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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. 

September is Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Awareness Month. If you’re a NICU mama, past or present, you are aware of the NICU. The fear, the worry, the constant beeping sounds, the helplessness. But also the depth of love,...
New Orleans Schools Like many facets of New Orleans living, our elementary, middle, and high schools are like no other place in the world. If you have a child who will attend school here in the next year or even...
I think cake smash photos are so cute and are a fun way to celebrate the first birthday. Instead of booking with a photographer (tip: don’t wait until the last minute if you want to book with a photographer),...
The noblest and most sought-after goal any human can attain is to live long enough that one's younger days are considered "retro." Well, 90's teens - we're there. The "Teenage Dirtbag" trend is so strong (NOM is joining in...) that...
It started as a way to calm my own anxiety if I'm being completely honest. My oldest wasn't even three years old yet, but she was starting a Mother's Day Out program twice a week, and I was starting...
Indoor Rock Climbing :: Why Your Kids Should Give It a Try How much does the average Louisiana resident know about climbing, as in rock climbing? Considering that our state is pretty flat, it is fair that we might not...
Vague title, huh? I know we are in a technologically infused world. But why are we rushing to give our young children cell phones? I understand giving them the phone that can call Mom, Dad, or 911. Do they really...
School is underway, and that means it’s time for your phone to be a buzz with the mommy group chats again. We are fortunate to live in a time where instant access to all things school-related is at our...
On Dropping Your Oldest Child Off To College On Sunday, August 14, 2022, my husband, daughter, and I drove my oldest child to college to move him into his dorm. After a long summer of partying and late nights, I...
Friday, I pulled into carpool excited to hear how my kids' second full day of school went. I see them smiling and running towards my car ready for the weekend. They hop in, buckle up, and I say my...
Dear Mama of a Toddler and a Newborn, My goodness, you have accomplished something very impressive: You have survived pregnancy while also caring for a toddler. Maybe you have two under two, or maybe your oldest is closer to three....
Setting Limits :: Making Sense of the new Screen Time feature in iOS 15.6.1+ Like many children these days, my four have devices they can use to play games and watch movies. Managing the time spent in front of these...
The first day of school is almost upon us, with a whole host of fresh new “firsts” and beginnings. So why do I feel so sad, like something is ending? It’s no secret I’m not a huge fan of the newborn...
I can’t be alone in this, right? Is anyone else confused as to why people are so obsessed with feeding your baby things they have never had before, or things you don't want them to have or they should not...