Jem Miller was a happy, verbal baby. At 18 months, he pulled out a guitar during his parents Oscar party, strummed some tunes and then waited for applause. The chubby-faced little ham seemed headed for a sociable future.
Remember the summer days when you held a camping adventure under the stars in your own backyard, played board games with your parents or enjoyed an ice cream bar on a hot night? Do you remember learning to ride a bike through the neighborhood, waving to everyone sitting out on the front porch or working on their landscaping?
You've made it to the interview segment. Statistics show that as much as 86 percent of an interview is the nonverbal messages sent to the interviewer by the interviewee. The slogan '7-11' weighs a lot here: in seven seconds, people will have made 11 judgments about you. It's critical to telegraph your positive attributes, in a short time period, to make the best impression.
DEAR SMARTIES: My wife's birthday is coming up. I recently lost my job, so I only have a few dollars to spend on a gift. She has been so supportive of me in this difficult time, and I want to give her something special.
Pete Fries and his wife, Charlotte, found a 1892 handbill buried within an old trunk in their attic.
Father's Day was approaching and Sandra Mitchell posed the expected question to her 5-year-old daughter, "What would you like to do for dad?"
"Agony claws my mind. I am a statistic. When I first got here I felt very much alone. I was overwhelmed with grief, and I expected to find sympathy. I found no sympathy. I saw only thousands of others whose bodies were as badly mangled as mine. I was given a number and placed in a category. The category was called 'Traffic Fatalities.'
"I've always known something was wrong. I just didn't have a name for it until after I was 30. I've always washed my hands thoroughly, but I noticed other people didn't take as long as I did," said Liz Eager.
Elizabeth Johnson's 12-year-old son Graham is into computers and engineering experiments.
On May 8, Santa Clarita Valley letter carriers will again help Stamp Out Hunger! across America with your help, in order to provide assistance to the one in eight Americans who struggle with hunger.
Ever seen hurt or disappointment in the eyes of your child while you're giving correction to something they've done, and wondered if you've done something wrong?
Jim and Nikki Miller returned home to their two kids that day 15 years ago. Everything seemed fine. But a puddle of vomit and water on the pool side revealed otherwise.
Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley is presenting four workshops in the LifeForward series to help women find and be successful in the "right" job.
We all know stress is not good for us, either physically or mentally. But how many of us feel like we can take the time away from our busy lives to talk to a trained professional about exactly what is worrying us or causing us undue anxiety in our lives? Sometimes reaching a low point is what it takes. This was the case for Manual, who felt like he was suffering from so many things, ...
Adam Solomon's future looked bleak. His self-esteem was tanking. By the second grade, he could barely read at a kindergarten level. Conferences between his parents and teachers at Bridgeport Elementary School ended in tears. His instructors constantly returned report cards displaying multiple Ns for "Needs Improvement." Diane Solomon admits that she and her husband no longer knew how to parent their oldest son. When Adam was 18 months old, he contracted Kawasaki disease, a rare ...
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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