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in Joy Holden, Turn the Page

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Hallmark Channel, Take Me Away!

in Holidays, Amy Delaney

So, I admit it. Hallmark Channel movies have become a mainstay in my house. I know, I know, they are horribly cheesy. I even roll my eyes at them sometimes, but these wholesome productions are a great escape from the constant bad news and unyielding

Snacking with the Pilgrims

in The Last Word

When I think about Thanksgiving, my mind conjures up images of pies, parades, and Pilgrims. I realize that most people think of turkeys, but I live in Massachusetts where Pilgrims are kind of a big deal.

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in Family Life

When you become a parent, it seems like life can become very busy, very quickly. Lack of sleep, work, school, activities, and taking care of little ones often takes center stage in the home. While juggling schedules and managing the household, parent

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in Health and Wellness, School

Does your child love reading and writing? Do they have a knack for music? When they tell a story, do they tend to use their whole body to describe what happened? Are they drawn to groups, or do they prefer to work alone? These traits can give a clue

BASIS Open Enrollment Begins November 10

in Sponsored Content

Tuition-free BASIS Charter Schools consistently rank among the top schools in the nation. Your child can have the best. 2022–23 Open Enrollment starts November 10. Subscribe to the BASIS Periodical newsletter to get tips and tools for choosing the ri

What Serving Really Means

in Faith

What is your posture? Do you treat church like you do your job? You clock in on Sunday morning, sit there for an hour, and then you leave without giving it a second thought. Maybe you throw in some overtime by going to a weekly Bible study every now

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in A Day in the Life of Dad

So, I was told we were going to a wedding. The keyword there is “told,” because I’m not the biggest fan of weddings. After all, I had mine almost 20 years ago. That was enough for me. Don’t get me wrong, I think getting married is great, but as Steve

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in One Amazing Kid

When Sophie-Grace Segraves was in the first grade, she was diagnosed with dysgraphia, a neurological disorder that can impair writing ability and fine motor skills. A year later, she was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome and Irlen Syndrome. With all o

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in Mom or Dad Next Door

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in A Note from Mom

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Top Box Eating Without Breaking the Budget

in Thrive

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in Holidays, Family Life

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Prediabetes Among Tweens and Teens

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

For the average parent, nutritional health is a top priority. It’s part of the reason that the advertising industry spends millions every year. Brightly-colored boxed products gleaming with buzzwords like “gluten-free” or “low sugar” call from the gr

Joyful Reads with Joy from August and September

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.

Plymouth, Massachusetts

in Out & About

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Ochsner Baton Rouge Offers ‘Flu Shot Fair’ Oct. 9-10

in Health and Wellness, Local News

Ochsner Baton Rouge will hold a Flu Shot Fair throughout the region, offering walk-up and drive-thru service.

Open Enrollment Begins at BASIS in November

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Does Your Teen Need a Place to Study?

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Need your teen to get out of the house to study? We get it. At Studyville, they have on-demand access to tutors who are certified to help in all middle and high school subjects, because as parents have learned, we know nothing (insert teen eye roll).

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in Family Life, Baby and Toddler

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in A Day in the Life of Dad

Let me start by saying that this is not my favorite thing to do, but once the night unfolds, it is well worth it. So, in the same line of thinking, your children are only little once, and I think we need to, as much as we can, keep them young and cur

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in Health and Wellness, Family Life

Sometimes it is difficult to know when rough-and-tumble play is shifting into something more nefarious. As children grow up, they test limits, and we have to trust our judgment. When it comes to bullying, our instant reaction is to cut out any roughh

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in Health and Wellness, Family Life, School

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Rekindling the Flames: Why Dating Your Spouse is Important

in Things To Do, Family Life

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Finding Joy in Life, No Matter the Circumstances

in Thrive

It isn’t everyday that you get to hear the story of a fighter, but Alex Lohmann certainly is one. She shares her life story in hopes to bring awareness to her rare heart condition and give hope to people afflicted with similar conditions.

On Top of the World

in A Note from Mom

You know, when I think about taking a vacation, it usually includes my feet in the sand, listening to the ocean, lots of sunscreen, and watching my kids play in the waves. I am a beach momma and will go any chance I can get. However, my husband recen

Tim Houk

in Mom or Dad Next Door

Tim Houk is a busy guy. Above his roles as a realtor and the CEO of The Houk Group, Tim finds his role as a father to three girls to be the most important. He wants a close relationship with his daughters more than anything, and his effort is obvious

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in Health and Wellness, Family Life, Baby and Toddler

RSV is a common respiratory virus that usually spikes in the cooler months of winter and early spring. This year has been somewhat unique with the spike starting in the summer.

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in Cover Kid

2020-21 Cover Kid Sage H. enjoys doing cartwheels, dancing, swimming, reading, and cooking. When she grows up, she hopes to become a veterinarian because she loves animals. Her favorite animal is a tiger. Sage has a big heart and always

Finding God Amidst a Storm

in Faith

It is hard for anyone to understand why there is so much evil and heartache in this world. Everytime we turn on the news, it seems like something is going on.

Hadley Rinaudo

in One Amazing Kid

A star is born in Hadley Rinaudo. The 14-year-old was selected to compete in the Louisiana Film Festival with a film she co-wrote and starred in, Bamboo House. The film began as a monologue that Jency Hogan, her acting coach, encouraged her to write.

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Mindy Jones

in One Amazing Kid

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in Family Life

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All About the Arts

in Health and Wellness, Things To Do, Family Life, School

Nothing is more special than witnessing your child shine from the inside out while doing something she absolutely loves, whether it’s dancing, singing, performing on stage, or playing an instrument. Sometimes figuring out what exactly will start the

The Power of Grandparents

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

Growing up, I was blessed to have two sets of grandparents who played active roles in my life. They were always my emergency contacts for school, the ones I called when I needed extra help with homework (I have to be honest, it was usually history ho

The Importance of Early Reading

in Family Life, School

As adults, we don’t fully understand the difficulties of learning to read, as it is a skill we’ve mastered over the course of our lives. We sometimes don’t even know what to look for when our children are struggling. Do we sometimes forget to emphasi

Finding Squirtles

in The Last Word

I was 12 when we got an Atari. I mostly remember playing Pac-Man. There was something cathartic about being able to eat all of those white dots. Who doesn’t love to eat? And then I found it gratifying to turn around and gobble up the multi-colored gh

Amanda Vincent

in Mom or Dad Next Door

As parents, Amanda Vincent and her husband, Benn, were frustrated with the homework scene at their own kitchen table every night. They felt like their sons, Noah and William, needed to work not only with their peers but also with expert tutors. “I gr

Well, They're Back in School

in A Day in the Life of Dad

It could not come soon enough for me. With all the crazy times and changes going on in our lives these days, I needed some consistency. It’s been a rough year and a half with all the ups and downs, and are we better? Not better? Who can help with the

Supporting the Gardere Community with Service and Outreach

in Thrive

Through feeding, encouraging participation in school, providing financial support and much more, a local organization has been helping families in the Gardere community thrive for 20 years.

Dance Mom

in A Note from Mom

From the moment I knew I was going to have my daughter, I hoped she would love to dance. I wanted to dress her up like a little ballerina and watch her leap and turn across the stage. I danced all through middle and high school and remembered how muc

Kennith W.

in Cover Kid

To 2020-21 Cover Kid Kennith W., trying is everything. He often encourages his friends to pursue what they love. That is what he did with dance and theatre, and now, he has been perfecting his craft for the past nine years. Along with being an accomp

Shhh! It’s Quiet Time with God

in Faith

Do you seek guidance from someone then leave before even giving them a chance to talk or weigh in on the situation? Do you send a text then toss your phone into the Mississippi River and go on with your day? The answer to these questions may seem obv

Confronting Colic: What Parents Can Do

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

Taking care of a baby is no small task. Babies operate on their own schedules, forcing parents to consistently readjust when they eat, work, and of course, sleep. Various factors can make such adjustments especially tiring, and colic might be at th

East Baton Rouge Parish Declared Under State Of Emergency

in Local News

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome signed a parish-wide Emergency Disaster Declaration ahead of the expected arrival of Hurricane Ida in Louisiana. 

Football Season is Here!

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Back to School Bash 2021

in Local News, Sponsored Content

Gear up for back-to-school time with East Baton Rouge Parish School System's Back to School Bash. 

Flagstaff, Arizona

in Get Out of Town, Out & About

Can’t decide between a desert, forested, or a mountainous landscape for your family’s vacation? Flagstaff has all of the above! Noted as Arizona’s city with four seasons, Flagstaff is ideal for all the outdoor adventures you’ve been planning (but may

Goodbye Preschool, Hello Kindergarten

in Mari Walker, School

I’ve done this before, and I survived. I will do it again and survive, probably even thrive. But I’m still feeling lots of feelings about upcoming changes in our family’s life, mostly about sending our second daughter to elementary school for the ver

Joyful Reads from July

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

Dancing Through Life, Including a Triathlon

in Exceptional Lives, Thrive

With the Special Olympics canceled for another year to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the options for athletes with intellectual disabilities were even more limited. But for 25-year-old Christopher Ballard of Denham Springs, a new athletic challen

My Kind of News

in A Note from Mom

Busy and rushed is now my new everyday life. With deadlines to meet, priorities to set, meetings to attend, dance class, soccer practice, and lately, being my kids’ personal Uber driver, there isn’t any time for anything else.

Play it Safe! Navigating Sports Injuries

in Health and Wellness

Cleats are being laced up again, grass stains are set to return to those pristine soccer uniforms, and the Friday night lights will be shining once more as sports makes its long-awaited return. Coming off of a year of isolation, cancelled sports, and

Communities Guiding Students Through Life

in Faith

College is a scary place, and parents have every right to be concerned about their children. For many of them, it is the first time being on their own away from the friends and family who they grew up with. The urgency to find community is there, but

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in Cover Kid

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Connecting Virtually: 12 Fun Online Clubs & Extracurricular Activities for Kids

in Family Life, School

Social interaction during childhood is more than just fun. It’s a vital part of childhood development. As kids grow, they learn from their peers and through playing with or talking to others. Engaging in social situations with other children teaches

Jordan Wingerter

in One Amazing Kid

After picking up bowling less than two years before, Jordan Wingerter quickly advanced in the sport to finish second in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association State bowling singles tournament as a freshman and bowled her new high score of 255

An Eye on Vision Health: Protecting Children’s Eyesight

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

We all grew up with parents (or grandparents!) who were concerned about protecting our eyes. While watching television, we often heard: “Don’t sit so close!” or “Why don’t you go outside instead?” Today’s children are immersed even more in a virtual

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