Ages & Stages

Guidance, Discipline and the Perils of Punishment 

Giving choices and being respectful will yield better results   What do you think of when you hear the word “discipline?” Something helpful? Instructive? Punitive? Well, punishment doesn’t work. It may establ...

Letting Go Again 

Purging your home of childhood artifacts doesn’t mean erasing the memories  About four years ago I wrote about letting go when it was time for my daughter, Olivia, to move away to college.   Much to my surpri...

Diversifying the Plate of Picky Eaters 

Take baby steps to establish a new food routine  Michelle Bullock knows a thing or two about picky eaters. Her two-year-old son, Ronald, has a few favorite foods, but the Lakeview mom wishes he would add a li...

Giving Back Instead of Taking a Break 

Local students skip the beads and beaches to help those in need  Taylor Stansberry loves Carnival parades, especially the spectacle of Fat Tuesday when countless thousands of people line the streets of New Orl...
summertime jobs for tweens and teens

Summertime Jobs For Tweens And Young Teens

Finding the right summertime jobs for tweens and teens. While caviar dreams may be farfetched, tweens and teens can earn some decent spending money this summer. But summer employment’s rewards go beyond the mo...

Natural Night Owls and the Struggle for Self-Control

Ever wonder how your grumpy, sleepy teen functions at school in the morning? According to a new study published in the December 2016 issue of Pediatrics, perhaps not too well. Along with lots of other changes ...

Strengthening Relations with Your Pre-Teen

When children move into the preteen years, parents often struggle with the changes this new stage of development brings.  Just looking at the titles of popular parenting books for this age group—like The Roller...

Teaching Kids Communication Skills

Teaching communication is one of the most important things parents do to educate their children. Children who hear more words by the time they start school have significant advantages over kids who are raised i...

Why It’s Important to Have “The Talk” Now

A report came out earlier this year that showed teen pregnancies have dropped to historic lows in Louisiana. While that’s certainly encouraging, our rates of sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise. We le...

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