br><br>
Several families I know HS and are part of a homeschooling co-op. Some families take advantage of other schooling choices, i.e. a couple of school districts have magnet school options that your can apply to...depending on which township you will be living in. There are Montessori schools and other open school options as well.<br><br>
Ds(6) & ds(4) attend an awesome Montessori preschool and kindergarten.<br>
We have a family MD who supports our AP, Bf, no vax, alternative medicine choices that I can share with you.<br>
There is a local organic creamery, Trader's Point @traderspoint.com<br>
You can buy organic produce, meat, and eggs from Sharrit Farms. They have a website, too.<br><br>
Glad to hear you're heading to Indy!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thanks for all of the replies and PMs! This is great.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
Thank you bubbysmom for the quick reply and sense of hope. It was what I needed to hear before we left for the holidays! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
Chaka Falls - thank you so much for resources - I will have to check those out right away!<br><br>
Lucky - Thanks for all of the great resources. What are magnet schools? Are they a form of charter school? I'd love to learn more - it may make a difference as to where we live.<br><br>
Are the homeschooling coops organized and structured with required classes (child and parent) or more like sharing resources, field trips, etc.?<br>
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We just got back late last night from, you guessed it...Indianapolis. We did an impromptu swing-by trip on the way back from our Christmas travelings.<br><br>
We went into Indianapolis for dinner and to drive around. The museums are a plus, city seems clean. Hubby was excited about the sports <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> . It seems like the local governments are trying to bring the arts to the area to attract new people. I hear mixed things about schools but the suburban schools sound OK. My girls might need school so that they have socialization right away but oooh we had such a bad experience with a Montessorri preschool out here that I just cringe when I think of school for them at this age.<br><br>
We were mostly looking in the Northern suburbs as that will work best for his job. Anyone from or have information on Carmel area? PM, of course, if your location is not known.<br><br>
We were only there one night - got in kind of late and took a drive around the next day - looking at housing. We can get a lot more house for the money vs. out here (East). Hubby has his heart set on <i>new</i> construction. He is against vaccinations, routine antibiotic use, emphatically <b>for</b> homebirth (now LOL), and is a practicing family bed man even though he groans a lot. However, he is pretty mainstream in most other ways and <i>especially</i> in environmental ways. Almost seems hell bent on destroying the planet at the fastest rate possible!<br><br>
Still, the builders use some recycled materials, are building on old cornfields vs. leveling wooded areas, and I can retro fit solar and water recycling just as I would have to for an existing home. 5 star energy efficiency is good too. And the home we are in now and the last one required SIGNIFICANT work - we are sick of spending all of our free time and money remodeling. Our family needs a break from daily Home Depot runs. And the way my H remodels it would probably be better for the environment to build a whole new house. Sorry ...got off on a tangent there!<br><br>
I guess my point is that we are a compromised family of sorts. Radical in my heart, compromising in practice. Anyone else like us? I must sound odd to be trying to gauge this but I've been through this three times with children, LLL being my anchor in all three. My "radical" side is always a problem with some, my compromising side can be a problem with many as well. I know some communities have more of a polarization. I tend to get along with most families. I am much more flexible than I used to be. As long as others are respectful of us, I'm respectful of them - try to meet people on our common ground. I hope we can fit in. Worried about finding families like us in a new development.<br><br>
Maybe this is a pipe dream but I really want families that we can walk to their house, meet at a nearby park, go on nature walks with, really get to know. SAHM or WAHMs, homeschooling - big plus. I don't have those things here although we live in a beautiful area and have lots of wildlife and nature. I have wonderful friends but it is a drive to see them.<br><br>
Anyway, a long post, thanks for reading if you did. Any information, thoughts or opinions are welcome.<br><br>
Oh, I think on a PM someone mentioned the Child Protection Services being fascist. Thoughts? Opinions. I always worry about that in the back of my mind. The non-vaxing thing is usually the issue that people get worked up about.
 

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Hi! I'm in Noblesville (east of Carmel). I'm a chiropractor here and would love to talk with anybody in the area or who needs info.<br><br>
I'm not originally from here and begrudgingly left Iowa, but I immediately felt at home here in Hamilton Co! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Thanks chiro_kristin for the reply.<br><br><br>
How is the natural, holistic environment up there?<br><br>
Will PM you on something else if you don't mind.
 

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Motionmama, go ahead and PM!<br><br>
As far as the environment goes, I'll just say that people are hungry! Everyone I have met is so tired of the medical paradigm that they feel hopeless and that they have to just learn to live with sickness and suffering. What is harder is trying to get folks to stop eating McDonald's. I'm excited for the new Clay Terrace addition in Carmel which has Wild Oats, my new favorite healthy grocery store!
 

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RE: Wild Oats<br><br>
Yes, I popped in there and saw that. i checked out prices too - very typical for Midwest upscale health food store. Most things were the same or lower than out here. At least I know that I have organic produce available. That is not the case where I live now.<br><br>
Hungry for all alternatives, huh? Well, that has to be good for you!
 

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H told me that the model of home that we initially liked is significantly cheaper in Noblesville vs. Carmel.<br><br>
Any reason for this?
 

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Hi, I am originally from Indy until two years ago when we moved to Michigan.<br><br>
Noblesville is a cheaper area due to schools and the fact that it is less developed than Carmel. Carmel started out as alot of "old money" and now is a mixture of old and new money where houses are going for the millions in parts of Carmel. Very good schools in Carmel, both public and private. Lots of new strip malls and high end retail in Carmel.. Noblesville is a very up and coming area as well and soon will be just as developed as Carmel but it is farther away from downtown Indy and the Castleton/Keystone at the Crossing (shopping) so that is why more go to Carmel. Zionsville is also a great area as well<br><br>
Stay away from areas that are in the IPS school (Indianapolis Public Schools) as most are not very good. Indianapolis has a wonderful International School. My nephews attend there. Other great school districts are Hamilton Southeastern Schools (Fishers), Carmel Clay, Zionsville, Lawrence (most are good there), Washington Township (great schools, north side of Indy)<br><br>
Good Private schools: Park Tudor, Cathedral, Chatard, International School, Brebuef, and another one that I am forgetting the name of right now...<br><br>
If you are looking for alot of AP/natural/healthy stuff, the Broad Ripple area is where you will find doctors and such to fit your needs. Broad Ripple is a very natural, kind of old hippy area. Fun nightlife now exists there with lots of great local resturants and shops as well as therapists, artists etc... Farmers market there every weekend etc.. There is a huge art fair every May in Broad Ripple. Alot of crunchy people are in Broad Ripple. Its a great area to go for lunch and browse the shops. Great Starbucks there too with a fireplace! It also has a HUGE LONG exercise path. It extends for miles and miles. You can rent bikes and ride it as well. People rollerblade, bike, walk, jog, walk dogs etc on it. It is awesome and gets very busy on the nice days. It is called the Monon Trail. The heart of it is in Broad Ripple but it extends up to Carmel.<br><br>
I would suggest possibly contacting Riley Children's Hospital to locate a peditrician to fit your needs. They would probably be able to help you out with that.<br><br>
I miss Indianapolis. Its a great town. The Children's Museum is great as well as the zoo. Conner Prarie (in Fishers) is a very fun thing for kids as well.<br><br><br><br>
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pinkmama -<br><br>
What a wonderful post! You painted a lovely picture for me AND gave me so much information.<br><br>
I am almost excited to move there now. I am familiar with the Monon Trail. One of the developments that we were looking at was near it and I was cognizant that I wanted to be nearby it.<br><br>
I'm sorry that you had to move away. How are you doing in Michigan?
 

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Doing great in Michigan but really miss the atmosphere in Indianapolis. I loved downtown with all the restuarants, nightlife, canal area etc.. We visit often since all my family and closest friends are there so I get the taste of both worlds.<br><br>
Great that you found a development near the Monon Trail. It is awesome when the weather is nice, everyone is there and its so relaxing. I don't know what your price range is but MI Homes has tons of developments in and around the surrounding Indianapolis areas. Also, Ryland Homes as well. Next time you visit, go to Broad Ripple and check out the area. Some great places to eat are: Basbeux's pizza, Union Jack Pub, great Indian restuarant (Shalimar, I think is the name), as well as a great Thai restuarant (can't remeber the name). Monon Coffee Shop is great since its the local coffee shop that competes with Starbucks and still in business.<br><br>
When the weather is warmer as well, walking around the canal in downtown Indy is very nice. They have alot of festivals and such around the canal: fireworks, Taste of Indy, art fairs etc...<br><br><br>
Forgot to mention a paper that may have some good resources for AP, natural, holistic stuff is called NUVO.. It is the Broad Ripple paper. I am pretty sure they will have a website. It will have ads and such for what you may be looking for.<br><br><br>
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Hi. I'm part of the aforementioned Indianapolis-AP group. It's an awesome group! If you've tried to reach Anna, she may still be getting back into the swing of things...she was out of the country last month and just returned. I'd say more, but my toddler's annoying his Daddy (which doesn't bug me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">).<br><br>
Namaste,<br>
Tara<br>
proud mama to Doodle (6 years earthside) and Butterfly (17 mos earthside)
 

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Yes, Tara, thank you, I did contact Anna but have not heard from her yet.<br><br>
Thank you for replying to. What kind of things does the group do?
 

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pinkmama -<br><br>
Thanks again for all of the great information! I'm glad that you like Michigan.<br><br>
We've been transferred so many times that I am really, really sick of moving from state - to -state. If this move happens, Indiana will likely be our permanent home. Your information and general excitement certainly helps to alleviate a lot of the anxiety I had been feeling about ANOTHER move.<br><br>
Thank you!
 
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