Santa Clarita Valley native and aspiring novelist, Laurisa White Reyes, finds inspiration and drive within her family as she embarks on her first novel that will launch in days.
Q: Our ninth-grade son always manages to get A's and B's on his report card, but just before the report card comes out, his grades take a complete dive. Should we punish him for this or just accept this imperfection?
Q: My 4-year-old stepson still has the occasional tantrum in response to being told that he can't have or do something. His mother, who has primary custody (he's with us two days a week, generally), is very permissive, so he comes by this "honestly."
A fellow in West Virginia asks, "My wife and I need to agree concerning our children. She sees things one way, and I see things a completely - and I mean completely - different way. How can we get on the same page?"
Club FAME, which stands for fitness, art, music and enrichment, is an after school performing arts program just a stone's throw away from the SCVi Charter School for International Learning. It is housed next door at Higher Vision Church in Castaic.
About 40 years ago, as divorce was becoming commonplace, America began waking up to the importance of fatherhood. Up until then, the literature on child rearing was almost exclusively mother-oriented. Fathers didn't count for much. After all, psychologist Sigmund Freud had pretty much ignored them, hadn't he?
Students at Canyon High School recently found themselves playing "The Game of Life" courtesy of the SCV Youth Project.
Q: I recently heard you speak in San Diego and need some clarification. While I understand that researchers have found that high self-esteem is not what it was cracked up to be, I want my kids to approach the challenges of life with confidence in their abilities. There's got to be a reconciliation point here. What is it?
April marks Alcohol Awareness Month. It's a nationwide campaign intended to raise awareness of the health and social problems that excessive alcohol consumption can cause for individuals, their families, and their communities.
In 1990, President Steven D. Lavine of the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia established a program to give underserved youth ages 8 to 18 in Los Angeles County a chance to experience the arts in a college setting.
Where's the coolest place in town? It might be just outside of the Santa Clarita Valley. Need a location for a birthday party? Looking for family-friendly fun and exercise in the same place? Owned by Scott Floman and Dave Serianne, the Los Angeles Kings Valley Ice Center has two pads of ice and offers family-friendly activities from birthday parties to private lessons. Valencia resident and Olympic pairs bronze medalist and Pairs World Champion Lloyd Eisler ...
The Michael Hoefflin Foundation will hold its second annual Walk for Kids with Cancer Saturday, March 24, at College of the Canyons' Cougar Stadium. The family-oriented event starts at 9 a.m., (registration opens at 8 a.m.,) and features a three-mile walk through College of the Canyons. "We are very excited about this event," said Gillian Stone, acting executive director of the Michael Hoefflin Foundation. "It's a great way for people to support the Foundation's work ...
A new youth sports team has arrived in the Santa Clarita Valley, and on Monday, SCV residents are invited to register children for the newly formed Santa Clarita Vikings football and cheer teams. Open to children 7-14, the Santa Clarita Vikings will be built almost from the ground up for their inaugural season. The leadership of the SC Vikings includes President Joe LaFoya, board member Rett Hicks and head coach Fred Lewis. "The writing was ...
Searching your family tree can offer up some surprising finds, said Kimberly Finley, chairwoman of the annual Santa Clarita Family History and Technology Fair.
ESCAPE Children's Theatre will present an original musical production of "Alice in Wonderland" Feb, 3-5 at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center on the Valencia campus at College of the Canyons.
Living with Children
When I was a child, back in the Parenting Stone Age (a.k.a. the Parentocentric Era), your parents were the most important people in the family. They paid the bills, bought your clothes, prepared the food you ate, took care of you when you were sick, drove you to where you needed to be, tucked you in, and kissed you good night. They were essential.
Q: Is it okay to start teaching our 1 year old how to play independently? He screams and cries when I put him in any type of enclosure if he can't get "free" (even when I arrange the furniture in a way that he has a very ample play area). Is there a method to teach him how to play by himself for at least a little bit? It seems I am following him around ...
Q: It seems our 1 year old is showing willful disobedience. We tell him "no" and try to redirect but he does the same things over and over again. The things in question include turning over and not being cooperative when I'm trying to change him, slapping us in the face, and standing up during bath time. I'm trying to be creative with ways to entertain him and make things fun but am getting weary. Any advice on how I can correct him?
Q: Our 7-year-old son is very negative about everything. He's a middle child, so that may have something to do with it, but everyone else in the family is very happy, positive, optimistic, and so on. He never has anything positive to say about anything. Things the rest of us enjoy he says are "stupid" or "dumb." We raise all of our kids the same, so we don't understand where the negativity is coming from, ...
One of the reasons-it's probably in the top three reasons, in fact-that parents fail at solving discipline problems is they try to solve too many at once. In so doing, they scatter their disciplinary energy too thinly and end up solving none. The only thing they accomplish is getting more frustrated and more convinced that there is something about their child that renders discipline ineffective-a gene perhaps, inherited from the father (who else?), that causes ...
American parents have been listening to professional psycho-babblers tell them how to raise children since the late 1960s. I was in graduate school at the time, and my professors thought the babblers were geniuses, sent by some New Age divinity to correct all the egregious wrongs parents had done to children since time immemorial. Children were about to enter a Golden Age in which their opinions would not only be listened to but also taken ...
In the seventh grade I was promoted by my peers from president of the class geek-nerd-brainiac society to, well, if not fully cool, then at least on the way. I had discovered two sports I excelled in-golf and baseball-and the girls had discovered that I was one of the best, if not the best, dancer in the class. My classmates began overlooking the fact that I was a straight-A student, always sported a few pimples, and wore thick glasses.
While working in my secret parenting laboratory, hidden deep beneath the earth's surface and accessible only by me and a small, select team of associates, I recently made what I believe is a huge and history-making breakthrough that promises to greatly improve parenting the world over.
Q: In our city, most of the high school seniors participate in "Senior Beach Week" during spring break. They rent beach houses and condos and party like there's no tomorrow. Alcohol, marijuana, and sex abound. Our friends justify allowing their kids to go by saying they have to be trusted sometime. In truth, we all have good kids who have never given us any trouble. They just want to go and be part of the ...
Q: Our 18 month old is a table terror! While I'm preparing dinner, she walks around acting like she's starving, but as soon as we sit her in her highchair she takes a few bites and then wants down, screams, cries, and will sometimes throw food. Through all this, our 5- and 3-year-old try to talk to us but can't get a word in for all the chaos. We absolutely dread eating in a restaurant. How should we address her behavior?
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