"My name is Emily and in seven years, I will be an alcoholic. I'll start drinking in the eighth grade. But my parents won't really notice because I'll do OK in school and everything will be OK. But everything won't be OK. Kids who drink before the age of 15 are five times more likely to have alcohol problems when they are adults."
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Santa Clarita Valley residents Susan Bibicoff and Lori Gardner are adding even more value to the family album.
Four "awesome adoptables" from the Brittany Foundation will prance the red carpet during the premiere of Walt Disney's "G-Force" at Edwards Theatre in Valencia's Town Center on July 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Back-to-school shopping can be an exhausting and expensive experience and many parents start off on the wrong foot before they even get to the store.
It was 1982, an "El Nino" year of record with surf and soaking rain. That year I rode surf breaks never seen before and surfed bigger waves than I had ever surfed, even to this day. It was the year Michael Jackson released his album," Thriller." Queen Elizabeth forded streams in a four-wheel drive to visit President Ronald Reagan at the Western Whitehouse near Santa Barbara. It was the year I first caught a glimpse ...
The three boys bowed to their instructors and reached out to receive the symbol of their accomplishments - the coveted top-level white belt representing the highest achievement for their age group. Parents seated nearby took photos and videos of the momentous occasion.
Mitch Aronson, of Saugus, walked into a classroom at the Newhall Area California Highway Patrol Station with his 16-year-old daughter, Georgie. Lisa Caver with her 20-year-old son walked in shorty afterward and sat up toward the front.
Whitney first felt the pain of isolation when her family moved to the Santa Clarita Valley. Everyone else in the family was enthusiastic about the move, but not Whitney. Always the introvert, she wasn't as outgoing as her older brother, who easily consumed all of the attention. Neither did she feel as smart as her younger sister, who she describes as a weekly academic-award winner.
When Kris Ghassimi was 17, she almost drowned after a boating accident. As a parent, she vowed never to put her daughter in the same position.
Joanne and Tony throw the best keg parties in town. The beer flows and a designated teen collects car keys at the door. Teens mill around, shouting over the pounding music, hugging and "high-fiving" Joanne and Tony. They are so popular, they could have been voted Prom King and Queen.
Gone are the days when people sat around a radio, curled up in their pajamas in the family living room to partake in a new adventure. For students at Old Orchard Elementary School in Valencia, this classic experience was not lost on them.
The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley will present the third annual "An Evening of Magic" fundraiser on Saturday, April 18. The local International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 280 will offer three hours of magical entertainment for the entire family.
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. "It's healthy, it's fun and it beats a treadmill," Wismeman said. It will also help a good cause. Wiseman will lead the SCV Search and Rescue Team Trail Challenge, which begins Sunday and costs a tax-deductible $50 for the 12-week program. Corporate sponsors such as B & B Manufacturing and AMS Fulfillment, pay a rate of $250, plus $50 for ...
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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