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.


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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Categories: Parenting  |  Relationships
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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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Categories: Entertaining  |  Home  |  Parenting  |  Summer  |  Yard
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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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