Hydration Guidelines for Kids

While watching one of my son’s new favorite shows, Adam Ruins Everything (an “educational comedy television series” that, sure, contains the occasional raw language, but appeals to the short tween/teen attention span), the crazily coiffed host tackled the issue of hydration. He cited multiple studies, and even brought in a hydration specialist to dispel many […]

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STEM Stuff to Stave off Summer Brain Drain

Most of us are familiar with the concept of summer brain drain. It’s the phenomenon, also known as “summer slide,” where kids on summer break get mentally lazy and actually lose skills and knowledge. According to IDTech.com, “Kids can lose as many as two to three months of math and reading skills over the summer. […]

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Wet ‘n Wild or Cool ‘n Mild: Summer Fun for Everyone!

The one thing all parents need in the summertime is OPTIONS (and maybe patience)! Sure, it’s nice to have time to chill out at home after a busy school year, but the kids will eventually get stir crazy, which will, in turn, drive their parents crazy. Whether it’s hot or rainy… you’re feeling energetic or […]

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Local Libraries Rock This Summer!

Hooray, we’re finally heading into those lazy days of summer. The heat naturally makes us want to slow things down and take it easy, but there’s no reason to let summer brain drain take a toll on the kiddos. One surefire remedy that’s fun and leisurely, yet mentally stimulating? Summer reading programs! This year’s theme […]

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Kids’ Summer Earning & Saving Ideas

If you plan on having any lulls between camp sessions and family vacations this summer, you might want to consider a productive activity for your child — earning money! For kids who are getting too old for day camps, but are still too young for summer jobs, there are many ways to give them a […]

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Tips for a Safer Summer

Ah, summer. Does it bring to mind carefree, lazy days filled with snowballs, flip-flops, and swimming pools? That’s a lovely image. But, be honest — does your parenting brain also see a minefield of potential hazards, like Zika-carrying mosquitos, skin cancer-inducing sunburns, and drowning risks?   No matter where you fall on the neurotic spectrum, […]

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2018’s Top 8 Summer Family Flicks

Outdoor fun — like trips to the beach, pool, and water park — is a huge part of what makes summer great. But once you’ve had your fill and need to chill, don’t forget — it’s summer movie season! Of course, multiple local theaters have cool summer movie programming and deals for already-released kids’ movies […]

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Gifts of Gratitude for Moms & Teachers

  The month of May signals the impending end of springtime, as well as the school year. They can be bittersweet or exciting milestones, depending on your perspective, but they also bring to mind two very important groups of people that deserve a little tribute this time of year: moms (Mother’s Day is May 13) […]

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NOLA Staycation with Kids: Spring Edition

If you haven’t booked some fabulous spring break trip this year, never fear. One of the many reasons it’s so great to raise your kids in this region is there are so many cool things to do in and around New Orleans. We’ve chosen 3 attractions that appeal to a range of interests — science, […]

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