The Preschool Institution: Hate It or Love It, Why Such Extremes?

"Raise your hand if your parents took out a second mortgage to pay for this!" Preschool. The word alone makes many folks shudder. Remember when preschool was just a fun, easy-going prep thing kids were sent to the year before kindergarten, as a sort of bridge to help [...]

By | February 5th, 2016|2 Comments

New kid-friendly guide to Disneyland

Kelly Pope Adamson of Kenwood put together a guide to Disneyland geared to young readers.

By | January 29th, 2016|4 Comments

The Yo-Yo Life: Struggles with Self Image After Baby

Even after having a baby, I struggle with my body as it is now perhaps more than I ever have, even when I was 100 pounds heavier than I currently am.

By | January 29th, 2016|3 Comments

Would you let your teen study abroad for a year? I am, and I’m nervous

Up to now, my 16-year-old son, Christopher, a junior at Maria Carrillo High School has been on the normal track for college-bound teens. College visits. ACT and SAT tests. Some honors and AP classes. The works. And with that comes the other stuff - late nights studying, stress, competition to [...]

By | January 28th, 2016|6 Comments

Dining Out With Kids: One Mom’s Thoughts

The littlest Ansley *loves* dining out. I have always loved dining out and finding the new, undiscovered food gems in our area. When I got pregnant, I never really seriously considered that having a baby would get in the way of my food adventures. Of course I expected [...]

By | January 26th, 2016|16 Comments

How to Give Your Baby a Dropper of Medicine in 28 Easy Steps

It's a breeze and fun for everyone! Does your baby have a fever? How about obvious teething pain, or a nasty cough? What if I told you it could all be easily relieved with just a couple of milliliters of candy-flavored liquid? Sounds too good to be true, [...]

By | January 18th, 2016|1 Comment

The Breast Opinion: Public Breastfeeding

"Mammal (n): any vertebrate of the class Mammalia, having the body more or less covered with hair, nourishing the young with milk from the mammary glands, and, with the exception of the egg-laying monotremes, giving birth to live young." For some reason, something that is as natural and essential as can [...]

By | January 15th, 2016|24 Comments

Is your child getting enough sleep? Probably not.

A chart of sleep times is causing a lot of discussion among parents of youngsters. Check to see if your child is making the grade when it comes to sleep.

By | January 15th, 2016|2 Comments

‘Star Wars toy controversy’ : Where are the female heroes in games and books?

Rey, the most compelling of the new characters in the Star Wars series, is missing from store shelves among action figures and other toys. . If you bought the latest “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Monopoly game, you would discover that two critical male characters are featured as [...]

By | January 13th, 2016|4 Comments

The Darkness of New Motherhood

We got off to a rough start. I don't know why I expected it to be easy after everything we'd already been through. I had waited for him for 7 1/2 years; after multiple failed rounds of infertility treatments, a drastic lifestyle and health change to bring me to my [...]

By | January 11th, 2016|3 Comments