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Fall Fashion 2017

By Renee Williams • Photography by Carter Koenig Photography  Girls will be happy this fall in leggings and long tunics. Comfy and playful, you will see leggings in all kinds of patterns from collegiate to Christmas. The Southern tradition of monogramming will also be found on everything from hair bows to bags to t-shirts and pullovers this season. For boys, preppy, vintage and marvel is the rage. We will see boys sporting mesh back hats with hometown themes and vintage southern shirts from brands like Southern Tide, Southern Fried Cotton and Simply Southern. Left to Right: Zach Hooks wearing Hometown...

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Achieving Academic Success: The Benefits and Harsh Reality of Maintaining Daily Attendance

By Dr. Dana Harris The research is in—and it’s very clear. When schools work together with families to support learning, children tend to succeed not just in school, but also throughout life.  According to the National Center for Student Engagement, schools are most effective in achieving high attendance rates when parents, school leaders and community members work together to focus on reducing absences, truancy and keeping kids in schools. Succeeding in school requires developing good habits and attendance is perhaps the single most important factor in a child achieving overall school success. Like bacteria in a hospital, chronic absenteeism can...

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Find Your Child’s Inner Spark

By Renee Williams Several research studies show that creative arts and athletics are two of the top interests that kids identify with. Activities such as hiking in nature, learning a subject matter like science or history, helping or serving others, taking on leadership roles, engaging in spirituality and advocating for animal welfare also made the list but arts and sports were top. Search Institute, founded in 1958 by Merton P. Strommen, Ph.D., pioneered in using social science research to understand the lives, beliefs and values of young people. Strommen introduced a framework of the interests and passions that motivate youth...

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Baby Wearing

By Meredith Flory “Babywearing”, the activity of carrying a child with the assistance of a fabric carrier, has historically been used in many cultures, and many indigenous populations have culturally specific ways to wear their children.  However, it is only recently becoming popular again in the United States, and you may have noticed more and more people forgoing strollers and carrying their children in wraps or backpack-like carriers. Erin Ritter is an artist and mother of two, including a daughter that she “wrapped every day for the first two years of her life”.  While Ritter no longer lives in Augusta,...

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