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Can you be Cool in a Minivan?

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To my shock and dismay, Suburbans did not have four latch systems. Apparently, there are very few families looking to safely buckle a two-year-old and three newborns. Thus I began my journey into the minivan world.... Read full article

Unspeakably Brave

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Rolling with the Good Times: Navigating Baton Rouge’s Mardi Gras with Kids

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When my husband and I moved to Baton Rouge, we had absolutely no idea about Mardi Gras. I mean, sure, we had heard of “Fat Tuesday” and had the vague sense that beads were involved, but the Louisiana Mardi Gras EXPERIENCE was a complete unknown. That... Read full article

Pandemic Parenting, Amirite?

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I’m sitting here in front of my computer trying to think of something to write to all of you–something to lift up and inspire during this time of uncharted territory and endless new decision-making.... Read full article

Different, Not Less: A Mother’s Advocacy for Her Son with Autism

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A diagnosis of autism can turn a family upside down, and that was the case for William Spiller IV when he was diagnosed at age two. Because he didn’t speak or respond, doctors first thought his hearing was the problem, but an auditory brainstem respo... Read full article



Kylee's Korner | I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose

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It's storytime with Kylee! Today in Kylee's Korner, Kylee will be reading "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose."... Read full article

Play! Create! Imagine! (and then Clean. It. Up.)

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I walk a very fine line between wanting my children to play and create and imagine...and wanting/NEEDING a tidy house to function at my best. I need order around me to feel relaxed and productive. If I wake up in the morning and I am greeted by a tra... Read full article

Going Viral: Teen Connects Through Poetry and TikTok Videos

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Although he didn’t speak until he was five, Cohen Swain is finding his voice. The 15-year-old is on the autism spectrum and has written a poem, Hold On, I’m Trying, that has gone viral. ... Read full article

The Remembering: Reflections on My Pregnancy Loss

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It starts the first week of December, the remembering. I had felt her move for the first time in the car driving home from a Thanksgiving trip to Florida, which is why I suspect my anniversary grief stress begins so early. I subsequently gave birth t... Read full article

Sylvia’s Toys for Christmas in July: Community Service Scholarships for Kids

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WBRZ News Anchor and President of Sylvia’s Toys For Christmas Sylvia Weatherspoon celebrated Christmas in July, where 26 children in Baton Rouge received community service scholarships. The special event was held on Saturday, July 16 at the Goodwood ... Read full article