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Children Using Melatonin: Is it Safe?

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Some children may have difficulty producing melatonin or may have another exception that is keeping them from sleeping. Is melatonin the answer?... Read full article

Kids and YouTube: How to Safely Navigate the Virtual World

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How many times have you tried to get your child’s attention while he was staring at a screen in rapt attention? I’m sure you’ve had to use the phrase, “Put down the screen,” far more times than you’d like to, and most often when you did, you found th... Read full article

Can Your Myers-Briggs Type Affect How You Parent?

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I am a true believer in finding out what our personality types are so that we can go through life being more self-aware and appreciate why we approach the world in the way we do. After college, I took the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personalit... Read full article

Travel: The Park at OWA

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My family and I were recently invited to Foley, AL to visit The Park at OWA for the weekend. We decided to take advantage of the fun weekend getaway, especially since it’s only a 3.5 hour drive from Baton Rouge, LA. ... 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



Your Child, Your Self

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My daughter is the spitting image of me. She has blue eyes, curly brown hair, and fair skin. But that’s where our similarities end.... Read full article

10 Ways to Build Your Toddler's Vocabulary

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Every parent wants to give their toddler a head start with regard to speaking, and experts suggest it’s easier than most people think.... Read full article

Life Lessons Learned at Overnight Camp

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Ask anyone who has ever been to overnight camp about his or her experience, and you will hear endless tales of comradery, cabin mates, and campfires. Many times, campers will say overnight camp was the first time they rode a horse, shot a bow and arr... Read full article

A Wagon Filled with Memories

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“Let’s clean out the garage today.” How did this statement come from my mouth? If I had typed these words, I could have highlighted the sentence and pressed the delete key before anyone saw it. However, like all words, once they’re spoken in front ... Read full article

Motivating Children with Exceptional Needs

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For exceptional children with physical or cognitive struggles, achieving goals is paramount. The road to these achievements can be long and bumpy, though. Children who experience daily obstacles often face discouragement.  They tire of the pain, the ... Read full article

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