Can you remember a time when there was not such a thing as e-mail? Now that it's here, we cannot pick up an old edition of a manners book to find out about e-mail etiquette. Is there a set of rules to keep us mannerly with this techy form of communication?
As the music of Mary J. Blige boomed across the Hyatt Valencia banquet room, more than 60 women, all dressed in white, danced their way to their seats as the installation luncheon celebration of the newest chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., was underway.
"It's Thanksgiving, I can't believe he's not here." "I wish I could just cancel Christmas this year." "How can I go on without (him/her)?" The empty chair at holiday dinners can cause enormous pain. Whether it's your first, 10th or 50th year without your loved one, holidays are sad reminders of those we have lost. "As a society we are not trained or prepared to deal with life's most predictable event and that is loss," ...
Brownie is a hound/shepherd mix, about two years old. She is a medium-sized dog and is good with kids.
Have you cruised lately? It appears that people who enjoy cruising also like using good manners. Maybe it's because everyone is so relaxed, happy and feeling good about life. If you want to be around people who use good manners, take a cruise.
The American Jousting Alliance will host the Frazier Mountain Jousting Tournament and Fair, 11 a.m. to sundown on Saturday at Tait Ranch, 3 miles west of I-5 and Frazier Mountain Park Road in Frazier Park. The event includes a competive sport jousting and medieval equestrian skill-at-arms tournament said James Zoppe, event organizer.
When it all comes down we will still come through. In the long run... - Eagles, "The Long Run" The dew from the ocean mist ran from the rough canvas tarp as I lifted it up. It wasn't that late and I could still hear the band playing. It definitely wasn't morning yet. I was just planning on taking a little nap at the side of the beach house. Then, I would go back out ...
What is it about all the holidays that occur from Thanksgiving to New Year's Eve that makes us veer off track? Yes, it's that time of year when your will power "takes a back seat" and your common sense grabs the wheel and stomps on the gas! Your insatiable cravings say "yes" to everything that is passed in front of you.
If you are a parent/guardian of a child that you suspect may have special needs you are encouraged to contact your local school district for assessment. Students with any of the following disabilities may be eligible for special education services: Deaf, hard of hearing, blind, partially sighted, mental retardation, orthopedic handicap, autism, learning disability, traumatic brain injury, other health impairment, speech and language disorder, emotional disturbance. All assessments are followed by an Individual Education Plan ...
If you've never seen five impromptu actors spontaneously intoning a song about "Interplanetary Road Rage," or boldly making up Shakespearean verse on the spot, or re-playing a scene they've just made up, but now in reverse, you're missing out on one of the theater's most thrilling experiences - improvisation.
The six time national champion Saugus High School Dance Team is working toward another award winning year. The advisor and eight of the 20 team members are new to the team so they started bonding and training early for the 2008-2009 school year.
Dating violence is not as rare as you may think. It's the stuff television movies are made about. It's also the stuff boys and girls who are dating share with me in counseling sessions, as they share there experiences with dating and dating violence. And it's also the stuff teens are afraid to tell their parents about. It's difficult enough for parents and teens to talk about dating.
The Brittany Foundation is a nonprofit humane organization dedicated to the rescue, care and placement of homeless dogs:
Shock, anxiety, fear, doubt, worry, confusion - these are just a few of the normal and natural feelings after the loss of a job, layoff or end of a career. Jeff Zhorne, director of The Grief Program of Santa Clarita, said the purest definition of grief is any change in a familiar pattern or behavior, certainly true after the loss of an income stream.
There are many activities that enhance a child's total learning experience outside of school. Fortunately, the Santa Clarita Valley has many opportunities to choose among many high-quality programs, practically one for every interest or talent.
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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