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Joy's Summer Reads

in Joy Holden, Turn the Page

The sun is shining. The waves are crashing. The afternoon showers are pouring. We are getting to those sweaty, humid days when our shirts get damp just walking to the car. This means pool days with our kids or beach days with our families. Don’t we a

Joyful Reads from May 2022

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 books to anyone who is the least bit curious. Seriously. I am always volunteering book recs to people near m

Summer is Back

in A Day in the Life of Dad

Well, it’s official–it’s hot as you-know-what. The little ones are out of school, we are looking for things to do, and that can only mean one thing: Summer is here, and we have about three months left to go.

School's Out

in A Note from Mom

School is out, and now, the fun begins. Well, maybe it’s not so much fun for me, as I feel like I just became a glorified Uber driver for my kids. However, it’s officially the start of summer camps, pool parties, sleepovers, beach trips, and any othe

Hunter Kinchen

in Mom or Dad Next Door

Hunter Kinchen loves to play tennis and have fun with his three children, but, more than anything, he loves watching his children take on something new. He enjoys being silly with his children, and while he describes himself as “fun,” he says he can

Spend the Night at the Museum

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

Night at the Museum (2006), along with its two sequels in 2009 and 2014, has fascinated children with its on-screen displays of life in a museum after everyone else has gone home. Now, children can experience that themselves, as there are several est

Treating Torticollis

in Baby and Toddler, Health and Wellness

Did you know about 3 in every 100 babies are born with–or eventually develop–a condition that causes their necks to become stiff on one side? This condition is called torticollis, and it can happen easily if your baby is not moving his or her head en

Milk it For All it’s Worth

in The Last Word

If you asked me the price of milk years ago, I would’ve had no clue. But three kids later, I now possess the incredible ability to tell you the exact price variance between each store within a 10-mile radius of my house. When you purchase in bulk, yo

Mission Trips

in Faith

"For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And ho

Parentcation: Leave the Guilt Behind

in Get Out of Town, Family Life

It’s vacation time! But, what if I told you that you could spend a vacation without applying sunscreen to little faces, just your own and your SO’s? Let’s talk about taking a couple’s vacation.

The Peterkin Family: Stemming the Fear Around Chronic Disease

in Thrive

Jenneffer and Shannon Peterkin were in for the shock of their lives when their son, Aiden, was born and diagnosed with severe Hemophilia A, a rare bleeding disorder characterized by spontaneous and difficult-to-control internal bleeding. With no fami

Why We Should Cancel Cancel Culture

in Family Life

It’s no news that the Internet can be a dangerous place, but now there’s a new crisis among teens and young adults that is lurking among the world wide web. This crisis is a method to put down other people who do something the mainstream media consid

Travel Abroad on a Budget

in Get Out of Town, Family Life

It’s summertime! That means you’re probably planning a family vacation, if you have not done so already. Traveling with young children can be a daunting task, especially if you’re thinking about traveling abroad. You may be wondering, how will my chi

Sebastian O.

in Cover Kid

2021-22 Cover Kid Sebastian O. had fun at Blue Zoo seeing the sharks and the bearded dragon, and feeding the stingrays. He’s outgoing and enjoys meeting new people. He plays basketball, baseball, and soccer, and competes in pageants. He

How the Fatherhood Role Has Changed

in Family Life

Being a father has never been easy, and it should not be something that is taken lightly either. It is a privilege, honor, and great responsibility, and when I look at my own dad, I can’t help but think about the line of men in my family and how the

Joyful Reads from April

in Joy Holden

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 books to anyone who is the least bit curious. Seriously. I am always volunteering book recs to people near m

The 9th Annual Shield of Hope Gala

in Sponsored Content

Join The Salvation Army of Greater Baton Rouge for a night of fun with The Chase Tyler Band and Julio Melara for the 9th annual Shield of Hope Gala on May 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the L'Auberge Casino and Hotel Events Center.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

in Out & About, Get Out of Town

Just a short ferry ride from the Pacific Northwest border of the United States, Vancouver is a bustling city with beautiful skylines, blue waters, and mild weather. It is the perfect destination for a balance of sightseeing with tours of the city and

Summer Jobs: 8 Easy Ways Teens Can Earn Cash

in Things To Do, Family Life

Summertime is almost here, which means summertime boredom is right around the corner. It won’t be too long before your teen or tween starts complaining about having nothing to do. However, there’s a solution to speeding up those dog days of summer: g

When Children Ask Questions

in Faith

Children ask the most interesting questions about God. It is easy to dismiss these questions, but that isn’t beneficial for their walk with Christ. As a parent, it is your job to disciple them as they grow in their relationships with Christ. That mea

Dive into Water Safety Month with Tankproof

in Thrive

Thurman and Torrence Thomas are twin brothers who wished to support underserved communities in Baton Rouge and beyond. As artists and musicians by trade, the Thomases were already enriching their community with art, but were spurred by a very specifi

Choosing the Right Child Care: How to Find the Perfect Fit

in Family Life, School

Finding the right preschool for your children seems simple enough. Theoretically, all you need to do is find an open spot at the one nearest to you and the job is done. In reality, it is a lot more complicated than that. You must take things such as

26 Ways to Know You Might Be a Mom of All Boys

in The Last Word

Coming from a family of all girls, I never pictured myself as a boy mom. But one, two, three rambunctious boys later, I’m knee-deep in the waters of Legos, mud, and potty words, and it doesn’t look like I’m getting out anytime soon. You, too, may be

Adeline Guidry

in One Amazing Kid

Adeline Guidry is doing big things as an 11-year-old, and she has even bigger dreams for the future. She was a foster child until she was adopted in third grade. Now, she’s a fifth-grade student at Westdale Heights Academic Magnet, and she was a fina

Boys Will Be Boys? Raising Well-Adjusted Sons

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

A s a psychologist who has studied child development, and as a mother of two boys and a girl, I can say that there are differences in boys’ versus girls’ development. It’s important to understand these differences and how parents can raise happy, we

Is There a Best Bedtime?

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

As parents, it’s easy to shun enforcing bedtimes for our children, especially when we’re exhausted after the events of the day. However, there are benefits to having your child in bed at a set time each night for both them and for you.

Jasmin Newsome

in Mom or Dad Next Door

If you asked Jasmin Newsome two years ago where she thought she would be today, she would not have guessed that she would be teaching at the same school her children attend. In fact, she thought she would be owning and running her own business after

Soccer and SEALs

in A Day in the Life of Dad

Last year, about this time, I wrote about my boys not accepting a soccer trophy (they did not earn it). Needless to say, there were a number of opinions on that article, but this year, I bring you an update, and a couple of lessons we may have picked


in A Note from Mom

You know when you are younger, you often picture yourself many years down the road, married and with a family. Usually, you imagine a particular order you want your children born in. I, of course, wanted my son first, then a daughter. I never saw a t

Adele B.

in Cover Kid

2021-22 Cover Kid Adele B. has been in pageants since she was 18 months old, and she loves them. For her, it’s her favorite sport. She enjoys singing Christmas songs all year round and swimming, and she’s quite the animal lover, too. She

Bookstagram for Beginners

in Joy Holden

I am a proud Bookstagrammer. Do you know what Bookstagram is? Bookstagram is simply Instagram for books and book reviews. People who love to read start their own Instagram accounts for book reviews and book sharing. It’s a whole social media communit

Joyful Reads from March

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 books to anyone who is the least bit curious. Seriously. I am always v

Mad Hatter’s Artistas and Fashionistas

in Sponsored Content

The Baton Rouge Symphony League held its 66th annual Mad Hatter’s Luncheon on March 24, 2022 at Crowne Plaza.

Spring Cleaning for Good

in Things To Do, Family Life

The second most wonderful time of the year: spring cleaning. Round up a pile of trash bags, sort through your closets, and maybe take a look in the attic to see what you kept but don’t really need. What do you do with all this gently-used stuff? The

Baton Roots Community Farm

in Thrive

Mitchell Provensal, the Program Coordinator for Baton Roots Community Farm, got his start with the initiative through The Walls Project, a community reactivation organization.

Eggs-cellent Easter DIYs

in Crafts and Cooking

Hop into the Easter spirit by getting crafty with these Easter DIYs.

Gardening Can Build Healthier and Happier Kids

in Home & Garden, Health and Wellness

Children today have access to lots of great and new technology that allows them to do so much from behind a screen. With a plethora of social media platforms and advancements in things like virtual reality, children are able to essentially go anywher

James Robinson, Jr.

in One Amazing Kid

James Robinson, Jr., a senior at Tara High School, knows the difficulties students face when entering high school and navigating the day-to-day experiences. To help these students communicate their concerns, James created B hEARD, a student-led organ

Prepare Your Heart for Easter

in Faith

Lent is the period of 40 weekdays before Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday, and Sundays are not counted. Lent is a period of preparation before Easter and represents a teachable moment for families. I encourage you to use Lent as an opportunity for

Brandon Trosclair

in Mom or Dad Next Door

Brandon Trosclair is a local hero for his business, his community, and, most importantly, for his children. He believes that there is no greater thing than being a dad and coming home to hugs from his two children, Brianna and Peyton. In January 2022

Summer is Coming

in A Day in the Life of Dad

It’s starting to warm up and the sun is staying out a bit longer, and we are finally getting ready for summer. That means, we are going to be traveling (hopefully) and having to do the shuffle with our children again that includes who is watching the

The Case of the Missing Library

in The Last Word

I used to consider myself an organized person who rarely lost anything, definitely never a library book. Now that I’m the mother of twins and a daughter who loves books, I can no longer attest to this fact.

The Sex Talk: How to Start the Conversation

in Health and Wellness

If you think it’s important to talk to your kids about sex…but still haven’t gotten around to having “the talk,” you’re not alone. But that doesn’t mean you should keep waiting.

Making Time

in A Note from Mom

As a mom of three very active children and a wife to a husband who doesn’t know how to say, “no,” it’s hard to find the time to do anything that is out of the norm. Currently, we are in full swing of dance competitions and practices, getting ready fo

Money Matters: Raising Money-Saavy Kids

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

Children may not always listen to the life lessons we try to impart, but when it comes to money, they are an amazingly attentive audience. T. Rowe Price, a global investment management firm, found in a survey that 65 percent of kids approach their pa

Kate D.

in Cover Kid

2021-22 Cover Kid Kate D. had a blast at her photoshoot. She especially enjoyed spending time with the bunnies. Kate plays basketball, enjoys sketching and coloring, rollerblading, and riding her hoverboard. She’s also a fan of the Harry

Lake Tahoe, California

in Out & About, Get Out of Town

Did you know Lake Tahoe, one of the deepest freshwater lakes in the US, is more than 2 million years old? That means you can get up close and personal with millions of years of history while visiting this iconic vacation destination. While you’re at

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

in Out & About

Right under the nose of the Sierra Madre mountains is Puerto Vallarta, a city on Mexico’s Pacific coast brimming with culture, friendly locals, and stunning beaches. In fact, Puerto Vallarta is known for its gastronomy (just take a look at all the re

Joyful Reads from February

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 books to anyone who is the least bit curious. Seriously. I am always volunteering book recs to people near m

The Importance of VBS

in Faith

The 21st century is such a peculiar time to be alive when you look at the rest of world history. Children are inside more than ever, and while they may not be experiencing more ultraviolet rays on their skin, they are receiving light rays from an ove

Toxic Mix-Ups

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

Poisoning is the number one cause of injury-related deaths in the U.S., according to a 2019 report by the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC). More than 2 million cases of human poison exposure in the U.S. were reported in 2017 alo

One Ratty Summer: How a Rodent Taught My Campers Resilience

in The Last Word

As a parent, I know how scary it can be (deep breath) to send kids to sleepaway camp for the first time. When I contemplated my daughter, 12-year-old Gracie, going to overnight camp for the first time, I had my own share of brown-bag

Power Pump Girls: A Passion for People

in Thrive

Sherin Dawud and Raina Vallot, both alumni of Louisiana State University, met in 2014 and their shared passion for helping others sparked their entrepreneurial partnership. After starting their first company together, a series of business endeavors l

Bryson Addison

in One Amazing Kid

Twelve-year-old Bryson Addison is rarely seen without a smile on his face. Bryson has been living with severe asthma, neutropenia, and polyarthritis, but despite his obstacles, he remains optimistic and radiates joy. Through his struggles, he puts hi

TikTok Tics in Tweens

in Health and Wellness, Family Life

If you did not know this already, the TikTok app has dominated the world of social media in the form of short videos that can make you laugh, dance, or even cry. Especially since the COVID-19 pandemic, TikTok has been the go-to app for when anyone ne

When Enough is Enough

in A Note from Mom

As adults, we have learned our boundaries, but it took many years for us to know just how far we can go without going over to the dark side. We teach our kids that they need to fight their own battles, but when is it time for us to step in as parents

Chakesha Scott

in Mom or Dad Next Door

Chakesha Scott can tell you everything there is to know about hard work. She balanced motherhood as a graduate student and obtained a Master’s degree when her daughter, Courtney, was young. Now, she is the founder and CEO of Impact Charter School, an

Let's Enjoy Summer Camp

in Family Life, Summer Fun

Summer camp registrations are in full swing, although many are still concerned about COVID-19 and the overall safety of our children–and rightfully so. With all of the uncertainties and what ifs, some parents may even consider avoiding any risks and

Kevin J. Jr.

in Cover Kid

2021-22 Cover Kid Kevin J. Jr. is funny, loving, adventurous, and quite the jokester. He loves a good prank, and he plays t-ball and basketball and enjoys riding his hoverboard and four wheeler. He loves reading; going to school; spending time with h

Baton Rouge Symphony League’s Mad Hatter's Event

in Sponsored Content

For centuries, art and fashion have shared a rich love affair. Two separate elements tightly intertwined by the influence they have on each other, producing bold and daring results globally. Explore your inner artist as you don your most fashionable

East Baton Rouge Parish Library's One Book One Community

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Joyful Reads from January

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

Lexington, Kentucky

in Out & About, Get Out of Town, Things To Do

The charming city of Lexington lies in the heart of Kentucky’s famous Bluegrass region, and this city is known as the “Horse Capital of the World” for a good reason. Lexington’s charm will greet you as soon as you approach your hotel (which is also a