Acadiana Guide for Fellow Transplant Moms


Like many, I went to UL Lafayette for college and never left Lafayette after graduating! As a Louisiana native, I did not realize how vastly different the various parts of the state were. I’m originally from Shreveport and my husband grew up in Mandeville. That means that we travel all over the state regularly. While in college, I didn’t feel the differences quite as much with so many of my peers coming from various parts of the state and country. When I started putting down roots post-graduation and became a mom, I really felt not growing up in Acadiana. Here is what I have learned after living in Lafayette for over a decade.

Talk to Your Acadiana Mom Friends: When you do not grow up in the same area that you’re raising your family, there are a lot of gaps that you have to fill in. For those who grew up in Acadiana, they know off the top of their heads where the good school districts are, family friendly events, or doctors they’ve had good experiences with. When I became a mom, asking those that grew up Acadiana for recommendations made all the difference.

Join the School Facebook Group! My daughter’s school Facebook Group has been a great tool to stay in the loop about what’s going on at her school, ask questions, and connect with other parents.

School Events: My daughter started elementary school at the start of the pandemic, so it was really hard to get to know the parents of her classmates. This year, the second-grade class had a pajama party and watched The Grinch after school during Christmas time. It was so fun for the kids and I was able to meet some of the parents of my daughter’s close friends finally. We exchanged contact information for future play dates and birthday parties!

Be a Tourist in Your Own City! It’s easy to fall into a rhythm with day-to-day life and forget to look around at all your community has to offer. Challenge yourself to go do an activity that you’ve never done before or eat at that local restaurant you’ve been meaning to try. Not only will you support local, but you will create a new experience with your family!

Lafayette Mom Guides: If you are looking for family-friendly activities, Lafayette Mom has several guides created by local moms in Acadiana throughout the year to help families stay in the know about all that Lafayette has to offer. The most recent guides include: Guide to Lafayette Mardi Gras Events and Camps, Things to Do In Lafayette, Louisiana With Kids, and The Ultimate Guide to Summer Camp in Lafayette, Louisiana.

If you are new to Lafayette, welcome! This city is fantastic to raise a family in and I hope that you settle into your new home.

Emily Beatmann
Emily is a Louisiana native born in Shreveport, Louisiana. She went to UL Lafayette and earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations in 2012. It was here that she fell in love with her husband, Jude, and the city of Lafayette. On the weekends, you will find Emily at a festival, the farmer’s market, enjoying a Mardi Gras parade, or eating at one of the many delicious restaurants in Acadiana. Emily and Jude have two children named Mia (9), Patrick (4.), and Violet (4 months.) She is a Marketing Director by day and mom by night! Emily has a passion for reading, Harry Potter, theatre, coffee, wine, spreading financial literacy, her friends, and family.