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I’m 38. What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up?

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The only call I’ve ever felt certain of was the call to be a mother, and it’s specifically the call to be the mother of my two daughters, ages seven and three. But my professional call, what I’m supposed to be “when I grow up,” has been much murkier.... Read full article

Roberto Ramirez

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Roberto Ramirez comes from a family of educators, however, it wasn’t until he moved to the states that he decided to pursue a career in education as well. He quickly fell in love with it, and three years ago, BASIS asked him to open the first BASIS r... Read full article

Stylish Clothing That All Kiddos Can Enjoy—Even Those with Disabilities

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This is a big deal for children, their parents, and the fashion industry in general.... Read full article

Jacob Hester

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Brandon Craft

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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.... Read full article



Halfway Thru Her Childhood

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Nine years ago, my baby girl came bursting into the world, sliced out of me in inelegant fashion. Her first moments included pooping on the doctor, craning her strong neck around the room, and in general, seeming ready to take on the world. This girl... Read full article

A Christmas We Didn’t Expect Might Be the One We Need

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2020 has been a year we didn’t expect, so a Christmas that looks different will fit right in. In this upside down season in an upside down time, some of the Walker family’s holiday traditions can remain intact. I’m not entirely bah-humbug and am look... Read full article

Pampers & Papa Noel Drive-Thru Event (Free Diapers & Wipes)

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The Safety Place, Healthy Blue, Our Lady of the Lake Children's Health & East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office to Host Holiday Event for Children & Families... Read full article

Focusing on Your Circle of Control

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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... Read full article

Halloween 2020: No Tricks Just Treats for This Family

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“What are you doing about Halloween?” has replaced “What are you doing about school?” as the new go-to question within my parent friend groups now that we’re all pretty settled in our learning routines, whether hybrid, virtual or homeschooling. It’s ... Read full article

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