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Articles in Susan Lowry Cedotal, Mandy Cowley, Madeline Rathle, Joy Holden, Family Life and Health and Wellness

12 Ways To Work Your Workout

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The benefits of exercising regularly are no secret. From controlling weight, to staving off chronic disease, to improving memory and sleep—physical activity seems to be a cure-­all for whatever ails you.... Read full article

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

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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... Read full article

Keeping Your Child Healthy

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Every parent worries about whether they are doing the right thing when it comes to making decisions about their children and keeping them healthy. As parents, we have to work hard to instill healthy habits in our children so they can go on to live he... Read full article

Best Friend Breakups and Makeups: the Ups and Downs of Friendship

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Quarrels and breakups happen, and painful feelings may linger. Often but not always–after some time or a shift in activities–kids find a way to make up. ... Read full article

Yes Means Yes, No Means No: Teaching Consent to Your Children

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Sexual assault is an overwhelming issue. High profile cases of rape are splattered across news websites, newspapers, and social media.... Read full article



Does Birth Order Affect Who We Become?

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My son (the firstborn) is reserved, a perfectionist, and follows directions to a tee. My daughter (the youngest) is outgoing, fearless, and thinks the world is her stage. However, my son came home from overnight camp with the news that he was voted i... Read full article

Play! Create! Imagine! (and then Clean. It. Up.)

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I walk a very fine line between wanting my children to play and create and imagine...and wanting/NEEDING a tidy house to function at my best. I need order around me to feel relaxed and productive. If I wake up in the morning and I am greeted by a tra... Read full article

From Temporary to Permanent: Understanding Foster Care and Adoption

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There are 4,787 children in foster care in Louisiana; 653 of these children are waiting for adoptive families. Children’s lives are at stake.... Read full article

Cheers to the New Decade

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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... Read full article

From the Brink of Suicide: Why Society Should Talk About Mental Illness

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When I was a teenager, I was hanging out in my room one night when my mom came home really late. She quietly knocked and entered my bedroom. Her face was tear-stained and her voice cracked as she told me where she’d been. She had been attending the f... Read full article

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