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February 1, 2018 By Joy Holden

Long Term Effects of Parental Favoritism

Siblings often joke about being Mom’s favorite. But a new study in the Journal of Marriage and Family shows that parents playing favorites is no joking matter. Seventy percent of mothers who participated in the survey admitted to having a favorite ch

March 1, 2018 By Season Vining

Life After Suicide Loss

First Things First… Grieving is a process. You never “get over it.” You learn to face each day as a new day in your journey of surviving a suicide loss. People grieve in many different ways, but we all grieve in our own way and on our own schedule.

June 1, 2018 By Allen "Bubba" Randall

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Red Stick Together Ministry Offering Free Dinners to Community

in Local News

We are living in very challenging times, and we aren’t sure how long they will last. However, Red Stick Together, a ministry of Broadmoor United Methodist Church, is helping make things a little easier for our community.

Kylee's Korner | I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose

in Things To Do, Family Life, Videos

It's storytime with Kylee! Today in Kylee's Korner, Kylee will be reading "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose."

Beware of COVID-19 Stimulus Scams!

in Local News

The federal government is preparing to distribute economic stimulus funds to most Americans during the COVID-19 public health emergency. However, the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) has put out a warning to taxpayers to be wary of potential sca

Allergic Asthma

in Pathways to Parenting

Runny nose and red eyes that come on every time the pollen blows are typical allergy symptoms many of us deal with this time of year. But when the lungs are involved, an allergic response can include asthma.

It's the Day Before the Hurricane, Everyday

in A Day in the Life of Dad

We're all hanging out as a family every day. We have to learn new ways to work with each other; our children have to learn a new way to learn. We're rushing to get groceries, we’re seeing empty shelves, and we’re looking everywhere for toilet paper.

Remote Learning Challenge

in Health and Wellness, School

I am starting to see more students begin to adjust to digital learning. I’m so proud of how hard they are working and amazed at their resilience. I know they wouldn’t be handling it as well without your support, so I commend you for that.

Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham U.S. Virgin Islands

in Get Out of Town, Summer Fun, Sponsored Content

If the thought of getting away from it all is constantly on your mind, then it’s time to hop on a plane and head east to the Caribbean. This divine resort is located on Water Bay, offering a real-life version of Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville.

Real World and Online Predators: How to Keep Your Child Safe

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, in 2018 alone, there were more than 1,600 attempted child abductions by strangers.

The Livingston Activity Center

in Local Profile

Providing students who are living with disabilities several procedural safeguards is the goal of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). More specifically, these students are able to have a longer time period to complete high school.

Sophia Macias

in One Amazing Kid

Sophia Macias uses her golf talents to make a difference. The 7th grader at Episcopal School of Baton Rouge has created her own nonprofit, No Worries Just Birdies, to raise money for community needs and encourage other girls to get involved in golf.

A Tolerant Heart

in Faith

One of the dearest wishes for all parents of young children is for them to have futures filled with opportunities and happiness. For Christians, our highest calling is to share Christ’s love with all people.

The Power of Peer Pressure on Teens

Teens’ lives can be very complicated. Not only are they facing the unchartered waters of transitioning from a child to an adult, but there are also a plethora of demands placed upon their young lives.

Perfect Match Kidney Transplant Makes Dream Come True

in Exceptional Lives

The summer before going to college, Ali Hooks began noticing something was wrong. After her move from Opelousas to Lubbock to attend Texas Tech, she sought medical help for the first time in her young, healthy life.

DAD NEXT DOOR: Chris Hester

in Mom or Dad Next Door

After running for a political office, living your life as if you’re an open book is almost written in the stars. To some, this close up view of a person’s daily life could become a bit overwhelming. However, Chris Hester embraces it all with a smile.

It's Raining, It's Pouring: 7 Things To Do On a Rainy Day

in Crafts and Cooking, Things To Do, Summer Fun

Nothing is more boring than a dreary, rainy day. The next time it won’t stop raining and pouring, try these fun rainy day boredom busters together.

Overbooked Summers Can Be a Bummer: The Pros and Cons of Camp-Filled Summers

in Summer Fun

If you could relive one of your favorite summer memories as a kid, what would it be? Would it be on the beach with your family? In your neighborhood with friends? Or would you pick a time where you were attending summer camp and learning a new skill?

Audubon Zoo Lion Cubs Visit the Vet

in Local News

We could all use a little good news! Audubon Zoo’s newest lion cubs had their second medical check up. Audubon's veterinarian team and animal care staff thoroughly examined the two male lion cubs by weighing them; examining their teeth, ears and eyes

Dance Away the Cabin Fever with Spotify Kids

in Health and Wellness, Things To Do, Family Life

Most of our time has been spent inside these last few weeks. However, we can now shake off the jitters in a kid-friendly way with the release of Spotify Kids. Spotify’s first standalone app for children is now live in the U.S.

Need a Meal? Food Service Pick Up Locations & Delivery for Students

in Health and Wellness, School

Need a meal for your family? Local school systems are providing grab-n-go meals and a meal delivery service in order to help make sure students are receiving a healthy and nutritious meal during school closures.

6 Tips for Learning from Home from a Homeschool Teacher

in Family Life, School

Online learning has become the new norm in Louisiana since schools shut their doors in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Due to the change in learning, parents are taking on a whole new role in their households–teacher!

Practicing Stay at Home, but Still Want to Shop?

in Things To Do, Family Life

We're all doing our part to stay home and help keep others safe, but sometimes it's good to get in a bit of retail therapy. What's even better is that you can do it without leaving your house!

Stuck at Home? 6 Series to Stream Right Now!

in Things To Do, Family Life

Well moms and dads, I am sure you are all over doing school work and trying to create something new to do with the kids, and you’re probably throwing your hands up and handing over the iPad or TV remote a lot more than you normally would.

Brainstorming Boredom Busters While Stuck at Home

in Crafts and Cooking, Health and Wellness, Things To Do, Family Life, Mari Walker

I love a good challenge, but at least four weeks (eight weeks?) at home with my girls, ages 8 and almost-4, may be my biggest mama challenge to date. I am committed to doing our part for public health and staying home as much as we possibly can. I am

Coronavirus Cancellations & Postponements

in Health and Wellness, Family Life, Local News

Due to Coronavirus concerns, many events and festivals scheduled around town have been cancelled or postponed. Here are the current cancellations and postponements. This will be updated as we are made aware of them.

A Pox on Our House: Quarantine Dreaming

in Health and Wellness, Family Life, Local News

I can’t be the only one who, when first hearing about the coronavirus COVID-19 thought a two week quarantine wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. As an overextended mom and introvert, putting pause on my life to stay home for a while is the stuf

Starry Night–Art & Literature Stroll

in Sponsored Content

Parkview Baptist School hosted its’ first annual Starry Night–Art & Literature Stroll. Families enjoyed the Art Stroll featuring works by students from all four divisions: Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School and High School. Fourth grade, Midd

Finished, But Not Done (Making the Decision to Complete Our Family)

in Family Life, Ellen Mecholsky

As parents, we all ask each other similar questions about parenthood: “How is your baby sleeping? How do you handle tantrums? Are you getting your kid a cell phone?” But the question I get most often these days, as a mother of three children who are

Silver Lining to a Scary Situation: My Daughter Was Lost, But We Both Found Friends

in Family Life, Mari Walker

Life is a balancing act, and I find that especially true with my roles as mother and writer. Last December, I was on deadline, finishing up some briefs for the Community section of Baton Rouge Parents Magazine. One of the briefs I’d just finished was

Spring Break for Your Pet: PetSuites Baton Rouge

in Sponsored Content

As you pack your sunglasses, swimsuits, and sunblock for your annual family spring break trip, there’s one family member you need to make sure is taken care of before you hit the road.

Knowing These Tips Can Help Your Child’s Skin

in Sponsored Content

In Baton Rouge, we do not get many weeks of cold weather, but when we do get that rare drop in humidity, our skin pays the price. Kids and adults alike have drier skin in the winter months; however those with underlying eczema have a worse time. Know

Out and About with Jami and Katrina

in Things To Do, Family Life

Baton Rouge’s very own dynamic duo, Jami Redmond and Katrina Liza, are the Capital’s most sought-after influencers. Through video, live reports, and tutorials, Jami and Katrina are going exploring to share what’s new in Baton Rouge and the surroundin

Hang In There, Camper! Tips for Helping Anxious Kids Enjoy Summer Camp

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

As May approaches, school children typically have one thing on their mind, summer break. Thoughts of school are replaced with what they are going to do or where they are going, with some going on vacation; some visiting relatives; and some staying ho

What Type of Camp Should Your Child Attend?

in Health and Wellness, Things To Do, Family Life

When we were kids, life was simpler. Many of us just hung around the house during the summer and played with neighborhood friends or maybe attended a local day camp sponsored by our school or city.

Rankin Ranch in Caliente, California

in Get Out of Town

If you’re considering a trip to California, the thought of crowded freeways, crowded amusement parks–crowded everything–can be rather daunting, yet, there are pockets of paradise in the Golden State, like Rankin Ranch. The ranch has been in operatio

Road Trip 2.0

in A Day in the Life of Dad

“Dad, do you have a charger for my phone? How about my iPad?” “Do we have the thing that charges my computer?” “Where are my headphones? Do we have all the iPads?” “Who has my headphone cable in case my batteries die?” “Can someone turn on their hot

Mardi Gras Masks

in Crafts and Cooking

Your little will be ready for the parades with their very own, easy-to-make Mardi Gras mask.

Niles Babin

in One Amazing Kid

Math and music are Niles Babin’s two main focuses. Niles, 16, began participating in math competitions in fourth grade and has been playing music for nearly a decade, starting with piano then tuba and guitar.

Unlimited Independence Despite Physical Limitations

in Exceptional Lives

Not many kids receive bicycles as gifts from their school friends, but most don’t face the physical challenges Camilla “Cami” Rios does. She was recently surprised with a pink specially made adaptive bike.

The Bella Bowman Foundation

in Local Profile

On the first day of 2011, after months of unexplained illness, Trey and Kim Bowman were told that their daughter, Bella, was diagnosed with an ependymoma brain tumor. Bella’s doctors determined that surgery, followed by several months of radiation tr

Snail Project

in Crafts and Cooking

Buttons, glue, pipe cleaners, and an old CD are all you need to make this super cool snail.

Faith and Culture: Who Are You Listening To?

in Faith

People of faith are called to live “in” the world, but not “of” the world. That is far easier said than lived. Each day, we are bombarded with savvy and effective marketing campaigns to convince us to purchase products which promise to fix life’s pro

Let it Geaux: 7 Things to Stop Worrying About

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

Worrying, it’s something all parents do. I am guilty of it, especially when I lie awake at three a.m., with the silence of the house ringing in my ears. I worry about what I forgot to do, what I need to do, what I should have done, and what I already

Around the World with the Baton Rouge Symphony League

in Sponsored Content

Travel around the world with the Baton Rouge Symphony League at this year’s Mad Hatters’ event. This luncheon, fashion show, and silent auction is your passport to symphony adventure. Local boutiques, businesses, and artists will be coming together f

Sugar Overload

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

Mardi Gras, Easter, birthday celebrations, class parties, Halloween, Christmas–the excuses for consuming unhealthy amounts of sugars knows no limits! Many New Year’s resolutions are totally derailed by the January introduction of king cakes into the

Rachael Pearson

in Mom or Dad Next Door

For Rachael Pearson, becoming a mom was a 10 year journey. Due to a congenital heart defect, Rachael had undergone three separate open-heart surgeries when she was little. However, when she got older and wanted to start a family, Rachael’s doctor rec

Pink Eye

in Pathways to Parenting

Pink may be perfect, but when it comes to eyes, it’s never a color you want to see. Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is an inflammation of the lining of the eye’s white and eyelid, and it is common, especially among children. There are three main types:

Samuel H., III

in Cover Kid

2019-20 Cover Kid Samuel H., III, or “Lito” as his family calls him, put his climbing skills to the test as he took on the rock wall at Uptown Climbing for his cover shoot. After a quick video to learn how to climb safely, Samuel was ready for his ph

Rare Disease Awareness Day is February 29, 2020

in Health and Wellness, Family Life, Local News

Rare Disease Awareness Day is February 29, 2020, and founder of nonprofit Garage 10, Ashley Gravois, will be selling wristbands to raise awareness and funds. Each bracelet will be sold with details about the organization and statistics on rare disea

Parkview’s Junior Beta Club Wins at Convention

in Sponsored Content

The Junior Beta Club from Parkview Baptist School won multiple awards at this year’s convention. Over 250 Junior Beta Clubs from across Louisiana gathered in Lafayette at the Cajundome for various competitions in early February. Twenty-seven members

Rolling with the Good Times: Navigating Baton Rouge’s Mardi Gras with Kids

in Things To Do, Ellen Mecholsky

When my husband and I moved to Baton Rouge, we had absolutely no idea about Mardi Gras. I mean, sure, we had heard of “Fat Tuesday” and had the vague sense that beads were involved, but the Louisiana Mardi Gras EXPERIENCE was a complete unknown. That

Valentine’s Day: The Holiday I Love to Hate

in Holidays, Family Life, Amy Delaney

When ranking the best holidays, Valentine’s Day has always been near the very bottom for me. My love/hate relationship with this lovely holiday began way back in high school. I was never the girl with lots of admirers, so I remember the flowers, cand

Don’t Look Down!

in Toby Comeaux, Health and Wellness, Things To Do, Family Life

This past Thanksgiving, we took a trip to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee with our kids so that they could experience the mountains and also to get away for a holiday, something which we really have never done before as a family. It ended up being such a fun

Mardi Gras May Be Near, but Flu Season is Still Here

in Health and Wellness, Sponsored Content

While driving to work one morning this week, a local radio DJ described Louisiana's four seasons as football, hunting, Mardi Gras, and crawfish. While this is undeniably true, those of us who work in healthcare, particularly in pediatrics, tend to re

Gift Getting Made Easy? Including a Wish List on Birthday Invites

in Party, Family Life, Mari Walker

Happy birthday, baby! Another year has passed, and it’s time to mark the occasion with a party (or at least a cake). As the years add up, the parties may get more complex, adding school friends and others into the mix for invitation consideration. Wi

Valentine's Day Cards

in Printable Templates

Download our custom Valentine's Day cards to pair with your kids' favorite candy this year!

Bella Jay Bickley

in One Amazing Kid

Bella Jay Bickley loves to stay busy. The 10-year-old fourth grader at Parkview Baptist School is an active volunteer, dancer and athlete in addition to keeping up with her academic pursuits.

Geno McLaughlin

in Mom or Dad Next Door

Geno McLaughlin’s love for his community is unmatched. His weekends are often spent venturing from one location to another with his children in tow, volunteering his time throughout Baton Rouge. For Geno, he is at his best when he is serving others,

Rosie M.

in Cover Kid

2019-20 Cover Kid Rosie M. enjoyed being the star of the moment during her cover shoot. At four years old, Rosie likes using big words, coloring, playing with Play-Doh and her dollhouse, and feeding her chickens. She’s also learning how to play piano

Gardening with Kids: Playing in Dirt isn’t Just Fun–It’s Healthy, Too!

in Crafts and Cooking, Things To Do, Family Life

There’s no question, playing in the dirt tops the list of fun for kids, particularly young children, despite the protests of many well-intended parents. If you happen to be one of those worried parents, you can put your fears aside.

Magnet or Charter? What Are the Benefits?

in Family Life, School

Colorful billboards for different schools line the interstate. Parents drive through the city and see school signs boasting the best qualities through branding and marketing. But, what are the real benefits of them?

Dishing Up Love While Waiting for a New Heart

in Exceptional Lives

As a heart patient, Hunter Chase Henry is unable to do many of the active things other kids take for granted. But he shines as a chef, perfecting recipes and going by “Uncle Hunter” in the kitchen. The name comes from his nephew, Dustin, and nieces,

Vista Verde Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

in Get Out of Town, Things To Do

This lovely piece of heaven on Earth started out as a hay and cattle operation during the early 20th century, and was dubbed “Vista Verde” in the 1930s by the owner’s sister, a Spanish teacher from Grand Junction. The property became a dedicated dude

Teach Them

in A Day in the Life of Dad

Have you sat with your children, mainly the ones getting older, and talked about what is right and wrong and what you believe? Or, are you letting someone else do it? In an age where everything is “ok” and “it’s a free country,” I think we need

From Color-Blind to Color-Brave: Talking with Kids About Race

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

Growing up in a mostly white region, I don’t remember a lot of family conversations about race. But my lawyer parents, both public defenders, shared a law practice in a racially diverse neighborhood. I saw how their clients with black and brown skin

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