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Welcome to the Frontpage
Happy Mother’s Day!

What does it mean to be a mom? Being a mom is the hardest job I have ever had, but definitely the most rewarding! It is an emotional roller coaster, with feelings of joy, hurt, love, terror, happiness and so many other emotions come to mind as I reminisce over the last 23 years as a mom. Being a mom means having a supernatural ability to know that your child needs you in the middle of the night, even though she hasn’t made a sound. It means endless sleepless nights of worry that starts with their first breath and doesn’t end until you have taken your last.

I know this because I’m almost 51 years old and my mom still worries about not only me and my brothers but also all 5 of her grandchildren. Even though being a mom is the hardest, most underpaid job I will ever have, it’s also the most satisfying job I will ever have. There is nothing that can replace the voice of your child saying “I Love You Mom,” or an unexpected hug from your 12 year old son, when you know he is at that age where showing a public display of affection for his mom is rare. So go ahead Mom’s and pat yourselves on the back for holding down the most important job in the world!

There are just a few more weeks left before school is out for the summer and parents like me will be looking for ways to entertain their children. Kids love technology, and they can’t wait to get their hands on the latest gadget. A mom of two is harnessing that love of high-tech to get kids to read. Turn to page 5 to learn more about these interactive eBook apps, created by Julie Landry Laviolette, a mom and longtime journalist, that kids 8-12 can read on Smartphone’s and tablets. It’s an inexpensive way to relieve boredom and to get your child to read.

Be sure to have a look at our new Family Calendar for the many fun family activities in the month of May.  There are concerts, festivals, fairs; a fishing rodeo for the kids and the month long Memphis in May International Festival. Memphis in May includes The Beale Street Music Festival, World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest and The Sunset Symphony. So if you’re looking for carnival rides, good eats, musical entertainment, or a craft fair or two, you’re sure to find something that will entertain the entire family.

Get out and enjoy all that North Mississippi has to offer and don’t forget to tell your mom how much you appreciate her on May 13th and every other day of the year.
I love you mom and thanks for 51 years of your unconditional love and support!

Please tell your friends and family about North Mississippi Parent and don’t forget to visit us on facebook.


Nancy Justice, Publisher

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