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BR Parents Blog: Oh Snap! Preserving Childhood Memories with a Weekly Email

My husband and I have a running joke that I have a Swiss cheese memory–nothing dangerous, but I don’t retain things the way he does, including some memories of life events. It doesn’t take much to jog my memory, and of course, plenty of less-than-desirable memories are glued to my brain forever. (Hello, anxiety my old friend.)

I want to capture my daughters’ childhoods and hold onto them without relying on my fragile memory, both for myself and for my girls.

There are so many great ways to do this nowadays. At a recent coffee date with other moms from my younger daughter’s preschool, the subject came up and several moms shared their ideas, including creating physical books from their Instagram photos each year and using private or limited social media accounts to preserve and share memories.

Although I never finished my girls’ physical baby books, I have created an ongoing record of our family life by taking a lot of pictures and a lot of notes. I send both photos an…

BR Parents Blog: Disney Rookies: Should We Book a Trip?

Second graders are prone to hyperbole, or at least mine seems to be. However, she may be pretty close in thinking everyone but her has been to Disney World. Of course, I know that can’t possibly be true, but I do feel the allure of the magic mouse and invisible pressure to make sure she has the same experiences as her peers. We certainly haven’t been successful in avoiding the pull of the global powerhouse, as we’re big fans of Elsa, Moana and Minnie Mouse. My girls have dressed as all of those for at least one Halloween.

As someone who dislikes crowds, noises and heat though, Disney World shouldn’t even be a thought for me. But I love my girls even more than I dislike those things, and I know they’d enjoy themselves and have an incredible time if I could just get myself to make the plans. (For the sake of argument, let’s pretend the cost isn’t a factor, although it certainly is at our house!)

Read the rest on the Baton Rouge Parents Magazine website.

BR Parents: November 2019

As Community and Education sections editor, I wrote pages 16 to 25 of the November 2019 issue of Baton Rouge Parents Magazine, except for the Polar Express brief on page 20, which was added during layout. See the web layout on the magazine's website.

I also wrote Pathways to Parenting: The Keto Diet & Thanksgiving and Exceptional Lives: A Love Like Any Other Child.

BR Parents Exceptional Lives: A Love Like Any Other Child

When Carter Williams was born, everything was fine. But when Carter was three months old, his parents Lauren and Casey Williams realized something wasn’t right because he didn’t make eye contact.

The road to a diagnosis was not straightforward. Lauren remembers it took visiting four pediatricians before Traci T. Brumund, MD, at the Baton Rouge Clinic took them seriously and helped them find answers. The whole family had genetic testing done, and Carter was diagnosed with GRIN1 disorder. Now three, Carter is one of about 70 people in the world to receive such a diagnosis.

The rare genetic condition is characterized by developmental delays and intellectual disabilities among other symptoms, including seizures. In Carter’s case, GRIN1 disorder occurred spontaneously and wasn’t passed down from his parents.

Read the rest on the Baton Rouge Parents Magazine website.