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Childhood Anxiety

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Anxiety is essentially an almost-constant state of apprehension. And for some children, that apprehension does manifest in the more expected and typical ways. But for others, it’s constantly activating their fight or flight reflex. ... Read full article

Shannon McKernan

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Shannon McKernan works as a part-time office coordinator for her husband, Gordon McKernan, though she considers her job as a mom of four children to be the best job. Her children are older now, and they’ve all moved out the house, but she sees her re... Read full article

Daniel Thompson

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Daniel Thompson is a great chef, and an even better dad. When he is not cooking dinner for his family, he is taking on catering events and selling his own dips, chicken salad, and other delicious foods in Baton Rouge. He has stressed the importance o... Read full article

Craig C. Greene, MD, MBA

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At a young age, Craig C. Greene, MD, MBA learned the value of hard work through his first job of baling hay. That lesson stayed with him as he worked toward becoming an orthopedic surgeon.... Read full article

Disney Rookies: Should We Book a Trip?

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Second graders are prone to hyperbole, or at least mine seems to be. However, she may be pretty close in thinking everyone but her has been to Disney World. Of course, I know that can’t possibly be true, but I do feel the allure of the magic mouse an... Read full article



Existentialism in Carpool Line

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As a mom of a first grader and preschooler, I spend A LOT of time in my car. Waiting in carpool line can seem interminable, especially with little miss who is passing time with me in the back seat. ... Read full article

Raising Readers One Book at a Time

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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

Wanna Play? Navigating Playdate Etiquette

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How do you get started in the world of playdates? When babies are small, if you have an established community of your own friends with similarly aged babies, playdates are straightforward. They’re basically mom coffee dates with tag-a-long snuggles. ... Read full article

Let the Good Times Stroll: Saying Goodbye to The Last of Our Baby Gear

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Our family is almost ready to say goodbye to our stroller, and looking back, it might be my most beloved piece of baby gear (after my DSLR camera perhaps). Our orange BabyJogger CityMini has served us well, hauling two girls around the neighborhood a... Read full article

How Do I Respond to Comments from Kids About My Body?

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As I established in Suit Up, Mama, I’m living my life in a fat body. It’s not good or bad, it just is. I certainly wish my body were smaller sometimes, and I do exercise and try to be healthy. But I also accept it for what it is: my body that allows ... Read full article

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