5 strategies for managing teen stress

5 strategies for managing teen stress

Stats: School Life stresses teens out more than home life (64.7% verses 35.3%). Source: Stage of Life 59% report that managing their time to balance all activities is a somewhat or very significant stressor. Source: USA Today Almost 40% of parents say their high-schooler is experiencing high levels of academic stress with homework being aContinue Reading →

All the World is Green: Perfectly healthy, kid-approved recipes

All the World is Green: Perfectly healthy, kid-approved recipes

Spring is a very green time, especially in New Orleans. In honor of that, here are my absolute favorite green-hued recipes. These are quick, easy, and healthy for those of us who are great at following instructions, but not so great at devising recipes. Some of them are even kid-approved!  This Winter Green Smoothie one is recycled from my Post-Mardi GrasContinue Reading →

5 Steps to Building an Empathetic Child

5 Steps to Building an Empathetic Child

It can be hard to imagine that egocentric toddlers can, and will, turn into empathetic beings. Just as it is adaptive and developmentally appropriate for very young children to see themselves as the center of the world, as they mature, their perspective shifts and they are able to recognize that others have thoughts and feelingsContinue Reading →

The Aries Child (March 21-19)

The Aries Child (March 21-19)

Happy Spring! With spring comes daylight, warmth, flowers, fresh air and song birds. Spring is about beginnings. Even the zodiac calendar begins on the first day of spring, which makes the Aries (March 21-April 19) the first sign in the zodiac calendar. My sweet friend and famous psychic / astrologer, Cari Roy, and I decidedContinue Reading →

Death and Things

Death and Things

My grandmother recently passed away. Life was exhausting her and she was anxious to go. Now she is free and to those of us still here, there is some peace in knowing that. Last week I flew to Connecticut to be with my father and brother and sort through her things. When we arrived atContinue Reading →

5 steps to planning your family’s financial future

5 steps to planning your family’s financial future

Congratulations! You’ve got a little bundle of joy on the way and are through the moon with excitement, as you well should be. Sometime after the adrenaline wears off you’ll slowly start to be overtaken with fear about your new responsibilities for that helpless little creature. Here are some things to think about so thatContinue Reading →

Post-Mardi Gras Juice Cleanse: Spring cleaning from the inside out!

Post-Mardi Gras Juice Cleanse: Spring cleaning from the inside out!

With the end of Mardi Gras ushering in the beginning of Lent, we find ourselves dehydrated, bloated, with king cake practically spilling out of our ears. Even those of us who skipped town and caught a flight for snowing skies, we are no less exhausted and parched. Lent is a resurrection of those forlorn New Year’s Resolutions –Continue Reading →

DIY Mardi Gras Bead Crafts

DIY Mardi Gras Bead Crafts

Just about the time you finally get rid of all the leftover Mardi Gras beads and the dog chews the last plush toy, it’s Mardi Gras all over again. This year, I envision myself making wonderful crafts with my children out of Mardi Gras beads. And by “envision,” I mean “visualize not actualize.”  I didContinue Reading →

What the new 65 Pound LATCH rule means and where to get yours inspected

What the new 65 Pound LATCH rule means and where to get yours inspected

A new 65 lb. LATCH rule was announced yesterday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Julie Vallese, Consumer Safety Expert for Dorel Juvenile Group, a leading manufacturer of children’s car seats, offers some insight: Statistics for proper car seat installation haven’t changed in more than a decade. Despite changes in federal regulations, the availability of car seatContinue Reading →

Keep those little eardrums safe this Mardi Gras season

Keep those little eardrums safe this Mardi Gras season

I have a love/hate relationship with Mardi Gras. I love the spirit that flutters about throughout the city. Everyone is happy, footloose and fancy-free. On the other hand, it can create a little bit of anxiety when you have little ones. Catherine, my 4yo, does not care for Mardi Gras… What. So. Ever. And sinceContinue Reading →