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As summer approaches, it’s tough to deal with change

As summer approaches, it’s tough to deal with change

Editor May 29, 2015 Comments Off on As summer approaches, it’s tough to deal with change

When you have a child with special needs, especially if that child is non-verbal, life is all about trust. Not because you’re a trusting person, not because you necessarily choose to trust, but because

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Finding out I look like a mom brings new emotions

Finding out I look like a mom brings new emotions

Editor May 21, 2015 Comments Off on Finding out I look like a mom brings new emotions

I was out shopping, minding my own business, when a woman asked me, “What do you think of this dress?” A junior high-aged girl stood nearby–her daughter, I assumed. I don’t like questions like

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Getting more sleep is tough with all my sick children

Getting more sleep is tough with all my sick children

Editor May 18, 2015 Comments Off on Getting more sleep is tough with all my sick children

Faithful readers may recall my recent pledge to start getting more sleep. Well. It started out OK. I managed three nights in a row, getting in bed before midnight. Sadly, this is an accomplishment

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Let’s talk about everyone’s favorite topic: vaccines

Let’s talk about everyone’s favorite topic: vaccines

Editor April 16, 2015 Comments Off on Let’s talk about everyone’s favorite topic: vaccines

So for today let’s talk about something we can all agree on–vaccines. Hahaha. I’m just kidding. Nobody agrees on vaccines, but let’s talk about it anyway. And by “let’s,” I mean “I.” I’ll go

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My 4-year-old hits and I’m trying to figure out how to deal

My 4-year-old hits and I’m trying to figure out how to deal

Editor March 28, 2015 Comments Off on My 4-year-old hits and I’m trying to figure out how to deal

It turns out I am raising That Kid. The one who decks his friends at school. Your kid comes home talking about That Kid, and you think to yourself, “That Kid’s mother needs to

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Miss Nelson’s Unruly Classroom Takes to the Stage, Laughs Abound

Miss Nelson’s Unruly Classroom Takes to the Stage, Laughs Abound

Editor March 18, 2015 Comments Off on Miss Nelson’s Unruly Classroom Takes to the Stage, Laughs Abound

SLIDELL, La. (March 18, 2015) – Curtains open this weekend on Miss Nelson’s rowdy classroom in a laughed-filled production designed for the wee ones, yet great fun for the whole family. Slidell Little Theatre

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What is that smell in my van full of four children?

What is that smell in my van full of four children?

Editor February 28, 2015 Comments Off on What is that smell in my van full of four children?

“WHAT is that SMELL?” That is the question. For the past few days, every time we’ve gotten into the minivan, this is what I want to know. The kids want to know. The answer:

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Valentine’s Day has taken quite a turn since my younger days

Valentine’s Day has taken quite a turn since my younger days

Editor February 15, 2015 Comments Off on Valentine’s Day has taken quite a turn since my younger days

Saturday is Valentine’s Day. Yay, romance! Or maybe–boo, romance? I’ve been in both categories at varying points in my life, and during this particular season–the season in which I have four small children at

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10th anniversary of event honors talent in parish community

10th anniversary of event honors talent in parish community

Editor February 4, 2015 Comments Off on 10th anniversary of event honors talent in parish community

By BETSY SWENSON Tammany West news COVINGTON — We might be part of the Greater New Orleans area, but St. Tammany Parish has a culture all its own, one that is celebrated through the

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I’m realizing my child has friends even with his different situation

I’m realizing my child has friends even with his different situation

Editor January 28, 2015 Comments Off on I’m realizing my child has friends even with his different situation

This past weekend we threw a birthday party for my oldest at a local party place filled with all different kinds of bounce houses. Five minutes into the party, he deemed it, “the best

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Talking to my kids about race is the only way it will get better

Talking to my kids about race is the only way it will get better

Editor January 21, 2015 Comments Off on Talking to my kids about race is the only way it will get better

We were eating Sunday lunch when my 7-year-old daughter reminded me, “We don’t have school tomorrow.” “Right,” I said. “Martin Luther King Day.” Later in the meal I asked her if they talked about

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Not ready for my middle child to go to kindergarten

Not ready for my middle child to go to kindergarten

Editor January 18, 2015 Comments Off on Not ready for my middle child to go to kindergarten

It’s preschool registration time, and I’m stressing my 4-year-old. To register for another year of PreK, or head toward kindergarten in the fall? It’s Mark, my third-born, the middlest of my middles. He’s an

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Time for my annual New Year’s purge, which is so necessary

Time for my annual New Year’s purge, which is so necessary

Editor January 10, 2015 Comments Off on Time for my annual New Year’s purge, which is so necessary

There’s something about the New Year that makes me want to get rid of everything I own. Immediately on the heels of Christmas, New Year’s Day generally finds me knee-deep in holiday decor, toys

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I really thought there would be hover boards by this age

I really thought there would be hover boards by this age

Editor December 30, 2014 Comments Off on I really thought there would be hover boards by this age

You know how you go through life, and you’re the Young Person–maybe the youngest of your friends or coworkers or whatever. And you say obnoxious things like, “Wow, I was in second grade when

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Last minute Christmas, New Year recipes help busy holidays

Last minute Christmas, New Year recipes help busy holidays

Editor December 28, 2014 Comments Off on Last minute Christmas, New Year recipes help busy holidays

The holidays are great fun when one has small children, but it never fails–I always end up pressuring myself into a frenzy of foolishness this time of year. We’re creating traditions, beautiful memories, and

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This Christmas is all about ‘keeping it real,’ despite my haste

This Christmas is all about ‘keeping it real,’ despite my haste

Editor December 18, 2014 Comments Off on This Christmas is all about ‘keeping it real,’ despite my haste

Christmas is right around the corner, and I’ve promised myself this year I WILL NOT STRESS. Every year I say this, I tell myself I’m going to plan ahead and get All The Things

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Like all of us, my kids are learning some things the hard way

Like all of us, my kids are learning some things the hard way

Editor December 14, 2014 Comments Off on Like all of us, my kids are learning some things the hard way

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: don’t slam the door. “Stop slamming the door!” “DON’T SLAM THE DOOR!” “If I hear that door slam one more time…!” (Then…what? I

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Decorating a tree with small children is like a small nightmare

Decorating a tree with small children is like a small nightmare

Editor December 8, 2014 Comments Off on Decorating a tree with small children is like a small nightmare

We put up the Christmas tree last weekend. The children “helped.” (There are four of them–ages 8, 7, 4 and almost-2. If you have kids, or if you have ever seen a kid, you

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I want to feel as thankful as I should every day of every year

I want to feel as thankful as I should every day of every year

Editor November 24, 2014 Comments Off on I want to feel as thankful as I should every day of every year

This week is Thanksgiving, and I have a confession to make. I am not always so good at giving thanks. In fact, at times in my life, I’ve been pretty ungrateful. It can be

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Just like paint splotches, life’s problems eventually fade away

Just like paint splotches, life’s problems eventually fade away

Editor November 20, 2014 Comments Off on Just like paint splotches, life’s problems eventually fade away

Faithful followers of this column (hi, Daddy!) may recall that I recently considered some home improvement projects, DIY-style. Specifically, my husband and I planned to paint our kitchen and breakfast room. I obsessed over

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