When to let your kid stay home sick from school

We’ve all seen it. The droopy eyes. The down-turned mouth. The slouching posture. The “I don’t think I can go to school today” pout. You prompt your child to get ready for school and then see how they feel. They pick at their cereal and insist they’re dying. You wonder [...]

By | March 1st, 2016|2 Comments

Kid’s Birthday? For Once, I’m Not Gonna Jump on the Crazy Train

The countdown has begun: In just 33 days, my baby turns 1 year old. Whaaat?! I'm pretty sure I just found out last week that I was pregnant, so there's no way I'm about to have a one year-old. Alas, it's true, and the party-planning has begun. Once upon a [...]

By | February 26th, 2016|1 Comment

Hey Doc: What the Heck Ever Happened to Bedside Manner?

We've all had that one doctor, whether its our regular MD or someone we saw for a rush appointment while our own doc was in the Bahamas. Y'know, that doctor that seems to know everything about everything, except they seem to have forgotten all knowledge of beside manner and dismissed any [...]

By | February 19th, 2016|0 Comments

If kids could dine with anyone, who would it be? The answer might surprise you

Alison Yoder prepares a chicken tortilla bake with her children Zach, 8, and Audrey Nelson, 11, in their Santa Rosa home on Oct. 23, 2007.(The Press Democrat / Christopher Chung) If you could pick anybody to have a meal with -  anybody dead or alive - who would [...]

By | February 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Child Spacing: When is the Best Time to Add to Your Brood?

After every relationship milestone, there always seems to be a well-meaning albeit nosy question. If you've been dating more than a year: "When's the Wedding?" After the wedding (in my case, during my reception), the fervor increases: "So when are you having a baby?!" Almost immediately after baby #1 pops out, [...]

By | February 12th, 2016|1 Comment

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