The start of a new school year can bring on anxiety for any child or parent but for the millions of kids with food allergies, heading into the classroom can be an even scarier experience – for both them and their parents.
Most environments that are set up for studying are quiet and focused with distractions kept to a minimum. In other words, opposite of what stimulates a student with ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Social media and the cyber universe have put public interaction at our fingertips. With a simple click, we can chat with friends, video-conference with colleagues and share our vacation pictures with thousands. Another thing we can do: Publicly shame our children.
As summer begins, kids will have more things they want to do and places they want to go during their school break. Most of these will cost money, making summer time a great time to consider an allowance system if you don’t have one in place already.
For many children, having a sleepover with friends is a rite of passage. It crosses the threshold of independence and allows the child to experience overnight life outside the home. For many parents and families, a kid’s first sleepover is the first time they’ve flown the nest. It’s good and healthy to let children test their wings, but it can also be a nerve-racking experience for parent and child.
When Katie Maddox was five years old, she went into a store with her grandmother while her mother and identical twin sister Aimee stayed in the car. As she entered the store and passed an oversized mirror, she greeted her own reflection and said, "Aimee, I didn’t know you came in! I thought you stayed in the car.”
Although the experience is unique for each person, most moms who breastfed agree is it one of the best decisions they made.
In many ways, pregnancy today is much the same as it’s always been. Bellies still get bigger, morning sickness is pretty much expected, and after nine months, a baby is welcomed into the family. But, in so many other ways, being pregnant today is nothing like it was 40 or 50 years ago.
Since Southwest Louisiana has warm weather about eight months out of the year, backyard pools are a favorite addition to many family homes. The kids, and the neighborhood kids, love it, the parents like having the kids at home where they can keep an eye on things, and once the initial investment is paid, it's a great way to entertain without spending a lot of money.
Louisiana fourth and eighth graders are gearing up to take the first phase of the state’s high-stakes test in March and the second phase in April, and educators have been working to equip students with the knowledge and the tools that they need to be ready for the testing.
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