Home & Family
Home & Family
Our Home & Family section covers a wide-range of topics to help you create the home of your dreams for your family. Check here for articles on real estate, interior design, child-rearing, family dynamics, home repair and much more.


11/1/2018 11:25:57 AM
Today, we primarily have only historical records of politicians, famous artists or musicians, or those who otherwise stood out from a crowd. But what about everyone else? What about the unsung heroes who contributed to families, businesses, and communities? If one doesn’t purposefully document his or her story, it’s eventually lost forever. 
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11/1/2018 11:23:11 AM
According to Louisiana Children and Family Services, 797 children in the state were adopted in 2017; 85 of those in Calcasieu Parish. November is National Adoption Awareness Month – a perfect time to share one local couple’s adoption story.
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8/6/2018 12:06:48 PM
Family game night is a perfect way to bring your loved ones together for an evening of entertainment and bonding that will create the kinds of memories your family will cherish and look back on years down the road. Dig into your board game closet or try a few ideas below to create those "remember-when” moments.
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8/6/2018 12:04:40 PM
Four million babies are born in the U.S. every year. That’s one every eight seconds. If you are pregnant or already have young children, obviously you are not alone, but that doesn’t make parenting any easier. It is likely the hardest job you’ll ever take on. This month’s cover story hopes to make your role a bit easier. 
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7/4/2018 10:17:03 PM
Now that the back-to-school period is approaching, is it time to have your child screened by a health care provider? The answer depends in part on your child’s age and whether you’ve noticed any problems. A good place to begin is with advice from your pediatrician. If a problem is suspected, he or she can perform a hearing or vision screening and refer you to the appropriate specialist for further evaluation if needed.

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7/4/2018 10:11:40 PM
Figuring out how to pay those prices can be stressful, frustrating, and confusing. The good news is that many options are available to help you pay for college. And with a little research and planning, you can take advantage of those that make the most sense for you.
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7/4/2018 10:05:16 PM
The lazy, relaxed days of summer will soon be replaced with schedules, classes, and homework. It can be a shock to children to have to wake up early once school begins. As parents are busy buying new notebooks, new uniforms, and new lunch boxes, they should also take time to implement new sleep schedules for back-to-school. 
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7/4/2018 9:54:35 PM
Back-to-school is only a month away. In addition to shopping for uniforms and school supplies, you may also want to verify your child is up to date on immunizations. Children entering pre-school and 6th grade require proof of current immunizations to be admitted to school.
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7/4/2018 9:49:16 PM
The word "summer” conjures up images of sleeping late and lazy days spent at the pool or on the back porch sipping lemonade as children laugh and run around the sprinkler. While those things make summer so enjoyable, it is important for students to continue to practice the skills they learned the previous year so that their minds will be as back-to-school ready as their new school uniforms and their monogrammed backpacks. Helping students retain and reinforce skills they learned during the previous school year is crucial to combat summer learning loss, and there are many ways that parents and guardians can do just that. 
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5/31/2018 9:37:50 AM
June marks the start of hurricane season, a time of year when residents along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of the United States hold their breath, hoping the next five months pass without mention of evacuations, storm surges, and high winds in their area.
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5/3/2018 9:48:53 PM
The Southwest Louisiana Youth Foundation is a nonprofit organization making a difference for teens in Lake Charles and the surrounding areas through the education programs Truth, Facts &, Lies and Take Charge. 
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1/5/2018 1:08:35 PM
Local law enforcement statistics show a slow but steady increase in crimes committed by juveniles over the past year – not only petty crimes, but armed robbery and murder. City police filed 802 criminal charges against youth in the first seven months of 2017 compared to 648 over that same period in 2016; a nearly 25 percent increase. Mayor Nic Hunter feels it is imperative that the city develop a juvenile crime reduction initiative that would allow the community to be proactive in decreasing these numbers.
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1/5/2018 1:03:16 PM
ICCS positively changes our community one classroom project at a time, creating learners who will be ready for the real word.
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12/1/2017 4:57:41 PM
Light bulbs, smoke detectors, dental visits, tire rotations -- those seemingly simple chores are often relegated to the back burner due to their infrequency on weekly and monthly to-do lists. The end of the year can be busy and stressful, but attending to these menial annual tasks can provide a sense of freshness for the New Year. We’ve compiled a checklist of common annual and biannual chores. Here’s to crossing off the mundane and greeting 2018 with a clear, focused mind.
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11/2/2017 12:56:26 PM
Thanksgiving is a special time where we give thanks for everything and everyone in our lives. But when family and friends who don’t see each other very often gather for the yearly feast and celebration, sometimes things get strange and awkward. How do you shut down those prying questions or handle a rogue guest? 
 
Sharon Schweitzer, an international etiquette expert, author, and founder of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide, offers these tips to make this Thanksgiving the best ever.

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10/2/2017 9:35:23 PM
From costumes to candy, we've got you covered this Halloween.
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8/31/2017 2:58:42 PM
Whether you see your grandchildren on a daily basis, or live out of town and see them for special occasions, grandparents play an important role in the lives of their grandchildren. If you are looking for new ways to bond with your grandchildren, here are a few ideas to help you make lasting memories with your little loved ones. 
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8/7/2017 3:45:53 PM
All parents face adjustments when they bring home a new baby, but imagine bringing home five new babies. That’s feedings every three hours – all through the night, 40 bottles a day, and 420 diapers a week.
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8/7/2017 3:37:04 PM

Oh, Baby . . . you’re having a baby! Or you have a baby. In either case, parenthood and all it entails is a primary focus in your life. Certainly, being a mom or dad is likely by far the hardest job and the greatest responsibility you’ll ever experience. And we want to help. This issue’s cover story aims to make your job a little easier and give you peace of mind that, yes, you’re doing a great job. Here, you’ll find stories on decorating the nursery, buying baby clothes, helping your baby develop healthy and happy, and a fun update on those adorable Busby quintuplets.

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8/7/2017 12:52:52 PM
As students begin the new year on college campuses across the country, most will probably be thinking about their class schedule, friends, football season, and back-to-school parties. These are all important elements of campus life, but there’s another one students shouldn’t forget: safety.
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7/5/2017 8:31:26 AM
Thrive magazine supports the efforts of DeWanna's Closet this month by providing a drop-off box in their office lobby. If you would like to make a donation, please bring new school uniform apparel (used clothing not accepted) to the office at 4845 Iles Rd., Lake Charles. Monetary donations are also welcome and can be given to the office receptionist. 
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7/5/2017 8:23:49 AM
It’s that time of year again – Back-to-School! It’s an exciting time of year with mixed emotions – bittersweet nostalgia over the end of summer break, and the excitement and anticipation of the coming school year. The first month or two of school can be a hectic demanding period of transition for both students and parents, as everyone settles into a new routine. Read this special Back-to-School section for tips to make your transition as smooth and stress-free as possible.
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6/1/2017 12:06:06 PM

You’re probably wondering what makes me qualified to write this. I’m obviously not a father, but I have spent my entire life watching and learning from the person I consider to be the greatest example of fatherhood I’ve ever seen. Of course, I’m biased, but that doesn’t make me wrong. 


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5/4/2017 10:20:30 PM

With summer swiftly approaching, you can feel the excitement in the air as your children dream of spending time at the pool or frolicking with friends outdoors without the thought of homework looming over their heads. Before you send them out into the sunshine, consider these tips from Dr. Stephanie Treme of the Children’s Clinic, Lake Charles, to keep your loved ones healthy and safe all summer long.


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8/7/2013 2:26:55 PM

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.


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8/7/2013 2:17:52 PM

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.


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7/8/2013 1:59:22 PM

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.


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6/3/2013 12:45:58 PM

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.


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6/3/2013 12:40:19 PM

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.


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5/6/2013 10:46:12 AM

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.”


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5/6/2013 10:43:36 AM

Although the experience is unique for each person, most moms who breastfed agree is it one of the best decisions they made.


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5/6/2013 10:41:11 AM

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.


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4/3/2013 11:00:01 AM

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.


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3/1/2013 9:30:27 AM

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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2/25/2013 8:47:50 AM
The pacifier is a source of comfort for many babies. By the time they reach toddlerhood, it’s often an essential item to get them to sleep at night or calm them during a storm. No doubt it’s a popular tool used by many parents, but what happens when your baby grows into a preschooler and still insists on having it at all times? Are you setting them up for future problems if you don’t take it away by a certain age?
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1/9/2013 1:13:42 PM
The start of a new year signals a time of new beginnings for many and for school-aged children, it marks the halfway point in the school year. By now the newness of school has completely worn off and trying to get motivated to finish the year strong is a challenge after all the excitement of the holiday season has passed. But with state-mandated testing on the horizon, it is more important than ever for kids to break out of their winter hibernation and attack their studies and homework with a new enthusiasm.
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10/4/2012 4:51:44 PM
Your cheerful, "Hey, how was school?" gets a mumbled, "Okay." You ask, "What did you guys do tonight?" and the response is a shrug and a monotone, "Nothing." You feel that the door has slammed shut - literally and figuratively - on your once open and close relationship with your child.  
 
You're living with a high school teen.

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