Archives for April 2016

May Is For the Birds – and Bugs and Butterflies

Take flight this month at a trio of events that celebrate creatures that can fly (or crawl or slither). On May 7, the Audubon Society and other participating groups will present the second annual Bird L.A. Day, so grab your binoculars and head out for some bird watching. There will be Bird L.A. Day sites all around Southern California, from the Santa Monica Mountains to the Ballona Wetlands. You can also make birding part of your visits to Descanso Gardens, Aquarium of the Pacific, Hansen Dam, Griffith Park and the Natural History Museum. For a complete list of locations and...

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5 Tips to Lessen Summer Visitation Drama

Summer is when many of us create some of the best memories with our children. For divorced parents who have limited custody during school months, summer visitation can provide an excellent opportunity to extend visits and spend quality time with their children. It also allows for children to maintain a loving relationship with both parents after a divorce. Parents typically follow a child custody order issued by the court during the divorce. However, if your current child custody order does not suit your summer visitation needs, you can request to have it amended, but you must plan ahead to ensure...

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Your Summer Camp Search – Solved

If you’re looking for help in comparing summer camps, check out the new Summer Camp Guide at You’ll find it at the top of the homepage, in the “What’s Hot” menu. The guide has links to our articles about choosing a summer camp, traditional camps and camps for kids with disabilities, and it’s also where you’ll find our Ask the Camp Director section filled with tips from local camp directors. And thanks to a partnership with ActivityHero, you can also use this new tool to sort and compare camps by criteria that are important to you – location, age,...

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5 Don’ts For a Stronger Marriage

Given enough time and togetherness, any relationship between two people will face a challenge or two. And all marriages take a bit of work, no matter how in love you are. “Love is a component, but it really is only one component,” says clinical psychologist Darren Sush, Psy.D., whose Brentwood-based practice specializes in helping parents of children with autism. Many other things come into play in making a marriage work. Having a child with special needs can impact a marriage in several ways. It can cause couples to ignore their marriage completely as they focus on caring for their child....

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WE Day Rewards Local Teens For Giving Back

Sixteen thousand teenagers flocked to the Forum April 7 to see performances from Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato and Big Sean. However, this wasn’t a concert – at least not an ordinary one. These kids were getting a day off from school as a thank you for their involvement in community service or social activism as part of the year-long WE Schools program. The program was developed by ME to WE, a nonprofit social enterprise founded by Marc and Craig Kielburger, brothers who believe teens can be empowered to do social good. Craig founded the charity organization Feed The Children when...

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On the Record: What Mom Really Wants for Mother’s Day

Every year when my husband asks, "What do you want for Mother's Day?" I always respond exactly the same way: “Amor, I don't need a Mother's Day gift. My kids are enough." But wait a minute, who am I kidding? I do want something! Why do I feel guilty admitting that I secretly want something for Mother’s Day? Is it because I feel like I should not get a gift for just “doing my job” as a mother? Honestly, I feel like a hypocrite hoping for one thing and saying another when he asks the question. I just want him...

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L.A. Parent Recognized for Writing and Design Excellence

L.A. Parent was recognized with seven awards at the annual Parenting Media Association Editorial and Design Awards Competition April 20 in Indianapolis, IN. From among 645 entries submitted, L.A. Parent was singled out for bronze awards for the design of the 2015-16 “Education Guide” cover and the excellent writing in the 2015 “Your Child With Special Needs” publication. In addition, the article “They Won’t Be Kids Forever” in “Your Child With Special Needs” was recognized with a gold award for feature writing. “Your Child With Special Needs” was also honored with silver awards for cover design and general excellence. Additional...

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Big Sunday Just Got Bigger

Big Sunday really isn’t just a “big Sunday.” It has evolved in recent years into a three-day weekend of lending a hand and volunteer activities that ranks as one of America’s largest regional community-service efforts. This year, Big Sunday is growing again. The organization is turning May into “A Month of Big Sundays,” with volunteer projects taking place every day from May 1 through May 31. The public will be able to lend a hand in a number of ways – working in shelters, cleaning up schools and visiting nursing homes. Meanwhile, Big Sunday actually operates all year around, offering...

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Kidspace Gardens Offer an Arroyo Adventure

Wondering what has been happening in the Kidspace gardens, which have been closed since early January? All will be revealed from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 30 and May 1 during the grand opening of the new Kidspace Arroyo Adventure. The museum has designed this new space to help children connect with nature and creative play and to offer outdoor fun for families. The Arroyo Adventure will be made up of eight interactive exhibits that serve to inspire kids’ imaginations. Children can learn about and play instruments at the Pepper Tree Music Jam, get constructive making bricks in the Mud &...

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Los Angeles events - mom storytelling

Local Spoken-Word Shows Give Moms a Voice

In a yoga class recently, the teacher walked around the room filled mostly with moms, encouraging us to discard our self-consciousness and really belt out those ohms. “Our voices are not valued in this society,” she said. “You still need to value your voice.” But there is a rising wave of new voices storming the country. The voices are those of our mothers, sisters, brothers and fathers gathering to share their experiences of motherhood on stage. “Before babies, we make registries and have parties, but once the baby arrives, there’s little there to support a new mother,” says Lindsay Kavet,...

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