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Remember Self Breast Exams | Breast Cancer Awareness

in Health and Wellness, Local News

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A young breast cancer survivor has found a new way to fight the disease. Between treatments, Whitney Breaux recently launched a new campaign to help save lives.

Lord of the Flies Breakout Box Deepens Learning Experience for Middle Schoolers

in Sponsored Content

After finishing their novel unit on Lord of The Flies, Mrs. Wales’ eighth grade English class participated in a group breakout box assignment in partnership with Mrs. Liner, the middle school librarian. A breakout box activity is one that requires bo

Rate of depression increasing among Louisiana adults | Free online learning

in Things To Do, Local News

On Oct. 8, for National Depression Screening Day, NAMI Louisiana will host a free online learning session called, “Recognizing Depression,” to educate Louisiana residents about the signs, symptoms and treatment of depression in adults. Anthony Germad

Maskne: It’s Real!

in Health and Wellness

Breakouts are bound to happen, but it’s possible that you’ve noticed more unwanted friends popping up on your chin and cheeks where your mask sits. Could your mask be causing these unwanted breakouts? Yes!

Pandemic Parenting, Amirite?

in Health and Wellness, Family Life, Ellen Mecholsky

I’m sitting here in front of my computer trying to think of something to write to all of you–something to lift up and inspire during this time of uncharted territory and endless new decision-making.

Ochsner Baton Rouge Named 2020 Hospital of the Year

in Local News

Ochsner Medical Center – Baton Rouge has been named the 2020 Hospital of the Year (Medium) by Louisiana State Nurses Association (LSNA) and Louisiana Nurse Foundation (LNF).

Focusing on Your Circle of Control

in Health and Wellness, Cheryl Brodnax

As a counselor, I treat a lot of anxiety. As a human, I’ve had a lot of anxiety. I believe worrying just comes as part of the human condition. If someone claims they never worry, I’m thinking they either have an impressive supply of medication, or no

How To Protect Your Children And Teens From The Stress of Cyberbullying

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

One of the biggest challenges parents currently face is how to manage our children’s access to technology. When they are young, we worry about them spending too much time staring at screens and not getting outside to play. As they get older, they sta

Get Back on Track: Is it Time for Speech Therapy?

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

“What’s normal for children this age?” “Will these errors resolve on their own?” “How do I address this issue?” Have these thoughts entered your mind after noticing differences in your child’s development while observing other children?

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park: Glenwood Springs, Colorado

in Get Out of Town

Our country is brimming with amusement destinations from coast to coast, but have you ever been to one that’s located 7,100 feet above sea level? That’s just one reason to visit–it’s the only mountain-top theme park in America. You’ll travel by state

Protecting Baby’s Oral Health

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

The period when babies are teething can be tough on children and their parents. While parents who have dealt with teething infants in the past might be able to recognize when their new babies’ teeth are coming in, first-time parents may wonder why th

Roll With It

in A Day in the Life of Dad

So recently, I decided to do something a bit different and that was to do something for myself first. That is, I decided that before I got into my day and got caught up in all the tasks for the day, I would get on my bike and ride and just listen to

Loving God Means Letting Go

in Faith

Many mornings these days, I find myself preparing two bags on my countertop–one is filled with laptops, chargers and supplies for my kids attending virtual instruction at new schools. The other, clothing, reading material and other needs for my mothe

Brandon LaGroue

in Mom or Dad Next Door

Brandon LaGroue’s job often calls for him to be serious throughout the day, but in reality, he’s very silly and goofy. Brandon really loves having a good time each and every day, and he goes through life with a smile on his face. He’s also the perfec

Pandemic Retail Therapy: Shopping My Feelings One Click at a Time

in Family Life, Mari Walker

Filling a shopping cart online is fun, but it’s not as fun as filling up a cart in real life, at least for me. I am sure it has something to do with instant gratification. Online shopping gives that sweet dopamine release, but the payoff is delayed w

Jackie B.

in Cover Kid

2020-21 Cover Kid Jackie B. had a festive time during her Fall-friendly photo shoot. She loved playing with the blocks and laying in the leaves to take photos, and she especially loved wearing the cute green shirt during the shoot. It was a great pho

A Garden’s Promise

in Things To Do, Amy Delaney

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” I didn’t understand the powerful meaning of this quote from Audrey Hepburn until the quarantine of 2020. While many baked bread and remodeled their kitchens, I got my hands dirty in my little raised bed.

Unexpected New Skills While Staying Close to Home

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

Although stay-at-home orders didn’t turn me into a better homemaker, they did expand my horizons within the domestic sphere, and this old dog learned some new tricks. While my thumb is still black and my house is still…lived in…more time spent at hom

Colleen Temple

in One Amazing Kid

This summer, Baton Rouge area teens spoke out against racial injustice and said Black lives matter, organizing a peaceful protest downtown. Colleen Noelle Temple, a senior at University Lab School, was one organizer.

Reaching His Goals: Physical Differences Don’t Slow Success for Young Broadcast Journalist

in Exceptional Lives

Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick. Those 12 seconds changed everything for Dylan Domangue, and they were the first seconds of his life.

Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes, Oh My!

in Holidays, Things To Do, Family Life

Pick the perfect pumpkin with your kiddos this Fall season at one of these perfect pumpkin patches. Or, if you’re up for a challenge, take on one of the corn mazes and see if you can make it to the finish line during a day of fun with your family.

Influenza or COVID? Answering Common Questions About Flu Season

in Sponsored Content

In a year that has been dominated by uncertainty from a “novel” virus, one thing that is for sure is that the influenza virus will be making its appearance in the coming weeks. It is important to remember that influenza kills otherwise healthy adults

Waitr Offering Free Grocery Delivery in Baton Rouge in Preparation for Tropical Storm Sally

in Local News

Waitr is offering free grocery delivery to anyone in the Baton Rouge area unable to get to their area grocery or just wanting to stay at home before the storm hits.

Physics Teacher Moves and Motivates Students at Parkview

in Sponsored Content

Sean Gardner, a second-year teacher at Parkview Baptist School, is revolutionizing the structure of a traditional physics class by changing not only the way it is taught, but the way it is graded as well.

Reading to Bump and Baby

in Health and Wellness, Family Life, Turn the Page

“My four year old reads at a third-grade level,” proudly beams Isaiah F.A. “Yesh” Cohen, Ph.D., a young father of three girls. “As we read certain words Rachel doesn’t know, I write them down so that she can learn them later. We’re working on the low

Powerful and beautiful postpartum selfies

These 5 Celebrity Mama's are strutting their honest postpartum seflies and we're here for it!

Your Role in Your Child’s Development of Self-Regulation

in Family Life

What do you want for your child? Most parents would say that they want their child to do well in school and to have friends. A foundational skill that can help your child achieve both is his ability to control impulses, follow directions, and consid

The Health Benefits of Grandparent-Grandchild Relationships

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

In the not-so-distant past, extended families were the norm, with multiple generations residing on the same street, if not in the same house.

How to Foster a Love of Music in Children

in Things To Do, Family Life

Music enriches people’s lives in myriad ways. Age is of no consideration when it comes to benefitting from and appreciating music, but it seems that young people in particular have a lot to gain from music education.

Galveston, Texas

in Get Out of Town

When we think about escaping on an island vacation, our thoughts turn towards Hawaii, the Bahamas, or the Caribbean, yet little thought may be given to this island that’s just a day’s drive from Baton Rouge. That’s right–Galveston is an island locate

Different, Not Less: A Mother’s Advocacy for Her Son with Autism

in Exceptional Lives

A diagnosis of autism can turn a family upside down, and that was the case for William Spiller IV when he was diagnosed at age two. Because he didn’t speak or respond, doctors first thought his hearing was the problem, but an auditory brainstem respo

Myths Versus Facts: Talking to Kids About Suicide

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

How we talk about suicide with kids is fraught with misconceptions. But as difficult as these conversations might be, our willingness to listen and be direct with our kids can mean the difference between life and death.

The Power of Prayer

in Faith

In the scriptures we read: “The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.” James 5:16. The founder of Methodism, John Wesley, said, “Prayer is the grand means of drawing near to God.”

The Arc Seeks Participants for Virtual Dancing For A Cause

in Things To Do

The Arc of East Ascension’s 2020 Dancing For A Cause fundraising event will be held virtually this year. Due to the transition, The Arc of East Ascension is calling for participants.

Capturing your Child’s Creativity

in Health and Wellness, Things To Do, Family Life

As parents, we witness many indescribable moments because of our children. It doesn’t get much better than watching your own beautiful ballerina pirouette across the stage for the first time, or the way your heart swells when you witness a near perfe

Harmony W.

in Cover Kid

2019-20 Cover Kid Harmony W. felt like a model during her first ever photo shoot. She didn’t want it to end! Harmony hopes to continue modeling, but right now, she’s excited to be back in school so she can make new friends. 

Alexa Has Manners. Why Don’t My Kids?

in A Day in the Life of Dad

So this just happened. As my wife gets ready in the bathroom, she talks to Alexa to find out the time and weather. And yes, an Alexa is in the bathroom. If you have not done this life hack yet, you really need to try it. Anyway, I listen to this ever

My Tween Isn’t Interested in Anything!

in Family Life

“Currently, my tween’s activities and hobbies include binge-watching Fuller House.” If this sounds familiar, you may very well be in good company. In some cases, young children and tweens discover interests and hobbies early on; keeping them very occ

Thomas O’Connor

in One Amazing Kid

When Thomas O’Connor participated in Young Entrepreneurs Academy of Baton Rouge, he didn’t know just how useful his business would be during the global pandemic and its disruptions to learning.

Norisha Kirts Glover

in Mom or Dad Next Door

As a wife, mother, business owner, and president of the Junior League of Baton Rouge, Norisha Kirts Glover wears a lot of hats. For her, finding the perfect balance between being a working mom and volunteering is challenging, but it’s also rewarding.

A Lazy Lament: I Hate Making Dinner

in Crafts and Cooking, Family Life, Mari Walker

After months of varying degrees of lockdowns and quarantines, we all have a better idea of what it means to be a stay-at-home parent. And while the time of truly staying home isn’t an accurate picture of normal times when we can actually take our chi

Adventures in Orthodontia Begin

in Health and Wellness, Family Life, Mari Walker

Snaggle tooth was a nickname I was called growing up, and my parents’ investment in braces is one of the monetary gifts for which I’m most grateful. My husband also had braces going up, so we were not at all surprised to learn that our eight year old

Parkview Baptist School Students Return to Campus

in Sponsored Content

Parkview students returned to campus for the 2020-2021 school year. Parkview’s COVID-19 Task Force spent most of the summer preparing for the precautions and protocols necessary to have full day face-to-face instruction for pre-K through 12th grade s

Allowances for Kids? Take the Poll!

in Family Life

Should children be given an allowance? Take the poll.

Relearning the Lost Art of Listening

in Health and Wellness, Family Life, Cheryl Brodnax

I’m a counselor; it’s a job requirement to be a good listener. Sometimes I wonder how I landed this gig because I haven’t always been a good listener.

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

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

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.

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)?

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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,

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