Articles in Ellen Mecholsky and Family Life

Perfect Pumpkin Recipes

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What a time to be thankful! Let’s celebrate Thanksgiving by adding some extra fun to the dinner table with these delicious pumpkin recipes that even the little ones will gobble down.... Read full article

From Temporary to Permanent: Understanding Foster Care and Adoption

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There are 4,787 children in foster care in Louisiana; 653 of these children are waiting for adoptive families. Children’s lives are at stake.... Read full article

Into the Unknown: Finding Inspiration in Frozen 2

by Mari Walker on

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’... Read full article

Let It Go at the Library!

by Amy Delaney on

In November of 2013, when the movie Frozen hit theaters, I was totally an amateur mom. In fact, we didn’t even see it and opted for a dinosaur movie with PMan because we thought he would enjoy that better. At the time, he was three and obsessed with ... Read full article

Zebras on the Horizon

by Dr. Mindy Calandro, Pediatrician on

In medicine, you are taught to be on the lookout for “zebras in the horse pasture.” In other words, you should always keep in mind that the uncommon or out of place could be sitting right in front of you.... Read full article



A Special Solution To Sibling Strife

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They’d barely tumbled in the door from school when it started. “Mom! I called that seat first!” “Mom! She took two cookies and I only got one!” And there I was, jumping in to play referee...again. ... Read full article

New Year, New You

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Reconnecting after the holidays.... Read full article

Teaching Children Respect

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As a veteran teacher, I’ve been asked many questions about how to teach children over the years, and only once have I been a bit stumped. The mother asked me, “How do you teach respect?” After a moment’s thought, my response was, “Every single day.”... Read full article

3 DIY Mistakes to Avoid: Home Edition

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Pride tends to swell when homeowners successfully complete do-it-yourself projects on their homes. In addition to saving homeowners money, DIY projects provide a unique way for men and women to personally connect with their homes. The ability to look... Read full article

Gardening with Kids: Playing in Dirt isn’t Just Fun–It’s Healthy, Too!

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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.... Read full article

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