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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


Urge to compare children is hard to resist

I'm finding it hard not to compare my child to others her age. Reese is healthy, communicative, active and right where she needs to be developmentally. At her 1-year checkup, our pediatrician was pleased with her growth and progress. He assured me she is hitting all of her milestones right on target. That news was music to my ears because, just like every parent on the planet, all I want is for my little girl to live a long, healthy, happy life.

May 21, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Do something, big or small, for mom

Although you, my devoted readers and fans, likely are reading this on Mother's Day, it was written several days ahead of time, so I have no idea what kinds of surprises this special day will hold for me.

May 13, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Sick baby throws life into disarray

This column almost didn't happen. I didn't think I'd have time to write it.

May 07, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Prepping for party is not easy

By the time this column makes it into print, my daughter's first birthday party already will have gone down in history as a resounding success - I hope. The Saturday soiree (which was yesterday if you're reading this Sunday) has kept me busy for weeks, sending out invitations, making shopping lists for party food and decorations, tidying up my house, scheduling a landscaper and a carpet steam cleaner, selecting the perfect dress for Reese - even grooming our dog!

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


Parents can't control every situation

My little family is about to make a big change. For the first time in her life, my baby girl is going to go to daycare. We've already enrolled her, and she starts next week.

April 09, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Teething means less sleep for everyone

I'm sure glad I don't remember my teething days. Judging by what my baby is going through right now, they likely weren't pleasant.

March 25, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Embrace all parenting styles

The world of online forums, message boards, social-media networks and blogs would have you believe there are two types of mothers - silky and crunchy.

February 19, 2013 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion


Teach children personal responsibility early in life

Twice in recent weeks, I've exited the interstate on my daily commute and noticed - in two different places - bags of scattered fast-food rubbish lying in the grass by the side of the road. Both times, the remnants of children's meals - milk cartons and telltale cartoon-character packaging - were among the discarded cartons and wrappers. This tells me that children likely witnessed adults irresponsibly disposing of trash. How sad.

January 14, 2013 | Hollie Moore Barnidge Courier managing editor | 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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