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A Playdate-Style Birthday Party

by Mari Walker on

Birthday parties for littles can add up fast. For a few Benjamins, you can take them and a few friends to a bounce place or rent a bounce house for your backyard. We didn’t start big parties like that for my older daughter until she was about five.... Read full article

Rolling with the Good Times: Navigating Baton Rouge’s Mardi Gras with Kids

by Ellen Mecholsky on

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... Read full article

Understanding and Coping with the Holiday Blues

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When I was a child, I was obsessed with Christmas, like I suppose most kids are. But, I knew that when the song, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” came on, things would get sad very quickly. As a first generation American, all I knew were small celebratio... Read full article

ATV Safety and Kids: Should They Ride?

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Just like taking driver’s ed to learn how to operate a car, taking an ATV safety course to learn how to operate an ATV is highly encouraged.... Read full article

Knowing Your Worth: Savannah Crawford

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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 ... Read full article



Raising Readers One Book at a Time

by Mari Walker on

A recent Baby Center email for my seven year old (yes, I still open them to read about her development!) had the headline, “How to Encourage Reading.” I laughed and read along, knowing the advice doesn’t apply to me just now.... Read full article

Life with Down Syndrome: Shouting His Worth

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When he was born seven weeks before his due date, prematurity seemed to be the biggest obstacle facing Gideon Schroeder. His parents, Marianne and Greg, were completely surprised when Gideon was diagnosed with Down Syndrome.... Read full article

Finished, But Not Done (Making the Decision to Complete Our Family)

by Ellen Mecholsky on

As parents, we all ask each other similar questions about parenthood: “How is your baby sleeping? How do you handle tantrums? Are you getting your kid a cell phone?” But the question I get most often these days, as a mother of three children who are ... Read full article

Lessons From the Ballpark

by Cheryl Brodnax on

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.... Read full article

For the Love of the Arts

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When Jenny Ballard was 11 years old, her parents took her to see a play. It was Shakespeare’s As You Like It–an experience that she’s never forgotten. “I remember the way it transformed the way I thought about the world,” she says. “From the lights g... Read full article

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