Not long ago, my son went to a birthday party. Seems innocent, huh? Well, it seems they went horseback riding. He came back having the time of his life and insisted we take him out sometime soon, like, maybe Sunday.
Tap, tap, tap and the frenzy of flying thumbs. Did you know that 45 percent of 12 to 17-year-olds, about 11 million teens, own cell phones? According to Pew Internet Research, a third of those teens use their phones to text others. Researchers say nationally more than 75 billion text messages are sent a month and the most enthusiastic texters are 13 to 17 years old.
Ken Wiseman is issuing a challenge to fellow locals - 12 hikes in 12 weeks.
My wife and I were happy to be alone on a "date" - even if it was going to a wedding. At home, the babysitter wrangled our three kids - Peter, 10, Will, 9, and princess Kathryn, 7.
When the going gets tough, the tough get baking. At least that's the philosophy of Nancy Olmos, owner of Clarice's Cake & Candy Supplies. Olmos teaches four or more hands-on baking classes per month at her Newhall location, the Santa Clarita Valley's only independent baking supply store, which carries everything from edible "spray" paints to Elmo-shaped baking pans.
The turbulent adolescent years are an especially trying time for students, yet we parents often fall into the trap of expecting children to respond to reason and logic as though the kids are younger versions of ourselves. Have you ever caught yourself saying to them, "What were you thinking?" after a particularly illogical action? We forget that they are undergoing tremendous changes physically, mentally, socially and emotionally.
Americans are infatuated with Valentine's Day. Telling each other how much we love them has been on display in nearly every store window and newspaper ad for weeks. According to the National Retail Federation Americans spent a record $18 billion on Valentine's Day in 2008. More than 200 million valentines were exchanged, not including those used in the traditional classroom exchanges.
The Brittany Foundation, a non-profit humane organization dedicated to the rescue of homeless dogs has several "senior citizens" in need of placement in caring homes.
The car was packed. The snowboards, jackets and gloves were set out the night before. My two sons, Peter, 10, and Will, 9, came into my room that morning at 4:45 a.m. excited to celebrate a special day with their dad.
There's a lot of love in the air these days, and Cupid is ready with his bow and arrow to do some match-making and to make the love last. Good dating manners is a way to turn a potential romance into a lasting love affair. Here are a few of Cupid's pointers:
ESCAPE Theatre and 220 children and teens will perform "The Music Man" at Hart Auditorium in Newhall on Saturday and Sunday.
Bandit, a 1-year-old Coonhound, is a handsome young lad looking for a home with a big backyard and someone to take him for long walks.
They fly through the air, sometimes with the greatest of ease, sometimes not. Three hundred cheerleaders, ranging in age from 5 to 18, jumping, tumbling, dancing, stunting, tossing and forming pyramids intensely practicing for a two and a half minute shot at championship glory.
Abandoned at a house and left to die of starvation, Bill is just so happy to be safe and loved that all he wants is to stay in your arms and cuddle (though he likes car rides, too).
A mother orphaned at age 11. A grandfather murdered.