This New Orleans Boy Doesn’t Belong There

This blog is not easy. It’s ugly and raw. It’s truthful and painful and so very, very sad. It is an enormous deviation from my regular content. It’s every bit not at all about me and entirely about me a...
Heart-Tracy with her daughters

Heart

My 7 year old daughters are really just barely "twins" these days.  It wasn't always this way.  These two had to match down to the socks for the first five years of their lives.  People assumed that I dressed t...
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The City Can Be Your Classroom

An ideological leap that every new homeschooler makes is around WHERE homeschooling happens, and that it is not restricted to your home. We’ve mentioned parkschooling, because that happens a lot in the cooler m...
feeling thankful with New Orleans Art Museum

Feeling Thankful at NOMA

During this time of year, I feel especially thankful for all of my family and friends. The people in my life have helped me become the person that I am today, and I am grateful for them! With this in mind, I t...

Give Dad Credit Where Credit is Due

When fathers take an active role in parenting, kids survive and THRIVE!             Behold the bungling father. Ever notice how the media has portrayed dads? They tend to be cast in the role of the loveable g...

Summer in the City

It’s almost summer – make the most of your time with your kids   Summer. A time to loosen up, relax and play. For most people, the pace slows a bit and schedules open up. Without homework and after-school com...

Spotlight: HeartGift

A parent will do anything to ensure the health of her child. This was no different for Norma, whose son was diagnosed at nine months with a congenital heart defect. Twice a year she would leave her home, nestle...

The Importance of Grieving

Teaching children how to cope from an early age will benefit them when tragedy inevitably strikes My daughter, Olivia, and her friends recently were celebrating their impending college graduation. At the party...

Responding to Sexual Behavior in Young Children

Even in today’s sexually open society, parents struggle with the idea that their children are sexual beings. So, like it or not, parents need to know about the progression of normal sexual development and learn...
Happy little girl finishing her homework and get applause from her parents at home

The Problem with Praise

Rather than cheering an action, motivate your child to do more   “Good job!”   “That’s beautiful”   “You’re the best!”   Parents and teachers use these words to encourage positive behavior, reward and b...