It was an ideal fundraiser for families with small children, an evening out at Scooter's Jungle in Valencia where kids could be kids and parents could visit - or play along.
"This is a free gift for you from the GRANDS Project" was the refrain as local Girl Scouts and Santa Clarita volunteers delivered more than 700 shoe boxes of blessings to local seniors who were either shut-ins or residing in an assisted living home here in the Santa Clarita Valley.
We've got our own little Harvey Dent here at New Leash on Life Animal Rescue. One side of Harvey's face is black and the other white and he's even got the duo personalities. Except instead of turning evil like Batman's arch nemesis, our Harvey has a cuddly side and a silly side. Harvey loves to jump into your lap and give kisses, but the next thing you know he's raring to go and can't wait ...
If you spend much time in airports, you know how fun it is to watch all of the people milling around before and after their flights. It's a real view of how unique human beings are, and how each person has their individual way of living - and traveling.
I can remember standing in a schoolyard screaming a childhood refrain "sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me." In retrospect, as an adult and a high-risk teen counselor (that's what I do for a living), I know that's not true. I know that bullying leaves bruises on the inside and sometimes for a lifetime. Bullying leaves everyone bruised, both kids and parents.
I went running this morning and it was intolerably cold as the wind was whipping up an artic chill. My face hurt and my legs burned. I so want to be in shape, but darn if it does not require some pain and constant work. I was just commiserating with a friend wondering why Ben and Jerry's could not replace dark green vegetables as a viable source of nutrition.
Pet dogs are available from The Brittany Foundation, a nonprofit humane organization dedicated to the rescue, care and placement of homeless dogs.
The Valencia High School Vikings Cheer Squad helped kick off the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 10th annual Light the Night Walk in Bridgeport Park.
Hundreds of local women who have no health insurance or have coverage that doesn't include routine health screenings are expected to take advantage of the seventh annual Healthy Woman's Day sponsored by Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley and Samuel Dixon Family Health Center. This year's screening is scheduled to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club in Canyon Country.
The William S. Hart High School's award-winning marching band and colorguard, Hart Regiment, won the "Tournament Grand Champion" title at the Artistry in Motion Field Show Tournament held Oct. 11 at Riverside Community College.
"Santa" presented gifts Sunday and listened to the Christmas wishes of children served by the ranch, which offers therapeutic riding sessions to nearly 100 physically and mentally challenged clients of the ranch.
Since the demise of the annual Bootlegger's Ball to benefit the Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley, New Year's Eve had been without a major event or party to celebrate the turning of the last page of the calendar.
If you drive by Bridgeport Park on Sunday after sunset don't be surprised to see hundreds of illuminated balloons lighting up the night.
Ever wonder what it would be like to see the headless horseman of Sleepy Hollow? Well you'll get that chance should you find yourself at the Tait Trout Ranch in Frazier Park beginning 11 a.m. Saturday. Along with the short segment on the Washington Irving classic, there will be a host of other colonial-themed activities. Other entertainment includes musicians, storytellers, naturalists, horse logging, dirt skiing, and a jousting performance. There will be a variety of ...
On Nov. 14, the SCV Senior Center will offer free flu shots administered by the County of Los Angeles Dept. of Public Health. The Flu Clinic will run from 9 to 11 a.m.
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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