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Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital Child Life Specialists

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Hospitals can be intimidating and terrifying places, especially for children. At Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, 10 special people work their hardest to assure that the hospital can be a positive experience with even some fun and good memor... Read full article

The Bella Bowman Foundation

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On the first day of 2011, after months of unexplained illness, Trey and Kim Bowman were told that their daughter, Bella, was diagnosed with an ependymoma brain tumor. Bella’s doctors determined that surgery, followed by several months of radiation tr... Read full article

Sleepaway for Mama: Leaving My Daughters Overnight for the First Time

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In more than seven and a half years of parenting, I had never left my children overnight until recently. Other than her recent trip to pony camp, the only time I was away from my older daughter was when my younger daughter was born. I stayed in the h... Read full article

Taking the Lead

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I have vivid memories of my friend’s dad teaching us how to change a tire and use jumper cables,” says Cathy Carmichael, a local troop leader who started as a Brownie, of her experience in Girl Scouts. For her, Girl Scouts had a positive impact on he... Read full article

Moms on Campus

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When LSU graduate student Wendy Hansing gave birth to her son, she realized that support and spaces for mothers on campus were limited. Not only were there no centralized resources from which mothers could receive information and help, but there was ... Read full article



Silver Lining to a Scary Situation: My Daughter Was Lost, But We Both Found Friends

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Life is a balancing act, and I find that especially true with my roles as mother and writer. Last December, I was on deadline, finishing up some briefs for the Community section of Baton Rouge Parents Magazine. One of the briefs I’d just finished was... Read full article

The Unseen Impacts of the Texas Floods

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Going through any natural disaster is devastating. Juggling losing your home and everything inside with also having a medically complex child is beyond my comprehension. ... Read full article

100 Black Women of Baton Rouge

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When her young goddaughter’s parents passed away, 100 Black Women of Baton Rouge Chapter President, Dr. Tamiara L. Wade, was thrust into a mentoring role for her. It was through this experience that Dr. Wade realized how important an organization lik... Read full article

Be It Resolved: 2020 Parenting Goals

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January is here once again, and after the excess of the holiday season, the start of a new calendar feels like a good time for a clean start. (It also seems like a good time to buy some new toy storage solutions, but that’s probably another post!) Al... Read full article

Baton Rouge Children's Advocacy Center

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“Recently, a child was acting up in school, was suspended, and went from being an A student to a C student. The family thought they just had a child acting out. An interested person, knowing there’s often another layer, started asking questions, and... Read full article

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