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Age -by- Age Birthday Guide: Pro secrets for planning a no-fuss birthday party

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Remember birthday parties when you were a kid? You draped streamers around the house, devoured cake with gooey icing and peeked while pinning the tail on the donkey. But now, there are even more options for birthday parties from bowling to tumbling. ... Read full article

The New Birthday Plan

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Dear Son: I’m writing to tell you about an exciting change we’ll be making in regard to my birthday this year. Because this is a big birthday year for me (rhymes with shorty), and because you’re such a big boy now, and frankly because I’m a little w... Read full article

Overbooked Summers Can Be a Bummer: The Pros and Cons of Camp-Filled Summers

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If you could relive one of your favorite summer memories as a kid, what would it be? Would it be on the beach with your family? In your neighborhood with friends? Or would you pick a time where you were attending summer camp and learning a new skill?... Read full article

Making Your Child's Birthday Special

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While it is important to let your child know how important she is throughout the year, it is crucial to make an extra effort to celebrate who she is on her birthday. ... Read full article

Baton Rouge Area Vacation Bible Schools

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Vacation Bible Schools offer faith-inspired crafts, music, lessons, and group activities that your children will enjoy. ... Read full article



My Heart Walks Around Without Me: A Girl Scout Camp Experience

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Parenting through the elementary years seems to be a gradual release, letting go of the demands (and some of the rewards) of mothering small children. Part of me welcomes the release, and I want nothing more for my daughters than to soar into fulfill... Read full article

Mamas Never Get Vacation, Not Even at the Beach!

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Packing up and hitting a beach somewhere along the Gulf seems to be an annual event for most middle- and upper-class families in our area, at least according to my Facebook feed. This year, we decided to join the fray, meeting my in-laws from Virgini... Read full article

A Perfect Painting Party!

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Parties are meant to be enjoyed, after all, and the moms and dads should be able to love it as much as the kids.... Read full article

True Balance? There's No Such Thing

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THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A TRULY BALANCED LIFE. The reality is that balance looks different to different people, and it is not always 50-50. In my opinion, balance is simply giving my attention to multiple things.... Read full article

Slumber Parties: From A to Zzz's

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Hosting an overnight party can be an eye-opener. Slumber is rarely on the agenda and parents can count on getting zero sleep, or just a few hours of sleep—if you are lucky. ... Read full article

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