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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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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

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

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

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

Snail Project

in Crafts and Cooking

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

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

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:

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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?

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

Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence

in Local Profile

If someone told you that your odds of winning the lottery were 1 in 3, you’d probably play, right? Those do seem like pretty good odds. But what if someone told you that today’s teens are just that likely to be affected by intimate partner or dating

Dentophobia

in Pathways to Parenting

From the whirring of drills to strange new smells and bright lights, the dentist office can provoke anxiety for anyone. Children especially may become anxious. Mild dislike can progress to dentophobia, or general fear of receiving dental care.

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

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,

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

Time To Be Real

in Faith

am amazed that I did not leave the church as a young adult. My family was never a “church” family. Yet somehow, I am a 30-year-old millennial who not only attends church, I am about to launch one. I did almost leave the church when I was 22, th

Knowing Your Worth: Savannah Crawford

in Things To Do, Local News

A beauty pageant is a competition that has always focused on ranking physical attributes. However, in the last decade, these contests have evolved to include personality, intelligence, talent and the contestant’s ability to answer questions based on

Play! Create! Imagine! (and then Clean. It. Up.)

in Family Life, Ellen Mecholsky

I walk a very fine line between wanting my children to play and create and imagine...and wanting/NEEDING a tidy house to function at my best. I need order around me to feel relaxed and productive. If I wake up in the morning and I am greeted by a tra

Mardi Gras Grinch

in Things To Do, Family Life, Mari Walker

Can you imagine living in south Louisiana and not being enamored by Mardi Gras? The parades! The floats! The throws! The bands! The galas! The king cake!

Mama, Get in the Photos

in Family Life, Mari Walker

While looking for photos for a blog post about remote work with a baby, I realized how few photos I have of myself with my daughters, especially when they were babies. As a technology holdout, I didn’t have a smartphone when my oldest was born in 201

Are You a Filmmaker?

in Things To Do, Family Life, Local News

Lights, camera, action! Louisiana Public Broadcasting is calling for entries for short films from local filmmakers. The films submitted will be nominated for inclusion in the ninth annual PBS Online Film Festival. The PBS Online Film Festival showcas

The Eagle Has Landed Wins Big

in Sponsored Content

The Louisiana Chapter of the Journalism Education Association announced the winners of the 2019 JEA/Tom Bell Silver Scribe Yearbook Awards at the Fall 2019 JEA/Loyola High School Media Day Conference held at Loyola University on September 26.  The 20

Color Blindness

in Pathways to Parenting

Circle all the red apples and cross out all the green apples. This type of Kindergarten assignment seems benign, but for some children with color blindness, it is actually impossible. 

Primary Immune Deficiency Diseases

in Pathways to Parenting

If the school nurse has you on speed dial and you find yourself blazing a path to your child’s school due to repeated infections, you may be dealing with something other than the average cold or allergies.

PANDAS Syndrome

in Pathways to Parenting

Even mild winters like we experience see an uptick of seasonal illnesses. The fairly common Streptococcus pyocenes infection makes its rounds and can range from minor skin problems or sore throats to much more severe strep throat or scarlet fever. 

Understanding Celiac Disease

in Pathways to Parenting

Upset tummies happen to everyone, but when your gastrointestinal distress is ongoing, you will need to look farther than the pharmacy’s antacid aisle for some relief.

Anger or Anxiety?

in Pathways to Parenting

As parents, we expect to deal with tantrums during the toddler years, but we are often less prepared when angry outbursts continue well into childhood. However, anger can actually be a symptom of anxiety in children.

Plantar Fasciitis

in Pathways to Parenting

Being on your feet–whether chasing little ones or just as part of your job–can quickly lead to exhaustion on any day of the week. As the days add up, in addition to being a pain in the neck, sometimes it can cause actual real pain in your heel.

The Keto Diet & Thanksgiving

in Pathways to Parenting

If the key to your dieting success is ketosis, navigating the Thanksgiving table can seem like an insurmountable challenge. There are starchy foods as far as the eye can see and that’s even before you get to all the pies. But with a little planning a

Selective Mutism

in Pathways to Parenting

When at home, your happy, bubbly child can’t stop talking. But when you attend larger family gatherings, she clams up and doesn’t utter a word. You thought she was just overly shy, but you’ve noticed that this happens at soccer practice, in school, a

Activated Charcoal

in Pathways to Parenting

One scroll through Instagram or Facebook and it’s likely you’ll come across photos and videos from beauty gurus and influencers who are using Activated Charcoal to help whiten their teeth. While we know it is best to not believe everything we see on

Bipolar Disorder

in Pathways to Parenting

Regardless of outside circumstances, being a parent can be difficult, but when you do factor in those outside circumstances, things can be even more tricky. These outside circumstances can include an unexpected mental health diagnosis. For around thr

Shingles

in Pathways to Parenting

Perhaps you’ve felt an itching and burning sensation in a specific area on your body. You think to yourself that it will go away, but then you notice that a rash has developed in that same area, and it’s slightly painful. The possibilities of what it

Children and Broken Bones

in Pathways to Parenting

Some kids are daredevils, defying gravity in any number of ways. Others stick close to the ground. A broken bone can happen to any of them, and for some, a cast is a childhood right of passage. Knowing that doesn’t make it any less scary when it’s yo

Croup

in Pathways to Parenting

Getting some sort of sinus funk is standard in Louisiana’s wet and pollen-rich environment, but sometimes, it can develop into more, especially for the youngest member of your family. While coughing often happens with any illness, listening to the so

Winter Forest Painting

in Crafts and Cooking

This project looks intimidating, but it's actually very easy. You may need a few special supplies, but the outcome is impressive!

Clay Medallions

in Crafts and Cooking

This is a super easy and creative project! These make great party gifts, mementos and even ornaments if you punch a hole in the design with a straw.

Cheers to the New Decade

in Toby Comeaux, Holidays, Family Life

New Year’s has always been one of my favorite holidays. As a kid, Christmas is usually the king of all holidays, but as I grew up, I started to enjoy the celebratory aspect of New Year’s, especially New Year’s Eve itself, and now I enjoy being able t

Be It Resolved: 2020 Parenting Goals

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

January is here once again, and after the excess of the holiday season, the start of a new calendar feels like a good time for a clean start. (It also seems like a good time to buy some new toy storage solutions, but that’s probably another post!) Al

Road Trip: Hot Springs, Arkansas

in Get Out of Town, Things To Do, Amy Delaney

This Thanksgiving, we snuck off to Hot Springs, Arkansas for a little vacation. It was a great chance to spend family time together and get back to nature. Here are a few suggestions for family fun.

Parents' Bucket List for the Decade

in Health and Wellness, Things To Do, Family Life

10. 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1...HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Callaway Resort and Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia

in Get Out of Town, Things To Do, Family Life

This is an idyllic vacation spot where your family can rest and relax, hike, bike, play in the water, and laze on a white sand beach. This beautiful resort, located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, was founded by Cason Callaway and his

New Year, New Mommy

in Health and Wellness

After having kids, every part of your body seems to head south, whether it's fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks, or age spots. We sometimes have fantasies of tweaking something on our bodies or doing more invasive procedures such as tummy tucks or f

Spoiled for Choice

in School

It feels like one of the most important parenting decisions we will ever make, and it probably is. Where will I send my child to school? Every community has a public school system, but for some parents, the public school system is not an option. Mom

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