During this holiday season, while we are all listening for the material items our children may want, I hope we also listen for the emotional support they may need.
During the holiday season, the temptation often is to let budgets and financial goals slide. The festivities and so many gifts to buy are a great excuse.
She may be just 60 pounds, but you don't want to mess with 10-year-old Mia Bartolovich.
Influenza viruses cause seasonal influenza, commonly called "the flu," which infects the nose, throat and lungs. Unlike many other viral respiratory infections, such as the common cold, the flu can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications in many people.
With many parents struggling to juggle bills, unemployment or underemployment, and even possible foreclosure, families everywhere have learned how to tighten their belts over the last few years.
What would you call a smile, direct eye contact and a firm handshake? I call them the top scorers in making and receiving a memorable introduction.
It's 3 p.m. Wednesday, and there's a whirlwind of activity at the Boys & Girls Club facility in Newhall.
Dear Smarties: I was recently laid off. I have a good severance package, and I know I'll be able to find something eventually. But my finances are getting strained.
Costumes, check. Bucket or bag for trick-or-treating, check. Pumpkin for carving, check. It's almost time for Halloween, and with the holiday comes a lot of preparations. What some revelers may forget, however, is how to stay safe and still have fun. The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station has a plethora of tips on its website (www.scvsheriff.com) and at the top of the list is parental or guardian supervision, according to Lt. Brenda Cambra. ...
Using good manners to resolve school challenges can simplify the outcomes. To a child, some matters can seem overwhelming, but with parental guidance and an open family discussion, the child's concerns can be laid to rest. Having a solution makes the difference and creates a positive win-win effect for everyone involved. Bullies be gone Statistics point out that bullying is still one of the biggest campus challenges today. If your child is a victim of ...
Palmdale residents Tim and Rachel Burhans had attended Lamaze classes for about five weeks, as they prepared to give birth to their first child. But preparation was cut short when Rachel Burhans went into labor seven and a half weeks early.
As the fishing boats converged upon the dock at the Castaic Lake lagoon Saturday, there was the heightened sense of anticipation you might find at a competitive fishing tournament: Who's going to catch the big one?
Bow-Wows & Mows Pet Fair is celebrating its 10th anniversary with an exciting lineup of entertainment, pet-related vendors and adoptable dogs and cats from Los Angeles County shelters at Newhall's William S. Hart Park on Sunday.
The third Annual Castaic Days Outdoor Festival will take place the weekend of September 25 & 26, 2010 at the Castaic Lake Recreational Area in Castaic.
Moriah Levy is 13 now, but she still remembers the harsh words of a third-grade peer. "At least I have real parents and a real sister," the child told Moriah, a Canyon Country girl adopted at age 3. The comment bothered Moriah but its sting was not long-lasting. Moriah knows that she does have real parents and siblings, she said. They may not be her biological family, but they are "real." "Even when you're adopted, ...
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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