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The Motivation Struggle

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I think back on my own life and all of the things I thought I wanted to do…and you know what? The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. So, how in the world do I motivate my kid to stick to something when I’m not sure I can do that for myself?... Read full article

New Venture Theatre

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“I’ve been extremely proud of our community because our audience has donated to make sure we get back on our feet as much as possible.”... Read full article

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

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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... Read full article

Taking the Lead

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I have vivid memories of my friend’s dad teaching us how to change a tire and use jumper cables,” says Cathy Carmichael, a local troop leader who started as a Brownie, of her experience in Girl Scouts. For her, Girl Scouts had a positive impact on he... Read full article

A New High School Experience in Baton Rouge

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Baton Rouge has never seen a school like the new Lee Magnet High School. The campus itself looks like a film set of a community college. ... Read full article



Breastfeeding Journey. Is This It?

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When Andie was born, I set a breastfeeding goal of one year. I was determined to make it to that and we overcame many obstacles and pushed through to be sure that this journey continued. ... Read full article

A Love Letter to Baton Rouge: All the Things We Miss

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As my family begins its seventh week of isolation, home-centeredness, physical distancing, lockdown or whatever you want to call it, we’re all feeling itchy, missing the things we love most. Beyond missing physically seeing our family and friends, of... Read full article

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

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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 ... Read full article

Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital Child Life Specialists

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Hospitals can be intimidating and terrifying places, especially for children. At Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, 10 special people work their hardest to assure that the hospital can be a positive experience with even some fun and good memor... Read full article

Choosing Easy

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A fellow mother once told me, “I have come to realize that the hard choices we make as parents tend to be the right choices.” We were discussing whether or not I should send my son to school the day of the last honor roll assembly this past week. ... Read full article

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