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Simple really is the way to go

It's true what they tell new parents - you can buy your child the fanciest, most expensive toys on the market, but in the end, the kid is probably going to prefer to play with the box the toy came in. So, why shell out all that cash when simple is almost always better than complicated? What parents may not know is that this logic also applies to baby gear.

August 20, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


The great baby-sleep experiment

It's not exactly a secret that new parents get little sleep. I'm OK with that. It comes with the territory. But no one tells expectant moms and dads that their little ones eventually will tease them by occasionally sleeping through the night, sometimes for a week or two at a time, but then will regress back to waking up once or twice - sometimes even three times - per night.

August 13, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Bearly Sick day care is a blessing

Having a sick child is hard, there's no doubt about that. First and foremost, parents are faced with the sense of helplessness that comes with knowing your son or daughter feels poorly, and there's little that can be done to instantaneously restore their health.

August 06, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Friends important at any age

If there's anything cuter than one little blond-haired, blue-eyed baby girl, it's two little blond-haired, blue-eyed baby girls.

July 30, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Toddlers teach us patience

Anyone who thinks housework, chores and errands are never-ending should try tackling the same tasks with a toddler in tow. It's nearly impossible to get anything accomplished in under 10 minutes.

July 23, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Learn from a 'veteran mom'

My husband and I took our daughter to Tallahassee, Fla., during the Fourth of July weekend to visit my husband's family. Reese had a great time playing with all her little cousins and being spoiled by her grandparents, aunts and uncles. It was wonderful to catch up with my in-laws, and I especially enjoyed a conversation I had one evening with my sister-in-law, who is expecting her third baby in about two months.

July 16, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Community leader Gary Dodd dies

Hinesville entrepreneur and philanthropist Gary W. Dodd died Saturday morning.

July 15, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Local news


Motherhood softens the heart

My heart is amazingly tender now that I am a mother.

July 09, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Night out for Midway residents

Midway residents enjoyed an evening of good company, food and fun Friday during the community's annual night out.

July 03, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Lifestyle


We're passed graduation time

I like the daycare my husband and I send our daughter to. We trust her teacher, Miss Jennifer, and Reese really seems to have warmed up to her new routine and classmates. The facility, for the most part, serves healthy food - I do occasionally grimace when I see tater tots or chicken nuggets listed on the lunch menu - and the children are allowed plenty of time outside.

July 02, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Thought-provoking ER experience

Since she started day care six weeks ago, my little girl hasn't had an easy go of it. Having stayed at home with one parent or another the entire first year of her life, Reese's immune system hasn't built up much resistance, and she seems to pick up every bug, virus, flu and cold within a 5-mile radius.

June 17, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Sticking up for what is right

I'm a bit old-fashioned when it comes to values. Now, mind you, I'm not talking about politics here; I try to steer clear of hot-button issues when it comes to this column. However, I could see how the two could become easily confused or even intertwined.

June 10, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Tropical Storm Andrea bears down on coast

As Tropical Storm Andrea made its way across Florida on Thursday afternoon, Liberty County Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Hodges said Coastal Georgia residents needed to prepare for excessive wind and rain into Friday morning. The storm carries with it the possibility of up to 5 inches of rain, 60 mph wind gusts, isolated tornadoes and some high surf.

June 07, 2013 | Hollie Barnidge | Local news


Area marks Memorial Day

Liberty County residents observed Memorial Day on Monday in a variety of ways. While some opted to relax at home or enjoy traditional backyard cookouts, others took advantage of events around the area, such as the American Legion Post 168's morning observance or Fort Morris State Historic Site's commemoration, which featured Revolutionary War musket- and cannon-firing demonstrations.

May 29, 2013 | Hollie Barnidge | Local news


Play it safe around water

It's Memorial Day weekend, and that means summer is officially here. With the warmer months come opportunities for outdoor fun - trips to the playground, picnics and, of course, swimming.

May 27, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Welcome to Motherhood | Opinion


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Articles By Author - Hollie Barnidge


Don't question others careful choices

Deciding to have only one child was not an easy choice for my husband and me. We weighed the pros and cons, considered our careers and work demands, examined our finances, mapped out future plans, took our ages into account, set goals for ourselves and our daughter and thought long and hard about the options before us. Really, we did.

April 22, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Money needed for turn lane at I-95 interchange

Despite buzz last year that Midway residents would be able to satisfy their Big Mac cravings without having to leave city limits, McDonald's never did set up shop at the Highway 84/Interstate 95 interchange. Rumor had it that the halted restaurant plan boiled down to an expensive right-turn lane required by the Georgia Department of Transportation.

April 17, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Business


Hats off to single parents

I don't believe in illness. OK, perhaps I should rephrase that - I don't believe in a minor illness' ability to keep me down. Unless I'm dragging a limb, hospitalized or totally unable to keep food down at all, I refuse to disrupt my ultra-busy daily routine to do silly things like "rest" or "recuperate."

April 15, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Don't be at kid's beck and call

Call me an old-timer, but moms and dads just did things differently when I was a child. The overall approach to parenting seems to have changed so much. My parents fostered independence in my siblings and me. They wanted us to learn early on that we needed to be able to speak and do things for ourselves, and the sooner we understood that, the better off we'd be.

April 08, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


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