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There are so many issues to consider for kids these days, from children’s mental well-being to food dyes and whether those matter to vaccines and when to get them. And that’s not even taking mom and dad’s health into account! Enduring a long NICU stay? We’ve been there. Looking for a great urgent care for children in Baton Rouge? Red Stick Mom has suggestions. We’ve talked about taking mental health days for kids, how to battle pesky molluscum, and arthritis in children. These are just a few of the health + wellness questions we’ve addressed on Red Stick Mom over the nine years we’ve served the community. In this blog post, you will learn about some natural methods for fighting those...
No screens before 24 months. Thereafter, children should have a maximum of 1 hour of screens until age 5. Why is this? We have all heard the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations, but does it really matter? Is that just for television time or does that include educational content as well? What our family has learned from heeding screen recommendations. Some of the reasons for the recommendations of no screen time until 24 months is because research has shown that there are zero benefits to screens, educational or not. What studies have shown are that screens before 18 months of age affect children’s speech and language skills including reading skills and attention in the long-term. What do we do in place...
Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by The Dunham School.  3 Questions to Ask When Searching for a Preschool It happens gradually. The rattles turn to toys. The bottles turn to forks and spoons. The potty-training charts turn to chore charts. Before we know it, the diaper bags turn to backpacks, and we’re sending our little ones off to school wondering where the last few years went. As the mother of a four-year-old daughter, I just walked this path. Is my child ready? Am I ready? How will she adjust? Did we choose the right school? If this was/is you, please hear me when I say: You are normal. Working in school admissions, I watch families every day come to our office in hopes of finding the...
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...
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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Swim Lessons in Baton Rouge If you are looking for swim lessons in Baton Rouge, this guide to Baton Rouge swim schools and instructors is...