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Emily McElrath

I Don’t Want Anymore Kids: How My Son’s Birth Changed the Trajectory of My...

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I will NEVER forget my son’s birth. I’ll never forget my daughter’s either, but my son’s birth … that is burned so deeply into the recesses of my brain that sometimes I can still...

It’s Almost Spooky Season: Here are My Favorite KID-friendly Halloween Activities in NOLA

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I’ll admit that I go a bit overboard when the first crisp breeze rolls through New Orleans. I NEVER, and I mean never wait until October to put my Halloween decorations up. And I...

Canoe & Trails:  A Fun Family Adventure Is Just A Short Trip Across The...

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It’s no secret that summers are HOT in Louisiana. Add the humidity, and most summer days feel like you’re sitting on the sun. So, it’s hard to find outdoor activities that are not only...

Adopt, Don’t Shop :: Why A Rescue Pet Can Be A Great Addition...

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I should start by saying that I am a HUGE animal lover … specifically dogs. I have picked up many a stray on the side of the road. I’m not really sure why. My...

A Journey In Finding Myself Again :: Why Every Woman Should Experience A Boudoir...

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Let Me Start At The Beginning  For the last 8 years, my life has revolved around my children. I have been their chauffeur, nurse, confidant, disciplinarian … the list goes on and on. While I...

I Can Do Hard Things: How Opening My Own Business Changed My Life

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A little over a year ago (in the midst of my husband’s year-long military deployment), I started feeling this growing desire to do something different with my life. I have been a physical therapist...

Yes, I’m Letting My Child Struggle. No, I’m Not Sorry :: A Follow Up...

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A few months ago, I wrote about our experience with a school psychological evaluation. Admittedly, it felt like a punch in the gut for me. My Chicken Little brain immediately began picturing every worst-case...

No, You Don’t Pee Out of Your Vagina: Why Discussing Correct Anatomy Is Such...

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A Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist’s Perspective on Why Discussing Female (and Male) Anatomy is an Important Part of Raising Kids. I started my Physical Therapy career in the world of sports medicine and orthopedics, but...

Dear Mom Friends: I’m in a Chaotic Season of Life Right Now, But Please...

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The summer before my oldest child began Kindergarten, I was fortunate enough to be taken in by an amazing group of women who already had children at the school we would be attending. Admittedly,...

Why Disney Is My Favorite Family Vacation … And No, It’s Not the Pineapple...

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About 4 years ago, my husband planned our first trip to Disney with the kids. In truth, we had no real expectations. Neither of us had been to Disney since we were teenagers ourselves...

How Do Parents Survive The Hamster Wheel Of Extracurriculars? … Asking For A Friend

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Let me start by saying that I think in my case, ignorance is bliss. When my kids were babies, I used to fantasize about how fun it would be to cart them around to...

Our Experience With a School Psychological Evaluation … And How The Pandemic Affected My...

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I am the proud mom of a genuine free spirit, and I can honestly say that he has been that way since birth. He came blazing into the world (only 2.5 hours of labor...