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As a new school year begins most parents and students are excited to begin a new chapter. New grade, fresh supplies, school uniforms and let's not forget the brand new shoes. I am an anxious mom this time of year because we have two speech-delayed children starting school. One starting kindergarten and one starting pre-k 3. Transitions from one school to the next or one grade to the next can be tricky for those with developmental delays. A new teacher, new classroom, and schedule can be triggering. But I do have so much excitement to begin another year of tremendous growth. So, how did this all start? Early Intervention Is Key When my firstborn was 15 months, our pediatrician asked about...
High school ... it can be the best of times and it can be the worst of times. I entered the era of parenting a high school student last year, and below are a few practical tips to help ease the transition for both you and your budding freshman. 1. You are Not the Student While this one seems blatantly obvious, it is something I had to remind myself of over and over throughout the school year. All parents have hopes, dreams and aspirations for their child. However, high school is the time where teenagers come into their own skin. Inevitably their desires will not align with yours during the journey. Insisting your child continue to pursue a class / sport...
To my oldest, you might think this letter is sappy and silly, but believe it or not, I remember what it was like to be turning 12. Feeling like you are in this grey area, not a little kid anymore but not quite a teenager. As your 12th birthday approaches, I hope to offer you a few pieces of advice to keep in mind as you move on to the next chapter of your life. Be your own Leader You don’t have to do what all your classmates are doing. You don’t have to have the newest clothes or shoes. Put yourself on the path to becoming the person you want to be. I don’t ever want you to feel like...
I remember the whirlwind of thoughts and feelings I had while being pregnant: “Wow, my body is changing rapidly before my eyes. My skin, hair and nails look amazing! I feel sick. Everyone is being so nice to me. I feel sleepy and dizzy. I love my darling husband. I wonder if we’ll have a boy or a girl. I’m hungry. Please don’t touch me.” The day our son was born, a switch flipped. I was no longer the young lady with random thoughts before. I was a mother. And I felt a heavy burden of motherhood with very different thoughts and feelings that swept over me: “Will my baby feel loved enough? Will he love us? What if I...
If you need kid-friendly things to do in Baton Rouge, we have you covered. There is everything from indoor Baton Rouge family fun to weekend day trips, all pre-approved by our team here at Red Stick Mom! Whether you live in Baton Rouge or are traveling to Baton Rouge with kids, there is plenty to do in this friendly Louisiana city with the family. This includes the LSU Football season! Sharing a fun take on the LSU Football season with Kid Problems::LSU Football Edition. Kid Problems  :: LSU Football Edition Spending Saturday night in Death Valley, seeing the Golden Band from Tiger Land run down the hill, and tailgating with friends -- there's nothing like LSU football season!! Although I love football, I realize...
Here at Red Stick Mom, we offer dozens of ideas from diverse perspectives in our mom hacks, tips and tricks category. From taking road trips from Baton Rouge to meatless meals to natural cold remedies, we’ve written about it. Curious how to freshen up your skin routine? We suggest you try slugging. Looking for a faster way to fix your hair? Try the lazy mom’s guide to hair. Wondering if there’s a better way to cook bacon? Try this mom hack for cooking the best bacon ever and thank us later. What’s motherhood without perfecting your bacon, are we right? That’s the kind of content our Mom hacks, tips and tricks section highlights. Let's see how we are preparing for that...
It’s Back to School Time I always feel a little anxiety as school begins for the fall. My oldest starts first grade!! He was just a baby. A new teacher, a new grade, and so many hopes and dreams. Will the teacher like my son? Will my son like his teacher? Will he enjoy his classes? Am I prepared for the fall? Is my son ready to go? I always have to sit down and make a checklist. I’ll share my list with you. School Uniforms: How many do I have? Do I have enough for the fall and winter? (There will be spaghetti day.) What’s the jacket situation like? Do we need new shoes and a new book bag?...
It seems like I was JUST “100% that cheer mom.” You know the one with the big bag, big bows, decorated cowbells, and signs yelling “that’s my cheer star.” Yes, we were hitting highways and catching flights to competitions. And then one day it happened ... my kiddo said “Mom, it’s not fun for me anymore.” And just like that, we retired the tucks and pyramids for bars, beams, and vaults. BUT ... is she ready to compete? We did two years of competitive cheer and my little one loves the stage. She is literally that kid that has an alter ego when she hits the stage. My usually shy kid instantly transforms into a performer. But is she ready...
Baton Rouge Area Schools, Admissions and Open Houses If you live in Baton Rouge with kids, it's likely that choosing a school is a big decision for you and your family. Red Stick Mom aims to make living in Baton Rouge, LA easier for parents. There’s a good chance that Red Stick Mom has a resource for what your family needs, whether that’s a list of fun splash pads or a list of the best schools in Baton Rouge. Choosing a school is a BIG decision and not one that comes easily. It is our hope that this guide to Baton Rouge schools and open houses will make it easier for you to navigate open house season and any educational decisions that your...

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