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Articles in Exceptional Lives, Mandy Cowley, Cristian Hardy, Family Life and Holidays

For the Love of the Arts

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When Jenny Ballard was 11 years old, her parents took her to see a play. It was Shakespeare’s As You Like It–an experience that she’s never forgotten. “I remember the way it transformed the way I thought about the world,” she says. “From the lights g... Read full article

Toddler Property Laws

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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... Read full article

Bringing Back Old-Fashioned Toys

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The scene is all too familiar. Toys are scattered around the room—the noise of blinking toys, buzzing toys, talking toys—all lit by the glow of the television and smartphones in hand.... Read full article

Let It Go at the Library!

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In November of 2013, when the movie Frozen hit theaters, I was totally an amateur mom. In fact, we didn’t even see it and opted for a dinosaur movie with PMan because we thought he would enjoy that better. At the time, he was three and obsessed with ... Read full article

Make Your List!

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So, I made my own list: my list of things I want to change about my life. Getting more sleep was at the top.  There is something about writing it down, defining it clearly, that works. I am trying to live by this now. ... Read full article



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Hope for Hearing

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With her surgery, the doctors hope to help bring Victoria’s hearing to function at 100 percent.... Read full article

A Love Like Any Other Child

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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.... 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

A Salute to Mothers

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To all the mothers who fixed a home cooked meal only to be criticized by the tiniest food critics ever… To all the mothers who spend more time at the ball field than sleeping… To all the mothers who support other mothers…... Read full article

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