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Stay Safe this Summer

in Health and Wellness, Sponsored Content

Summertime is a great time to escape to the beach with family, or enjoy the pool in your backyard or neighborhood. Wherever you go, here are some tips from The Baton Rouge Clinic’s Pediatricians to stay safe while having fun in the sun!

Explore the Emerald Coast at Big Kahuna's

in Get Out of Town, Things To Do, Out & About, Summer Fun, Sponsored Content

Looking for a fun summer adventure for your family? Check out Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park.

Joyful Reads from May

in Joy Holden, Turn the Page

Hello! I’m Joy, and I love to read. I consider it my greatest talent and favorite hobby. Another one of my preferred pastimes is recommending reads to anyone who is the least bit curious. Seriously. I am always volunteering book recs to people near m

Nature Walk for the Soul

in Health and Wellness, Things To Do, Family Life, Joy Holden, Summer Fun

Flowers, plants, and trees have brought me a renewed sense of peace throughout the last year. I have marveled at the evolution of the seasons in the blooms and blossoms. I have wondered at new growth and change. Nature is my anti-anxiety medicine.

Got Flooded? Take This Survey

in Local News

If you are a homeowner or renter who received damage, please take a moment to complete a self-reporting survey, which can be found at www.damage.la.gov.

Vacay Without the Bust! Which Way to Geaux?

in Get Out of Town, Things To Do, Family Life, Out & About, Summer Fun

After a long, trying year of being cooped up at home, it is likely this summer will be a busier time for travel than usual. Businesses are reopening, travel restrictions are loosening, and family members are looking to get together again after distan

Crazy Times

in A Day in the Life of Dad

It seems that we have all been living this life with a new set of rules that change every week, if not every day, and somehow, we are getting through it. I will be the first to say that it is not easy. Let’s step back and think about it. Some of us h

Ryder P-W.

in Cover Kid

2020-21 Cover Kid Ryder P-W. enjoys skateboarding, acting, playing guitar and baseball, and creating art. Ryder has written and directed his own short film, which was entered into the Louisiana Film Prize Jr. He won a $250 grant scholarship and the F

Who's the Boss? The Key to Successful Parent-Grandparent Relationships

in Family Life

As my friend was introducing me to a friend of hers, she mentioned to him that I wrote an advice column for parents and grandparents. A grandfather himself, he peppered me with questions. “How long had I been writing my column?” Nine years. “How many

4 Steps to Protect Yourself from Ticks

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

Summertime means your kids are likely going to spend more time outside, but are they protected against the outside? Insect bites are no fun, especially when they leave our skin feeling itchy. However, there is one critter you should really keep an e

Dr. Stephen Lee

in Mom or Dad Next Door

Each day, Dr. Stephen Lee is tasked with caring for some of our families’ most important members: our pets. As a local veterinarian, Dr. Lee has cared for a wide range of animals throughout his career, including a monkey and a prairie dog.

Caroline Simpson

in One Amazing Kid

Last summer during the height of stay-at-home orders, Caroline Simpson began her unique internship with the Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office, working for Dr. Beau Clark. A recent graduate of St. Michael the Archangel High School, Caroline’s focus on

Blended Families: Dealing with Biological Favoritism

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

Preparing for your very first marriage, for both parties, takes a lot of time and planning. You want to work cohesively on your future together, and maybe, some day, have children. But then there’s a whole other group of newlyweds–those who are marry

Fun in the Summer

in A Note from Mom

Back in the day, I remember waiting for summertime to come: no school, hanging out with friends, and not a care in the world. We would lay by the pool with our boombox blaring, baby oil on our skin, and Sun In or lemon juice in our hair. Man, I reall

After the Trauma: Coping with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

“My counselor explained that having PTSD is like having a sniper on the watch tower in your brain. Every single sound, thought, emotion, anything, is a perceived threat. My brain was stuck in that,” shares local mom Candice P., who lives with Post-Tr

Where Does the Time Go?

in Toby Comeaux, Family Life

My Dad always told me that time flies by, and before I knew it, I would look back and wonder where all of it went. He was usually talking in terms of us growing up and I typically would shrug that off and not really think too much about it. As I get

Describing Dad

in Faith

Bowler. Baseball fan. Good. Kind. Provider. Reliable. Secure. These are a few of the descriptions that come to mind when I think about my dad. As I ponder these adjectives, I remember my artist friend, Gail, who creates portraits with words instead

Going Viral: Teen Connects Through Poetry and TikTok Videos

in Exceptional Lives, Thrive

Although he didn’t speak until he was five, Cohen Swain is finding his voice. The 15-year-old is on the autism spectrum and has written a poem, Hold On, I’m Trying, that has gone viral. 

Doing Hard Things - Zipline Edition

in Things To Do, Family Life, Mari Walker, Summer Fun

I can do hard things, and you can too, to borrow a phrase from Glennon Doyle. From getting ready to send my baby to Kindergarten to juggling anxiety about resuming in-person life after being vaccinated against COVID-19, hard things are all around me

Congratulations, Class of 2021!

in Sponsored Content

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! This year’s Episcopal graduates are prepared for college with students attending highly selective institutions as well as many Louisiana favorites. That preparation begins in PreK3 and continues through Middle an

Get Food Delivered Straight to your LSU Baseball Seat with WAITR

in Local News, Local Profile

New Free Service Sure to be Home Run for Tiger Fans

Free Summer Sports and Skills Clinics!

in Things To Do, Summer Fun, Local News

East Baton Rouge Parish School System will offer free summer sports and skills clinics to EBRPSS students in PreK – 8th grade throughout the summer.

Nickelodeon Universe: Bloomington, Minnesota

in Get Out of Town, Out & About

Located in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, the Nickelodeon Universe theme park has reopened after a hiatus due to COVID-19. With some restrictions put into place, you can assure the park has your family’s safety as its top priority, an

Book Rumble

in Things To Do, Amy Delaney, Turn the Page

Who would win if a hippopotamus and a rhinoceros got into a rumble? A month ago, I would have put my money on the rhino, but thanks to a bedtime story, I’m now in the know. As we read a Who Would Win book together, the boys were delighted to inform m

Dunham Introduces New Two-Year-Old Program

in School, Sponsored Content

Great things come from small beginnings! Learning and developing through play and hands-on exploration are the hallmarks of The Dunham School’s new program for two year olds. Inspired by Reggio Emilia, the program’s curriculum will include developmen

Women in Art: Pantone Theory Exhibit

in Local News, Sponsored Content

Art has the ability to inspire us, make us feel something we never thought possible, and give us perspective through the eyes of another. With the help of local curators, Ellemnop.Art, all of this and more is brought to life in their newest exhibitio

Tulane Legislative Scholarship Recipient for 2021-2022

in Sponsored Content

Jude C. Blouin, a graduating senior from Parkview Baptist School of the class of 2021, has been nominated for the Louisiana Legislative Scholarship by Representative Kathy Edmonston, House District 88 of Gonzales. Jude and his family live in District

Congratulations, St. Michael Seniors!

in School, Sponsored Content

Congratulations to the St. Michael High School Class of 2021! Thank you for making St. Michael High School Warrior Proud!

Learn to Swim with the Y

in Sponsored Content

Learn to swim with the organization that started group swimming lessons...the Y! The Y offers swimming lessons for anyone ages six months of age and older. The YMCA Swim Lessons Curriculum is a core group of swimming skills every person needs to lear

Parenting Through Grief

in Kelly Carmena, Health and Wellness, Family Life

Like most parents, 2020 presented my family with change beyond measure. In early March, just one week before COVID hit the United States and shut the entire world down, my mother unexpectedly left our physical world

The Comeback Kid: Celebrating the Return of Birthday Parties

in Party, Family Life, Mari Walker

My poor five year old, with her spring birthday, has now had two COVID-style celebrations. However, this year we made the festivities incrementally bigger. Instead of a family-only celebration and the half-hearted drive-by party of 2020 when she turn

Celebrate Graduation with Cake!

in Sponsored Content

Graduation is just around the corner! Celebrate your graduate with a custom cake from Ralph's! And don't forget, Ralph's offers catering and can make your upcoming graduation party a breeze. Get more info, order cakes online, and see catering options

Maricela “Gabbi” H.

in Cover Kid

2020-21 Cover Kid Maricela “Gabbi” H. loves swimming, playing outdoors, riding her bike, and drawing with sidewalk chalk. She hopes to travel to the beach this summer with her family, so she can play in the water–another fun activity she loves to do!

Shayna Easley Landry

in Mom or Dad Next Door

A day spent caring for peacocks, chickens, emu, goats, turkeys and a pony may sound like a lot of work to many, but for Shayna Easley Landry, it’s just one part of her day, and it’s something she never thought she would be experiencing a year ago. Ri

Preston Horton

in One Amazing Kid

An idea that came about to help a grieving grandfather has expanded to help many more senior citizens. Eleven-year-old Preston Horton formed “Joyful Melodies” with his younger siblings in 2018 to bring music to older people in need of company. When C

Trophy? Not This Year

in A Day in the Life of Dad

I may upset a few people here, but what do they say? You have to break some eggs to make an omelet. So, let’s dive in here. It’s May of 2021 and we are wrapping up the spring soccer season, and let me tell you, I have watched my twin boys (eight year

The Dos and Don’ts of Mother’s Day

in Family Life

As a new mother, I was unbelievably excited for my first Mother’s Day. After nearly a year of sleepless nights, dirty diapers, and leaking ladies, a day to revel in my superhero status was just what the doctor ordered.

Water Safety for Families: 4 Ways to Prevent Drownings

in Family Life, Summer Fun

Did you know that drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional death in the United States? There are about 4,000 drowning incidents per year, two-thirds of which happen in the months of May-August, and one in five people who die by drowning a

Are Toddlers Socially Stunted? The Importance of Socialization

in Health and Wellness, Family Life, Baby and Toddler

The Internet has made it possible for adults to interact and work throughout the pandemic, but we have a generation of toddlers who have not had a playdate in over a year–if ever. Coaxing a two year old to sit in front of a screen and interact with a

Faith-Filled

in Faith

I consider myself an optimist. I’m one of those people who would say my glass of iced tea is always half-full. However, there are times that I have to remind myself–or perhaps permit myself–to feel emotions other than happiness. I’m not sure why I re

The Journey to Becoming a Mom: Real Stories from Real Moms

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

The journey to becoming a mom looks different for everyone. Every path is unique and filled with highs and lows, twists and turns, and a roller coaster of emotions along the way. In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re celebrating five moms and their journey

4 Things Foster Parents Want You to Know

in Family Life

Roughly half a million children are in the foster care system in the U.S., according to recent statistics from Child Welfare. About half are eventually reunited with their families while one-fifth are adopted. Many of them entered the foster system a

The Girl Who Doesn’t Give Up

in Exceptional Lives, Thrive

A nine-year-old second grader, Piper Walters loves Frozen, her dog Amelia, and riding her bike. Despite the challenges that come with living with cerebral palsy, Piper makes the most of her life.

Cutting Out the Chaos of Chores

in Family Life, Anita RaJean Walker

Regardless of age, the word chores induce dramatic eye rolls and chesty groans. But, they are part of our everyday family life.

EARLY VOTING FOR THE APRIL 24 ELECTION

in Local News

Early voting continues through Saturday, April 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, excluding Sunday, April 11.  Citizens who want to vote early may do so in person at the parish Registrar of Voters Office or at other designated locations.

What’s the Best Age to Introduce Chores?

in Family Life, Anita RaJean Walker

We strive to raise well-adjusted children that have all the skill sets to succeed later in life. Chores are part of that because they help foster self-esteem and independence.

Margaritaville Lake Resort - Lake Conroe | Houston

in Get Out of Town, Out & About

With several activities planned for every single day, along with several restaurants to visit on the Margaritaville Lake Resort campus, you’ll never have to leave your relaxing getaway. Located about an hour away from Houston, Montgomery offers this

Wild Wine Walk

in Things To Do, Sponsored Content

Friends of the Baton Rouge Zoo is thrilled to be hosting their first ever Wild Wine Walk on May 21, 2021. Guests (21+) are invited to stroll through the zoo for an early evening of wine tasting, food sampling, and live music.

Explore the Mighty A

in Sponsored Content

USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park is open daily, beginning at 8 a.m., with 30 historic planes, tanks and artillery, the USS Drum, park memorials, fishing pier, and bike service station.

Take the Beanstack Challenge

in Sponsored Content

East Baton Rouge Parish Libraries encourage you to read a book this month that may take you somewhere you always wanted to go or maybe even someplace you never expected.

Transport to the Tropics

in Sponsored Content

Just a quick five hour drive from Baton Rouge, Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe | Houston is a lakeside paradise that will transport you straight to the tropics with 303 luxury suites, 32 waterfront cottages, and a tempting array of family-fri

Ralph's Market Spring Wine Gala

in Sponsored Content

The Ralph's Market Spring Wine Gala is almost sold out! The Kentucky Derby theme makes this a favorite event to attend and will be at Houmas House Estate and Gardens on Friday, April 30. Your ticket includes wine, food, live music and the ambiance of

Unique Solutions for Unique Learners

in Sponsored Content

Being accepted for who we are is something that many of us want in life. However, that want grows even more when it comes to our children, especially when our children are living with exceptional differences.

Parkview AP Biology Students Test Genetic Engineering Of E-Coli

in Sponsored Content

Parkview Baptist School's AP Biology students took part in a science lab, testing the genetic engineering of e-coli bacteria. Students took e-coli bacteria and inserted genes to make it ampicillin resistant and to give it the green florescent protein

Experience an Out-of-Town Adventure at Margaritaville Lake Resort

in Sponsored Content

If you’re looking for a family-friendly place to bring the kids for an out-town-adventure, Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe | Houston is just the place. 

Tick Tock

in A Day in the Life of Dad

Ok, so I have told my daughter for as long as I can remember that when she turned 13, I was installing a countdown clock in her room that counted down till her 18th birthday, and that she had to be out of the house when that happened. No, I really do

Keep the Bugs Away! Addressing Insects Before Entertaining Season

in Home & Garden, Summer Fun

Barbecues in the backyard or cocktails on the patio provide some fun ways to enjoy the great outdoors from the comforts of home. While friends and family flock to such entertaining opportunities, some unwanted guests may want to crash the festivities

Anya S.

in Cover Kid

2020-21 Cover Kid Anya S. is no stranger to the stage and being in front of the camera. She was a pro during her photo shoot and has walked in Baton Rouge Fashion Week. Anya has been riding horses since she was six years old and even has her own hors

Gardening from a Wheelchair: 5 Easy Steps to Get Growing

in Health and Wellness, Things To Do, Home & Garden

Gardening is a wonderful activity that people from all walks of life enjoy. A garden full of fresh fruits and vegetables and/or beautiful blooms can instill a sense of pride in gardeners and turn their backyards into colorful, peaceful respites.

Life with Down Syndrome: Shouting His Worth

in Cover Kid, Exceptional Lives, Thrive

When he was born seven weeks before his due date, prematurity seemed to be the biggest obstacle facing Gideon Schroeder. His parents, Marianne and Greg, were completely surprised when Gideon was diagnosed with Down Syndrome.

Annie Engholm

in One Amazing Kid

While most kids took advantage of additional screen time when quarantining in 2020, Annie Engholm used her extra time at home to craft. She turned her hobby into a lucrative Etsy shop and has given away all her profits.

April ♥

in A Note from Mom

April is my favorite month of the year! Why, you ask? Many of my life’s important events have occured during the month of April. I got engaged, got married, and had my first child. My BFFs’ birthdays, lots of family birthdays, and Easter (sometimes)

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