Bow-Wows & Mows Pet Fair is celebrating its 10th anniversary with an exciting lineup of entertainment, pet-related vendors and adoptable dogs and cats from Los Angeles County shelters at Newhall's William S. Hart Park on Sunday.
The third Annual Castaic Days Outdoor Festival will take place the weekend of September 25 & 26, 2010 at the Castaic Lake Recreational Area in Castaic.
Moriah Levy is 13 now, but she still remembers the harsh words of a third-grade peer. "At least I have real parents and a real sister," the child told Moriah, a Canyon Country girl adopted at age 3. The comment bothered Moriah but its sting was not long-lasting. Moriah knows that she does have real parents and siblings, she said. They may not be her biological family, but they are "real." "Even when you're adopted, ...
DEAR SMARTIES: I feel very sorry for all people who were caught in Bernard Madoff's scheme. Obviously, some very smart people were completely fooled by him, such as advisors to Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg.
Patti Handy has heard the story all too often - a teenager overdrafts several times in one day after swiping their debit card at the mall, Starbucks Coffee and lunch with friends. All the while, the teen is unaware they didn't have enough money in their bank account. A $4 vanilla latte becomes a $49 pain-in-the-wallet fee owed to the bank, added to four more $25-35 fees.
Just because a toast is usually shorter than a regular speech does not mean it won't bring up those frightening feelings of public speaking - fear, nervousness and next-to-death panic. Being on the receiving end of a toast can bring up some self-conscious feelings, too.
Alexa Sutherland, 12, cannot participate in physical education with the rest of her class. Caitlin Ryan, 12, has already had a hip replacement. Mikayla Minnig, 12, had to stop cheerleading for a while.
Many parents are expressing their concern about their teens' exposure to media, which hinders communication. Studies indicate teens spend 53 hours a week immersed in electronic media, and many parents are finding it more difficult to talk with their teens.
Come spring in the Santa Clarita Valley, butterflies fly free across the schoolyards as teachers at area elementary schools release hundreds grown in classrooms - part of the life-cycle science-education curriculum.
What does breakfast look like at your house? A quick toaster pastry or fast food sandwich? Or, perhaps there's no breakfast at all.
The Tilles family walked by mud pots as the sulfuric stench surrounded them at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.
Since manners don't take a summer vacation, it's helpful to think about how we can manage through these warm months.
Dear Smarties: I've been feeling kind of guilty that I've been cutting back on my spending, as far as the economy is concerned. After 9/11, we thought it was our patriotic duty to go out and spend. We probably overdid it. But what about now, that the economy is sluggish? I read that economists are upset that consumers aren't spending enough. - Guilty in Glendale
DEAR SMARTIES: My husband and I both came from very poor families. Our childhoods were miserable. We both worked hard all our lives, and now are retired and fairly secure.
Parents know how frustrating it can be to get their children to try and enjoy new foods. In fact, a recent survey showed more than 68 percent of registered dietitians who counsel new parents frequently receive questions about getting finicky eaters to eat at mealtime. As a nutrition expert, chef and mom of two boys, Robin Miller - host of "Quick Fix Meals with Robin Miller" on Food Network - understands the challenge of preparing ...
If my parents told me once, they told me at least one hundred times, "Don't talk to anyone about their religious or political beliefs." They meant, of course, that those topics are likely to generate tension and angry conflict. As such, they were not the stuff of polite social conversation. Notwithstanding the fact that I find religion and politics to be the two most interesting of all conversational topics, a third caution should be added ...
Living with Children
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.
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