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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

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

Just Another Pinterest Fail

by Tommie Loftin on

Ok, I admit it. I am not a Pinterest mom. I’ve tried and failed and tried again. It’s just not in the cards for me. My cupcakes are not organic, and my sandwiches still have the crusts on, and I’m lucky if I match when I walk out the door every morni... Read full article

4 Reasons Why Every Child Should See Inside Out (And 3 Reasons Parents Should Watch It, Too)

by Tommie Loftin on

In 2015, Disney Pixar released a movie called Inside Out. In the movie, a young girl named Riley has to move across the country because her father gets a new job. When she is uprooted from her simple, Midwestern life and brought into the hustle and b... Read full article

Alcoholics Anonymous

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“Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) taught me how to live. The spiritual solution this program taught me has held up to every problem I have encountered over the last 14 years. I never have to drink again and neither does any other alcoholic—and that is an ... Read full article



A Playdate-Style Birthday Party

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Birthday parties for littles can add up fast. For a few Benjamins, you can take them and a few friends to a bounce place or rent a bounce house for your backyard. We didn’t start big parties like that for my older daughter until she was about five.... Read full article

Crisis Intervention Center

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After a series of suicides occured on LSU’s campus, the students needed someone they could reach out to for emotional support, and so, THE PHONE, a crisis helpline, was born. ... Read full article

I’m 38. What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up?

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The only call I’ve ever felt certain of was the call to be a mother, and it’s specifically the call to be the mother of my two daughters, ages seven and three. But my professional call, what I’m supposed to be “when I grow up,” has been much murkier.... Read full article

Dad at School is Cool: Watch D.O.G.S. at Mayfair Lab School

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Once his children entered elementary school, each year he thought, “Somebody should start that Watch D.O.G.S. program. Somebody should really do that.” But, nothing happened.... Read full article

Ella's Endeavor

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The birth of a child is a day of celebration and joy, excitement and smiles. For some parents, however, that day can take an unexpected turn when they find out their child has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome. ... Read full article

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