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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

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Have a Healthy & Happy School Year

in Health and Wellness, School, Sponsored Content

After the lazy days of summer come to an end, the return to school time can be both exciting and anxiety-provoking. Prepare for the upcoming school year to make sure your family is successful.

What Piano Lessons Teach

in Sponsored Content

Today’s culture is one of immediacy. Children are growing up in a world where almost anything can be had instantaneously. Although this has its benefits, it also has its drawbacks; children have fewer opportunities to practice patience and self-contr

Joyful Reads from June

in Family Life, Joy Holden, Turn the Page

Hello! I’m Joy, and I love to read. I consider it my greatest talent and favorite hobby. Another one of my preferred pastimes is recommending reads to anyone who is the least bit curious. Seriously. I am always volunteering book recs to people near m

Does your child need to test for RSV? ( Respiratory Syncytial Virus )

in Health and Wellness, Local News, Local Profile

Local reports indicate a rise in RSV, a respiratory infection that causes cold-like symptoms and can be serious among young children. However, Ochsner Baton Rouge pediatricians say testing for RSV is usually not necessary.

Building a Faith-Based Foundation

in Sponsored Content

Broadmoor United Methodist Children's Learning Center offers a Christ-centered Childcare Program where building a faith-based foundation for your child is their priority. 

Grilling This Weekend?

in Crafts and Cooking, Summer Fun

Ralph's Market offers a large variety of smoked meats, specialty meats and high quality steaks and beef. This summer grilling season is just heating up and you don't want to miss out on the great selection at your nearest Ralph's Market.

Deciphering Parenting Metaphors: Animals and Machines

in Family Life

When I grew up, parents were referred to as...well...parents. But nowadays, it is hard to keep up with the trendy terms to describe people who raise children. First, there were helicopter parents then lawnmower parents and now the newest one is snowp

Ultimate Birthday Bashes: How to Host the Perfect Celebration for Your Child at Home

in Party

A children’s museum, an arcade, a petting zoo or a kid’s fitness center are fun venues for a birthday party. But why not give the coffee table a shove and turn your home into celebration central?

Stop Telling Teenagers All They Need is Ice Cream After a Breakup

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

“Get her some ice cream!” If I had a dollar for how many times I heard that after my daughter’s devastating breakup, we could buy out the whole grocery store freezer department.

They Are Getting Older

in A Day in the Life of Dad

Have you ever had one of those moments where you could see the change coming? I mean, we all go through these phases of life where it seems like everyone you know is graduating or getting the “grown up” job. Then there’s the season of everyone you kn

Ivory Gipson

in One Amazing Kid

In high school, Ivory Gipson maintained a near-perfect GPA and was a three-sport varsity athlete, band member, fellow in the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition (BRYC), vice president of the Goal Society, and held down a part-time job. “I did every sport and

Grass-lined Sidewalks

in Faith

Independence Day is probably one of my favorite holidays. I met my husband during this time of the year. We were married almost exactly one year later. We typically celebrate our anniversary and the holiday together; after all, who doesn’t want firew

Cassie and Cahri W.

in Cover Kid

2020-21 Cover Kids Cassie (left) and Cahri (right) W. enjoy many things, but their enjoyment intensifies when they are doing them together. Cassie, who is the mothering type, always shows empathy for others. Cahri yields a more bold and outgoing pers

Suiting Up Students to Honor Her Husband’s Legacy

in Thrive

Thriving after losing a spouse can almost feel impossible in the immediate aftermath. However, two years after her husband’s death caught their family by surprise, Denise J. Brown and her adult children have come together and launched a nonprofit org

Friends, Food, and Fireworks

in A Note from Mom

If you know me, you know that I love hosting parties at my house. During the month of December, my house is full of people every weekend with different parties for friends, employees, school teams, and birthdays. Needless to say, I haven’t really had

Are the Vaccines Safe for Kids?

in Health and Wellness, Sponsored Content

Louisianians ages 12 and up can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine, following a thorough review and decision by the FDA and CDC. Now, more families have the ability to protect their children and enjoy summer with confidence.

Chelsey Laborde Blankenship

in Mom or Dad Next Door

As the owner of CLB Consulting, Chelsey Laborde Blankenship is often dialed into her clients’ brands, providing them with content that best showcases who they are as a company. She can often be found shuffling through a variety of social media accoun

Pretend Play: The Work of Childhood

in Health and Wellness, Things To Do, Family Life

We’ve all heard that play is the work of childhood and it’s true. And pretend play–pretending to be a dinosaur or a king or queen, is a specific kind of play that children benefit from in many ways.

Embracing the Cheugy - Yeah, I’m Basic!

in Family Life, Mari Walker

Gen Z is at it again–creating a new word to make fun of older people and the things we enjoy. First it was basic, but now it’s cheugy, which arguably seems meaner since it’s a made-up word with such hard consonant sounds?

I Have a Crush on Book of the Month

in Things To Do, Joy Holden, Turn the Page

A vibrant blue box full of treasure is delivered to my front door every month. By the time the box arrives, I have been anticipating the moment when I can open the illustrious blue box for a couple of weeks. I open the box with as much excitement as

In Search of “Buggy” Summer Adventures

in Things To Do, Family Life, Home & Garden, Amy Delaney, Summer Fun

I like insects. There, I said it. I was the girl with the net in the yard catching creatures and keeping them in jars. I did a science fair project on beetles. I’ve always just thought these tiny beings were fascinating, and well, I still do. Think a

Stay Safe this Summer

in Health and Wellness, Sponsored Content

Summertime is a great time to escape to the beach with family, or enjoy the pool in your backyard or neighborhood. Wherever you go, here are some tips from The Baton Rouge Clinic’s Pediatricians to stay safe while having fun in the sun!

Explore the Emerald Coast at Big Kahuna's

in Get Out of Town, Things To Do, Out & About, Summer Fun, Sponsored Content

Looking for a fun summer adventure for your family? Check out Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park.

Joyful Reads from May

in Joy Holden, Turn the Page

Hello! I’m Joy, and I love to read. I consider it my greatest talent and favorite hobby. Another one of my preferred pastimes is recommending reads to anyone who is the least bit curious. Seriously. I am always volunteering book recs to people near m

Nature Walk for the Soul

in Health and Wellness, Things To Do, Family Life, Joy Holden, Summer Fun

Flowers, plants, and trees have brought me a renewed sense of peace throughout the last year. I have marveled at the evolution of the seasons in the blooms and blossoms. I have wondered at new growth and change. Nature is my anti-anxiety medicine.

Hollywood, Florida

in Get Out of Town, Things To Do, Out & About

Florida’s beach in Hollywood is considered one of the most family-friendly beaches for a reason. With bright, turquoise waters; soft, white sands; a blooming arts district; and a two-mile long boardwalk lined with palm trees and paved with brick, Hol

Got Flooded? Take This Survey

in Local News

If you are a homeowner or renter who received damage, please take a moment to complete a self-reporting survey, which can be found at www.damage.la.gov.

Vacay Without the Bust! Which Way to Geaux?

in Get Out of Town, Things To Do, Family Life, Out & About, Summer Fun

After a long, trying year of being cooped up at home, it is likely this summer will be a busier time for travel than usual. Businesses are reopening, travel restrictions are loosening, and family members are looking to get together again after distan

Crazy Times

in A Day in the Life of Dad

It seems that we have all been living this life with a new set of rules that change every week, if not every day, and somehow, we are getting through it. I will be the first to say that it is not easy. Let’s step back and think about it. Some of us h

4 Steps to Protect Yourself from Ticks

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

Summertime means your kids are likely going to spend more time outside, but are they protected against the outside? Insect bites are no fun, especially when they leave our skin feeling itchy. However, there is one critter you should really keep an e

Dr. Stephen Lee

in Mom or Dad Next Door

Each day, Dr. Stephen Lee is tasked with caring for some of our families’ most important members: our pets. As a local veterinarian, Dr. Lee has cared for a wide range of animals throughout his career, including a monkey and a prairie dog.

Ryder P-W.

in Cover Kid

2020-21 Cover Kid Ryder P-W. enjoys skateboarding, acting, playing guitar and baseball, and creating art. Ryder has written and directed his own short film, which was entered into the Louisiana Film Prize Jr. He won a $250 grant scholarship and the F

Caroline Simpson

in One Amazing Kid

Last summer during the height of stay-at-home orders, Caroline Simpson began her unique internship with the Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office, working for Dr. Beau Clark. A recent graduate of St. Michael the Archangel High School, Caroline’s focus on

Who's the Boss? The Key to Successful Parent-Grandparent Relationships

in Family Life

As my friend was introducing me to a friend of hers, she mentioned to him that I wrote an advice column for parents and grandparents. A grandfather himself, he peppered me with questions. “How long had I been writing my column?” Nine years. “How many

Fun in the Summer

in A Note from Mom

Back in the day, I remember waiting for summertime to come: no school, hanging out with friends, and not a care in the world. We would lay by the pool with our boombox blaring, baby oil on our skin, and Sun In or lemon juice in our hair. Man, I reall

Describing Dad

in Faith

Bowler. Baseball fan. Good. Kind. Provider. Reliable. Secure. These are a few of the descriptions that come to mind when I think about my dad. As I ponder these adjectives, I remember my artist friend, Gail, who creates portraits with words instead

Blended Families: Dealing with Biological Favoritism

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

Preparing for your very first marriage, for both parties, takes a lot of time and planning. You want to work cohesively on your future together, and maybe, some day, have children. But then there’s a whole other group of newlyweds–those who are marry

Going Viral: Teen Connects Through Poetry and TikTok Videos

in Exceptional Lives, Thrive

Although he didn’t speak until he was five, Cohen Swain is finding his voice. The 15-year-old is on the autism spectrum and has written a poem, Hold On, I’m Trying, that has gone viral. 

After the Trauma: Coping with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

“My counselor explained that having PTSD is like having a sniper on the watch tower in your brain. Every single sound, thought, emotion, anything, is a perceived threat. My brain was stuck in that,” shares local mom Candice P., who lives with Post-Tr

Where Does the Time Go?

in Toby Comeaux, Family Life

My Dad always told me that time flies by, and before I knew it, I would look back and wonder where all of it went. He was usually talking in terms of us growing up and I typically would shrug that off and not really think too much about it. As I get

Doing Hard Things - Zipline Edition

in Things To Do, Family Life, Mari Walker, Summer Fun

I can do hard things, and you can too, to borrow a phrase from Glennon Doyle. From getting ready to send my baby to Kindergarten to juggling anxiety about resuming in-person life after being vaccinated against COVID-19, hard things are all around me

Congratulations, Class of 2021!

in Sponsored Content

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! This year’s Episcopal graduates are prepared for college with students attending highly selective institutions as well as many Louisiana favorites. That preparation begins in PreK3 and continues through Middle an

Get Food Delivered Straight to your LSU Baseball Seat with WAITR

in Local News, Local Profile

New Free Service Sure to be Home Run for Tiger Fans

Free Summer Sports and Skills Clinics!

in Things To Do, Summer Fun, Local News

East Baton Rouge Parish School System will offer free summer sports and skills clinics to EBRPSS students in PreK – 8th grade throughout the summer.

Nickelodeon Universe: Bloomington, Minnesota

in Get Out of Town, Out & About

Located in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, the Nickelodeon Universe theme park has reopened after a hiatus due to COVID-19. With some restrictions put into place, you can assure the park has your family’s safety as its top priority, an

Book Rumble

in Things To Do, Amy Delaney, Turn the Page

Who would win if a hippopotamus and a rhinoceros got into a rumble? A month ago, I would have put my money on the rhino, but thanks to a bedtime story, I’m now in the know. As we read a Who Would Win book together, the boys were delighted to inform m

Dunham Introduces New Two-Year-Old Program

in School, Sponsored Content

Great things come from small beginnings! Learning and developing through play and hands-on exploration are the hallmarks of The Dunham School’s new program for two year olds. Inspired by Reggio Emilia, the program’s curriculum will include developmen

Women in Art: Pantone Theory Exhibit

in Local News, Sponsored Content

Art has the ability to inspire us, make us feel something we never thought possible, and give us perspective through the eyes of another. With the help of local curators, Ellemnop.Art, all of this and more is brought to life in their newest exhibitio

Tulane Legislative Scholarship Recipient for 2021-2022

in Sponsored Content

Jude C. Blouin, a graduating senior from Parkview Baptist School of the class of 2021, has been nominated for the Louisiana Legislative Scholarship by Representative Kathy Edmonston, House District 88 of Gonzales. Jude and his family live in District

Learn to Swim with the Y

in Sponsored Content

Learn to swim with the organization that started group swimming lessons...the Y! The Y offers swimming lessons for anyone ages six months of age and older. The YMCA Swim Lessons Curriculum is a core group of swimming skills every person needs to lear

Congratulations, St. Michael Seniors!

in School, Sponsored Content

Congratulations to the St. Michael High School Class of 2021! Thank you for making St. Michael High School Warrior Proud!

Parenting Through Grief

in Kelly Carmena, Health and Wellness, Family Life

Like most parents, 2020 presented my family with change beyond measure. In early March, just one week before COVID hit the United States and shut the entire world down, my mother unexpectedly left our physical world

The Comeback Kid: Celebrating the Return of Birthday Parties

in Party, Family Life, Mari Walker

My poor five year old, with her spring birthday, has now had two COVID-style celebrations. However, this year we made the festivities incrementally bigger. Instead of a family-only celebration and the half-hearted drive-by party of 2020 when she turn

Celebrate Graduation with Cake!

in Sponsored Content

Graduation is just around the corner! Celebrate your graduate with a custom cake from Ralph's! And don't forget, Ralph's offers catering and can make your upcoming graduation party a breeze. Get more info, order cakes online, and see catering options

Maricela “Gabbi” H.

in Cover Kid

2020-21 Cover Kid Maricela “Gabbi” H. loves swimming, playing outdoors, riding her bike, and drawing with sidewalk chalk. She hopes to travel to the beach this summer with her family, so she can play in the water–another fun activity she loves to do!

Shayna Easley Landry

in Mom or Dad Next Door

A day spent caring for peacocks, chickens, emu, goats, turkeys and a pony may sound like a lot of work to many, but for Shayna Easley Landry, it’s just one part of her day, and it’s something she never thought she would be experiencing a year ago. Ri

Trophy? Not This Year

in A Day in the Life of Dad

I may upset a few people here, but what do they say? You have to break some eggs to make an omelet. So, let’s dive in here. It’s May of 2021 and we are wrapping up the spring soccer season, and let me tell you, I have watched my twin boys (eight year

Preston Horton

in One Amazing Kid

An idea that came about to help a grieving grandfather has expanded to help many more senior citizens. Eleven-year-old Preston Horton formed “Joyful Melodies” with his younger siblings in 2018 to bring music to older people in need of company. When C

Water Safety for Families: 4 Ways to Prevent Drownings

in Family Life, Summer Fun

Did you know that drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional death in the United States? There are about 4,000 drowning incidents per year, two-thirds of which happen in the months of May-August, and one in five people who die by drowning a

4 Things Foster Parents Want You to Know

in Family Life

Roughly half a million children are in the foster care system in the U.S., according to recent statistics from Child Welfare. About half are eventually reunited with their families while one-fifth are adopted. Many of them entered the foster system a

The Dos and Don’ts of Mother’s Day

in Family Life

As a new mother, I was unbelievably excited for my first Mother’s Day. After nearly a year of sleepless nights, dirty diapers, and leaking ladies, a day to revel in my superhero status was just what the doctor ordered.

Faith-Filled

in Faith

I consider myself an optimist. I’m one of those people who would say my glass of iced tea is always half-full. However, there are times that I have to remind myself–or perhaps permit myself–to feel emotions other than happiness. I’m not sure why I re

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