Jack is a very lucky dog. He has Kay as a master. Kay is single, gorgeous, devoted to Jack and busy with online dating. Recently, she had been seeing Greg - who had no interest in her dog, whatsoever. Greg's gestures toward Jack were unkind, disinterested and very disappointing to Kay. Outcome: Kay stopped seeing Greg. Enter Marc. Now, here's a good guy. Because golden retriever Jack is of major importance in Kay's life, Marc ...
The warmer weather of spring invites Santa Clarita Valley residents to take the family outside and get moving, which is healthy for the body and spirit.
DEAR SMARTIES: My parents were children of The Depression. They taught my sisters and me to buy only what we could pay for and to not depend on credit cards. I have a friend who wants me to help her "stimulate the economy by shopping." She wants me to go on a spending spree with her rather than to save.
Mathnasium will host its first annual National TriMathlon Day on Saturday, May 14 at more than 200 participating centers across the United States.
With family and friends located all over the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles and Orange County, actress and Saugus resident Kristy Swanson needed a central place to celebrate her son Magnus' fourth birthday.
Michael Meyer, 3, has the time of his life, tossing a squishy ball into a small plastic shopping basket. Michael, who has Down syndrome, is also learning in the process.
At our practice in the Santa Clarita Valley, it seems every other mother is pregnant with another child.
Take a poll among your friends and ask if cutting coupons, watching for specials and being selective consumers are as valued as the etiquette part of shopping. Surveys show that people do wish that consideration and manners were included more in the shopping scene.
Planning to go to college in California? Here's some information you may want to know.
Some beauty queens seek fortune and fame. Julie Winkle, of Canyon Country, is looking for a platform to help families with autism.
It's February and love is in the air. It's almost here, the one day each year (Valentine's Day) we all seem to be willing to tell others we love them.
Amy Chua, Yale professor and mother of two, has caused quite a stir recently with her much discussed book excerpt in the Wall Street Journal. In the excerpt, she praises ultra-strict "Chinese mothers" who often resort to harsh discipline and deprivation of so-called "fun" activities to try to raise the perfect child - one who will have perfect test scores and will perform at Carnegie Hall.
Like parents everywhere, Chris Avenessian, of Valencia, would often get frustrated with his children, especially the teenagers.
Mason Brown of Valencia always liked math. That is, until he hit the sixth grade. "He changed radically. We felt like he was struggling and frustrated," said Cynthia Brown, Mason's mother. "Mason started to hate math, and we were concerned that would set the tone for the rest of his education." Enter Mathnasium, a nationwide chain of math centers that tailor programs to fit each child's needs through evaluation, education and validation. A new ...
Dear Smarties: I have been trying to find an after-school job, but everyone is cutting back on hiring. - Teen in Temple City
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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