Natalie Bunner

Natalie Bunner
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Natalie is a nomadic spirit who loves to travel but has always called Louisiana home. Born and raised in Lafayette, she grew up with five brothers and so she feels that being a #boymom was destiny. Marriage and babies were a late blessing as she became a wife and mother in her mid-thirties but she wouldn’t have it any other way. Life with her husband, Wayne, and two sons, Edison and Oliver, is always full of laughter; there’s never a dull moment with those three! Natalie is a Licensed Social Worker and currently works with children in the charter school system. Providing support for children in need is her life’s purpose. In her mind, social work and motherhood go hand in hand. Creating an environment where kids feel safe, loved and valued as individuals go a long way to building well-adjusted adults. Natalie explores social work and motherhood both here at Lafayette Mom and on her site Connect. Learn. Grow. at nataliebunner.com.

Cleaning Up Debris: How to Self-Care After the Storm

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…For My Mental Health

One of the things that I have found so interesting this year, particularly about a month into the Great Pandemic of 2020, is people's sudden interest in global mental health. As a social worker...

Will You Run the Race With Me?

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Raising #colorconscious Kids in a Colorblind World

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Intimacy in Isolation

"Let's talk about sex, baby..." Salt -n- Pepa knew how to get our attention, didn't they? That song can still interrupt the thoughts of almost every adult on the planet! When we think about intimacy,...

The Neapolitan Effect: Navigating in Today’s World as a Multiracial Family

"Oh my God! Your boys are so BEAUTIFUL! I know that's not what you're supposed to say about little boys but..." "I just want you to know that we (restaurant staff) just love when you...

My Fave Top Five: Hilarious Comediennes Talk Motherhood

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I’m OVER It! :: Dealing with Quarantine Burnout

"I'm resigning...effectively immediately." Yesterday was so incredibly chaotic that I legitimately texted a group of friends, "I'm resigning from this parenting life, effective immediately. I'm done with this day, y'all." I know that may sound...

It’s Okay, Go Ahead and Cry

What in the world is going on with me?? It had been a long day. Even worse, it had been an insane couple of weeks. There was so much going on in my professional and...

Sometimes, There Are No Words

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