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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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Into the Unknown: Finding Inspiration in Frozen 2

in Things To Do, Family Life, Mari Walker

My birthday almost always falls during Thanksgiving break, and this year, my girls and I went to see Frozen 2 as a celebration (and then I ate a bunch of queso!). I didn’t think I would like the movie as much as I did. In the week since seeing it, I’

Give Yourself the Gift of Time this Season

in Family Life, Amy Delaney

Time. Think about a typical weekday evening at your house. Are you on the phone? Are the kids watching tv? Maybe you’re running errands and dropping people off at different events. For us, a typical evening is frantic, with Pman doing homework and Li

The Worst Days Are Still the Best Days

in Toby Comeaux, Family Life

I have had some of the best days of my life as a parent. I have been able to share in the joy of three births; watched all of my kids take their first steps; and helped them learn to tie shoes, ride bikes, and read books. We have shared in the love o

Material World: Tips for Teaching Children that Things Aren’t Everything

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

In a world where one can get a date, food or household items with the tap of their smartphones, it's hard to not be slightly materialistic. Never before has there been a time when the world was so small. As the digital age continues to churn out on-d

Baby Night Walkers

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

For many new parents, the most difficult adjustment is lack of sleep due to baby’s inconsistent sleep patterns. New parents are often inundated with advice about how to get their baby to sleep better or longer. While it may not be the easiest adjustm

Louisville, Kentucky

in Get Out of Town

Most people know Louisville as the home of the Kentucky Derby, but there’s a lot more to this city of 750,000 residents than the yearly Run for the Roses. Founded in 1798 and named for King Louis XVI of France, the Derby City has the world’s largest

When Santa’s Not Fair

in Holidays, Health and Wellness, Family Life

What’s the first thing you ask a child after Christmas? Did you answer, “What did Santa bring you?” or “What did you get for Christmas?” Chances are you did, and you’re not alone. After all, you’re guaranteed a smile. And the ultimate conversation st

They’re Back

in A Day in the Life of Dad

Not sure how many of you have elves who visit your home every December, but I have three. Yes, three elves who arrive December 1 and cause mischief until Christmas Eve every year. From ziplines to messing up the kitchen and the Christmas tree, these

Condoleezza Semien

in One Amazing Kid

What makes you happy? Fourteen-year-old Condoleezza Semien took that question and created an entire business, Beluga Bliss.

Christmas is the Best Season

in Holidays, Family Life

Before kids, Christmas felt a lot less stressful. My first year as a mom, I found myself buying Christmas presents in the Spring. I stored them away in a closet and would pick up toys and gifts all year long. I think that’s the most significant chang

A Different Kind of Strength

in Exceptional Lives

Brady Larson was two and a half when his parents, Sherry Carpenter Larson and Eric Larson, received the devastating news that he has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The genetic disorder is characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. B

2019 Holiday Happenings

in Things To Do

From shopping to making your days merry and bright, jingle your way through this season of cheer with some of the many amazing holiday happenings around Louisiana. We’ve tracked down a sleigh-full of options for you and your little reindeer to enjoy

Thomas-Kade K.

in Cover Kid

2019-20 Cover Kid Thomas-Kade K. is following in his sister’s footsteps as a Cover Kid, and although it was his first photo shoot, he felt right at home in front of the camera. His adorable grin and love for fun made this one photo shoot that none of

Zane Whittington

in Mom or Dad Next Door

Continuing to always learn and grow is important to Zane Whittington. As principal of Jefferson Terrace Elementary, Zane has major goals on what he hopes for the futures of the students, teachers, and the school. However, it’s the standard he holds h

It Takes a Village

in Local Profile

It takes a village to raise a child, and Shayna Landry and Amy LeJeune have created a village to support some of the most vulnerable children in our area. The Foster Village provides supplies such as clothing, toys, school supplies, and school unifor

Holiday Harmony

in Family Life

Halloween comes and goes. You squeeze in a day for Thanksgiving. You slowly ease into the holiday season with shopping and trimming the tree, and then the chaos ensues. Your days and nights are consumed with cookie exchanges, class parties, Nutcracke

Jesus, a Radically Inclusive Compassion

in Faith

Jesus of Nazareth, the name conjures up a profound emotional reaction. For some, Jesus has too often been the subjective justification for overwhelming discrimination, alienation, and condemnation. For others, Jesus is the source of radically inclusi

Oh Snap! Preserving Childhood Memories with a Weekly Email

in Family Life, Mari Walker

My husband and I have a running joke that I have a Swiss cheese memory–nothing dangerous, but I don’t retain things the way he does, including some memories of life events. It doesn’t take much to jog my memory, and of course, plenty of less-than-des

Disney Rookies: Should We Book a Trip?

in Things To Do, Mari Walker

Second graders are prone to hyperbole, or at least mine seems to be. However, she may be pretty close in thinking everyone but her has been to Disney World. Of course, I know that can’t possibly be true, but I do feel the allure of the magic mouse an

Creamy Stuffed French Toast

in Crafts and Cooking

Make breakfast extra easy with this delicious recipe. This classic recipe is taken to another level with a creamy filling.

Jami & Katrina’s Holiday Gift Guide

in Holidays, Family Life

It’s that time again, time to show the mom in your life just how much she means to you! Being moms ourselves, we decided to share our must-have items in our Holiday Moms Only Gift Guide. Here is a list of the things that moms would love to receive th

Adoption: The Trials and Triumphs of Forever Families

in Family Life

There are many reasons why people consider adoption. For some, it’s a result of failed fertility efforts. For others, it’s a desire to enlarge their family and make life better for a child. But for all, it’s a way to bring people of diverse culture,

Minneapolis, Minnesota

in Get Out of Town

Minnesota may often be considered a “fly-over state,” but it’s worth taking a vacation to the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Minneapolis has plenty of places to go boating and fishing, but it’s also a vibrant arts community, the home of a professional baseba

Attitude of Gratitude

in Faith

Before our daughter could say “Thank You,” she could sign “Thank you.” “Please,” “More,” and “Thank you,” were the first three signs we taught her. Thanks is a response we all try to instill in our children from the earliest age. “Please” and “T

Leave the Bubble

in A Day in the Life of Dad

Recently, a friend of mine passed unexpectedly. We know this happens every day, but it seems it has to keep happening to remind us to live in the moment. With our children, it’s easy to get up in the morning, start the daily routine, and get ready fo

Speaking Made Easy: How to Build Vocabulary in Toddlers

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

As a parent, there are various milestones you can’t wait to experience when it comes to your children, notably in their early years. Parents often excitedly wait for that first crawl, the first steps, and of course, when they say those first words

Friendsgiving and Solitary Celebrations: Make the Most of Thanksgiving

in Holidays, Health and Wellness, Family Life

The long-held tradition of the family gathered around a table for a savory Thanksgiving feast carries fond memories for most. Yet, many will spend the day alone, either out of circumstance or by choice. Whatever the case, there are plenty of ways to

A Love Like Any Other Child

in Exceptional Lives

When Carter Williams was born, everything was fine. But when Carter was three months old, his parents Lauren and Casey Williams realized something wasn’t right because he didn’t make eye contact.

Dechia Badeaux-Gerald

in Mom or Dad Next Door

Dechia Badeaux-Gerald is a name many know throughout our community. With a goal of bridging the gap between the community and law enforcement and first responders after the death of her husband in the line of duty, Dechia shares her family’s story in

Austin Fabre

in One Amazing Kid

Austin Fabre loves to perform. The 11-year-old recently had the chance to showcase his talents as part of a Celebration of Music event. He was one of only a few chosen for the national singing competition. “I didn’t win, but it was definitely a fun o

Epilepsy Alliance Louisiana

in Local Profile

When it comes to living with epilepsy, there’s no one age group that it affects. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that people of all ages can experience. According to the national Epilepsy Foundation, it is a spectrum condition and is typically di

Preslynn M.

in Cover Kid

2019-20 Cover Kid Preslynn M. is one extremely resilient little girl. Doctors told her parents that they didn’t expect her to walk, however, Preslynn defeated those odds. Not only does she walk, she’s an incredible dancer. Her favorite music to dance

Growing A Heart For Art

in Sponsored Content

We all remember how thrilling it was when your parents hung your latest popsicle-stick masterpiece on the fridge. “Look at our little Van Gogh!”, they may have squealed. If you were like me, your art never got any better. But I still loved art class.

My Tribe: How I Found My Motivation Again

in Kelly Carmena, Health and Wellness, Family Life

“Mommy, I need to go on a diet and I want you to go on one with me,” were the words that escaped my seven-year-old’s mouth when I realized I had fallen off the healthy wagon and re-entered the zone of “fat.” My running had tapered off, I had failed t

This Older Mom Will Always Be Young at Heart

in Health and Wellness, Family Life, Amy Delaney

Growing up, I remember a song about older women being beautiful lovers. I hope the same applies to older women being beautiful mothers. I am 44 and have a nine year old and a five year old. Granted, recent news of a woman in India giving birth to twi

Child’s Play: Don’t Hate the Playa OR the Game

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

“Mama, will you play with me?” The question can sometimes sink me like a stone, especially if I’m in the midst of a work project or otherwise doing something I want or need to do.

What's New With the Flu?

in Sponsored Content

Can you believe it is October? College football is in full swing, pumpkin spice abounds, and before you know it, Christmas decorations will be popping up in stores. You know what else that means? Flu season is here! You might be thinking...already? U

Choosing Who to Be: Baby Halloween Costumes Will Always Be My Favorite

in Crafts and Cooking, Family Life, Mari Walker

My girls love to dress up any day, so Halloween season is a favorite because it adds even more options to their already overfilled dress up corner. Oh, and the candy, my girls LOVE candy. (So does their mama!)

Fall is Here! Ready, Set, Go!

in Holidays, Things To Do, Family Life, Amy Delaney

It’s that time. Not red and green, but orange and black! Despite the humidity and temperature outside, you can see a change in the sunlight that means fall is upon us. We’ve survived another hot Louisiana summer and the payoff is big. Football, good

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Candy Corn Buttercream

in Crafts and Cooking

Add some sweet to your season with these pumpkin cupcakes. These pumpkin spice cupcakes are made to look like candy corn with the colorful (and delicious) buttercream frosting.

Cinnamon Pancakes

in Crafts and Cooking

Start your morning off right with these fluffy cinnamon pancakes. Everyone in your family will be begging for more once they’ve tried these delicious Fall hotcakes.

Vaccines: Deadly Choices Or Your Child's Best Shot?

in Health and Wellness

On the back of the exam room door in our pediatrician’s office, there is a detailed vaccination schedule. I do not have this schedule memorized, but I don’t need to–our eight year old has committed it to memory. She will happily tell anyone who might

Fall Fun Bucket List

in Things To Do

As the leaves start to change colors, and the air gets a little...let’s be honest, it’s still HOT! Like it or not, the calendar tells us that Fall is indeed approaching. Every year, we have some family traditions and activities that we partake in, no

There is Hope: An Inside Look at Domestic Violence

in Health and Wellness

“He’s teasing you because he likes you,” is a phrase we have all heard from grown ups after sharing our experiences on the playground with them. It’s usually meant to describe the moment when a member of the opposite sex would tease, push, or pull ou

How Would the Superheroes Parent?

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

Marvel superheroes dominated in the box office this summer. And sure, they can battle a bunch of baddies, but could they actually survive an epic toddler tantrum? We eventually began to wonder how some of our favorite heroes would fare if given

Nalon S.

in Cover Kid

2019-20 Cover Kid Nalon S. is no stranger to being in front of a camera! She has done multiple promotional photo shoots for companies, pageants, and even a video shoot for Baton Rouge Fashion Week.

The Island in Pigeon Forge

in Get Out of Town

The Island in Pigeon Forge is a massive family fun center and entertainment complex. It offers popular restaurants, retail shops, live music and tons of rides and attractions. The Island is open year round, so let’s kick off our boots, put on our fli

The Big Buddy Program

in Local Profile

Forty years ago, an LSU psychology class started a class project after their teacher decided they should have an off-campus mentoring experience. The students partnered with a local woman who was running a daycare center in her home, and when the cla

Emma Edmonds

in One Amazing Kid

At age seven, Emma Edmonds is already an accomplished gymnast. The second grader at Bethany Christian School is passionate about the sport and competing with her Pristine Performance Academy team.

Travis Broussard

in Mom or Dad Next Door

Filled with fun stories and jokes that will have you laughing, Travis Broussard is not only a wonderful friend to all, but he’s an incredible father to his five children. Travis takes the “all in” approach to life, making sure that when he is wi

Does Birth Order Affect Who We Become?

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

My son (the firstborn) is reserved, a perfectionist, and follows directions to a tee. My daughter (the youngest) is outgoing, fearless, and thinks the world is her stage. However, my son came home from overnight camp with the news that he was voted i

Everybody Needs Jesus and Counseling

in Faith

You’ve heard the axiom, “Never talk about religion or politics.” I think it’s become, “Never talk about religion, politics, or mental health.” I often tell people, “We’re all crazy. Everybody needs Jesus and counseling.”

Did You Bring Your Money?

in A Day in the Life of Dad

So, I’m in the camp that there's always a job to be done and everyone can do a job. That means, even my children need to be doing some form of a job. So, when my children want something at the store, my response has always been, “Did you bring your m

My Life: After Attempting Suicide

in Exceptional Lives

Emma Benoit is ascending. The 19 year old graduated from Dutchtown High School in 2018, but the summer before her senior year was when her life changed forever.

Rich in Blessings

in Toby Comeaux, Things To Do, Family Life

My life is busy. Not just a little busy, but seriously jammed from start to finish. It didn’t always seem so wild, and up until recently, I thought we had a pretty firm handle on our time as a family. Recently, almost every single extra moment is com

Overscheduled: Otherwise What’s a SAHM For?!

in Family Life, Mari Walker

When Miss Seven started Kindergarten, her dad and I decided to limit after school activities to two: one sport or otherwise something physical and one more arts focused activity. My, how times have changed. Right now, we have four extracurricular act

Please Go to Sleep!

in Health and Wellness, Family Life, Amy Delaney

“I want my fan on.” “I need to go to the bathroom.” “Can I take my shirt off?” These are just a few of the MANY requests we receive every night as we try to put Little Bud to sleep. He invents a myriad of reasons for why he can’t go to sleep from ni

Slowing Down: Reclaiming Sanity

in Health and Wellness, Family Life, Cheryl Brodnax

So, I have a problem with over-commitment. It seems that any time there is white space on my calendar, I find some excuse to fill it. My husband often points out that I never just sit. What? Who doesn’t sit?

E-Cigarettes and Vaping: A Dangerous Epidemic

in Sponsored Content

Vaping is a dangerous new epidemic that has been sweeping the country, especially in teens and young adults, and now, the Center for Disease Control is investigating if vaping is the cause of over 200 cases of severe lung disease as well as two death

Breastfeeding Journey. Is This It?

in Amelia Laprairie

When Andie was born, I set a breastfeeding goal of one year. I was determined to make it to that and we overcame many obstacles and pushed through to be sure that this journey continued.

How Do I Respond to Comments from Kids About My Body?

in Mari Walker

As I established in Suit Up, Mama, I’m living my life in a fat body. It’s not good or bad, it just is. I certainly wish my body were smaller sometimes, and I do exercise and try to be healthy. But I also accept it for what it is: my body that allows

Creamy Herb Chicken Pasta

in Crafts and Cooking

All you need is 15 minutes and six ingredients to cook up this deliciously creamy chicken pasta for your next family meal.

Easy Baked Chicken Tacos

in Crafts and Cooking

Celebrate National Taco Day with these easy to make chicken tacos. Dress them any way you choose before popping them into the oven for a delicious family meal.

No-Bake Strawberry & Cream Pie

in Crafts and Cooking

Try this deliciously sweet and cool treat before summer officially leaves us for good. With fresh strawberries, this pie will surely become a family favorite.

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