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Wreck the Halls

Boughs of holly and other perils of the holiday season   Sure, you've got the gates in place, the latches on, and you know all about stove safety. But the holidays are like the American Ninja Warrior of child...

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...
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2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Let Nola Family be your guide this holiday season when shopping for the perfect gifts for the kids in your family. Our carefully curated selection of toys, clothes and more from some of the area’s best small ...
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On Pointe

Local ballet students take the lead in area Nutcracker productions Taela Graff gets excited just thinking about dancing on stage – the bright lights, the colorfully detailed backgrounds and the hundreds of eye...
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...

Giving Back in NOLA During the Giving Season

Kehoe-France School brings you ways to embrace acts of kindness and charity over the holidays Most of us are fortunate enough to be together with loved ones over the holidays, sharing ample food and gifts. But...
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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...
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The Opioid Epidemic

What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids By this time, most people know that we are in the midst of a drug-related disaster in this country. Overdose is the number one cause of death among people younger than...
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French Parents embrace New Orleans

Vive La Nouvelle Orléans!When he first moved to New Orleans in 2003 to finish his college degree, Benjamin Brimm immediately felt at home surrounded by all of the French streets – Bourbon, Conti and Napoleo...
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my daughter is the quarterback

 Photo Credit: Peter W. Cross for The New York Times A professional football game is on TV and my daughter's eyes are glued to the set. But she's not watching the game, she's watching the cheerleaders. And I'm...