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Rock Bottom and Back Screening

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Meet the authors, talk with the heroes from the book and film, and enjoy a special screening of Rock Bottom and Back this Saturday only at Parkview Baptist Church at 10 a.m. Don’t miss your chance to see this inspirational and uplifting film!... Read full article

Meet Educational Goals with LSU’s Virtual Summer Camps

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The coronavirus pandemic put a lot of summer fun on hold for our children, but LSU Online & Continuing Education has transformed their incredibly popular summer camps into virtual experiences that can still be enjoyed this summer, but now, from the s... Read full article

Raising Readers One Book at a Time

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A recent Baby Center email for my seven year old (yes, I still open them to read about her development!) had the headline, “How to Encourage Reading.” I laughed and read along, knowing the advice doesn’t apply to me just now.... Read full article

Introduction to Running Medicine

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We all know that running is very healthy for you, but we also know that it carries its own risks as running injuries are very common. Studies show anywhere from 30-80 percent of runners are injured during a given year, leading to missing some runs.... Read full article

Physics Teacher Moves and Motivates Students at Parkview

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Sean Gardner, a second-year teacher at Parkview Baptist School, is revolutionizing the structure of a traditional physics class by changing not only the way it is taught, but the way it is graded as well. ... Read full article



Child’s Play: Don’t Hate the Playa OR the Game

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“Mama, will you play with me?” The question can sometimes sink me like a stone, especially if I’m in the midst of a work project or otherwise doing something I want or need to do.... Read full article

No Santa Here (Except When He Is)

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“What are you asking Santa to bring you for Christmas?” Strangers in the grocery store and well-meaning friends at church ask my daughters this question without fail throughout December. My girls can usually answer, translating the question to the ... Read full article

How Do I Respond to Comments from Kids About My Body?

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As I established in Suit Up, Mama, I’m living my life in a fat body. It’s not good or bad, it just is. I certainly wish my body were smaller sometimes, and I do exercise and try to be healthy. But I also accept it for what it is: my body that allows ... Read full article

Birthday Party Etiquette 101

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Whether you are the host or a party guest, these events are a great opportunity to teach a few basic rules of etiquette to ensure your child is one that is invited back again and again. ... Read full article

Unexpected New Skills While Staying Close to Home

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Although stay-at-home orders didn’t turn me into a better homemaker, they did expand my horizons within the domestic sphere, and this old dog learned some new tricks. While my thumb is still black and my house is still…lived in…more time spent at hom... Read full article

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