Letting Go Again 

Purging your home of childhood artifacts doesn’t mean erasing the memories  About four years ago I wrote about letting go when it was time for my daughter, Olivia, to move away to college.   Much to my surpri...

We Can All Be Superheroes  

A simple act can make all the difference in someone else’s life  My friend Tania Tetlow recently spoke to her daughter Lucy Stewart’s pre-kindergarten class at the Louise S. McGehee School about being communit...

Diversifying the Plate of Picky Eaters 

Take baby steps to establish a new food routine  Michelle Bullock knows a thing or two about picky eaters. Her two-year-old son, Ronald, has a few favorite foods, but the Lakeview mom wishes he would add a li...

how to help your child reduce harmful habits

breaking bad How to help your child reduce harmful habits by Pat Blackwell, Ph.D. Habits start out as a reaction to an itch, a bump or stuffy nose. The behavior continues because it leads to comfort. Occasio...

before you’re gone- estate planning know-how

before you’re gone If you have a family, you need a will—and more. Dance class, soccer practice, homework time for big kids, tummy time for babies, laundry, cleaning … and then more laundry. Is anyone’s “to-...

Strengthening Relations with Your Pre-Teen

When children move into the preteen years, parents often struggle with the changes this new stage of development brings.  Just looking at the titles of popular parenting books for this age group—like The Roller...

Teaching Kids Communication Skills

Teaching communication is one of the most important things parents do to educate their children. Children who hear more words by the time they start school have significant advantages over kids who are raised i...

Fire Safety Tips for Your Home and Family

In commemoration of the great Chicago fire 145 years ago—yes, that one, attributed to Mrs. O’Leary and her cow—we have National Prevention Week every October. Fires are terrifying but often preventable. To help...

Why It’s Important to Have “The Talk” Now

A report came out earlier this year that showed teen pregnancies have dropped to historic lows in Louisiana. While that’s certainly encouraging, our rates of sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise. We le...