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Some jobs are meant for two

I recently made the mistake of trying to handle a "two-man job" by myself. I won't do that again.

October 01, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Doing my diaper research

I consider myself a pretty eco-conscious mom. Not only do I want to do what's best for our planet, I want to set a good example for my daughter, Reese.

September 24, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Step away form the Velveeta

In typical scatter-brained-mom fashion, I set out last Saturday morning to assemble what was supposed to be an easy dinner in the Crock-Pot, only to realize I forgot one key ingredient.

September 17, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Parents are made differently

Parents enter parenthood in countless ways. Sure, there's the traditional method - get married, have a baby and raise your family. And that's a wonderful way to go about it. But there are all kinds of families out there, and I know that I - for one - sometimes forget that moms and dads are made in more ways than one.

September 10, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Pup hesitant to take backseat

Before my daughter Reese was born, I had another "baby." For several years, my golden retriever, Abbie, pretty much had it made. My husband and I welcomed her to our home when she was 12 weeks old in September 2007 and wasted no time showering her with affection, toys, treats and walks.

September 03, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Workshop aims to empower males of all ages

Males ages 10 and older flocked Saturday to the Liberty County Performing Arts Center in Flemington for an empowerment workshop, "Tied to Success."

August 28, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Lifestyle


Daily routine is a lot different

Primping is fun - at least I've always thought so. Most people enjoy looking their best, and before I was a mom, scarcely a day went by when my eyeliner and blow-dryer didn't see the light of day.

August 27, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


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


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Articles By Author - Hollie Barnidge


Moms may be afraid to take breaks

Moms want everything and nothing at all. We want to be everywhere at once and also nowhere to be found. We want to impress everyone, handle every chore imaginable and spend every waking second bonding with our children. We also want to totally escape from life. Failure to accomplish this leads to immense guilt and, occasionally, foul moods.

November 25, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Good parents often need siblings

Typically, I use this weekly column to address parenting issues, reflect on challenges faced by (fairly) new moms and provide what I hope are amusing anecdotes that stem from daily life encounters with a toddler. This Sunday, though, I'm going to explore a topic that's more indirectly related to - but still very much a part of - child-rearing.

November 18, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Parents don't have to always be late

I recently saw a meme posted to a social-media site that said something along the lines of "Having children: Your way of showing the world you no longer intend to be on time - ever."

November 11, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


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