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Ages + Stages

children of different ages + stages of childhood

In an ideal world, parenting through ages + stages would be simple. There would be a how-to on every scenario and a handbook you could follow. However, we know that’s not the case, every child is different and needs special love, care, and nurturing. Without a parenting guide, what can you do? New Orleans Mom is here to help. We have many contributors with diverse backgrounds and different family structures. Our team of over 30 contributors brings experiences from all walks of life and parenthood. We have you covered no matter what ages + stages of parenthood you’re going through, our moms have been there.

If you’re starting and wondering can pregnancy dreams predict the gender of your baby, we’ve written about that. The first few weeks with a newborn can be overwhelming. Reducing your stress is key to allowing yourself time to bond with your little one. In one of our most popular posts, we have tips on setting boundaries with loved ones. We’ve also created guides to help you find resources in New Orleans. One of our most popular guides is our Guide to Childcare and Preschools. These are just some of the most popular posts from our ages + stages category, and we continually add more. From pregnancy to the teenage years, we’ve got you covered. 

Through all ages + stages of childhood, we are here to help with resources to help you. Whether that help is guiding you to solutions or simply helping you feel not so alone. Let us help you navigate those ages + stages with ease. 

The Hidden Danger All Parents Need to Know About I am sharing our story in the hopes that it will help other families and remind parents that staying vigilant is incredibly important. Our 15-year-old daughter was on vacation with her...
If an active shooter enters my classroom, I will die protecting your children, knowing my own children will lose their mother. I accept this as the current reality of teaching in the American public school system, relying on a...
I survived my first year as a dance mom! Well, I mean as a first-time mom period, everything is survival, but they turn into beautiful lessons with so many great rewards. Anyway, our first dance experience was amazing! I honestly didn’t...
Hey Coach! Yeah! You! The one screaming from first base. Where’s the million dollar prize for winning the game? When does your interview on The Ellen Show air? Which of these spectators in tailgate chairs is the Division 1 college...
A few years ago, as I was idly trawling the Internet, I came across a webcomic called Heartstopper. I was immediately enthralled with the story, and every now and again, when I remembered, I would revisit it, catching up...
Let Me Check My Schedule Yes, I still carry a planner, and yes I use it multiple times a day. I also have an old-school paper calendar on my fridge. Lastly, I have a family calendar app on my phone,...
As a former teacher, I know about summer learning loss. There is no denying the learning lag; two months is a while to go without flexing the brain muscles. Still, I'm not convinced that the benefits of summer assignments...
  Being the new kid at a school has its own difficulties. Being a new parent at a school can be rough as well. Personally, I love the idea of sending my child to a school enriched with traditions from...
I’m fortunate to have many fantastic friends with beautiful families, and a few of them are part of the new normal. What is the new normal you ask? It’s gay parenting. Growing up, I didn’t have any friends with gay parents...
To My Son As You Graduate High School :: Call Ya Momma! There is a quote by Michael Altshuler that I absolutely love and it states, “The bad news is time flies; the good news is that you’re the pilot.”...
Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by Lily House at Ursuline Academy. New Orleans Mom recognizes it is often hard to find a nursery program in New Orleans especially for children as young as 6 weeks (the Lily House starts...
As parents we are keenly aware that kids need downtime, freedom for creative play and sacred space to relax. That said, learning is an important component of said playtime. Just because we do not need to hyper-schedule their daily...
If you live in New Orleans with kids then you know that it rains here a lot. While there are dozens of things to do with kids in New Orleans, sometimes you specifically need an indoor idea because of...
This post was originally written in 2016, prior to the current formula shortage facing the nation. As moms it is incredibly relatable to not want to be told "just breastfeed" when there are many reasons a mom my need...