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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

Rare Disease Awareness Day is February 29, 2020

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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... Read full article

Brainstorming Boredom Busters While Stuck at Home

by Mari Walker on

I love a good challenge, but at least four weeks (eight weeks?) at home with my girls, ages 8 and almost-4, may be my biggest mama challenge to date. I am committed to doing our part for public health and staying home as much as we possibly can. I am... Read full article

Motivating Children with Exceptional Needs

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For exceptional children with physical or cognitive struggles, achieving goals is paramount. The road to these achievements can be long and bumpy, though. Children who experience daily obstacles often face discouragement.  They tire of the pain, the ... Read full article

Mardi Gras May Be Near, but Flu Season is Still Here

by Mallory H. Allen, MD on

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... Read full article



HIV in Baton Rouge

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Talking With Your Children About HIV and AIDS... Read full article

The Complex World of ADHD in Children

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Belynda Gauthier’s son was kicked out of five daycare programs before he turned five years old. She heard a lot of misguided opinions about what might be “wrong” with him. A social worker said he was autistic. Deafness was another theory, but testing... Read full article

Mumps Outbreak Awareness

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The Louisiana Department of Health recently confirmed cases of the mumps at Louisiana State University. The mumps is a contagious disease usually characterized by swollen and tender salivary glands near the ears and under the jaw or flu-like symptoms... Read full article

Where Germs Hide

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Keeping Hands Clean By Knowing Where Viruses Lurk... Read full article

Is Teasing Bullying?

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“Oh honey, I'm only teasing,” I say, smiling as I ruffle my six-year-old's thick thatch of blonde hair. He's annoyed that I'd gently ribbed him about the adorable cowlick on his head, and his need for a haircut. “Teasing isn't allowed at school. It's... Read full article

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