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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

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Dodge City, Kansas

in Get Out of Town

History abounds in this former gun-slinging town, famous in American culture for its fabled past as a wild frontier settlement of the Old West. Over the years, the town retained its notoriety, thanks to the many tales told about Dodge City lawman, W

That Was Summer?

in A Day in the Life of Dad

Really? Did we have summer already and now we are going back to school (or trying to)?

Contentment in Uncertain Times

in Faith

Our world has undergone enormous change in just a few months. Who would have ever thought we would be talking about the good old days of just last year? In a period of only two months, we have seen unemployment go from record lows to record highs.

Why Music Education Matters

in Things To Do, Family Life, School

Music plays an important role in our lives. Whether we’re strumming along to our favorite song, singing in the car with the kiddos in the backseat, or playing the keyboard (or piano) during a family singalong, music lifts our spirits and provides us

Kids with Guns at School

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

“The year was 1965. My brother and I attended a small country school. It was not uncommon for students to drive to school with weapons on gun-racks in pickup trucks. Rifles, shotguns, and pistols of all shapes and sizes could be found in the parking

Cason C.

in Cover Kid

2019-20 Cover Kid Cason C. brought his own poses to his photo shoot for the August issue. As a first time Cover Kid, Cason made getting the perfect photo look easy. The second he got in front of the camera, his true personality came out.

Laying Down the Foundation: STEM, STEAM, and STREAM: What is it?

in Summer Fun, School

Children often have different interests from one another. Some may take interest in sports, some in cooking or baking, and some in collecting objects like buttons or coins. Occasionally, parents may take notice that their children are taking an inter

Room Parent 101

in Family Life, School

Teachers’ work days are non-stop–they’re busy instructing, managing the classroom, planning lessons and attending meetings with fellow teachers or the principal. It’s no secret that teachers also take work home with them, whether they’re grading pape

Emotionally Preparing Your Children for Back-to-School Season

in Health and Wellness, School

Between staying at home, online learning and time away from friends, many children will need a little extra support as they head back to school late this fall.

Stop Overparenting & Raise an Adult

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

Imagine spending all this time and energy raising your kids, and then when you send them off to college someday, you still have to call to wake them up every morning to make sure they get to class on time. Sounds shocking, right? When I was in colleg

When Toddlers Say No!

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

The moment your child utters her first word, you’ll probably want to announce it to the world, while quickly marking the occasion in her baby book. You probably won’t be so thrilled, however, when her word of choice evolves into the very opinionated

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Advocacy Leads to Unique Preschool Launch

in Exceptional Lives

Katrina Rivers Labouliere doesn’t feel like her life is particularly exceptional despite her years of advocacy work with the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community.

Maddie Wilson

in One Amazing Kid

Turning 14 this month, Maddie Wilson already has experience as an attorney through Teen Court of Greater Baton Rouge. The diversion program helps teen offenders stay out of the judicial system and lower rates of recidivism. Starting ninth grade at St

Brandon Craft

in Mom or Dad Next Door

Whether he was waiting tables, running a recycling department or working at the ballpark, Brandon Craft credits all of his previous jobs for helping to prepare him for what he does now–creating unique homes by thinking outside the box.

Free Childhood Mental Health Webinar

in Health and Wellness

Telehealth platform SAMI-Aid is hosting a free webinar on childhood mental health to aid parents in helping their children during these challenging times. 

Have You Had A COVID Test Yet? Here’s How it Went for Me

in Health and Wellness, Family Life, Mari Walker

The meme about Schrodinger’s virus speaks to me. We don’t know if we have COVID-19 at any given time, but we have to act as if we do while interacting with others to keep them safe. And we have to act as if we don’t have COVID-19 to remember to take

Outdoor Adventures Six Feet Apart

in Things To Do, Family Life, Amy Delaney, Summer Fun

Summer vacation is here and while it may be much different than in years past, you can still make it memorable. We recently had several outdoor, socially distant, affordable adventures. All of these excursions were off the beaten path and away from l

New Moon, Tunes for Little Folks

in Local News

Johnette Downing and Dickie Knickerbocker's never before released debut children’s album from 1990 will officially be released on Friday, July 10.

Be Our Guest! Beauty and the Beast Performances at Parkview

in Sponsored Content

Beauty and The Beast, the classic “tale as old as time,” tells the story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved,

Swimming Safety: Tips and Considerations for Pools, Beaches, Hot Tubs, and More

in Health and Wellness, Family Life, Summer Fun

Swimming is a great activity that is enjoyed by many across the country. Whether it's at home, the beach, or the lake, swimming is a great way to cool off during hot weather or to remain comfortable in warm climates.

A Summer Without Bug Bites or Sunburn? Adventures in Virtual Camping

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

We may be “over” coronavirus, but it’s clear this pandemic is not over for us. Summer has looked a lot different for our family, and we’re certainly living a smaller life.

Does Anyone Else Feel Extremely Not OK?

in Health and Wellness, Mari Walker

I haven’t been able to write a post for this blog in more than a month. I could blame being busy–I have taken on a temporarily bigger volunteer role with my church (ask me about video editing or live streaming!)–but that’s not it, or at least not ent

Summer Learning Loss

in School

Anyone else feel like they have been in the Twilight Zone, oh, since around the middle of March? I know I have. In one way, it has felt like the longest/shortest three months of my life. And I’m pretty sure my kids feel the same way.

Layla A.

in Cover Kid

2019-20 Cover Kid Layla A. experienced her first ever photo shoot with us when she posed for our 30th anniversary cover. Layla plans to continue pursuing modeling, and she hopes to add acting to her resume, too. 

Having Fun with Private Playdates and Parties!

in Sponsored Content

Being stuck in the house day in and day out can definitely cause you and your little ones to go stir crazy. Well, you’re in luck!

Socially Distant Summer

in Health and Wellness, Summer Fun

It’s finally summer and kids and teens are ready for a much needed break. But, what does that break look like when they’re forced to remain physically distanced from friends and family? While local organizations are doing what they can to provide res

Freedom and Faith

in Faith

I was asked to write about freedom and faith. I cannot think of any more relevant topic during this season in our country.

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The Long Road to COVID-19 Recovery

in Exceptional Lives

After the birth of her second daughter, Gracie, on April 2, Stephanie Melancon had two days at home with her family of four before their lives turned upside down.

The Future of Birthday Parties

in Party

Celebrating a birthday with feather boas, a dress up box, candy buffets, or any other themed bash, is an event children look forward to. The excitement begins as they hand out invitations, decide on a party theme, choose their cake and ice cream, and

What's Happened in 30 Years?

in Health and Wellness, Family Life, Local News

We’re officially 30 this month! We’ve experienced a lot of excitement, growth and changes over the years, so we’re not surprising anyone when we say that a lot can happen in 30 years. But, what has happened in the last 30 years? Let’s take a look bac

Exceptional Lives: Share With Us

in Exceptional Lives

Do you know someone who lives an exceptional life?

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park—Camp-Resort

in Get Out of Town

Hey, Boo-boo! It’s time to pack your gear and head to the wide open spaces–right here in our state!

WOW, 30 Years!

in A Day in the Life of Dad

We are super excited to share our 30th birthday with you and even more appreciative of you for allowing us into your homes for 30 years. We like to think we are here helping build strong families, and strong families build strong communities. It’s ha

Rylan Carruth

in One Amazing Kid

Everyone needs clean water, but not all of us think about what it takes to have that access. Rylan Carruth, 12, does, and he’s active in sharing ways to get involved and ensure Baton Rouge’s drinking water stays as great as it is.

Enter for a Chance to Win with Porter Orthodontics!

in Sponsored Content

Here's something to smile about! You can enter for a chance to win 50% off braces or Invisalign. Enter now for your chance to win. Winner will be announced August 10, 2020.

Yoga Anyone? Four Reasons to Give Yoga a Try

in Health and Wellness, Amy Delaney

I first started stretching and “down-dogging” a few years back. I began my yoga adventure at a local studio, taking in-person classes. I remember asking my classmates, “Why isn’t there a line around the block for yoga?” To this day, I still wonder. Y

Early Voting begins June 20 for Presidential Preference Primary and Municipal Primary

in Local News

Early voting begins Saturday, June 20. BATON ROUGE, La.—Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin is encouraging all eligible Louisianians to consider voting early in the Presidential Preference Primary.

Lessons From the Ballpark

in Health and Wellness, Things To Do, Family Life, Cheryl Brodnax, Summer Fun

I’m a baseball mom. I live at the ballpark from February through July. For the last seven years, I’ve sacrificed my weekends (and sometimes sanity) to drag an unearthly amount of stuff to every ballpark imaginable so our boys can do what they love.

West Feliciana Proud!

in Sponsored Content

The West Feliciana Parish School Leaders would like to congratulate the class of 2020!

#Dunham At A Distance: Learning and Connecting Amid a Global Pandemic

in Sponsored Content

“In accordance with Governor Edwards’ announcement today regarding school closures in Louisiana to combat the spread of COVID-19, The Dunham School will transition to a distance learning model beginning Monday, March 16…” (Head of School Update March

Parkview Baptist School Names Valedictorian and Salutatorian

in Sponsored Content

Parkview Baptist School wants to congratulate their Valedictorian and Salutatorian.

EBR Schools is Selecting a New Superintendent!

in Local News, School

Be a part of EBR Schools' history and help us select our next superintendent! Today, June 10, we will hold a Town Hall Meeting at the PDC, 3000 N. Sherwood Forest Blvd.

Need a Tutor? Want a Free T-Shirt?

in Sponsored Content

Schools are now adapting to the “new normal,” and you might be in need of tutoring services to complement your child’s learning. Not sure where to look? Try Best in Class Tutoring.

Graduates, Are You Ready for the Summer?

in Sponsored Content

Whether you’re on your way to college, starting your life after college graduation or simply gearing up for summer, there’s never a wrong time to make sure you have everything you need.

Congratulations, Class of 2020!

in Sponsored Content

Baton Rouge University Preparatory (UP) Elementary wants to wish all of the graduates a congratulations this year!

Coupons & Congratulations from Grease Monkey

in Sponsored Content

Grease Monkey wants to congratulate all of the seniors on their incredible accomplishment!

MIS-C: How it is Affecting Children

in Sponsored Content

Until recently, the headlines about Covid-19 have largely been about the disease in adults, especially the elderly and those people with underlying health conditions.

Summer is Here, it Seems

in A Day in the Life of Dad

It’s officially summer, but it feels like we should be at the end of summer. I’m wondering if I am going to survive this one. Normally, we have pool parties and friends visiting all summer, and the little ones have sleepovers and our front door is a

CHS STREAM is Now a Reality

in Sponsored Content

In the spring of 2016, Catholic High School (CHS) had a STREAM dream–to develop a curriculum that would take the standard STEM approach (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and raise it to the next level by developing and incorporating

Samuel “Sam” H.

in Cover Kid

2019-20 Cover Kid Samuel “Sam” H. felt right at home while fishing during his photo shoot, as he lives on a pond and loves to go fishing with his Dad. His mom refers to him as his Dad’s shadow, and the two enjoy golfing together, going duck hunting,

Knoxville, Tennessee

in Get Out of Town

This beautiful city is known by many names–Heart of the Valley, Queen City of the Mountains, and Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains. But no matter what you want to call it, Knoxville is a beautiful, vibrant city that offers captivating cultural ev

Trusting a Great God in a Great Storm

in Faith

The fourth chapter of the gospel of Mark tells of an account with Jesus and His disciples on a ship. A storm arises while they are out on the sea and the disciples begin to worry. Jesus is asleep in the hinder part of the ship. Some would suggest tha

It’s Hot, Baby! Keeping Little Ones Safe in the Heat

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

Louisiana summers offer a unique sort of heat. And when it comes to babies, it can be downright dangerous. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), excessive heat poses the greatest danger to infants and children up to four years old.

Thriving Theater Passion Follows Hearing Loss Recovery Journey

in Exceptional Lives

For 21-year-old Grace Graugnard, hearing limitations never registered when she was a child, even though she wore hearing aids and eventually received cochlear implants.

13 Homegrown Louisiana Gems

in Things To Do, Summer Fun

Louisiana is a treasure trove of homegrown gems. From festivals and historic buildings to parks and museums, our state is packed with both indoor and outdoor opportunities for fun. Pack a day bag and let’s go!

Craig C. Greene, MD, MBA

in Mom or Dad Next Door

At a young age, Craig C. Greene, MD, MBA learned the value of hard work through his first job of baling hay. That lesson stayed with him as he worked toward becoming an orthopedic surgeon.

How Mental Health Can Affect Your Marriage

in Family Life

Marriage isn’t always easy, and neither is managing mental health. When things like anxiety, mood, impulse and substance abuse disorders are present in a relationship, it can be incredibly challenging. But, if we can navigate these things correctly,

A.B. Perk

in One Amazing Kid

A.B. Perk knows how to make a garden grow and prepare delicious food from its produce. A.B., which is short for Annabella, is a sixth grader at St. Jude the Apostle School.

7 Things Every Parent Should Know About Their ‘Tween’s Health

in Health and Wellness

A few months ago, my oldest daughter started gleefully announcing that she would soon be a ‘tweenager. Wait a minute. A what? A quick Google search informed us that children between the ages of 10 and 13 are now considered ‘tweens. Oh.

Memories That Last a Lifetime

in Sponsored Content

Kidcam has been creating lasting summer memories since 1974–going on 46 years of fun! We see those who were once campers now coming back to bring their own children to establish wonderful lifetime memories. 

2020 Youth Peace Olympics Goes Virtual

in Local News

The First Virtual Opening Ceremony Coming May 30th

Your Pregnancy & COVID-19

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

You’ve spent months planning for your baby’s arrival, but now, something none of us could have predicted is now a part of our daily routine–staying safe and healthy during a global pandemic.

My Dream Role: Being the “Yes” Mom

in Get Out of Town, Things To Do, Family Life, Mari Walker, Summer Fun

Once upon a time, in a life not so long ago, I got a chance to play the role of a lifetime: the “yes” Mom.

Parkview Baptist School Plans New Fine Arts Space

in Sponsored Content

Parkview Baptist School has purchased the former Laser Tag of Baton Rouge building to convert it into a fine arts space, performance center, and self-paced learning studio.

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