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February 1, 2018 By Joy Holden

Long Term Effects of Parental Favoritism

Siblings often joke about being Mom’s favorite. But a new study in the Journal of Marriage and Family shows that parents playing favorites is no joking matter. Seventy percent of mothers who participated in the survey admitted to having a favorite ch

March 1, 2018 By Season Vining

Life After Suicide Loss

First Things First… Grieving is a process. You never “get over it.” You learn to face each day as a new day in your journey of surviving a suicide loss. People grieve in many different ways, but we all grieve in our own way and on our own schedule.

June 1, 2018 By Allen "Bubba" Randall

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Mama, Get in the Photos

in Family Life, Mari Walker

While looking for photos for a blog post about remote work with a baby, I realized how few photos I have of myself with my daughters, especially when they were babies. As a technology holdout, I didn’t have a smartphone when my oldest was born in 201

Are You a Filmmaker?

in Things To Do, Family Life, Local News

Lights, camera, action! Louisiana Public Broadcasting is calling for entries for short films from local filmmakers. The films submitted will be nominated for inclusion in the ninth annual PBS Online Film Festival. The PBS Online Film Festival showcas

The Eagle Has Landed Wins Big

in Sponsored Content

The Louisiana Chapter of the Journalism Education Association announced the winners of the 2019 JEA/Tom Bell Silver Scribe Yearbook Awards at the Fall 2019 JEA/Loyola High School Media Day Conference held at Loyola University on September 26.  The 20

Color Blindness

in Pathways to Parenting

Circle all the red apples and cross out all the green apples. This type of Kindergarten assignment seems benign, but for some children with color blindness, it is actually impossible. 

PANDAS Syndrome

in Pathways to Parenting

Even mild winters like we experience see an uptick of seasonal illnesses. The fairly common Streptococcus pyocenes infection makes its rounds and can range from minor skin problems or sore throats to much more severe strep throat or scarlet fever. 

Understanding Celiac Disease

in Pathways to Parenting

Upset tummies happen to everyone, but when your gastrointestinal distress is ongoing, you will need to look farther than the pharmacy’s antacid aisle for some relief.

Anger or Anxiety?

in Pathways to Parenting

As parents, we expect to deal with tantrums during the toddler years, but we are often less prepared when angry outbursts continue well into childhood. However, anger can actually be a symptom of anxiety in children.

Plantar Fasciitis

in Pathways to Parenting

Being on your feet–whether chasing little ones or just as part of your job–can quickly lead to exhaustion on any day of the week. As the days add up, in addition to being a pain in the neck, sometimes it can cause actual real pain in your heel.

Primary Immune Deficiency Diseases

in Pathways to Parenting

If the school nurse has you on speed dial and you find yourself blazing a path to your child’s school due to repeated infections, you may be dealing with something other than the average cold or allergies.

Children and Broken Bones

in Pathways to Parenting

Some kids are daredevils, defying gravity in any number of ways. Others stick close to the ground. A broken bone can happen to any of them, and for some, a cast is a childhood right of passage. Knowing that doesn’t make it any less scary when it’s yo

The Keto Diet & Thanksgiving

in Pathways to Parenting

If the key to your dieting success is ketosis, navigating the Thanksgiving table can seem like an insurmountable challenge. There are starchy foods as far as the eye can see and that’s even before you get to all the pies. But with a little planning a

Selective Mutism

in Pathways to Parenting

When at home, your happy, bubbly child can’t stop talking. But when you attend larger family gatherings, she clams up and doesn’t utter a word. You thought she was just overly shy, but you’ve noticed that this happens at soccer practice, in school, a

Bipolar Disorder

in Pathways to Parenting

Regardless of outside circumstances, being a parent can be difficult, but when you do factor in those outside circumstances, things can be even more tricky. These outside circumstances can include an unexpected mental health diagnosis. For around thr

Shingles

in Pathways to Parenting

Perhaps you’ve felt an itching and burning sensation in a specific area on your body. You think to yourself that it will go away, but then you notice that a rash has developed in that same area, and it’s slightly painful. The possibilities of what it

Croup

in Pathways to Parenting

Getting some sort of sinus funk is standard in Louisiana’s wet and pollen-rich environment, but sometimes, it can develop into more, especially for the youngest member of your family. While coughing often happens with any illness, listening to the so

Activated Charcoal

in Pathways to Parenting

One scroll through Instagram or Facebook and it’s likely you’ll come across photos and videos from beauty gurus and influencers who are using Activated Charcoal to help whiten their teeth. While we know it is best to not believe everything we see on

Winter Forest Painting

in Crafts and Cooking

This project looks intimidating, but it's actually very easy. You may need a few special supplies, but the outcome is impressive!

Clay Medallions

in Crafts and Cooking

This is a super easy and creative project! These make great party gifts, mementos and even ornaments if you punch a hole in the design with a straw.

Cheers to the New Decade

in Toby Comeaux, Holidays, Family Life

New Year’s has always been one of my favorite holidays. As a kid, Christmas is usually the king of all holidays, but as I grew up, I started to enjoy the celebratory aspect of New Year’s, especially New Year’s Eve itself, and now I enjoy being able t

Be It Resolved: 2020 Parenting Goals

in Health and Wellness, Things To Do, Family Life, Mari Walker

January is here once again, and after the excess of the holiday season, the start of a new calendar feels like a good time for a clean start. (It also seems like a good time to buy some new toy storage solutions, but that’s probably another post!) Al

Road Trip: Hot Springs, Arkansas

in Get Out of Town, Things To Do, Amy Delaney

This Thanksgiving, we snuck off to Hot Springs, Arkansas for a little vacation. It was a great chance to spend family time together and get back to nature. Here are a few suggestions for family fun.

New Year, New Mommy

in Health and Wellness

After having kids, every part of your body seems to head south, whether it's fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks, or age spots. We sometimes have fantasies of tweaking something on our bodies or doing more invasive procedures such as tummy tucks or f

Callaway Resort and Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia

in Get Out of Town, Things To Do, Family Life

This is an idyllic vacation spot where your family can rest and relax, hike, bike, play in the water, and laze on a white sand beach. This beautiful resort, located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, was founded by Cason Callaway and his

New Things, New Year

in A Day in the Life of Dad

Have you ever slept on the beach or camped in the backyard, or even started on a trip and didn’t know where you were going? These are a few of the things that I think lie in store for me in this next year. Too many times, we all make new year resolut

Toddler Property Laws

in Family Life

As a mom of toddlers, you are familiar with toddler tantrums over things that don’t make sense, say a major meltdown when you won’t let them eat cereal and milk from a plate, because you know, gravity, or when you won’t let them eat dog food, because

Parents' Bucket List for the Decade

in Health and Wellness, Things To Do, Family Life

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Spoiled for Choice

in School

It feels like one of the most important parenting decisions we will ever make, and it probably is. Where will I send my child to school? Every community has a public school system, but for some parents, the public school system is not an option. Mom

Alvin L. Murphy, III

in One Amazing Kid

When nine-year-old Alvin L. Murphy, III, wrote a research paper about Henry Ford, he didn’t know where it would lead him. Kerri T.S. Overstreet, guidance counselor at Westdale Heights Academic Magnet School, where Alvin is a fourth grader, nominated

You Can’t Always Get What You Want: Dealing with Defiance

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

There are days when parents feel like time flies when it comes to their children. Their children were once little, full of energy, and occasionally acted up, but overall, they idolized their parents. However, once they hit their preteen years, things

A Come and Go Affair

in Faith

As a child growing up in South Texas, my family would always celebrate New Year’s with a few carefully selected fireworks. Then, on the Sunday following the New Year’s celebration, we were always in church to participate in a worship service that usu

Exceptional Students and Private Schools

in School

You may have heard that “private schools do not provide services for students who have disabilities or exceptionalities.” However, this is actually a common misconception. While private schools are not required to provide these services, most have pr

Trafficking Hope

in Local Profile

When Lee and Laura Domingue traveled to Europe as part of a team to end human trafficking, the Baton Rouge couple did not realize this same atrocity was happening back at home. The couple was greatly moved by what they experienced abroad and were cal

Namisha Patel Vasanji

in Mom or Dad Next Door

Namisha Patel Vasanji leads a busy life. As a wife, mother of two, attorney, and president of the Junior League of Baton Rouge, she can often be seen around town, going from one event and activity to the next.

Full STEM Ahead

in School

Imagine a middle school student dribbling a basketball while a second student is filming the series of bounces. A third eighth-grader has graph paper, while a fourth is developing an equation on a dry erase board. Welcome to a typical Science, Techno

Kylie B.

in Cover Kid

2019-20 Cover Kid Kylie B. enjoys tumbling, exercising, riding horses, hanging out with friends, and even math. This two-time Cover Kid had a great time at her photo shoot, and she has a baby brother on the way! She’s really looking forward to being

Dancing Through Life Despite Diagnosis

in Exceptional Lives

The day after Kelli Guillory was born, she stopped breathing twice. The code blues were terrifying experiences for her mother, Jennifer Guillory. But the medical professionals weren’t sure why baby Kelli was having trouble.

Santa and His Magic–In Full Effect for as Long as Possible

in Holidays, Family Life, Melanie Lemoine

When it’s all said and done, if my children have joyful memories, then I have given them a great gift.

No Santa Here (Except When He Is)

in Holidays, Family Life, Mari Walker

“What are you asking Santa to bring you for Christmas?” Strangers in the grocery store and well-meaning friends at church ask my daughters this question without fail throughout December. My girls can usually answer, translating the question to the

Into the Unknown: Finding Inspiration in Frozen 2

in Things To Do, Family Life, Mari Walker

My birthday almost always falls during Thanksgiving break, and this year, my girls and I went to see Frozen 2 as a celebration (and then I ate a bunch of queso!). I didn’t think I would like the movie as much as I did. In the week since seeing it, I’

Give Yourself the Gift of Time this Season

in Family Life, Amy Delaney

Time. Think about a typical weekday evening at your house. Are you on the phone? Are the kids watching tv? Maybe you’re running errands and dropping people off at different events. For us, a typical evening is frantic, with Pman doing homework and Li

The Worst Days Are Still the Best Days

in Toby Comeaux, Family Life

I have had some of the best days of my life as a parent. I have been able to share in the joy of three births; watched all of my kids take their first steps; and helped them learn to tie shoes, ride bikes, and read books. We have shared in the love o

Christmas is the Best Season

in Holidays, Family Life

Before kids, Christmas felt a lot less stressful. My first year as a mom, I found myself buying Christmas presents in the Spring. I stored them away in a closet and would pick up toys and gifts all year long. I think that’s the most significant chang

Baby Night Walkers

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

For many new parents, the most difficult adjustment is lack of sleep due to baby’s inconsistent sleep patterns. New parents are often inundated with advice about how to get their baby to sleep better or longer. While it may not be the easiest adjustm

A Different Kind of Strength

in Exceptional Lives

Brady Larson was two and a half when his parents, Sherry Carpenter Larson and Eric Larson, received the devastating news that he has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The genetic disorder is characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. B

Louisville, Kentucky

in Get Out of Town

Most people know Louisville as the home of the Kentucky Derby, but there’s a lot more to this city of 750,000 residents than the yearly Run for the Roses. Founded in 1798 and named for King Louis XVI of France, the Derby City has the world’s largest

They’re Back

in A Day in the Life of Dad

Not sure how many of you have elves who visit your home every December, but I have three. Yes, three elves who arrive December 1 and cause mischief until Christmas Eve every year. From ziplines to messing up the kitchen and the Christmas tree, these

Condoleezza Semien

in One Amazing Kid

What makes you happy? Fourteen-year-old Condoleezza Semien took that question and created an entire business, Beluga Bliss.

Material World: Tips for Teaching Children that Things Aren’t Everything

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

In a world where one can get a date, food or household items with the tap of their smartphones, it's hard to not be slightly materialistic. Never before has there been a time when the world was so small. As the digital age continues to churn out on-d

When Santa’s Not Fair

in Holidays, Health and Wellness, Family Life

What’s the first thing you ask a child after Christmas? Did you answer, “What did Santa bring you?” or “What did you get for Christmas?” Chances are you did, and you’re not alone. After all, you’re guaranteed a smile. And the ultimate conversation st

Jesus, a Radically Inclusive Compassion

in Faith

Jesus of Nazareth, the name conjures up a profound emotional reaction. For some, Jesus has too often been the subjective justification for overwhelming discrimination, alienation, and condemnation. For others, Jesus is the source of radically inclusi

Zane Whittington

in Mom or Dad Next Door

Continuing to always learn and grow is important to Zane Whittington. As principal of Jefferson Terrace Elementary, Zane has major goals on what he hopes for the futures of the students, teachers, and the school. However, it’s the standard he holds h

2019 Holiday Happenings

in Things To Do

From shopping to making your days merry and bright, jingle your way through this season of cheer with some of the many amazing holiday happenings around Louisiana. We’ve tracked down a sleigh-full of options for you and your little reindeer to enjoy

It Takes a Village

in Local Profile

It takes a village to raise a child, and Shayna Landry and Amy LeJeune have created a village to support some of the most vulnerable children in our area. The Foster Village provides supplies such as clothing, toys, school supplies, and school unifor

Holiday Harmony

in Family Life

Halloween comes and goes. You squeeze in a day for Thanksgiving. You slowly ease into the holiday season with shopping and trimming the tree, and then the chaos ensues. Your days and nights are consumed with cookie exchanges, class parties, Nutcracke

Thomas-Kade K.

in Cover Kid

2019-20 Cover Kid Thomas-Kade K. is following in his sister’s footsteps as a Cover Kid, and although it was his first photo shoot, he felt right at home in front of the camera. His adorable grin and love for fun made this one photo shoot that none of

Disney Rookies: Should We Book a Trip?

in Things To Do, Mari Walker

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

Oh Snap! Preserving Childhood Memories with a Weekly Email

in Family Life, Mari Walker

My husband and I have a running joke that I have a Swiss cheese memory–nothing dangerous, but I don’t retain things the way he does, including some memories of life events. It doesn’t take much to jog my memory, and of course, plenty of less-than-des

Creamy Stuffed French Toast

in Crafts and Cooking

Make breakfast extra easy with this delicious recipe. This classic recipe is taken to another level with a creamy filling.

Jami & Katrina’s Holiday Gift Guide

in Holidays, Family Life

It’s that time again, time to show the mom in your life just how much she means to you! Being moms ourselves, we decided to share our must-have items in our Holiday Moms Only Gift Guide. Here is a list of the things that moms would love to receive th

Adoption: The Trials and Triumphs of Forever Families

in Family Life

There are many reasons why people consider adoption. For some, it’s a result of failed fertility efforts. For others, it’s a desire to enlarge their family and make life better for a child. But for all, it’s a way to bring people of diverse culture,

Minneapolis, Minnesota

in Get Out of Town

Minnesota may often be considered a “fly-over state,” but it’s worth taking a vacation to the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Minneapolis has plenty of places to go boating and fishing, but it’s also a vibrant arts community, the home of a professional baseba

Attitude of Gratitude

in Faith

Before our daughter could say “Thank You,” she could sign “Thank you.” “Please,” “More,” and “Thank you,” were the first three signs we taught her. Thanks is a response we all try to instill in our children from the earliest age. “Please” and “T

Leave the Bubble

in A Day in the Life of Dad

Recently, a friend of mine passed unexpectedly. We know this happens every day, but it seems it has to keep happening to remind us to live in the moment. With our children, it’s easy to get up in the morning, start the daily routine, and get ready fo

A Love Like Any Other Child

in Exceptional Lives

When Carter Williams was born, everything was fine. But when Carter was three months old, his parents Lauren and Casey Williams realized something wasn’t right because he didn’t make eye contact.

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