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Changing the Game: Is it Wise to Specialize?

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Gone are the days of children playing multiple sports just for fun. Now, many kids are playing one sport year round to become elite athletes. This athletic trend is called sports specialization. Is it always a good idea?... Read full article

Parents' Bucket List for the Decade

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10. 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1...HAPPY NEW YEAR!!... Read full article

Choosing the Right Camp

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Camps are about learning as much as they’re about fun. Through hands-on experiences, unique challenges, and cooperative tasks with newly-made friends, those stories about camp will resonate for a lifetime. ... Read full article

A Pox on Our House: Quarantine Dreaming

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I can’t be the only one who, when first hearing about the coronavirus COVID-19 thought a two week quarantine wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. As an overextended mom and introvert, putting pause on my life to stay home for a while is the stuf... Read full article

LDOE Expands At-Home Care and Learning for Families

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The Louisiana Department of Education has expanded its at-home care and learning supports for families who are home with young children as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak.... Read full article



Mom, Can I Have a Cell Phone?: Navigating Through the Big Decision

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Does your child NEED a cell phone? Maybe not, but if they do, you need to know how to keep them safe.... 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

Where Are Your Shoes?

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Get Your Kids to Stop Losing Their Stuff Without Losing Your Mind... Read full article

Natchez, Mississippi

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Get Out of Town.... Read full article

Progressive Day Camp

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A Budget-Friendly Way to Entertain the Kids this Summer... Read full article

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