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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. 

As I wrote last month, breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world - it just doesn't always come naturally!  And last time I checked, I didn't see any instructions attached... In the 21st century, the reality is that...
Welcome to the Team My daughter was 7 years old when she begged me to take her first gymnastics class. She had been doing dance for four years and we did summer soccer, but gymnastics was something that I had...
Disclosure: we are thrilled that one of our personal favorite stores, Costco, is also an official sponsor. Our team genuinely loves shopping at Costco, and it is an honor that they want to hear what we have to say!  The Costco...
Parents of young children across the world have one thing in common. It does not discriminate, and it strikes children of all ages. It makes parents watch the clock in fear, cover their eyes and ears and cringe. Whining,...
These days, nearly all of us have at least one social media account. There are so many social rules around social media, but like most socially imposed rules they are subjective and basically everyone just ends up doing what...
One evening, like any other evening which usually resembles something close to a tornado, my seven year old son looked up at me from scattered books on the table and said, "Mom your friends don't know the real you...
Our love story started at a dog park, over 10 years ago. It is where we first met, surrounded by barks and jumping dogs. Fast forward to today. We had two young active school aged girls, my husband's advancing career and...
One night when my son was a baby, my husband and I went to dinner. "I'll take a margarita on the rocks with salt," I told the waitress. She looked at my baby boy in his carrier and then...
If you give a mom a vacuum … She’ll start vacuuming ... And come across a pair of shoes on the floor. So she’ll pick up the shoes and go to the kid’s room to put them away. But when she gets there,...
Before I got pregnant with the boys, I'd never seen a set of triplets before. Maybe on TV or in the movies, but never in real life. But as soon as we announced our big news, people were coming...
What's wrong with his face? Why are his cheeks so red? Is it contagious? ...all questions I have been asked on a regular basis from the time my son was three months old. While I understand they come from well-meaning individuals, each...
"They grow up so fast," we often hear. It's not until our kids have passed certain milestones that we realize they do, in fact, grow so fast. It seems like when you are pregnant, time crawls at a snail's...
If you see a baby bump, then stick a bow on it. That may be the next Beyonce song after Put a Ring on It. I am pretty sure that 90% of all maternity clothes break every rule that...
Every day and every week were a triumph that I silently celebrated. After having a baby born at 27 weeks, I was nervous for history to repeat itself. Here I was, 27 weeks and at a regular prenatal appointment....