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Articles in Thrive, Health and Wellness and Toby Comeaux

Are the Vaccines Safe for Kids?

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Louisianians ages 12 and up can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine, following a thorough review and decision by the FDA and CDC. Now, more families have the ability to protect their children and enjoy summer with confidence.... Read full article

Tri’ing to Mom

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Whoever said the infant/toddler stage was the hardest stage LIED! Rewind four years, 2015, picture it. I was…well, four years younger (we’ll leave it at that), and a mother to a not yet one-year-old daughter and three-year-old son.... Read full article

Finding a Quality Daycare

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We've seen it on the news: a daycare worker caught on video abusing a child in her care. It's every parent's worst nightmare. According to the National Children's Alliance, nearly 700,000 American children are victims of abuse or neglect each year wi... Read full article

Choosing Easy

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A fellow mother once told me, “I have come to realize that the hard choices we make as parents tend to be the right choices.” We were discussing whether or not I should send my son to school the day of the last honor roll assembly this past week. ... Read full article

The Girl Who Doesn’t Give Up

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A nine-year-old second grader, Piper Walters loves Frozen, her dog Amelia, and riding her bike. Despite the challenges that come with living with cerebral palsy, Piper makes the most of her life.... Read full article



Children Using Melatonin: Is it Safe?

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Some children may have difficulty producing melatonin or may have another exception that is keeping them from sleeping. Is melatonin the answer?... Read full article

Small Group of Friends or Big Popularity?

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Parents may wake one day to find the top three priorities of their children are friends, food, and fun, with family trailing far behind. The same children who once enjoyed being home with family now prefer to spend free time with friends. The need fo... Read full article

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

by Mari Walker on

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

Shh! Baby's Asleep...And He's Listening

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The old saying, “Little pitchers have big ears,” has long referred to our awareness that infants and children are listening far more to their surroundings than we often give them credit for. ... Read full article

From the Brink of Suicide: Why Society Should Talk About Mental Illness

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When I was a teenager, I was hanging out in my room one night when my mom came home really late. She quietly knocked and entered my bedroom. Her face was tear-stained and her voice cracked as she told me where she’d been. She had been attending the f... Read full article

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